What’s a Dosha?

What’s a Dosha?

#Ayurvedic philosophy is grounded in the belief that the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether) manifest in everything. These 5 elements are expressed in 3 Doshas which are a combination of 2 elements:

Vata = Ether and Air
Pitta = Fire and Water
Kapaha = Earth and Water

Join me #AlchemyofYoga YTT #teachertraining and learn how this #alchemy of #earth #water #fire #air #ether impact your life.

Each person has a unique combination of Doshas from the time of conception. Each Dosha has characteristics that manifest physically, mentally and emotionaly in our bodies. Ayurveda strives to balance these Doshas using a combination of lifestyle choices and diet.

#Bali #Yoga Teacher Training October 1-22, 2016
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Every Little Step Encourages Growth

Grown up #crow pose. A reminder that every little step matters. The smaller poses of our lives create momentum to keep growing towards greater expansion.

This experience of teaching ourselves ultimately becomes the passageway for knowing how to teach others to achieve these growth points.

A great teacher knows how to break down the poses step-by-step making the preparation golden and accessible to all. They give their student the tools necessary to be successful even faster than themselves.

They inspire them to practice every day.

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Oct 1-22, 2016 #Bali yoga teacher training
July 29-Aug 19, 2017 #CostaRica yoga teacher training

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How to Take Your Yoga Practice Deeper

I hold space for interested students of Yoga and Spirituality to go deeper into self-discovery. Our programs are designed to give an overview of what Yoga really is on ALL levels, not just physical. My 3 week immersions are perfect for those who want to evolve with the support of a tribe and those who want community but don’t desire to teach public classes. As well as those that don’t know if they want to teach yoga. This time is for YOU first and foremost whether you choose the certification track or not. I’d love to be part of your journey to the heart of your self. Love you, Silvia

Alchemy is for everyone with the heart to take a soul plunge into their greatest happiness. Here are two options for self-study:


Allowing space for individual growth, Alchemy of Yoga offers two paths of study:

Option 1 includes above aspects of self-study culminating in formal certification through Yoga Alliance with 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) status. Expectations of students following this immersion-based path include:

  • Interest in studying all aspects of yoga: asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, history and theory, arising from a wish to deepen your practice and engage in self-study.
  • Commitment to attending training sessions and completing additional contact hours including asana classes, observations, assistant teaching, and practice teaching.
  • Participation in group activities and contribute to discussions.
  • Completion of all homework and practicum materials.
  • Support other students.

Option 2 includes Immersion for serious students looking to deepen their practice and knowledge of yoga asana, meditation, philosophy, and spirit who do not wish to pursue teaching yoga. As a self-study student, differences in your experience include:

  • You are not required to submit any homework although it is strongly advised that you complete the assigned readings in order to contribute to group discussions.
  • You will not be required to complete the practicum requirements.
  • You will not be graded or assessed in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards.
  • You will not beawarded a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Certificate upon completion, however you will be given a certificate of program completion as a reference for future studies or trainings.

Post-Training Mentorship: Alchemy of Yoga understands that a 200-Hour Teacher Training Program is both a deep-dive into yoga + self-study and simultaneously just the beginning. We are thrilled to offer ongoing resources and mentorship, including but not limited to:

  • Planning a yoga career + business, how to best market yourself while maintaining strong ethical standards and life balance, and how to resolve ethical issues that arise from teaching yoga.

Download the PDF  versions of these documents:

Upcoming Programs

Santa Cruz, California July 1-21, 2016
Costa Rica July 30-Aug 20, 2016
Bali October 1-22, 2016
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How to Live in 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.


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.

When you join together in a Kula (“community of the heart”), we are all the Alchemist in his/her laboratory mixing the ingredients. As alchemist yogis, our laboratory is our mat and the ingredients are our bodies, our poses, our breath, our thoughts. Mixing it all together creates a different result every time and changes your life! You wake up to the power you have to go into the lab of your life experience and mix the potions you want to create your most INSPIRED life!

Bali Teacher Training October 2016

Alchemy of Yoga School: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

with Silvia Mordini AND Guest Teachers
OCTOBER 1-22, 2016

Join Silvia Mordini and special Master Teachers for a complete 3-week immersion that eliminates the distractions of daily life for enhanced learning in the home of heart, Bali.


