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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Coffee of South East Asia & Kopi Luwak Coffee

 

Indonesia is the 3rd largest producer of coffee in the world. The three islands most involved in Southeast Asia’s coffee culture are Java, Sulawesi, and Sumatra. Even if you’re only an occasional coffee drinker, you’ve probably heard the names of Indonesia’s islands thrown around at one time or another.

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 Java is a tropical, densely populated island where much of the Arabica coffee in the world is grown. Javinese coffee beans are stored for 2-3 years to increase the smokey, full bodied flavor of the final product. Coffee grown on the island of Sulawesi is grown in a humid, mountainous climate. The most famous coffee growing region is Teraja- where the beans are picked and processed by hand. Because of the hazardous terrain and meticulous care of the plants, this region has a very low yield and it’s product is sought after by coffee enthusiasts around the globe. The island of Sumatra produces some of the most famous coffee in the world. People love Sumatra because of it’s bold, almost syrupy taste and complexity. You can find Sumatran coffee at almost any grocery store and coffee shop in the united states.

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What stands out as the most fascinating feature of Indonesia’s coffee culture is the very memorable and to many unappetizing works at the Kopi Luwak roastery on the island of Bali. This process involves the participation of a third party, the Asian Palm Civet. This civet, nicknamed the ‘toddy cat,’ is a small mammal native to Bali that consumes the coffee cherries, thus beginning the process of creating this very special cup of coffee. Producers of these coffee beans argue that this may improve coffee through two mechanisms, selection and digestion.  The selection occurs when the picky civets choose only the best, most worthy  beans to eat. Once eaten, the beans absorb enzymes from the civets, where their digestive mechanisms may improve the flavor profile of the coffee beans. There is much controversy whether this makes the coffee worth the $40-50 per cup price tag, but the only true way to know is to try it for yourself!

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When ordering this in Bali, they often refer to it as ‘animal coffee,’ or ‘cat coffee.’ On our retreat to Bali we make a special trip to tour and taste Kopi Luwak coffee and experience cultural bliss! Join us October 3-10 2015!

Bali Soulshine Luxury Lodging

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

1. LOTUS VILLAS: The Lotus Villa offered deluxe rooms with air condition and built in wardrobes in each room. All rooms have a pond and garden view. Each floor of the two story Lotus Villa building have their own bathrooms each with two wash basins, showers and toilets. Two single beds or one king available in each room. The ground floor rooms 1 – 3 share the downstairs facilities while the second floor rooms 4-7 share the upstairs facilities.

2. TERRACE VILLAS (include these):
Firefly Room: Cuddle with a loved one in this cool blue room with private terrace. The room features a queen bed, private bath and 2nd floor views.

Sound of Sunshine: Shine bright listening to the birds chirp overlooking over a jungle view. The room features two double beds, shared bath and 2nd floor views.

Garden Room: Relax in a gorgeous garden setting with private terrace and private entrance. The room features a queen bed and an adjoining tropical outdoor bath with the Koi Room on the ground floor.

Koi Room: Overlook the main koi and lotus pond in this cozy room. The room features a queen bed and an adjoining tropical outdoor bath with Garden Room on the ground floor.







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Bali Yoga Retreat Activities

On our retreats we include way more than just yoga! These are transformational life-coaching experiences. And part of the fun is exploring new ways to expand your range. While in Bali we have many excursions included but there are more you might consider.

skewersbaliTraditional Balinese Cooking Class:
Learn how to use some of the over 1000 spices used in Balinese cuisine to create an authentic and delicious meal. This cooking class includes a trip to the local market where you will learn about the ingredients that go into each dish. Back at the retreat you will have hands on experience with the chef on cooking such local favorites as Soto Ayam (traditional chicken soup), Rendang Sapi (braised beef in coconut milk) and Dadar Gulung (Balinese pancake filled with coconut and palm sugar). This half day experience begins at 6am (early risers get the best produce at the traditional local market!) and ends at 1pm. Booking required at least one day in advance.
$65USD per person

