I Never Wanted to be a Yoga Teacher

As Teachers we never know how we live in the mind of our students. So it’s up to us to share our real stories so the imaginary one’s don’t gain traction.

Myth debunked: I never wanted to be a Yoga Teacher.

I had serious career goals like being promoted to be the youngest Supervisor, as well as promoted to youngest Manager, and youngest Associate Director, and Director. I was on a fast track in the corporate world and I loved it! I earned more money in year 3 of my work life than what it cost my parents to build their first new home in the Midwest.

If my Father was alive as I successfully climbed the corporate ladder, he never would have believed that being paid that much money was possible, let alone the lifestyle that came with being a corporate Road Warrior. Even to me it was mind blowing at times.

I craved the promotions and the increased earnings. I was energized by saving money and watching my bank accounts grow. I felt proud to own my first home at twenty-three years old. I got addicted to the next big job and bump in salary. I worked round the clock to be a step ahead of colleagues.

I was in constant competition and didn’t even consider there was another way to exist.

I was going to win.

And I did.

I did everything “right.” I proved in the way that most of society deems appropriate that I am successful in the ways it really counts like money and job titles. What happened next was not just one thing but a series of moments of enlightenment that made me realize I had everything I was supposed to want but I wasn’t any happier.

One of those moments that woke me up was being in a hit and run at the age of twenty-five. I had to stop working because I was in total recovery. I had a lot of time to lay there and ponder the “why” of things. I went through existential angst. I questioned everything, such as Who Am I? Why am I here? What’s it all for? Who’s it for?

Why am I doing the things I do?

As an adult part of my recovery was to do yoga at a community college after hours, the only place nearby that had classes. I was the youngest in the class by thirty years. I fell in love with savasana.

I was only doing this so I could go back to making money, getting promoted and doing my life right. It worked. I got better, I healed and still I had zero interest in teaching yoga.

Somewhere within 24 months of using yoga for my healing and strength conditioning I met a friend who was teaching yoga at a local fitness center. She loved yoga and encouraged me to learn more. If she hadn’t implied I was “good” at yoga I don’t know that I would have signed up for the only yoga teacher training coming to the area. It was a weekend long event.

I completed the course and still I had no burning desire to teach yoga.

I practiced yoga. I loved the way it made me feel. The stronger I felt within myself something started to change and it wasn’t an “aha” lightning bolt moment but instead more like a dimmer switch that got brighter gradually. I decided to apply at two local fitness centers and miraculously got hired. But remember those were the days yoga was just starting on to appear on fitness schedules like once or twice per week.

Myth debunked: I never wanted to teach Yoga full-time as a profession.

If you told me then that I would quit my high paying, glamorous job to teach yoga full-time for $20 for that one hour with 4 hours of preparation I would have laughed. That notion seems ridiculous then and even now on some level.

Honestly I don’t know what happened along the way exactly. I taught, people came to my classes and returned again and again. I was only teaching for fun because I had a serious respectable job and that made it ok. I loved doing yoga. I practiced every day at home and took as many classes as I could. If was going to teach yoga I was going to become the BEST teacher possible.

I craved more knowledge and took trainings, workshops, classes non-stop. I traveled the United States following my teachers to learn more from them. I just couldn’t get enough yoga. I became just as addicted to yoga as I had been to promotions and making more money.

I spent more time asking better and better questions and figuring out the answers to “who am I?” and “why am I doing the things I do?”

I still look around when people refer to me as a Yoga Teacher. It feels a little bit odd like I can’t believe it. I don’t know what they mean by saying this.

What I know is that yoga saved my life more than once. It changed me. It made me a nicer kinder person. It healed my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual pain. It put me in charge of my own happiness. It connected me to a deep inner strength and courage I didn’t know I had in that way.

Yoga heals.

Yoga inspires your BEST life.

And at some point all I wanted to do was share what I know. But it’s not so much about Yoga as it is about LOVE. So if you call me a Teacher, the subject I’m teaching is the essence of who we are as Love Alchemists, it is the nature of our very nature, which is love. It starts with love and ends with love.

So yes, I never wanted to be a Yoga Teacher but as a Love Alchemist I teach the Dharma of Love using Yoga, amongst many modalities, to inspire you to live from love as well.

You can call me a Love Teacher.

Not a Yoga Teacher.

