Art in Florence: Top Twenty Artworks

“As adamant fans of the art in Florence, it often breaks our hearts to hear that travelers to this fair city miss out on some of Florence’s renowned works. Of course there are many reasons to visit this multi-faceted town, but one of the main motivations has always been to see Florence’s breathtaking painting, sculpture, and architecture. According to UNESCO (although it may be a somewhat Western centric view), 60% of the world’s most important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these are in Florence. – ”

See more at Art in Florence by Select Study Abroad

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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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Destination Yoga Teacher Training RYT200 Program

Ciao & Kind Namaste!

I would like to take a moment to tell you more about the Registered 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training is Jedi training for the Superhero inside all of us! It is wholeheartedly dedicated to the art of self-discovery. Think of this as Happiness Training.

“Happiness is first of all, feeling understood.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

Who am I to you? My teaching intention is to serve you as a compassionate mentor who inspires honest self-inquiry and ultimate transformation. This goes way beyond just teaching, mentoring means I have the opportunity to hold space for your growth now and forever. This is an intimate experience where I want you to feel understood (for some of us for the very first time).

“It is not enlightenment we need; it is intimacy. It is not positive thinking or awareness we need, but intimacy. Intimacy gives us these.” – Mark Whitwell

In our intimate Kula, community of the heart – an extended family, of no more than 18 students we can delve into the deepest study of who we are so we can live our happiness in a big way. This is the ultimate adventure. A Hero’s Journey.

This is the part where you find out who you are.

TTthennowThis will be an adventure that will both challenge and encourage you to embrace your potential and playfully make your super hero powers come alive. More than having you master some yoga poses, I want to see you become more self-aware and self-confident.

Joseph Campbell found that there was one CRUCIAL part of every Hero’s Journey – and that is the “Call to Adventure”. That moment when the hero is living his or her normal life and something changes, there is an opportunity to go on a journey.

The question is, does the hero say YES or NO? Every hero says no at first.

Why?

Simple: fear. They know if they say YES their life will never be the same again. They are afraid of change. They are afraid of risk. They are afraid of greatness. But being a hero means having courage and moving forward even though you are afraid of the discomfort of vulnerability. Vulnerability meaning the courage and truth to be ourselves. (Brene Brown).

Yoga inspires us to aspire to our greatness! The practice tells us that not only do we already possess our greatness, we have a responsibility to share it with the world.

So, consider this in-depth self-study program as a YES to one of the ultimate adventures of your life! Join me to feel more empowered to love your life!

With peace in all ways,

~Silvia~ Alchemy of Yoga

With deep respect and honor: This program is enriched by many ancient teachings, not just yoga, it also draws from Joseph Campbell, Brene Brown, Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, Shamanism, Ayurvedic studies, Toltec wisdom, Mythology, and energy systems like the Chakras.