Be Happy Practice Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama

I’ve taught more than 10,000 hours and since my very first teacher training, my goal has always been to practice more than I teach, to teach what I practice and to practice what I teach.

“It doesn’t matter how many hours you practice yoga or meditate by yourself, the union of being in relationship with others is what heals the world. Yoga teaches us that isolation is the root cause of suffering and connection is the essence of healing.” Silvia Mordini

In the Yoga Sutra’s Pantanjali gives us a four part process to help us clear our hearts of any negative energies as a means for quieting our minds and reconnecting to the deepest reservoirs of unconditional love and compassion.  The sutras advise we:

  1. cultivate maitri(friendliness) toward pleasure and friends;
  2. karma(compassion) for those who are in pain or suffering, yourself included;
  3. mudita(joy) for those that you are happy and whom we admire;
  4. and upeksanam(equanimity) toward those who have hurt us.

Starting now apply these Keys to Happiness and see for yourself how this changes your life!   Within the next 24 hours choose one tangible action you can take to endorse compassion and decrease suffering at home. Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

 

Looking for Peace? Here’s the Answer

When I was in the corporate world I both loved and strongly disliked Performance Appraisals. I enjoyed the feedback knowing how I was doing but at the same time it would make it harder for next time. The point came where the pressure just went up and up.

We do that in our life. We start giving ourselves a grade on everything when the reality is that it is all just pass/fail. We are passing if we learn to balance positive expectations with acceptance. “Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.” (Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth) Acceptance brings about inner peace, joy and love. Otherwise we find ourselves in a state of fighting what life is offering and it can feel like we are failing at life.

Yoga has without a doubt made me more patient. It helps me move from that state of having too heavy of expectations and grading everything to allowing and accepting.  Don’t get me wrong sometimes it’s still hard not to grade myself at life but for sure I’m better at seeing the whole thing as simply pass/fail.  What’s changed? Well I don’t want to feel that TUG-O-WAR with myself or with anyone else.  Impatience doesn’t feel good and yoga teaches the antidote to impatience is, yes you can guess, patience.  Patience feels good.  It feels like a return to center no matter the chaos or what other people do or don’t do. It feels like compassion, peacefulness and a constant return to balance. When I am patient I feel like I can attempt anything without attachment to the result.

When Patient our minds stop playing the old games of pushing, pulling, creating anxiety, distrust, stress or simple heavy expectations.

It is a simply formula:
Over Expectations = Impatience
Accepting = Patience

Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth writes “To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly.”  Try it for a week or even a day where you try living in a way where you relieve the heavy expectations of yourself and others and live with less resistance to this isness of now. Instead follow the guidance of the Yoga Sutras which advise “enjoyment is the sweetness of noticing your life right now: smell, taste, feeling, sensation.” This type of enjoyment allows us to receive what life is offering regardless of whether it looks like what we expected.

“You can’t run after contentment it has to find you, all you can do is try to create the space for it.”  (Judith Lasater) We are through yoga really meeting ourselves with no further resistance or pre-qualifications. It is like what Derek Walcott writes about in his poem: So join me feast on your life! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

In Yoga School, what poses do you learn to practice, embody and teach? 

In Yoga School, what poses do you learn to practice, embody and teach?
During RYT200 Hours #AlchemyofYoga School we focus on these 60 fundamental poses.
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Summary Poses To Know And Be Able To Teach:
• Urdhva Hastasana – Upward Salute from Tadasana
• Ardha Chandrasana A – Half Moon Pose from Tadasana
• Uttanasana – Standing Forward Fold
• Urdhva (Mukha) Uttanasana – Monkey or Upward Facing Forward Fold
• Chatarunga Dandasana – Four-Limb Staff Pose
• Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Facing Dog (Up Dog)
• Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog (Down Dog)
• Utkatasana – Fierce/Difficult Pose (aka chair)
• Virabhadrasana I – Warrior 1
• Bhujangasana – cobra
• Anjaneyasana – lunge (high/low)
• Parsvottanasana – pyramid
• Prasarita Padottanasana – wide angle foot spreading posture
• Virabhadrasana III – Warrior 3
• Virabhadrasana II – warrior 2
• Trikonasana – triangle
• Parsvakonasana – side angle
• Parivritta Trikonasana – revolving triangle
• Parivritta Parsvakonasana – revolving side angle
• Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana – revolving half moon
• Vrksasana – tree
• Garudasana – eagle
• Ardha Chandrasana II – half moon 2
• Hasta Padangusthasana – hand to big toe
• Natarajasana – dancer’s pose
• Shoulder openers
• Purvottanasana – incline plane
• Vasisthasana – side plank
• Salabhasana – locust
• Bhujangasana – cobra
• Dhanurasana – bow
• Ustrasana – camel
• Setu Bandhasana – bridge
• Urdhva Dhanurasana – upward facing bow
• Malasana – garland (aka squat)
• Raja Kapotasana
• Supta Padanghustasana – supine hand to big toe 1, 2
• Janu Sirsasana – head to knee pose
• Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana – half bound lotus forward bend
• Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana – three-limb one-foot forward bend
• Marichyasana A – a folding pose named after the sage Marichy
• Dandasana – stick or staff pose (prep for paschimottanasana)
• Paschimottanasana – seated forward bend
• Baddha Konasana – bound angle
• Upavista Konasana – seated angle pose
• Navasana – boat
• Ardha Matsyendrasana – half Lord of the Fish pose
• Marichyasana C – a twisting pose named after the sage Marichy
• Bharadvajasana – a twisting pose named after the sage Bharadvaja
• Supta Parivartanasana – reclining twist
• Bhujapidasana – shoulder squeeze
• Bakasana – crow
• Parsva Bakasana – side crow
• Astavakrasana – eight figure pose
• Koundinyasana A & B – pose named after a sage
• Galavasana – pose named after a sage
• Adho Mukha Vrksasana – handstand (lit. downward facing tree)
• Pinca Mayurasana – tail feather of the peacock (aka forearm balance)
• Sirsasana – headstand

What First Then Soulmate Shows UP

How? IMMERSE Yourself Fully.

