The Importance of Sisterhood: 7 Tips on Nurturing Your Sisters, by Silvia Mordini

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The truth is, I work a lot. I travel to fulfill my dharma to teach peace and inspire happiness. I’m in different time zones, and often lack reliable WiFi or have low bandwidth. I can’t afford an international cell phone plan, just cheap sim cards for local calls.

Even when I’m not off-grid, I meditate a lot by myself so I’m still off-grid (in a sense, living in another realm.) I’m also an introvert hiding in plain site as an extrovert, which requires time alone to recharge. I get so involved in my role of healer-teacher that I forget to leave time to stay more connected.

What has changed for me, as I get wiser, is how important sisterhood is now more than ever.

Read the complete article in DOYOUYOGA 

5 Ways to Be More Generous, by Silvia Mordini

As a result of practicing yoga, I have changed the way I think about generosity. I have learned to give without expectation and to always remain mindful of the quality of my generosity.

Generosity in yoga is an interesting learning based partly on two of the five Yamas:

1. It means the opposite of taking (Asteya) whereby we share freely with a focused quality effort.
2. Generosity implies looking at life through a prism of abundance instead of scarcity. In yoga, this is known as Aparigraha: there is more than enough for everyone.
Continue reading this article in DOYOUYOGA 
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How to Live an INSPIRED Life by Silvia Mordini

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.

In 2017 we are offering 2 opportunities to join our tribe:
April 15-May 6, 2017 Bali with Silvia Mordini and other master teachers in Ubud
July 29 – Aug 19, 2017 Costa Rica with Emily Perry and Silvia Mordini
Apply to save your spot silvia@alchemytours.com
Deposit is refundable up to 90 days in advance.

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 (Chakras 5 – 7)

ALCHEMY OF YOGA: HOW TO LIVE AN INSPIRED LIFE

Yoga is about wholeness, health, and vital living. It is about a life inspired in body, mind, and spirit. Through movement, meditation, discussion, and journaling, we will explore the vast resources related to How to Live an INSPIRED Life by focusing on the last three niyamas or personal practices that comprise the Alchemy of Yoga. These are necessary for bringing about real, lasting change and cultivating inner happiness and spiritual bliss.

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Experience the alchemy of the five elements, the four directions, and the chakra system as an inner and outer map of transformation. These are archetypal and energetic maps that are as metaphorical as they are very real and embodied. Everything we see, taste, touch, feel, and do can be interpreted through the gateway of the elements, directions, and chakras.

We will learn how to tap into these sacred relationships and align ourselves with their alchemy in order to gain insight into healing our psyche, emotions, and well-being.

WHAT IS ALCHEMY OF YOGA?

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.

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21 Affirmations to Transform Your Life

By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on Daily Cup of Yoga

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.

Read the full article here on Daily Cup of Yoga! 

Reignite Your Passion

Practicing yoga helps us remember to celebrate life. During class we burn off, sweat off, twist off the spiritual amnesia (forgetting what fires you up!) In a nutshell it reminds us about what we love about our lives: Dancing, hiking, playing piano, running, cycling, painting, traveling. Forgetting what you love to do is a form of self-sabotage. For instance, if you forget about your dreams, then you never have to risk failure. However, just because you’ve decided to ignore your passions doesn’t mean they no longer exist. Besides life is too short to stop doing what you love.

So today invoke the Fire Element, known in sanskrit is AGNI.

passionpurposeFire is the energy of transformation or change. If you think about the power (Shakti) of fire it can take metal and change it into any shape. Fire is also symbolic of rebirth. It cleanses, burns off the negative and energizes one to light the path forward. Then we move confidently in the direction of what we love with great PASSION.

It is visible to everyone. You can see it. In the words of Philosopher Hebbel, “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” And no one else can tell you what fires you up, only you can decide “how to set your life on fire” -Rumi.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~ Harold Whitman

Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it and hold true to your biggest dreams! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia @inspiredyogagal

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Why Travel is Like Yoga

Remember when you first started yoga? How all the poses seemed so separate from one another? Then at some point, the transformation happened and you started to feel the poses in relationship to each other. This feeling of union within yourself eventually grows to include everyone in the room. “Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked,” Desikachar writes. In that moment of self-acceptance, the diversity of shapes, bodies, breath, and histories all link together as one.

Yoga embraces diversity just like travel does. And in the words of Mark Twain travel (like yoga) “is the enemy of prejudice.”

When you change the ecology of your mind by visiting other places you realize how much we all have in common. At the same time you learn to appreciate those ways we might be unique – food, wine, spices, dress. You come to see strength in this union of relationship between our commonalities and differences. As a result, you are forever changed. Your ability to accept others like you do yourself changes everything. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia
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Are You Inspired to Be Alive Today?

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

We are all explorers, adventurers, artists and inspiration leaders! However, we can only inspire others to the degree that we are ourselves living inspired lives. And there is a difference between simply being here, getting through it, and feeling the miracle it is to celebrate life.

Today set your sights on creating more adventure in your life. It is the easiest antidote to stoking the fire of inspiration! Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

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