Clap Hands, Today is All Happiness

My favorite Rumi poem begins:

“Come for today is a day of festival,
Henceforward joy and pleasure are on the increase.
Clap hands, say, ‘Today is all happiness,
from the beginning it was a manifestly fine day.”

It reminds me of when we were kids and we would spontaneously clap behappyour hands together to celebrate ourselves. How great was that! To clap and celebrate ones own life is Yoga! The Dalai Lama weighs in when he says “the roots of all goodness lie in the soul of appreciation for goodness.”

When we symbolically clap hands by saying nice things to ourselves we are appreciating our innate goodness. Healthy self-esteem grows from recognizing our own gifts, unabashedly celebrating them, therefore making today a day of happiness, a really fine day.

On the other hand, if we seek approval and happiness outside ourselves, it sets us up for life-long disappointment. As Dr Wayne Dyer says “Every moment that you spend upset, in despair, in anguish, angry or hurt because of the behaviour of anybody else in your life is a moment in which you have given up control of your life.”

Today focus on how amazing you are, join me in clapping hands (even at the end of your next yoga class!) I know you might feel self-conscious at first, but I trust you can let go of any pretense and share the beauty and humor of your real self. Just try it, spontaneously increase your joy and appreciation for your life by clapping hands. I’m quite certain it will make you smile!

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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Take Pleasure in Yoga

When I think about the main message I want to give folks about yoga it’s this: JUST HAVE FUN. Find pleasure in the practice. ENJOY IT! I don’t want you to get all worked about about what you look like, how you practice and whether you’re doing it perfectly. I really don’t want your yoga to be another opportunity to practice the self-abuse of perfectionism.

havegoodtimeJust be YOURSELF. This means if you want to cry or laugh or both at the same time, that’s just you being you without conditions. Just like your breath is unconditional. It will breath us no matter what. I remember a time in my life where I was not given permission to breath or to be myself, flaws and all, and it felt like I was a prisoner. YOGA SET ME FREE. I want it to do that for you too.

Remember REAL YOGA IS WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE. IT IS INVISIBLE.

So while I know you will find deep benefits from the practice including greater clarity and a more peaceful demeanor I hope this is achieved while you are enjoying your time on the mat. That it becomes for you what it is for me, FREEDOM, LIGHTNESS, RECESS FOR ADULTS. Let the yoga work for you, takes its lessons to heart but most of all HAVE FUN!

HOW WE CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY

Co-founder Silvia Mordini is an accomplished Happiness Coach. One of her many favorite inspirations is the book “How We Choose to be Happy”, where authors Rick Foster and Greg Hicks identify 9 choices that extremely happy people make.

What are those choices?

The happiest people:
1. Consciously choose happiness over unhappiness
2. Choose to accept full responsibility for their thoughts, actions, and feelings
3. Choose to look deeply inside of themselves to determine what makes them uniquely happy vs. looking to others to learn what should make them happy
4. Choose to keep what makes them happy central in their lives
5. Choose to convert problems into opportunities and find meaning in even the most painful times
6. Choose to be open to new opportunities and remain flexible and ready to adapt when the unexpected occurs
7. Choose to possess a deep and on-going appreciation for all that is good in their lives and to stay present focused
8. Choose to give of themselves generously and without expectation of being rewarded
9. Choose to be honest with themselves and others.

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Mental Detox

We all need to take a time out. Every single one of us. A retreat is just that, a retreat from daily grind in order to get clear on what you like about your life and what could be working better. Or even just realizing those things you’ve outgrown. 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.

My upcoming retreat to Prana del Mar, Baja Mexico is the perfect place and time to do this mental detox. And I include way more than just yoga. This is a life coaching experience where you’ll learn practical tools to apply to your life right away.

Join me, do it for you. Don’t wait.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
*7 nights of accommodations in Deluxe Rooms at Prana del Mar
*Three Organic Feasts/day + snacks
*Two yoga classes a day with Silvia Mordini: 1 solar and 1 lunar (using 2 different studios too)
*Partner Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
*Restorative Yoga
*Meditation and pranayama
*Guided Labyrinth Meditation walk and History
*Fire Practice (ritual to remove blockages) Beach Bonfire
*Constellation Presentation on rooftop deck, drink in hand
*Interactive Cooking Class
*Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure
*Spanish language class
*Guided Beach Hike on the 19 acre property
*1 Social Hour
*Yoga Photoshoot
*Eco-Friendly Goodie Bags
*Ground transportation inbound and outbound from airport

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Radical Change and Happiness

Happiness Rx: “Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security.” -Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild (Mission of Alchemy Tours)

Join us on Retreat and Get Clear on the Change you wish to be in the world:

