Are you ready for Adventure in Costa Rica

Are you ready…
of your life?
Yoga inspires us to aspire to our greatness!
Come live Pura Vida with us. During our 22-days dedicated to the alchemy of yoga we will explore the transformative power of lovingkindness and allow ourselves to be “seen.” As Chief Love Alchemists Emily Perry and I will hold space for your personal evolution, healing and joy.
#CostaRica Yoga Teacher Training July 28-Aug 18, 2018!
Early Birds Save $300 OFF
Questions? DM me, call, text, email 🙂 1-206-886-5743
Hosted by Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
#yoga #teachertraining #mysteryschool #healing #transformation#puravida #travel #adventure #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday#loveyourself #loveyourlife

Meet Emily Perry Yogapreneur Founder Live the Shift

I’m taking a moment from writing my #LoveYourDay newsletter whose theme is “Don’t Wait” to inspire you to do just that. Stop waiting.
If you’ve wanted to study closely with @emilyperryyoga and you’ve been waiting for the perfect time, well it’s about out.
Emily is launching new platforms and birthing a book. I am nothing less than honored and delighted that her FINAL 2 Yoga Teacher Trainings she’s offering are with me in #Bali and #CostaRica.
Emily Perry L.Ac., MTOM, E-RYT-500 teaches Bhakti Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Mindfulness, & leads kirtan. Her classes and immersions are infused with energetic alignment, mudra, chanting, & pranayama.
She is without a doubt the most talented connector of East meets West philosophy and practice. She lives the ancient practices with daily grace as she balances the life of being a busy Mom, and incredible Entrepreneur and all around leader. She is a powerhouse and Firekeeper. These LAST 2 opportunities to study 200 hours with her is your chance to learn firsthand how to #LIVETHESHIFT and connect to your purpose, your #dharma.
Learn more here:
Upcoming Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Trainings with Emily and Silvia:
April 1-22, 2018 Bali 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
July 28-Aug 18, 2018 Costa Rica RYT 200 Hour Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training
Learn about Emily Perry here
Visit her website to learn even more

#yogateacher #yogateachertraining #yogaeveryday #yogaeverywhere#bhakti #vinyasa #alchemyofyoga #alchemy #love #selfdiscovery@alchemyofyoga #bali #costarica #puravida #dontwait #liveyourbliss#bhakti

Uncover the Obstacles to Your Happiness

Join our #AlchemyofYoga Family in #Bali to go deeper than you’ve ever gone before in advanced Yoga Teacher Training~
We are calling you to join a purposely small #tribe of 10 socially conscious yogapreneurs, seekers, rebel spirits, and stretchy-minded souls May 5-12, 2018.
Who Is This For?
* You have the desire to learn “How to Live a LIFE Inspired” for lasting change by cultivating inner happiness and outer bliss.
* You are ready to authentically and effectively inspire others to live their best lives.
* You feel called to teach about the interconnectedness of all people, nature, energies, past and future through the Alchemy of Love.
* You are ready to be held accountable for your Happiness.
Benefits You Can Expect:
* We will uncover the obstacles to your happiness
* We will show you how to tap into your greatest potential & live from your highest self
* We will make practical how to live your dharma
* We will hold you accountable for radical self-love and help you design self-care strategies (including daily meditation and mantra)
* We will guide you through in-depth development of business strategy, personal growth and soulful happiness.
* Personalized Business #Coaching to develop your authentic brand, mission and vision.
* Personalized #Spiritual Coaching offering you energy medicine prescriptions for happiness informed by your dosha, astrology, chakra balance, karma and your guides.
* An action plan to grow your business in an energetically sustainable way – no burnout!
Find your Tribe and Love them Hard
#yogateachertraining #love #belonging #community #yogateacher #yogaprofessional @alchemyofyoga
Details at

