5 Day Yoga & Meditation Vacation December 10-14 Just ADDED

Ahhhh sunshine break! Our end-of-year Yoga Retreat December 10-14, 2016 at luxury Prana del Mar is for you if you would love to…

• Prioritize self-care
• Heal burnout, fatigue, and exhaustion
• Connect with your intuition
• Learn to set healthy boundaries that support 2017 Intentions
• Learn practical techniques of meditation, yoga, and stress reduction
• Get your sh*t together. Leave the past behind.
 
INVESTMENT INTO SELF-CARE: 
Double Occupancy: $1,349 pp
Single Occupancy: $1,699
*Alchemy Alumni receive $100-$150 OFF!

DETAILS HERE:
This retreat is perfect for those of you looking for less than a weeks investment in time and money but still know you would benefit from a time-out to reset before the new year begins. This one’s for YOU!
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Silvia Mordini Featured by Bookingyoga.com in Bali

We are happy to announce that Silvia Mordini was featured by http://www.bookingyoga.com for her #AlchemyofYoga YTT Yoga Teacher Training in #Bali Oct 1-22, 2016!

Scholarships and payment plans always available. Email her silvia@alchemytours.com

They made a beautiful video featuring the wonder of Bali and Silvia’s joyful spirit!

Tuscany Yoga Retreat What Do Client’s Say?

It is a sincere privilege to be trusted to guide small tribes of incredibly curious, high vibration people in Italy, the land of my cultural heritage. Never for a moment do I take this for granted. I am honored you chose me. I can assure you that I have taken great care and meticulous attention to designing the best Tuscany Yoga Retreat possible! My Italian Father would be so proud I share with you what I love.

Thank you with all my heart. Here now is what my previous Tuscany retreat guests have said…

What do our Tuscany Client’s Say?

What aspect of your life transformed the most (physical, mental, emotional)? 
Before the trip, I was a bit run down from work life. While attending the retreat and afterwards, I became so much more aware of what I needed in order to deal with the mental and emotional stresses of work and gained a new level of respect for what laughter can do to enlighten my life and the lives of others. – Jessica

How did our Tuscany Yoga Retreat help you make positive changes in your life? I went to Tuscany by myself to explore everything that the Yoga Retreat through Alchemy Tours could and would offer. I discovered that I could travel alone, make great friends of all ages and backgrounds and could be my complete self. Silvia is more than a friend, she is my inspiration to follow a life I love and make no excuses. –  Laurie

What aspect of your life transformed the most (physical, mental, emotional)? 
Physically, mentally and emotionally I felt transformed. The physical components were great, as was the extremely healthy diet, and although I ate like I was on vacation, I came back feeling healthier and few pounds lighter from all of the yoga. Mentally, I was in a state of bliss from the amazing surroundings, stress free environment, and wonderful people I was able to share the experience with. Emotionally, I felt like I gained a greater understanding about what is really important and a greater sense of my life’s purpose. – Laura

What aspect of your life transformed the most on the Tuscany Yoga Retreat (physical, mental, emotional)? For me, the biggest changes were mental changes. Waking up early to attend a morning yoga class, taking walks and choosing to participate in activities that were offered were all choices I made based on what I wanted to do. Doing yoga with Silvia is more like a life walk. She takes you through the beginning, building up your confidence, letting you shine in the peak poses and lets you feel okay with relaxing at the end. – Sarah

tuscany next best 2016Alchemy Tours is wonderful! Silvia is an insightful and loving teacher who has lifted me up more times that I could ever keep track of. Tuscany, Siena and surrounding areas – all of the day trips that we did were wonderful. Lastly, but definitely not least, the yoga two times a day was a wonderful way to begin and end each day. ~Kimberly

One of the best choices I ever made was going to Tuscany with Silvia. Not only is this part of Italy gorgeous, I learned so much about myself… not to mention the amazing food and yoga everyday. I highly suggest you go. It will be a trip you never forget! – John