We are proud to offer various price points, payment plans and scholarships to be more inclusive. Please refer to our financial support page for additional detail. Final balance due before training begins on October 1, 2016. Please e-mail silvia@alchemytours.com to inquire.


$400 OFF UNTIL JUNE 30, 2016!
200 Hour Teacher Training + Triple Lodging: $ 4399 USD
200 Hour Teacher Training + Double Lodging: $4950 USD

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  • 200-Hour RYT Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training
  • 200+ page training manual
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 3 healthful, delicious meals per day with vegan, gluten-free options
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Daily meditation, mantra, and chanting
  • Vision board creation
  • Excursions: Including but not limited to Goa Gajah (elephant temple), UNESCO World Heritage Rice Field Hike, Water Temple Purification Ceremony, Monkey Forest, Sanur Beach, Kecak Dance
  • Time for exploration and relaxation
  • Water and fire rituals aligned with the moon cycles
  • Energy medicine prescriptions
  • 2 social hours on select evenings
  • Free WiFi
  • A special eco friendly goodie bag
  • On-going mentoring and resources upon completion of the program
  • Taxes


  • Airfare to and from the training
  • Lodging before and/or after the training if you are coming early or staying later
  • Spa treatments


Bali is an island and the smallest province of Indonesia, and includes a few smaller neighboring islands. It is located between Java to the west and Lombok to the east, and its capital—Denpasar—is at the southern part of the island.

Bali is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music.

IMG_4888Bali’s central mountains include several peaks over 3,000 meters in elevation. The highest is Mount Agung (3,031 m), known as the “mother mountain” which is an active volcano. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali’s large rice crop is grown.

The island is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south tend to have white sand while those in the north and west have black sand. Bali received the Best Island award from Travel and Leisure in 2010. The island of Bali won because of its attractive surroundings (both mountain and coastal areas), diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local restaurants, and the friendliness of the local people.

(Source: Wikipedia)


Nirmala Resort is the backdrop to your 3-week yoga immersion.

This luxury location is just outside the center of Ubud at Niramala Retreat Center, surrounded by green and golden rice fields, palm trees, and soothing sounds of flowing waters.

It is located 4 minutes from central Ubud and 60 minutes from Denpasar Airport.

Niramala maintains a peaceful atmosphere integrated with nature. The resort offers you a truly healthy lifestyle with an organic garden and restaurant, inspired by local wisdom.

Hotel Facilities:

  • Swimming pool + jacuzzi
  • Restaurant overlooking the rice fields
  • Multiple indoor + outdoor yoga spaces
  • Yoga mats + props if you wish to leave yours at home
  • Renowned spa
  • WiFi internet access in public areas and most rooms
  • Room service
  • Doctor on-call
  • Free shuttle to Ubud area every 2-hours
  • Rice Field Walking Paths
  • Scooter Rental Available
  • Free Bicycles (based on availability) to ride around Ubud

Each room is thoughtfully appointed in a stylish, Balinese theme that romotes a chill vibe and has its own luxurious bathroom. You will have space to spread out in the 450+ Square Foot (42 sq. meters) room. Each room also has a deck that overlooks the rice fields, beautiful gardens or the pool area. Additional room amenities include:

  • 32″ TV with international & local channels
  • Welcome Fruit Basket
  • Free Bottled Water (provided daily)
  • Coffee and Tea maker
  • Phone

The resort will also provide: 

  • Daily breakfast is offered between 7am – 10am + daily teatime snacks from 3-5pm are included. You may also order off the extensive and delicious menu at the hotel for lunch or dinner.
  • Fresh, clean water for drinking. Bring a water bottle that you can refill to maintain hydration throughout the day.
  • Air conditioning – though we will encourage you to experiment with leaving it off to fully acclimate to the wonder and natural climate of Ubud.
  • Laundry service with 1-2 day turnaround, with per-item pricing and order forms available in every room.
  • Pool & room towels will be provided.
  • Soap & shampoo will be provided, though please bring conditioner as needed.
  • Small refrigerator in each room.
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Alchemy of Yoga Alumni Feature Taylor Harvey


Taylor graduated from Alchemy of Yoga’s 200-Hour Teacher Training Program in Costa Rica last year. If you feel inspired by her story and Alchemy of Yoga aligns with your heart, join our tribe! Reach out to sarah@alchemytours.com and silvia@alchemytours.com for more information.

