Have you ever noticed a low level of anxiety constantly gnawing away inside you? Do you find yourself clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, fidgeting, seeking meaningless distraction, anything just to handle the stress or get away from the tension you feel just being you? Yoga calls this Dukha. It means suffering, imbalance, despair, anguish, anxiety, irritation, uncertainty and more. You get the idea. If you feel Dukha, you are not alone. Despite the fact we have more comforts and material possessions, more freedom and more mobility than any people in modern history, Americans are awash in Dukha. As George Carlin put it, “the paradox of our time in history is we have more….” (I’ll share more about this later.)
How Dukha Impacts Us On All Levels
We all know that stress can have a huge impact on how we live day-do-day. It affects our mood, our social relationships, our sleep pattern and diet.
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The hot yoga topic in some circles has been about the marketing of yoga to make you slim and sexy. My first concern as a yoga instructor is not so much about sexiness as it is teaching folks that yoga is really about the Science of Happiness.
I know that with consistent, regular practice, you will reconnect with what you’re feeling, learn healthy, stress-reducing techniques (like breathing on purpose), appreciate your life more and generally engage with the world in a kinder way.
As yoga teacher Donna Farhi says, “What the world needs are kinder, more compassionate, generous people.”
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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.
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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.
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.
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This article is part of a series of Seattle Yoga News articles focused on interviewing local yoga experts in the Seattle area on a variety of yoga topics that are relevant to our readers. This week’s article is focused on finding happiness and features Silvia Mordini.
With contagious enthusiasm, Silvia Mordini encourages everyone she meets to love their life. She has been inspiring happiness, global awareness, and joyful living in students for 20 years. Seattle Yoga News asked her a few questions about finding happiness. Here’s what she said:
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By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on DoYouYoga.com
Here is a super simple fact about energy: it is attracted to the same kind of energy. Like energy attracts like energy. When we breathe, feel, and live from our heart energy we attract more of the same. And science can prove it. This is otherwise known as the Law of Attraction. And interesting enough, when you feel good, you are more attractive. Yoga teaches us that our natural state is one of happiness. We are born that way and meant to live that way. There is nothing wrong with enjoying life! Here are 3 ways yogis are more attractive:
1. Confident AttitudeDevelyn Steele says, “Smiling changes your attitude, raises your confidence, and makes you more attractive.”
Whether you believe it or not, smiling changes how you feel. If you doubt this, then start smiling and thinking positive thoughts and see what develops. You will find that you can’t help but have a more…
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I cry at movies and commercials and youtube videos and people hugging at the airport and puppies playing and…well you get the picture. Even though I am not part of the action or in the movie, to the brain it doesn’t matter. The mind will fool our brains because the neural networks of our thinking brain uses past memories to quickly respond to the visual cues.
The reality is that we have more than one mind. And each of these minds has a different experience of what is true.
We can influence our mind through suggestion known by medical professionals as the placebo effect. We will believe a pill will make us feel better (e.g., reduce pain and anxiety). The same can be said for hypnosis. Based on the “power of suggestion” we can also use meditatation, visualization, and affirmation to lower stress.
Affirmations work in much the same way.
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5 Reasons Why Yoga Studios are Important
By Silvia Mordini
Yoga studios are essential for both the student and the teacher. In this digital, social, media-energized virtual world, it is evident to me that people still crave human connection. The most important contribution studios offer is community. Community defined simply is a place for gathering. A place where hearts can connect. A place where interaction and relationships develop in personal face-to-face relationships.
What Yoga Studios Can Provide
Yoga studios provide that space where we can connect, learn, support, and celebrate each other. For students, this is critical in fostering personal growth and highest self-study, or svadhyaya. As students, we need teachers who can actually be with us.
For the teacher, it provides a consistent platform to offer their special gifts and unique styles. It fosters deeper, more intimate, and long-lasting relationships with the student. It also offers a place to call home… Read the full article here!
WHY I’M QUITTING (AND YOU SHOULD, TOO)
BY SILVIA MORDINI
LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO SETTLE—FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND FIND YOUR PATH.
“Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.” – Chris Brogan
I was raised with the immigrant mentality of work harder—and then work much harder—and above all else never quit. I associated shame with quitting, and quitting with being ashamed. But while you certainly aren’t going to get A’s and B’s by quitting, or get into the college of your dreams by quitting, or let alone land your dream job—is it possible that you could live your happiest life by selective quitting?
What if we aren’t quitting enough—and not the other way around?
Maybe instead of reading articles titled “Why You Should Stay in Your Job” or “How to Know If You Should Remain in Your Relationship” we should instead consider “Why You Should Quit Your Job” and “How You Know You Should Quit Your Relationship.” We need to stop allowing ourselves to be shamed by quitting things, people, and situations that don’t support our happiness. Life is simply too short to settle.
“Employ the power of positive quitting. Most of us view quitting as something negative, but it’s not. ‘Winners never quit,’ we’re told, when, in reality, winners quit all the time: choosing to stop doing things that aren’t creating the results they desire.” – Jim Allen
But quitting is not the same as giving up—that’s where we get confused… Read the full article on Wanderlust.com!