I travel quite a bit, so I tend to have high expectations. I can honestly say this trip was beyond my expectations! I’m not sure how anyone couldn’t enjoy staying in Tuscany, touring Tuscan cities, village and vineyards, wine tasting, eating amazing food, shopping, yoga and swimming in the Mediterranean! – Amber

This was also a very well organized trip and our guides deserve tremendous credit for leading us on some internal exploration as well as an external journey through stunningly beautiful landscapes ~Rich

You have such a gift for teaching and such of depth of knowledge and training, in both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. And you clearly embody all that you teach, I admire your sense of peace, calm, and thoughtfulness – you are beautiful inside and out – I want to bring more of these attributes into my life. ~Karen

If you’re looking for an authentic Tuscan experience, you really can’t beat staying in the heart of Tuscany. ~Anonymous

I went on a yoga retreat with Alchemy Tours to Tuscany. I was in a place where I was feeling like I needed to do something for myself to reconnect and gain clarity on my life. Do all this while practicing yoga and cycling in the hills of Tuscany? Sign me up! I didn’t know quite what I was searching for, but called it my “Eat, Pray, Love” trip. On the retreat I found myself laughing and feeling happier than I had in months; while also gaining the confidence through self-reflection that I truly am in charge of how I want my life to unfold. Since returning, I have been making small changes that are the building blocks to creating a more satisfying/fulfilling professional and personal life. And most of all, I can’t wait to go on another retreat. – Ann

Silvia took care of everything too, so it was never stressful.  She had everything meticulously planned, but wasn’t rigid about it. She was flexible, accommodating and made adjustments so everyone was able to get the most out of the trip. I felt that she truly cared about us, was tuned into what we needed and did everything she could to make it an experience of a lifetime for everyone. – Amber

How did your Yoga Retreat help you make positive changes in your life?
 Before the yoga retreat, I was looking to reconnect with my wife and myself. The retreat helped in so many different ways with just those things, as well as opening up some amazing new friendships. I felt like a totally new person afterwards. – Jordan

You have such a gift for teaching and such of depth of knowledge and training, in both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. And you clearly embody all that you teach, I admire your sense of peace, calm, and thoughtfulness – you are beautiful inside and out – I want to bring more of these attributes into my life. – Christine

 

How Does the Alchemy of Yoga Work?

“Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world. Whatever change we want to happen outside should happen within. If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something.” – Sri Swami Satchidananda

ABOUT ALCHEMY OF YOGA:

This program is recognized by Yoga Alliance as a Registered 200-Hour Yoga School and offers you a unique opportunity to make a deep commitment to learning more about yourself. This soul-dive takes place in a safe haven: a nurturing environment to engage in open minded self-exploration. Silvia Mordini and the Alchemy of Yoga team are devoted to offering you an atmosphere in which freedom of expression, fun, creativity, and passion for life are totally encouraged! This program covers the foundations of the eight-limbed path of yoga and believes in yoga as a life-long truthful celebration of ourselves and our world.

OVERVIEW OF YOUR ADVENTURE:

  1. EARTH: Foundational Alchemy – Rooting into Self and Manifestation (Chakra 1)
  2. WATER: Emotional Alchemy – Tapping into Your Potential and Living in Possibility (Chakra 2)
  3. FIRE: Physical Alchemy – Discovering Your Optimal Performance (Chakra 3)
  4. AIR: Mental Alchemy – Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness (Chakra 4)
  5. ETHER/SPACE: Spiritual Alchemy – Transformation Living and Teaching Yoga (Chakra 5 – 7)

HOW DOES ALCHEMY OF YOGA WORK?

Something magical and mystical happens when a group of high-intentioned individuals make the decision to gather together for two-hundred hours with the purpose of uplifting their lives and expanding consciousness into radical authenticity.

The result is something beyond words. It is, as best as I can explain it, the Alchemy of Yoga. The Yoga Sutras (Chapter 2, Verse 1) explains how the Alchemy of Yoga actually works:

“Tapas svadhaya ishvara pranidhana kriya yoga.”