Santa Cruz California July 1-21, 2016
Costa Rica July 30-Aug 20, 2016
Bali Oct 1-22, 2016

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A lifelong competitive soccer player, Taylor Harvey discovered her yoga practice in Seattle after two back surgeries in college left her unable to participate in many of her previous athletic endeavors. A friend suggested she try heated power vinyasa and she was hooked after her very first class!

After practicing various styles of yoga for four years, including vinyasa, hatha, and ashtanga, she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (RYT) in Costa Rica through Alchemy of Yoga. Since completing teacher training in August 2015, Taylor has been teaching yoga in Yangon, Myanmar, where she has resided for several years. She currently teaches at the only dedicated yoga studio in the country, the Yangon Yoga House, as well as at the Belmond Governor’s Residence hotel and the British Embassy’s Social Club.

“One of my favorite aspects of teaching yoga in Myanmar is that I can routinely see the effect that yoga has on my students. In many ways Myanmar is still a very challenging place to work, and many of my students work in stressful roles for development or humanitarian organizations with immense amounts of travel. In most of my classes I can see a visible reduction in tension on student’s faces between when they enter the class and when they open their eyes after savasana, which is incredibly rewarding as a teacher.

I also have a number of students who I see fairly infrequently as they are based in remote locations in Myanmar, but who have told me that attending my class in Yangon is one of the highlights of their occasional weekends here. That brings me to my other favorite thing about teaching in Myanmar – teaching here has provided an unprecedented opportunity to build a ‘community’ outside of classes.

Unlike the studios I used to attend in the United States, where most students take off immediately after class, I teach multiple classes per week here that are followed by an optional meal.  Every week I have a group of students (which varies a bit each time) who stay to relax a bit longer, connect with one another, and share experiences. It has been a really lovely way not only to get to know my students better but to share our collective experiences and support one another.”

Heart Fire Medicine

“If Earth’s WHOLE history was compressed into 24 hours beginning at midnight, organic life would begin only at 5pm…mammals emerge at 11:30pm…and from amongst them only SECONDS to midnight, our species.”

Now is our time to FIRE up and do something with this gift of life before its gone. I pray that we all embrace our individual Dharma’s today. No waiting.

If you desire inspiration, then let me with my dharma of Activation help you.

“FIRE from our SUN that fuels all LIFE drawing up plants and raising the water to the sky to fall again replenishing. This is the same fire of lightening that flashed into the primordial soup, catalyzing the BIRTH of organic life.”
-John Seed and Joanna Macy

Elemental ‪#‎Heart‬ Medicine
‪#‎Fire‬ 3rd Chakra

This is the ‪#‎AlchemyofYoga‬ where you harness the power of self-definition. You are free: May I express who I am without fear.

Learn more at Yoga School guided by Silvia Mordini, Life Inspired Happiness Coach at DiviniTree Yoga & Arts Studio

Alchemy of Yoga Programs Details:
Santa Cruz July 1-21, 2016
Costa Rica July 30-Aug 20, 2016
Bali Oct 1-22, 2016


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‪#‎RYT200‬ ‪#‎TeacherTraining‬ ‪#‎soul‬ plunge ‪#‎selfstudy‬ ‪#‎happiness‬ #‎santacruz‬ ‪#‎yoga‬ immersion ‪#‎yogaschool‬

Why Choose Alchemy of Yoga?

Alchemy of Yoga is unique from other teacher training programs in that it goes way beyond mastering yoga poses. While you will learn a great deal about asana, it is truly a journey in self-discovery.

The role of Silvia Mordini and the rest of the Alchemy of Yoga team is to provide the inspiration into a journey of self-inquiry and hold space for your growth in a way that is true to your authenticity before, during, and after teacher training.

What Does Alchemy of Yoga Offer Students?