Ubud Tour and Kecak Dinner:
This combination trip begins in Ubud and includes Monkey Forest, the Royal Palace and the traditional local market. The tour also makes stops in Mas, Batuan and Celuk villages to see local artisans working on traditional Balinese wood carvings, art and jewelery. In Batubulan experience the impressive traditional Bali Kecak and fire dance inspired by the epic of Ramayana. Learn about the history and culture of the island from the locals and end the tour with dinner in Sanur or Ubud. This trip begins at 3pm and lasts approximately 5 hours. The trip cost excludes entrance fees.
$50USD per person

Kintamani Tour:
This cultural and sightseeing full day tour visits the artisan centers of Mas and Celuk as well as religious sites and volcanic viewpoints.

The tour begins at 9am and it is straight off to Batu Bulan to experience the local Barong dance. Trips into the Ubud local Mas village and Celuk artist centers afford a chance to watch local craftsmen at work. Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, was an 11th century cave used by monks and was named for the statue of Ganesh found inside. A few minutes drive from Goa Gajah is Tampak Siring, a holy spring temple known as Pura Tirta Empul. An hour drive through the terraced fields and mountains brings the tour to Kintamani and spectacular views of Mount Abang, Mount Agung and Batur Lake. The tour lasts approximately 8 hours and excludes entrance fees.
$70USD per person

Bedugul Mountain Tour:
Visit Taman Ayun Temple and Monkey Forest where you can spot bats sleeping in the trees and feed the monkeys. Experience the local handiwork, fresh fruits, botanical garden and sights of Pacung, Bedugul and Lake Bratan. A highlight of this trip is a visit to Ulun Danu Temple, one of the most picturesque and most photographed temples in Bali. The temple was built in 1633 by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the lake goddess Dewi Danu. This trip begins at 9am and lasts approximately 8 hours and excludes entrance fees.
$70USD per person

Balinese Wood Carving Class:
Wood carvings are omnipresent in Bali and tourist options run the gamut from traditionally carved to mass produced. Take home your own wood carved masterpiece and some basic carving skills from a class taught by a local artisan. Whether working in wood, stone, bone, horn or gnarled tree roots, these craftsmen can create art out of anything. Sit with an expert at the beginning of your week and whittle away at your craft until you leave.
$15USD per person

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Balinese Etiquette and Respect

Dear Fellow Travelers and Kindred Spirits,

We often hear talk about eco-sustainability but we want to propose that before you think about the earth you first consider human sustainability, the people part of the earth. We define an eco-conscious commitment to green travel as promoting the culture of the areas to which we travel and never leaving having made things worse.

Indonesia has easy to follow etiquette to help us all avoid being disrespectful travelers. We are going into their home and as such should respect their culture and customs. Together we can be model peaceful travelers! Thank you for your consideration and politeness.

With lovingkindness,
Alchemy Tours

Daily Etiquette
1. Body language: it is rude to point with the index finger. Use, instead, your thumb and always your right hand (left is seen as impure). The head is seen as sacred, so avoid patting children’s heads, and refrain from displaying the bottoms of your feet (also seen as impure). Talking with your hands on your hips is a sign of contempt, anger or aggression.
2. Hospitality: handshaking is customary for greetings (again, use only the right hand). A common method when greeting in passing is to press your palm to your friend’s palm in front of your chests, fingers point upwards.
3. Visitors: always welcome with refreshments, but refrain from eating or drinking until host says ‘silakan’ (please begin). When eating with hands, first wash hands, then use right hand only. Sandals and shoes may be left outside the entrance the home.
orangedoormonkeys4. What to Wear: When visiting rural villages, skimpy attire is not considered appropriate.
5. Public affection: touching between members of the same sex is seen as friendship affection, but affection between members of the opposite sex is seldom seen in public.
6. Bargaining: in a Balinese market, haggling over price is not considered impolite, but be pleasant. Bali is not one of those places where making an agitated display of negotiations is considered part of the process. Smile, and insist on the price you want to pay, and if they refuse your price, smile, say ‘thank you’ (terima kasi) and walk away.