July 31-Aug 18, 2013 Costa Rica Teacher Training RYT200

Sept 22-29, 2013 Soulshine Bali

Oct 6-13, 2013 Soulshine Bali

Nov 30 – Dec 7, 2013 Gratitude and Manifestation, Baja, Mexico at Prana del Mar

Jan 5 – 11, 2014 Costa Rica Yoga and Surfing at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers

March 29 – April 6, 2014 Xinalani Mexico

June 7 – 14, 2015 Paris and Provence

June 21 – 28, Tuscany Couples Retreat

June 28 – July 5, 2014 Tuscany

July 6-26, 2014 Tuscany Teacher Training

August 2 – 9, 2014 Amalfi Coast (Ischia)

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Happiness is a Choice

Happiness is a choice. This lesson almost more than anything else has changed my life. It is one that I stay in touch with on a day in and day out basis. I made a choice to lead retreats all over the world because it is important to me. And as part of developing Alchemy Tours I continue to be tuned in to the partnership of happiness and choice. Here is how we choose to be happy in 2013 at Alchemy Tours. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

How We Choose to Be Happy in 2013 at Alchemy Tours

Explore a New Place in the World
Expand beyond ordinariness into experiencing
someplace extraordinary and inspiring.

Make a Full Commitment
Set your intention/sankalpa and stay with it. Practice
Sun Salutes everyday or set the date for a retreat.

Do Something that Scares You
Push your limits and get out of your comfort zone.

Taste Something New
Savor new flavors in wine, beer, and food;
either locally or in new part of the world.

Practice Relaxation
Make time to meditate, spend time near the water,
watch more sunsets, unplug from technology.

Learn a New Language
Set your mind up to try speaking another language. If you’re
going to Italy, then learn some Italian phrases, or try Spanish
if you’re going to Mexico or South America.

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Inspiring Adventure In Your Life

Posted by Yoganonymous and authored by Silvia Mordini about INSPIRING ADVENTURE in your life.

http://www.yoganonymous.com/inspiring-adventure-in-your-life/

“The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.” – Maryanne Rudmacher

My Father was my first adventure teacher. I am forever grateful to him for inspiring my love for exploration. The quality of curiosity was not looked down upon in my family and I was never made to feel bad about it. Today I want to pay forward this joy of adventure in personal growth. This is why I lead retreats. I hope my article inspires you to open your heart to the world of possibility within you and outside you! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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How We Choose to Be Happy at Alchemy Tours

havegoodtimeHappiness is a choice. This lesson almost more than anything else has changed my life. It is one that I stay in touch with on a day in and day out basis. I made a choice to lead retreats all over the world because it is important to me. And as part of developing Alchemy Tours I continue to be tuned in to the partnership of happiness and choice. Here is how we choose to be happy in 2013 at Alchemy Tours. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

How We Choose to Be Happy at Alchemy Tours

Explore a New Place in the World
Expand beyond ordinariness into experiencing
someplace extraordinary and inspiring.

Make a Full Commitment
Set your intention/sankalpa and stay with it. Practice
Sun Salutes everyday or set the date for a retreat.

Do Something that Scares You
Push your limits and get out of your comfort zone.

Taste Something New
Savor new flavors in wine, beer, and food;
either locally or in new part of the world.

Practice Relaxation
Make time to meditate, spend time near the water,
watch more sunsets, unplug from technology.

Learn a New Language
Set your mind up to try speaking another language. If you’re
going to Italy, then learn some Italian phrases, or try Spanish
if you’re going to Mexico or South America.

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Who are the World's Happiest Countries?

This is the list presented by the good work of Eric Weiner, author of Geography of Bliss who visited 10 of the happiest places. These include:
*India,
*Bhutan,
*Thailand,
*Switzerland,
*The Netherlands,
*Qatar,
*Iceland. (for the other 3 we encourage you to read his book)

This is one of my favorite books and continously inspires me to travel and see the world as a catalyst for personal development. He talks about “How place – in every aspect of the world – shapes us, defines us. Change your place, I believe and you can change your LIFE.”

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia
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Travel and Happiness

“Happiness depends on ourselves.” – Aristotle.

One of the things I love most about traveling, is that if you want to be happy while going around the world you must learn how to be ACCOUNTABLE. When traveling in a new city or new country for that matter, many circumstances are out of your control and things may not unfold the way you expected them to. What is in your control is to be accountable for how you respond. “No matter what life presents to us we have the ability to move forward, to do something good for ourselves.

Affirmation: I MAKE MY LIFE AND NO ONE ELSE MAKES IT FOR ME.

Ecuador – Silvia’s birthplace, join us in the Galapagos March 2014