In completing Alchemy of Yoga’s 200-Hour Teacher Training Program, you will be empowered to:

  • Embrace your potential and awaken your inner power
  • Ignite your passion as you unearth and follow your dharma
  • Embark upon the path of self-study + self-discovery
  • Master the physical aspects of asana practice through an approach rooted in safety and alignment
  • Develop a personal yoga, meditation, and pranayama practice
  • Explore all eight limbs of yoga philosophy in addition to the chakras, elements, and other energetic healing systems
  • Design and confidently lead intelligent, alignment-driven, and theme-based Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative classes
  • Infuse your signature style into class sequencing
  • Adapt classes to varied fitness and experience levels of your students

Upon completion of the program you will be eligible for:

  • Registration through Yoga Alliance once you have completed practicum materials
  • Ongoing support, mentorship, and resources through the Alchemy of Yoga Alumni Program

Most of all, you will graduate as a Happiness Ambassador ready to authentically and effectively inspire others while carrying out Alchemy of Yoga’s ultimate mission to Teach Peace.

2016 Teacher Training Offerings (RYT-200):

E-mail silvia@alchemytours.com and sarah@alchemytours.com if Alchemy of Yoga aligns with the heart of your yoga. Click here to learn more about joining our tribe.



Alchemy of Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Application

Alchemy of Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Intake Form: ALL ARE WELCOMED.

If you feel inspired by the Alchemy of Yoga vision to Teach Peace, we would love to listen to your story and learn more about the heart of your yoga.

Please send completed materials to: silvia@alchemytours.com and sarah@alchemytours.com.

Background Information: Name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and emergency contact information

Please tell us about your yoga practice.
− How long have you been taking yoga classes and/or practicing yoga?
− What style(s) of yoga do you practice?
− How often and how long do you practice? Do you have a home practice?
− Do you currently have a meditation practice?
− Who have been your most influential teachers and why?
− Have you attended any trainings, intensives, or retreats? What inspired you to attend and what did you learn?

What has inspired you to pursue yoga teacher training?
− What are your expectations for the training? What do you hope to gain, learn, or improve?
− Do you teach yoga now? If so, please share with us the details of your teaching path.
− If you plan on teaching after completing the program, why do you want to teach yoga?

What does yoga mean to you?
− Describe how your life has been impacted by practicing yoga.
− Tell us about your hobbies, interests, community service, etc. outside of yoga.
− Describe your physical health (e.g., any major illnesses, surgeries, or physical conditions)., emotional health, and mental health.
− Do you have a support network of friends or a therapist?
− Does your family support this journey you’ve decided to take?
− This program requires a significant investment in yourself. Do you have any other major commitments (e.g., school, two jobs, etc.) that would prevent you from participating fully?

E-mail silvia@alchemytours.com and sarah@alchemytours.com if Alchemy of Yoga aligns with the heart of your yoga. Click here to learn more about joining our tribe.


Yoga Teacher Training Reading List

What should you be reading if you are interested in joining my Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training?

REQUIRED BOOKS: It is recommended that you read the books in the following order. While nothing beats a worn hard copy aged with years of love and use, consider purchasing electronic copies if you are completing a destination-based teacher training.

books soul value• Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
• The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
• Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater
• The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi or The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Wheels of Light by Anodea Judith
• The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad
• Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
• Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship by Donna Farhi
• The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Dr. Ray Long
• How We Choose To Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People by Rick Foster + Greg Hicks
• The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
• The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar

RECOMMENDED BOOKS: Additional recommendations that include several of Silvia’s favorites books to support continuation along the path of self-study and self-discovery.

• Yogi Bare by Philip Self
• Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
• The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
• The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope
• Anatomy Coloring Book
• Yoga from the Inside Out by Christina Sell• Wherever You Go There You Are by Jack Kornfield
• Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain
• The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace by Jack Kornfield
• Healing Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Ferrand
• Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa PInkola Estes
• The Four Desires by Rod Stryker
• Yoga & the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main
• Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
• It’s Easier Than You Think by Sylvia Boorstein
• Women Code by Alisa Vitti
• Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
• The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Stover
• The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell
• The Heroine’s Journey by Maureen Murdock
• Be Happy by William Holden
• Sweat Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth
• Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar