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

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.
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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.
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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.
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Her name literally means the one who flows, which can be applied to thoughts, words, or the flow of a river.
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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.
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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.

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I’m Not Sure I Want to Teach Yoga

I often hear people say “I’m not sure if I want to teach yoga,” when thinking about a yoga teacher training. My heart responds, we are ALL teachers.

Wisdom teachers abound everywhere you go. Each time you order a latte at your favorite coffee shop you are teaching by the example you set for those around you: how to be kind. When you park your car at the grocery store you are teaching others how to be gracious. When you share what you have you are teaching generosity.

We do not need to all teach #asana (yoga poses) post YTT but certainly investing in a program that opens your heart to who you really are is more than worthwhile.

Over the last 20 years of teaching and leading a Yoga School the best students are those that don’t have a meticulous post program action plan. Instead, they are focused on learning and experiencing their personal growth. Just as in a yoga class the goal is the practice rather than accomplishing a “pose.” In Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) allow your intention to be to show up as your real self and peal back the layers of all that stands in the way of living your most authentic life.

The Best teachers are those that know themselves the best. 

And from the study of the self, to the self, through the self, what are you ready to teach?

And we can ALL #teachpeace

The world needs more Teachers of #Peace. And that sort of teaching is off the mat, no yoga studio or class necessary. It can become the way we live our lives.

Feel our vibe? Join our Tribe in #Bali April 16-May 6, 2017 or #CostaRica July 29-Aug 19, 2017 with #emilyperryyoga! See pricing below. $400 discount on tuition by 1/30/17 deposit.

2017 YOGA TEACHER TRAININGS


Bali Alchemy of Yoga RTY200 Teacher TrainingApril 15-May 6, 2017

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200 Hours Yoga Alliance Certification
April 15 – May 6, 2017
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Double Lodging & Private Pool: $3,999 USD – $400 Early Birds! $3599
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Costa Rica Alchemy of Yoga RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training: July 29-August 19, 2017

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All rooms with AC & private bath
Triple villa: $3,800 – $400 Early Birds! $3400
Double villa: $4,150  – $400 Early Birds! $3599
Single villa: $4,699  – $400 Early Birds! $4299

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New Year Resolution is Yoga Teacher Training?

If your New Year’s #Resolution includes #Yoga Teacher Training then learn about #AlchemyofYoga offerings April 15-May 6, 2017 #Bali & July 29-Aug 19, 2017 #CostaRica. Downloadable brochures available any time at this link 🙂

$400 OFF early bird tuition going on now!

BALI AND COSTA RICA DAILY SCHEDULE
MONDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
6:00am-7:30am: Meditation + Yoga Practice
7:30am-8:30am: Practice Teaching
8:30am-9:30am: Breakfast
9:30am-2:00pm: Training Session
2:00pm-5:30pm: Lunch & Free Time + Play
5:30pm-7:30pm: Training Session
7:30pm-8:30pm: Dinner
8:30pm: Closing Circle OM OUT

TIME OFF
We include 1 full day and several half day’s off. Free mornings, afternoons & evenings are built into the schedule to allow time for rest, relaxation, self-study, reflection, and play! Details here: https://alchemyofyoga.com/schedule/

 

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Transform Your Life – Transform the World

TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE – TRANSFORM THE WORLD

“Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world. Whatever change we want to happen outside should happen within. If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something.” – Sri Swami Satchidananda

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.

ALCHEMYOFYOGALOGO

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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Map Your Intentions to Manifest

When you break down the process of what true intention really is, you will find a process that unfolds before you. By applying this process, you create your intention. With a well defined MAP of your intentions they become easier to MANIFEST. On my #yogaretreats & trainings I will help support you through this process in practical and loving ways.

1. Know your purpose (Vision/Dharma): Your reason behind your intention is purpose. Having a purpose infers a more determined path.
2. Design your intent: This means a specific, measurable (quantitative and qualitative), plan of action. What, when, why, where, how.
3. Improve your aim (GPS): By improving your aim, you add to your target effort directed toward attaining your intention. Remember it’s hard to make a bull’s eye if you don’t know where you’re aiming.
4. Include smaller items that will take little effort: manifesting smaller things actually creates a steady flow of energy and teaches us to appreciate the smaller goals as well.
5. Manifest your Intentions: The goal is the result of your #intention, put into action and attaining it by thought out effort and consistent focus.

Lens #alchemyofyoga #tribe #Bali #namaste

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Upcoming Dates:
Feb 8-12, 2017 Northwest Yoga Conference 
Mar 9-12, 2017 Sedona Yoga Festival
Mar 19-26, 2017 Bali Spirit Festival
Mar 26-April 3, 2017 Bali Yoga Retreat with Hannah Muse
April 3-10, 2017 Bali Yoga Retreat with DJ Drishti
April 15-May 6, 2017 Bali Yoga Teacher Training 
June 25-July 1, 2017 Tuscany Yoga Retreat
July 29-Aug 19, 2017 Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training with Emily Perry
Nov 25-Dec 2, 2017 Mexico Yoga Retreat at Prana del Mar with Emily Perry
Sept 30-Oct 7, 2017 Patagonia Yoga Retreat with DJ Drishti
March 1-22, 2018 Bali Yoga Teacher Training

#manifest #manifestation

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