This sutra is translated to explain that yoga helps us transform ourselves on three levels:

  1. Physical Alchemy – Tapas
  2. Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya
  3. Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana

Physical Alchemy – Tapas: Ignites the changes we want to make in our lives. It is about the getting fired up and passionate. Literally it means heating the body through moving and breathing in the vinyasa.

Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya: While we are following the discipline of tapas and engaging in physical practice to help move our stuck energy we are watching ourselves. In yoga we study the self to learn about the self. Here the mental alchemy is through self-observation. We witness what is going on in our thoughts, what are we thinking. We tune in to our intuition to enhance clarity and harmony between what we think, say and do. We remember to remember who we really are. Through this, our ego softens from being I centered to seeing our interconnectedness to all things, people, nature, energies. We humbly realize our nature of union in this interweb.

Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana: As we are doing and watching, we let go of the ego of judgment. We move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender that allows what is being offered to mix together. We practice ishvara pranidhana as we trust the universal intelligence that hugs us from all directions to know what it is doing. Once we find this trust, we begin to believe that beauty and goodness are within us flowing non-stop. We understand that there is no reason to stop this flow for its natural current is to align with the current of grace that is everywhere outside us. Beauty becomes our way of life. Happiness becomes our natural alchemy once again.

HOW DOES ALCHEMY OF YOGA TEACH YOU? (Syllabus)

FOUNDATION: Introduction

Initiation into Truth, The Four Agreements, How to Live an Inspired Life, Alchemy as a Map of Transformation, How and Why Alchemy of Yoga Works

EARTH:  Manifestation – Rooting into Self

  • Freedom from Fear/Shadow Work, Ethical Guidelines, Greatness & Living Honorably, The Hero/Heroine’s Path, Power of Manifestation, Living Your Yoga

 WATER: Creation – Tapping into Your Potential

  • Body Love, Spiritual Happiness, Svadhaya of Possibility, Intention & Dharma, Vision Boards & Dream Journaling, the Five Koshas

FIRE: Ignition – Tapas, Discovering Your Optimal Performance

  • Recapitulation, Intrinsic & Extrinsic Movement, Bandhas, Somatics, The Neuroscience of Yoga, Developing a Personal Practice, Sun Salutations, Dancing Warriors, Moon Salutations, Mandala Namaskars, General Principles of Poses (Purpose, Stages & Benefits), How to Teach a Pose Safely to All Levels of Students, Stress Response + Relaxation 101, Restorative Poses, Yoga Therapeutics, Anatomy – Muscles + Bones

AIR: Edification – Svadhaya, Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness

  • Yoga History + Lineages, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Yamas & Niyamas, Alchemy of Balance + Happiness, Breathing (Pranayama), Meditation (Dhyana), Ayurveda, Dinacharya, Doshas + Guidelines for Balancing the Doshas, Nourishing the Physical Body + Ayurvedic Diet, Food Plans to Balance the Doshas

ETHER: Liberation – Ishvara Pranidhana, Transformation into the Infinite

  • The Psychologically Healthy Teacher, Teaching as Art, Skill, & Service, Staying Inspired as a Teacher, Teacher Mission Statement, Teaching to the Heart of the Student, Creating a Safe & Sacred Space, Assessment of Class Energy, Mood, Style, The Essence of Great Teaching, Teacher & Student Relationship, Honoring the Sacred Seat of the Teacher, Ethical Relationships & Boundaries, Alchemy of Communication, Learning Sanskrit, Languaging, Class Theme Preparation, How to Theme in a Psychologically Healthy Way, How to Guide Students to Their Own Experience, The Art of Sequencing Vinyasa Flow, Wave Theory & Choreography, Energetic Anatomy, The Psychology of Yoga + The Chakra System ,The Business of Yoga & Sustainability

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What is Your Travel Dream?

We all have a Travel Dream we’ve replayed in our sleep over and over. To be honest, we’ve sat in our offices or have been at home preparing dinner and day dreamed the same thing. The question is, Are you ready to blossom open? Why wait even a day longer?

