What Makes a Real & Authentic Yoga Teacher?

What Makes a Real and Authentic Yoga Teacher?

By: Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com

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A recent NY Post article calls out some of the worst case scenarios in how humans teach yoga. On the one hand, we could simply disregard the article for being snarky and provocative. But on the other hand, there was some truth there too.   Too often, and more and more over the last twenty years, yoga teachers with great intentions are parroting misinformation about the practice to students.   This mimicry stage might at first be necessary for initial growth, but soon after, individuation must take place whereby the teacher actually knows why they are saying the things they say.

Here’s the Truth Not all yoga teachers are the same. Not all yoga schools are created equally, even if they are Yoga Alliance approved. Not all Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teachers have the foundational knowledge to be leading others in a practice that is physical, emotional and spiritual (whether you want it to be or not).

Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com

Bali Yoga Teacher Training Made Affordable $999

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Living life activating others to live their BEST Lives requires we have done the work ourselves. This means going in and in while having space held for us by loving mentors. The soulful nourishment that immersion for 50, 100 or 200 hours provides is life changing. Get ready for deep transformation where never again do you put yourself last.

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More Peace, Please

More Peace, Please By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on Wanderlust/Yoganonymous.com

“Our leaders got confused.

So we are all leaders now.

They told us there was nothing we could do.

They were wrong.

When we tell ourselves

There is nothing we can do, we are wrong.

….We’re all making the soup.

we’re all eating.

We’re all weaving the cloth

we’re all wearing.”

– Ruth Herbert and Paloma Pavel

While in the corporate world I was paid to be a Change Agent.

Change Agent Definition: A change agent is a person from inside or outside the organization who helps an organization transform itself by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development.

My job was to inspire people within an organization to “do something.” I’d go in and interview staff about what wasn’t working and in response I’d most often hear “we’ve always done it this way.” What was in common every time was 1. The desire to change. 2. The awareness things weren’t working. 3. Leadership not doing anything different than what had been tried before.

Read the full article here!

Why Fake Your Practice and Yoga Teaching?

By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on DoYouYoga.com

In school, you can try to fake knowing more than you do but when it comes time for the test the truth comes out by way of your grade.

In bed you can try to fake feeling more than you do, even orgasm, but when it comes down to it you’re only fooling yourself if you think your partner can’t tell.

In teaching yoga, you can show up, pretending to be “ultra spiritual” a la JP Sears and act the part of a yoga teacher, even faking happiness and serenity, but eventually one of two things will happen to you:

  1. You’ll fall apart or give up from the exhaustion of pretending
  2. Your students will call you out as being a Poser.

You can’t keep faking you have your shit together if you really don’t and aren’t even trying to discern what is real or not. Yoga is like truth serum and it will make you tell on yourself.

Read the full article here.

The Neuroscience of Compassion

By Silvia Mordini, Featured on Yoganonymous

The conversation was loud and lively as we were waiting for the San Francisco IVY event we had gathered for: The Neuroscience of Compassion featuring Dr. James Doty.

A group of Bay Area young professionals had gathered for a couple of hours before the main event to socialize and take advantage of the open bar, but when Dr. Doty took the stage, the crowd was rapt.

Dr. Doty is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the director and founder of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the newly published book Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, which has already been translated into 19 languages.

Continue reading the full article here on Yoganonymous.

Why You Should Give Yourself A Timeout

By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on Yoganonymous

A retreat is just that: A break from the daily grind in order to get clear on what you like about your life and what could be working better. It’s a safe space where you can take the time to step back and gain perspective to help you realize and recognize the things you’ve outgrown.

A yoga retreat is the perfect time in a beautiful place to carry out this mental detox. And there are so many different kinds of retreats. Some include activities and experiences beyond a yoga practice, such as life-coaching exercises where you’ll learn practical tools to apply to your life right away. Other retreats may include off the mat fun like surfing, kayaking, hiking, and more.

Just like we have to clean out our closets now and again—whether we want to or not—we need to take time to mentally declutter as well. It is important to devote time to decluttering. Clutter in the mind is stress. When we remove the clutter from our lives, we increase clarity regarding the life we are meant to live. The foundation of our life is based on the quality of the questions we ask ourselves.

Don’t wait—take a timeout for you.

Continue reading here on Yoganonymous and visit Alchemy Tours to see retreat offerings led by Silvia Mordini.

Guest Post: Yoga and Metabolism: Myths and Truths

By Brittany Costa Published on Fix.com

This article is too good not to share! Exploring the affects of yoga on metabolism.


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In the world of fitness, there are tons of ways to get moving, sweating, and burning calories. Unfortunately, it can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task to find a workout that is not only good for the body, but for the spirit and mind as well. Yoga is a great way to shape muscles and allow the mind to relax – but can it really burn calories and increase the rate of your metabolism?

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