40 Day Sadhana of Sat Kriya

“It takes 40 days to break a habit; 90 days to gain the new habit; 120 days and you are the habit; 1,000 days you are Master of it.” #YogiBhajan
#SatKriya is one of the most powerful kriyas in all of #Kundalini Yoga. I’m in a 40 day #sadhana of practicing every day without fail.
Posture: Sit on the heels in rock pose (Vajrasan asana). The heels are straight up into the buttocks, stimulating two acupuncture pressure points, one in each buttock. The knees can be slightly open. Engage slight chin lock i.e., pull the chin back but not down; stretch the arms over the head until the elbows hug the sides of the head. Interlace all fingers except the index fingers which are together and pointed straight up. Cross one thumb overhead.
Eyes: The eyes are closed and focused at the third-eye point, i.e., above and between the eyes.
#Mantra: The mantra is Sat Nam.
Chant Sat from the navel point. As you express Sat, pull the navel point in-up with an obvious snapping movement. At the same time, imagine you are receiving pranic energy from Great Spirit, the Creator, through the navel point. Then, chant Naamm and send the energy back out into the cosmos through the third-eye point.
Start with 3 minutes total each day. 🙏 #satnam
Lens #bali #waterfall

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.
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!
Take a deep soul plunge with me in #Bali or #costarica through 14 year old Alchemy of Yoga School.
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:
July 29-Aug 19, 2017 Costa Rica
Sept 3-24, 2017 Bali
April 1-22, 2018 Bali
Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Saraswati goddess of Learning

I’m a week back from #Bali where while there this time I had numerous teachers and seers ask me about my dedication to #Saraswati. In many conversations I was encouraged to invoke her as learning is the root of all dharma. And so I bought a #mala where I’ve only meditated to her.

And what I ask myself is “what did I learn that I can apply right now.”

The literal meaning of the name Saraswati is the one who gives the essential knowledge (Sara) of our own Self (Sva). The goddess Saraswati is also considered the Goddess of #Learning, or of education, intelligence, and the arts. As she is the consort of Brahma, who is considered the source of all knowledge, Saraswati is knowledge itself. Thus, many students or even scholars may worship her for her blessings.
She is often depicted sitting on a #lotus, which symbolizes that she is founded in the experience of the Absolute Truth. Thus, she not only has the knowledge but also the experience of the Highest Reality. She holds in her four hands a vina instrument, a mala (prayer beads) in the right hand, and a pustaka (book) in the left, which represents the knowledge of all sciences.
Holding the book in one hand also indicates that this knowledge alone can bring us to the Truth. The vina shows the beauty of learning the fine arts. Playing her vina, she tunes the mind and intellect with her knowledge, and thus the seeker can be in harmony with the universe. The prayer beads represent all spiritual sciences, like meditation and japa (chanting holy names), and, being held in the right hand, that it is more important than the secular knowledge contained in the book in her left hand. Her four arms represent her unrestricted power in the four directions. She also represents creativity, or the combination of power and intelligence, the basis of creativity.
Her name literally means the one who flows, which can be applied to thoughts, words, or the flow of a river.
She is also occasionally shown with five faces and eight hands, representing her additional powers. Other objects that she may hold include the pasha (noose), ankusha (goad), chakra (disc), padma (lotus), trishula (trident), and shankha (conch). Sometimes she is also seen riding on a swan, the carrier of her spouse, Brahma. At other times she is seen riding on a peacock or sitting with one nearby. The peacock represents the worldly beauty, which can distract the spiritual aspirant. The swan signifies the acquisition of wisdom and knowledge because of its ability to separate milk from water when eating, and thus acquire only the milk.
Saraswati is also the shakti or power and consort of Brahma, the secondary creator of the universe. Thus, she is also considered a #motheroftheuniverse. In this way, she is also connected with fertility.

The Difference between Distraction and Disturbance

We live in an increasingly chaotic world where everything is sped up and super sized.

We are constantly being stimulated by the immediacy of technology. We are distracted thousands of times a day externally and a million more times internally. It’s not getting any easier; technology has made it harder for us to focus. There is now almost nowhere you can go where someone can’t reach you with something urgent and important (at least to them.)

However, with this said, distraction is not the problem.

It is the suffering we experience as a result of focusing our energy on that distraction that causes a disturbance.

Disturbance is defined by Wikipedia as “the interruption of a settled and peaceful condition, the disruption of healthy functioning.”

Distraction is defined by Wikipedia as “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else. And an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.”

