What lesson other people could learn from your life?

Be grateful to everyone who has ever told you No. They are the reason for you to go out and do it yourself. And never deny who you are, what you look like and where you come from. What is always trending is authenticity. Don’t hold back or hide your inteligence. The way the world will change in this new golden age, will be through more people being empowered by the strength of feminine energy that exists in all of us.

What makes you smile?

Travel makes me smile. One could say being a citizen of the world is in my blood. My Father Enrico was an adventurer, my Mother’s parents were serious spiritual seekers. I grew up traveling all over the world with my brother and parents from the time I was an infant. I guess the fact that I love to show other people the beauty of the world shouldn’t surprise anyone since I was born in Ecuador, South America; my Father is from Northern Italy near Modena, and English was my third language. And I learned from my Father, this spirit of Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha, to dream the impossible. I saw with my own eyes, touched and tasted new flavors, experienced new landscapes and as a result I learned about myself. Every time I traveled somewhere I came back different, I was changed and knew that anything was possible. Tapping into my potential to see through the eyes of my heart makes me smile.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

My ears have been pierced since I was 2 days old. It’s tradition in Ecuador where I was born and it was a good thing too because my hair grew slow. Also I have no tattoes. I love them, just can’t commit to any one so keep waiting. Maybe I’ll get my first one when I’m 95!

If you’re not on a yoga mat, where can we find you?

Either on my laptop on the couch when I’m at home (by the beach if I’m traveling) or urban hiking eg walking in the city or walking along the beach finding more shells or special rocks to take home with me. I also love watching movies so you’ll find me at those cool theaters where you can have prosecco during the movie. I love that.

What do you never leave the house without?

I-phone, Mala beads (I know it sounds so stereotypical yogi, but it’s true), a pretty scarf or fun hat (you can dress up any outfit before or after yoga with the magic of a scarf and hat!)

Where are your favorite places to experience?

I’m traveling away from home 4-6 months of the year teaching yoga. My favorites are Bali, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Big Island Hawaii, Tuscany, Ischia, Ecuador, and Sedona.

What are the first 3 words that come to your mind when someone says: “grounded?”

Peaceful, Happy, Loved.

We want to know what your typical morning looks like!

As soon as I’m awake I practice my daily mantra: I love myself, I am love, I offer love, I receive love. Before leaving bed I sit up and silently meditate for at least 11 minutes or more. I get up do my Ayurvedic morning rituals known as dinacharya and then enjoy a decaf chai tea soy latte, read my angel or goddess cards, read something inspirational and then practice some asana. I usually prepare my class for that day (theming, playlist and sequencing) in the morning when I feel the most creative. Then I make progress on the many articles I’m writing simultaneously for weekly publication like Do You Yoga, Daily Cup of Yoga, MindBodyGreen, My Yoga Online, and Yoganonymous amongst others. Finally, I start revving up all social media for Alchemy Tours and check a gazillion emails until I need a break and go for a walk.

What is one mantra that is like a remedy for your soul?

Aham Prema. I am love.
I see with love, I think with love, I move in love, I live as love, love is me, I am love.

IMG_3274How do you channel your inner 5 year old?

I color or draw every day. I stay in the practice of it even it means simply creating mandala afer mandala. It keeps me connected to sacred fun and tapped into the pure joy of doing something for pleasure. Did I mention I use crayons too? I also love vision boarding (check out my article on how to) and cutting things up with kids safety scissors. I’m pretty much the worst at cutting straight lines. And no one loves a great #Jumpie more than me! You’ll always see photos of me jumping all over the world.

What do you see as the relationship between yoga and writing?

Yoga and writing are two expressions of the creative source within us. They are remembering to connect through heart with one another while at the same time doing it ourselves. They are universal brother and sister of embodiment.

How do you find that a yoga practice enhances your creativity?

Our old backed up emotions live in our bodies. If you are cluttered up with pent up history you won’t feel as creative as you could be. Yoga, meditation work on the junk drawers of the body to clean them out. As a result, you’ll tap into your most loving creative resources.

Is the reverse true, too? Do you think that writing enhances your yoga? In what ways?

As a writer it is important not to censor yourself. You are the curator of your own life experience and no one can judge your art. You are a choreographer of words. There is an inteligent sequencing to how you choose to organize this word art that arises out of trial and error. The more this comes through in your yoga the more fun it will be as an extension of your creative writing. You stop trying to “do your yoga right.” Instead, you experience it in a more emobodied way. You are free.

Your website says you publish 150 articles a year … what’s the secret to your productivity as a writer?

1. I am constantly stoking the fires of creativity by getting on my mabloglogost everyday to move and breathe in new ways. I never hold back.
2. My meditation practice keeps me authentic. Without it I would forget to stay who I am. I would remain a spiritual amnesiac unable to remember what I know about myself.
3. I travel to change my perspective and challenge what I think I know.
4. I am strategic about who I write for each year and how much I write. I also apply the discipline of tapas and write 4 days per week no matter what. I stay true to my schedule.
5. Through social media I stay connected to my readers. I recruit their questions into my stories. Their comments inspire me to write even more articles.
6. I make time to do nothing. I take a digital detox weekly and monthly.

Interview with Silvia Mordini, Part 1

Ever wonder what brought your teacher to Yoga? Learn about Silvia Mordini’s personal journey with its highs and lows, joys and struggles. If you’ve thought about joining her on a Yoga Retreat, Workshop or Training, get to know her here. Some questions covered include:
-What was your first yoga experience?
-What brought you to yoga as an adult?
-Would you consider yourself a healer?

Interview with Silvia Mordini Part 1 from christina russo on Vimeo.

Interview with Silvia Mordini, Part 2

The mission of Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training is to teach peace. Our immersions and trainings are meant to stoke the transformation possible within you to live a more authentic life as a student, and as a teacher. This program has been offered more than 15 times all over the world. Learn from its founder Silvia Mordini what inspires her to hold space for your joyful growth.
Some key areas covered:
-What does it mean to be a Yoga Student?
-Why did you choose Costa Rica for your destination Teacher Training?
-What is your mission for Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training?

Interview with Silvia Mordini Part 2 from christina russo on Vimeo.