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.

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Why Yogis Are More Attractive

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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25 Ways to Be Kind

By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on DoYouYoga.com

You don’t need a reason to help people. Let’s remember to be kind to one another, as it isn’t always apparent on the outside what the struggles we may be facing are on the inside. After all, when this is all over, all that will really matter is how we treated each other.

When we enter this world, our Kindness IQ is intact. We can keep it that way through our actions. Kindness is like a muscle; it gets stronger the more you use it, or atrophies if you don’t.

You don’t need a reason to be kind to people. Instead, here are 25 suggestions and ideas of ways to be kind.

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I’m Silvia Mordini, and This is How I Yoga

An Interview with Silvia Mordini, Featured on DoYouYoga.com

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Name: Silvia Mordini
Occupation: Writer, Happiness Coach, Adventure Addict, Spiritual Traveler, Teacher Trainer, Retreat Leader, Yogipreneur, Fashionable Yogi, Travel Junkie, Healer
Location: Seattle, Washington (previously Quito, Ecuador)
Favorite yoga style: If I was on the witness stand and was forced to answer this question I’d have to say something like “spiritual playful mystical vinyasa.”
Favorite yoga pose: Changes and evolves. Right now backbends. And my consistent favorite is Half Moon B besides sitting in meditation.
Yoga is… The Alchemy of Happiness.

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25 Life Lessons I’ve Already Learned

By: Silvia Mordini

As I continue to learn life lessons, I also begin to wonder more about the quality of questions I’m asking. I know that I will never be done learning. And since learning often comes as a result of pain, heartbreak, or tragedy, it is my sincere hope that the lessons become gentler as we work our way through life.   My life philosophy is: “Ancora Imparo — I am still learning.” These words, spoken by Michaelangelo as he lay on his deathbed, ring true for my soul development every day. I am happy to note that some lessons have stuck with me, even as I continue to learn and grow.   Sometimes that paradoxical sense of, “the more I learn, the less I know,” rises within me, and I vacillate between a quiet calm and a low-grade anxiety… Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com!

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The Link Between Yoga Economics and Happiness

In class recently, I was sharing the story of what things were like when I opened my first yoga studio, Chicagoland Total Body Yoga. Without apology, I begged my neighbors and friends to be in class for free so it would look like we had students, but really we didn’t have any money coming in for months. I was working two full-time jobs clocking in a ridiculous number of hours each week, and almost every waking moment was poured into fanning the flame of the studio to keep it alive another day, week, let alone month or year. Well, that was 13 years ago.  To say I often thought about giving up would be an understatement…. Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com! 

Your Happiness Return On Investment (HROI) by Silvia Mordini

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Just like we have different bank accounts, so do we also have various spiritual accounts. One of the most important spiritual accounts we have is our Happiness Account. The account with the most deposits of your energy will grow—think of this as your Happiness Return on Investment (HROI).

What often happens, however, is that instead of making deposits into our Happiness Account, we squander away the currency of our energy into stress, worry, and comparison.

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