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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Italy Alchemy of Yoga RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training

You’ve been asking me for years to offer an Italy Yoga Teacher Training program. YES, YEs, Yes! Join me in Florence April 13-June 15, 2016 or even part of the time with our module offering, at Italia Power Yoga founded by my dear friend Silvana Alfonso.

Your Investment into Yourself

Full Program

  • RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training + No Lodging: $1,999 USD
  • RYT 200- Hour Teacher Training + Shared Room: $3,500 USD
  • RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training + Private Room: $3,900

Modules:
Module 1 RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training + No Lodging:
Module 2 RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training + No Lodging:

Teacher Trainers: ‪Silvana Alfonso‬ and Silvia Mordini assisted by ‪Tess Obermeier‬
Where? Florence, Italy
Hosted by? Italia Power Yoga

For details visit alchemytours.com or alchemyofyoga.com

Overview of Alchemy of Yoga Organization:

1. EARTH: Foundation – Rooting into Self and Manifestation (Chakra 1, East)
2. WATER: Emotional Alchemy – Tapping into Your Potential and Living in Possibility (Chakra 2, West)
3. FIRE: Physical Alchemy – Tapas, Discovering Your Optimal Performance (Chakra 3, South)
4. AIR: Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya, Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness (Chakra 4, North)
5. ETHER/SPACE: Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana, Transformation into the Infinite (Chakra 5&7, Omnidirectional)

Alchemy of Yoga Calendar Dates

Full Program Dates: April 13 – June 15, 2016
April 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24*, 27, 30*
May 1*, 4, 7, 8*, 11, 14, 15*, 18, 21*, 25, 28*, 29*
June 1, 4*, 5*, 8, 11*, 12, 15

MODULE 1 – 85 Hours
April 13 – May 20, 2016
April 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24*, 27, 30*
May 1*, 4, 7, 8*, 11, 14, 15*, 18

MODULE 2 – 60 Hours
May 21 – June 15, 2016
May 21*, 25, 28*, 29*
June 1, 4*, 5*, 8, 11*, 12, 15

Schedule

Wednesday Schedule: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Saturday Schedule: 1:15 – 5:15 pm / Break 5:15 – 6:45 pm / 6:45 – 8:30 pm
Sunday Schedule: 1:00 – 4:45 pm / Break 4:45 – 6:15 pm / 6:15 – 8:30 pm

*Extended sessions. Detailed calendar provided upon registration or request.

Alchemy of Yoga Description

MODULE 1: Foundation + Physical Alchemy – Tapas

To start this journey together, we will explore the self. We will root into a foundation that is grounded in our highest potential. In addition, this module will focus on Sun Salutations, General Principles of Poses, The Stages of Poses, Benefits of Poses, Purpose of Poses, How to Teach a Pose Safely to All Levels of Students, Meditation, Pranayama, and Yoga Therapeutics. This module corresponds to Training Manual EARTH + FIRE sections and Chakras 1-3.

MODULE 2: Mental + Spiritual Alchemy – Svadhaya + Ishvara Pranidhana

IMG_3175This first wave of this module will focus on the fundamental principles of Hatha Yoga (Sun/Moon) including an introduction to Classical Yoga Philosophy (Yoga Sutras: Yamas and Niyamas, 8 Limbed Path), History of Yoga, Basic Sanskrit, the Implications of Ethical Behavior and Living Your Yoga with an Ethical Code and Ecological integrity. This portion of the module corresponds to the Training Manual FIRE+ AIR sections and Chakras 4-5.

The second wave of this module will focus on the art of teaching including Creative Sequencing in Class Design, Developing Life Affirming Class Themes, Importance of Positive Languaging, Vocal Intonation, Musical Awareness, and How to Teach to the Heart of the Student. This section also focuses on the Healthy Teacher-Student Relationship: understanding the dynamic and how to resolve ethical issues and the Art of Assisting: providing verbal and physical adjustments and enhancements in an authentic, safe and generous way. This portion of the module corresponds to the Training Manual WATER section and Chakras 6-7.

APPRENTICESHIP:

This portion of training will focus on the practical skill development of apprenticeship through taking asana classes, observing classes, assistant teaching, and karma yoga (community service yoga offering). Also explored will be personal development with respect to the Business of Yoga.

POST-TRAINING MENTORSHIP:

Planning a yoga career/business – how to best market yourself while maintaining strong ethical standards and life balance/how to resolve ethical issues that arise from teaching yoga – with the possibility to explore additional topics.

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A Unique Opportunity to Learn about Yourself Alchemy of Yoga

Alchemy of Yoga is a 10 year old 200 hour program recognized by Yoga Alliance as a REGISTERED 200 HOUR YOGA SCHOOL. It offers you a unique opportunity to make a deep commitment to learning more about yourSELF.

Blue Spirit Retreat Center is a safe haven: a nurturing place to engage in open hearted self-exploration. I am devoted to offering you an poolviewatmosphere in which freedom of expression, fun, creativity and passion for life are “totally” encouraged! My program covers the foundations of the 8 limbed path of Yoga and believes in yoga as a life-long truthful celebration of ourselves and our world. This is a Green Yoga program dedicated to the Art of Self-Study.

1. The first phase will focus on the fundamental principles of Yoga including an introduction to yoga philosophy (Yamas and Niyamas), history, basic Sanskrit, the implications of Ethical Behavior and living your yoga with an Ethical Code and Ecological integrity.

2. The second phase will focus on General Principles of Poses, How to Teach a Pose safely to all levels of students, The Stages of Poses, Benefits of Poses, Purpose of Poses, Ways of Sequencing using Vinyasa Krama, Sun Salutations, therapeutics, & the Art of Assisting (verbal and physical adjustments and enhancements) in an authentic, safe and generous way.

3. The third phase will focus on the art of teaching including creative sequencing in class design, developing life affirming class themes, importance of positive languaging, voice intonation, musical awareness, personal practice as laboratory and how to teach to the heart of the student. The healthy Teacher-Student relationship: understanding it and how to resolve ethical issues.

4. The fourth phase will focus on the practical skill development of apprenticeship through observing classes, assistant teaching, and Karma yoga (community service yoga offering). And personal development in respect to the Business of Yoga.

Post Training Mentoring Includes but is not Limited to:
• Life Coaching one on one

• Dharma Mentoring: Planning a yoga career/business for optimal sustainability

• Yogaprenuership: how to best market yourself while maintaining strong ethical standards and life balance

• How to resolve ethical issues that arise from teaching yoga