Temple Etiquette
1. For both men and women, when entering a temple, wear a sarong around the waist.
2. Please ask permission before taking pictures.
3. Please avoid pointing the soles of the feet towards the shrines if sitting on the ground.
4. And when in doubt just in case you find yourself not knowing the etiquette learn how to say ‘ma’af sekali’ (very sorry).
5. Women on their cycle are not allowed in the temple, nor are women who have recently given birth

Names
Basically, the Balinese only have four first names:
First child: Wayan or Putu
Second child: Made or Kadek
Third child: Nyoman or Koman
Fourth child: Ketut
Fifth child: Start over with Wayan or Putu, and so on….
So don’t get confused if you feel like everyone you meet has the same name!

Balinese Social Structure
Balinese follow the caste system, and there are four castes in Balinese society. Intermarriage between castes is prohibited. Balinese live in villages, and the family is the basic unit of the Balinese society. A society of families who live in a neighborhood village is called a ‘banjar.’

Castes
BRAHMANA – priests, scholars
KSATRYA – warriors, nobility
WEISYA – merchants
SUDRA – farmers, laborers (primary population)
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Which Trips Have Availability?

Super Namaste Lovers of Flow, Adventurous Spirits and Yogis!

As of today May 22, 2013 here is what we have available on our upcoming trips:

June 22-29: Tuscany – 3 spots remaining
July 1-7: Amalfi, Ischia, Capri – 3 spots remaining
July 31-Aug 18: Costa Rica RYT200 Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training – 2 spots (1 girl, 1 guy)
Sept 22-29: Bali – 1 guy roommate
Oct 6-13: Bali – 1 female roommate Sound of Sunshine Room, Koi Room as Single or Double, 1 female roommate Lotus Villa
Nov 30-Dec 7: Baja Mexico – 10 spots remaining

2014 Upcoming Retreats:
Jan 5-11, 2014 Costa Rica New Years Yoga and Surfing
March 29-April 5, 2014 Xinalani Yoga Retreat
June 7-14, 2014 Paris to Provence Couples Retreat
June 15-21, 2014 Paris to Provence Writing and Yoga with Sadie Nardini
June 27-July 5 Tuscany Yoga and Cycling Retreat
AND MORE!
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Bali Soulshine Retreat Testimonial by Lexi Winkles

We asked one of our wonderful clients Lexi to share her insights about Bali Soulshine. We will be leading two retreats here Sept 22-29, 2013 and Oct 6-13, 2013. We hope this gives you even more of a feeling of what to expect from this EPIC adventure!

“Imagine a place so beautiful and mystical. A place where lush vegetation and fields of rice MonkeysATpatties fill the mountainous landscape. A place where everyone walking around is smiling from ear to ear. Food so incredibly fresh and delicious that you can’t wait until the next meal. That was my Bali and staying at Soulshine was even more of a slice of heaven. I couldn’t have imagined a more serene environment. Everywhere I turned there was a new scene of lush beauty, whether looking out of my cozy bedroom, the open air yoga room or lounging by the infinity pool, I was constantly seeing and breathing in the tropical environment. Wayan, Agung and the staff were so friendly and accommodating, from the first ginger mint smoothie to dinner with Agung and his family, I felt as if we were all lifelong friends and I was staying at their home. Bali was the most invigorating and transforming trip I had ever been on…it’s no wonder I lost track of time and worries, or as they say in Bali, “Kin Kin.” I already can’t wait until I go back.”

SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT BALI SOULSHINE:

1. SOULSHINE, BALI—THE PATH TO THE MAIN HOUSE & POOL
2. CONSTANTLY BEING GREETED WITH SMILES & DRINKS
3. THE MANY MONKEYS AT THE MONKEY FOREST…WATCH YOUR BELONGINGS!
4. MEETING THE HIGH PRIESTEST & BEING BLESSED
5. LEARNING TO MAKE AN OFFERING WITH AGUNG…SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR EVERYTHING YOU ARE APPRECIATIVE OF
6. BATHING THE BABY ELEPHANTS BEFORE THE TREK
7. RIDING THRU THE LUSH VEGETATION
8. THE SUNNY, LUSH LANDSCAPE
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