Some say you can fall in love with a place just as you can with a person. This is certainly true of Tuscany! The tastes, sights and people of Tuscany will nourish your spirit and renew your sense of joy. Experiencing life under the Tuscan sun is something that stays with you forever. In Italy, you slow down to enjoy each breath, each sip of chianti, each taste of antipasto. You may in fact realize that you are actually home: the home of your heart. And life will never be the same after that. Tuscany teaches us to savor each moment and live inspired by the details that might have otherwise passed us by. Our combined years of guiding in Italy ensures that you will experience the joy of La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) with us.

Stop dreaming and start planning now to be delighted!

Join our 7 Day Italian Adventure to Tuscany, in the Heart of Renaissance Italy, June 19-25, 2016 guided by Yoga Teachers, Healers, Authors and International Guides Silvia Mordini and Amita Stark, who are both passionate about Tuscany, have lived in Italy, and are both experienced in the culture! We will be guests at Antico Borgo di Tignano recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site focusing on Tuscan traditions. Stay in your own 10th century restored villa all with private baths. Peacefully nestled into the hills with epic views of Casole d’Elsa and Volterra in the distance, this is the perfect entryway into the Tuscan countryside.

IMG_3175We will travel to many famous Art Cities, including: Florence, Monteriggioni, Siena, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignano, Castellina in Chianti, Tignano, Petriolo Natural Hot Springs & Spa, The Mediterranean, Casole d’Elsa, and Colle Val d’Elsa. Lingering with iconic art, architecture, and design punctuated with wine, food, fashion, and fun, you will experience the real sensuousness of Tuscany and understand why it is on everyone’s bucket list! Many people decide to spend some time after our trip, to build on the foundation, and we highly recommend it!

This week is all about recharging. We will move at a relaxed pace; participation in any event is not mandatory and there will be plenty of time offered to explore on your own. You will certainly have time to re-learn the art of relaxation or as the Italians say “Il Bel Far Niente,” set mindful goals, and renew your entire sense of well-being.

Do not hesitate to ask us any questions. We want to make this a truly memorable experience! Download the complete brochure of information about the trip here!!

Grazie and Namaste,
~Amita & Silvia~

ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW DURING OUR 7 DAYS:
Day 1: Ciao! Florence, Piazza Michelangelo, San Miniato, Tour Unesco World Heritage Site, Antico Borgo di Tignano, Welcome dinner
Day 2: Medieval Castles, Culture, Art & Fashion of Monteriggioni & Siena. Sunset aperitivo on Piazza Il Campo.
Day 3: Wine Tasting & Private Walking Tour in Radda in Chianti
Day 4: Explore Tuscany by Bicycle or Foot Casole D’Elsa
Day 5: San Gimignano Tasting Exploration tour. “World’s Best” gelato, cheese, wine, olive oil, balsamic tasting extravaganza. Hands-on Bruschetta-making Class.
Day 6: Morning drive to the Mediterranean relax on the beach, afternoon lunch and visit to Petriolo Natural Hot Springs, evening dinner party
Day 7: Final Yoga, Brunch and Arrivederci!

INVESTMENT INTO LIVING YOUR DREAM:
*$250 OFF Triple, $300 OFF Double, $350 OFF Single Early Birds by MAY 31, 2016! *
$1999 per person Triple Room (Early birds $1749)
$2108 per person Double Room (Early birds $1808)
$2699 Single Room (Early birds $2349)

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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.

Come stay in our own Tuscan Villa

Register now, limit is 12 clients on this retreat. We have 3 more spots!

https://alchemytours.com/tuscany-yoga-retreat/

$250 OFF Triple, $300 OFF Double, $350 OFF Single by MAY 31, 2016!

$1749 per person Triple Room
$1808 per person Double Room
$2349 Single Room

 

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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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Monday Morning Mantra: I’m Empowered to Appreciate My Life

By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on Yoganonymous.com

What if everything you wanted came true? Could you handle it, would you accept it, how would you know it’s real. Are you still so skeptical that when what you want is being handed to you, you still don’t know how to be with so much grace?

The greatest fear is not of what we don’t have or of suffering or pain but of actually receiving what we desire. It is a fear of happiness.

Read the full article here on Yoganonymous.