We live in a world of constant distraction. It’s easy to get agitated by the over stimulation of bells, whistles, alarms. With that said we could still overcome this if it wasn’t for how we try to deal with it in our left-brain centered world. The left-brain according to psychologists is adept at tasks that involve logic, numbers, reasoning, language and analytical thinking. We try to make peace by over controlling or denying the distraction. This will not bring us peace in our left-brain world.

Instead this feeds the disturbance to our mental patterns because it requires our brains to keep choosing to refocus on the distraction over and over again. We want to understand or fix the distraction thereby repeating it and giving it power. Our energy is being drained from us as we put it all towards the distraction that creates the disturbance. As a result we are living in mental poverty.

The solution to learning how not to be pulled into the tug of war of disturbance is Meditation.


Meditation will teach you the following:

  1. The difference between Attention and Awareness: Awareness is the forest, attention are the trees
  2. In our brain focused society rebuilding our awareness through a more global perspective will help us be less caught up in the details of our thoughts that distract us in a gazillion ways.

Attention and awareness and action are the intelligence of the soul

  1. How to concentrate. We have become a nation where the old saying you have my undivided attention is a thing of the past, these days if we’re honest we’d tell people “you have my divided attention.” Nobody knows how to listen these days.
  2. In grade school we had an opening meditation in the form of the pledge of allegiance; can you create an opening day mantra that can serve you today?
  3. In grade school we had recess to get rid of this excess energy-causing disturbance. Why not make a point to take an adult recess today? Run around, sit quietly, unplug.

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

Words of Wisdom Being the Best Student of Life

#AlchemyofYoga Words of Wisdom from RYT200 Hour Teacher Training in #Bali April 15 – May 6 & #CostaRica July 29-Aug 19
1. Remain a student of life. Practice being teachable.
2. Give gratitude to your teachers. To all whom you learn from, the barista, the taxi driver, your yoga/meditation teacher, your Mom or Dad, the sun and the moon.
3. Keep it real – Be a positive example of authenticity. Don’t just pretend to be yourself actually demonstrate what it means to live your life with integrity.
4. Show up and be present. Be kind. Teach Peace by your example.
5. Get healthy, stay healthy – practice radical self-care, build a therapeutic support system.

4 Benefit of Backbends

So what are the benefits of practicing backbends? Here are some of the major reasons to incorporate backbends into your practice.

  1. Improves posture

We don’t even realize how rounded over we’ve become until we bring attention to our fundamental spinal alignment. As a result, we start to stand taller and improve our posture. There is a blue print to the best way the body should be aligned, stacking shoulders over hips, over ankles from top to bottom, and bottom to top. What pose helps? Savasana first and foremost to get a base line. Then practice bridge with or without a block under your sacrum to support longer time spent in the pose.

  1. Increase mobility of spine

We spend the majority of our day bending forward in one way or another – sitting, driving, texting, picking things up, even sleeping. Statistically they say up to 80% is rounded over. But our spines are meant to be mobile. They move in 6 directions: flexion, extension, lateral flexion (right and left), rotation (right and left). By practicing backbends, we can improve flexibility and balance the mobility of the spine. From bridge take an easy supine twist then turn over to your belly and practice belly down backbends like low cobra or locust variations. And every day do some cat/cow too.

  1. Relieve Shoulder Pain

During the day we all start to slowly slump forward at our desks and our shoulders round forward. Backbends stretch the front of your chest and help you to draw your shoulders back and shoulder blades together, counteracting the shoulder slump.

  1. Natural mood elevator and energizer

The action of opening your heart and stretching the whole front line of the body stimulates the nervous system, waking you up and improving your mood. It can be invigorating and that boost of energy can help to alleviate stress. 

Why and How do Backbends Work?

There are three sections of the spine

Lumbar – Thoracic – Cervical

Be careful: The lumbar and cervical spine are the most mobile while the thoracic spine is the least mobile. In a backbanding practice, we need to stabilize both the lumbar and cervical region in order to mobilize the upper back.

How to prepare:

  • Move your spine in all 6 different directions.
  • Do belly down backbends for the front of your shoulders and to stretch the front of your chest. Practice sphinx, locust with yoga mudra, low cobra pushups.
  • Don’t forget to open your quads and psoas. Backbends require strong and open quads and psoas.