What? Fall in love with yourself unconditionally.
–>Then you are FREE.
–>Then your soulmate shows up.
–>Then you attract your best life!
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Take a deep soul plunge with me in #Bali or #costarica through 14 year old Alchemy of Yoga School.
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GO DEEPER.
BE HAPPIER.
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Authentic #Dharma Studies thru 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. These immersions are unapologetically spiritual. They are also incredibly fun and amazing cultural integrations. Go here to learn more: https://alchemyofyoga.com/programs/immersions/
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July 29-Aug 19, 2017 Costa Rica
Sept 3-24, 2017 Bali
April 1-22, 2018 Bali
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Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Stop Polluting

What I miss already about Italy… not hearing any curse words. While walking to yoga, grocery shopping, sitting at restaurants there is no constant streaming of curses not even from American tourists. Every other word isn’t eff this or d*mn or sh*t forced into my energy field in public places.
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In general conversation other words are chosen.
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I know you can find articles written like “Why smart women use f*ck more than others” and the “5 reasons eff feels good to say” but it doesn’t feel good to have to hear this all the time. Am I sensitive to the energy of words? Yes, I am. Everything we say, as well as its intent has measurable vibration.
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All I ask is that in public settings I’m not bombarded by these words. In my first 5 minutes arriving into the SFO airport I’ve already had to hear people on their cell phones calling women b**ch and eff words galore!
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So my shields go up to protect myself.
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When you speak of any women like this it hurts me. And when you pollute the atmosphere with low vibration word choices it hurts me too. I have to breathe in the energy you’re putting out there. And so do all the children around me.
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I’d rather coexist in a kinder way where my shields stay down and I go around heart forward and wide open. ❤️
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PS yes I know this philosophy isn’t trending. I’m ok with that.
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Lens #florence #laghuvajrasana

The How of Your Happiness in Tuscany

What if changing your life, and discovering who you truly are, is as simple as getting on a plane?
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“The life you’ve had doesn’t have to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen
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THIS #TUSCANY EXPERIENCE IS FOR YOU IF:
• You’ve been settling for far too little adventure in your life
• You’re ready to learn more about the How of Your Happiness & remove the obstacles
• You’re ready to stop making excuses
• You’re tired of compromising your true desires for what others want you to do
• You want to get to the heart of your Truth: You want to know your True Self; attract True Love; start living your True Purpose
• You long to feel grounded
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#Italy #YogaRetreat June 24-30, 2018
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#Happiness is #Travel
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I Come Before You Heart Open

Oh Divine Mother, Divine Father, archangels and angels, my guides, ancestors, teachers, friends, and all those who love me hear me now.
I come before you with my heart opened in humble gratitude for my soul’s journey.

I acknowledge my unfolding and nourish the flames of my heart, mind, and soul with the beauty I create in the world. Bless my footsteps as I walk upon my path so that I may always remember the road that leads to the truth of the flame within me. And so it is…

A day closer to my solar return.

Lens #florence #upavistakonasana

Meditation is like Aerobic Exercise for Your Mind

“Meditation is to the mind what aerobic exercise is to the body. Like exercise, there are many good ways to do it and you can find the one that suits you best. Meditation is the quintessential training of attention. Since attention is like a vacuum cleaner – sucking its contents into your brain through what’s called “experience-dependent neuroplasticity” – getting better control of your attention is the foundation of changing your brain, and thus your life, for the better.” – Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
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Just like aerobic exercise the only way to get the benefit of #Meditation is to do it.
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I would be honored to teach you #mindfulness meditation on a #yogaretreat or #yogateachertraining or invite me to your #yoga studio to lead a workshop.
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Silvia@alchemytours.com

Vino and Vinyasa Farm to Fork

Intentions are like magnets; the more we declare them, believe in then, and act in ways to manifest them, the more powerful and real they become. #ManifestationYoga
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BEST Cooking Class in Florence Italy

Of all the questions I get asked one of the most common is where can I take a cooking class while in Tuscany? Here is my advice.

The BEST Cooking class in Florence, Italy? Well…..It is a pleasure to introduce you to Antonella who will come to your place or you can go to her charming home 10 minutes from Florence.

Her website is

You can choose one of these menus:

PASTA AND MEAT SAUCE:

Tuscany toast with liver pate

Bolognese sauce with aromatic herbs

Tagliatelle

Tiramisu

PIZZA WITH VEGETABLES AND RICE

Homemade Pizzaflat

Bread

Risotto

Tiramisu

If there is anything in particular you are interested in learning, don’t hesitate to ask.

Cost: the cost of this private cooking lesson, for 2 persons everything including is of € 130,00 (to be paid upon arrival in cash).