Myth debunked: I never wanted to own a yoga studio (read the next article)

Put Your Lips to the World

“So come to the pond, or the river of your imagination, or the harbor of your longing, and put your lips to the world. And live your life.”
~ Mary Oliver
It is indeed the biggest honor to welcome our beautiful #Love #Alchemists to the @alchemyofyoga tribe April 1-22, 2018! We are coming together from all over the world (Canada, France, Japan, South Africa, Stockholm, Sweden, Qatar, USA) to #Bali, the island of love, to put our lips to the world and live fully into our BIGGEST dreams and intentions. Together we will manifest magical happenings and hold nothing back. We will make lifelong soul family friendships and have sacred fun. Our time will be a pivotal moment in all of our life stories. I am certain of that.
It is with a JOYFUL heart I introduce you to our 26th Class of Alchemists!I am giddy with excitement to hold space for you and do so along side my #soulsister @emilyperryyoga is a dream come true!
Gigi Ogario
Kelsey Waag
Carina Ventrone
Dalia Chidoub
Susan Gore
Trinette Borgen
Beth Jakubec
Stephanie Potter
Naujauh Bowers
Sebastian Lindberg
Cristina Staicu
Yasemin Altan
Monica Laurence
Priya Mistry
Kristin Berry
Erika Cartegena
Lizelle Wessels
Paige McColl
Ingrid Brill
Kayla Roark
Megan McAllister
Carrie McInerney
Becky Quinn
We are so happy to be one love in a time when the world needs to feel our positive vibration now more than ever. Thank you for Feeling Our Vibe and Joining Our Tribe!
#yogateachertraining #mysteryschool #yoga #travel #spiritual #adventure #loveyourself #loveyourday #loveyourlife #alchemyofyoga #ubud #teachertraining #bhakti #intention #manifest
RYT 200 Hour and RYT 300 Hour Teacher Trainings
We have 1 spot left in a double room. Is that you? Message me 1 206 886 5743

Washing Away the Pain

I ask myself, how did I get here? 

I’m still trying to wash away the pain.
I have been dedicated to healing my heart for 3 years, traveling around the world to cleanse my spirit. I call in my guides and guardians to help me. I sit still and meditate into the pain to transmute it.

Some days it works better than others. I’m still on the path doing the best I can breath by breath. I know things are changing because I’m coming back out into the world and allowing myself to be seen. I am born again happy.

Here are photos of the most recent water purification ceremony I did in Bali trying to flush it out once and for all. Bali Ma, Mother Bali has saved my life and I am so grateful.

I go back to Bali March 27 to feel how far I’ve come.

Tribe Matters

April 1-22, 2018 Bali Yoga Teacher Training

22 days all included
Tribe matters.

Allow me to hold space for you to get to know yourself. That’s all. And from there:
Be in LOVE with your life!
From there grow in love with your #tribe and
Be in love with the world!
Join our #Alchemy family. ❤
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.
* You love Yoga!
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!
Together by you doing your best YOU, we will fully live the MISSION to #TEACH #PEACE with support of your love tribe.
Prerequisites for this program?
1. You are ready to go DEEP and show up as your true SELF.
2. You believe in magic.
3. You value and benefit from tribe
Reach out with questions silvia@alchemytours.com
Registration is OPEN with $300 OFF !


#teachpeace #loveyourself #loveyourday #loveyourlife #selfacceptance

Feel our Vibe Join our Tribe

How can you tell if you belong to our #alchemyofyoga tribe?
Well, here’s how:
You are receptive to learning.
You are teachable.
You are looking for more than the asana.
You have a deeper intention than the goal of RYT — you wish to learn and embody the practice of yoga.
You have been on the path seeking education, information, self-learning, personal growth.
You agree to apply the Four Agreements: Don’t Make Assumptions; Be Impeccable with your Word; Don’t take Anything Personally, Always. Do Your Best. LEARN MORE HERE.
You benefit from tribe and community.
You are kind and sensitive.
You actively practice acceptance.
If you want to learn more then click on our latest @alchemyofyoga newsletter and find out for yourself why we fully believe Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe.
Details in Alchemy Newsletter about upcoming #yoga teacher trainings:
April 1-22, 2018 #Bali
July 28-Aug 18, 2018 #CostaRica
Sept 1-22, 2018 Bali
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Please Don’t Wait

What I want you to know is…

Don’t Wait.

I’ve waited too long for most things.

It’s ok on some levels like where I was a late bloomer.

But I’m talking about waiting until everything was perfect or
waiting for the right time,
waiting for him to show up,
waiting to say I love you,
waiting for him to be ready,
waiting for the right age,
waiting for enough money,
waiting to have a baby,
waiting for a sign,
waiting until I wasn’t so busy,
waiting until I gained confidence or
waiting until I lost five pounds,
waiting until I received approval,
waiting until they said I could,
waiting until there was time,
waiting until my marriage got better,
waiting for my birthday,
waiting until Spring Break,
waiting until Summer,
waiting to move away from snowy Winters,
waiting to travel somewhere I’d never been like Australia or Greece or New Zealand,
waiting until I got that big break,
waiting for the tipping point,
waiting for others to go first,
waiting for the weather,
waiting until I knew enough people,
waiting to take a chance on love,
waiting until I had proof it would all work out,
waiting until I had enough knowledge,
waiting until I knew enough, was accomplished enough, was successful enough, or
waiting until it would be easy.

What are you waiting for?

“Twenty Years From Now You Will Be More Disappointed By The Things You Didn’t Do Than By The Ones You Did Do.” -Mark Twain

What I learned is that time will run out. People don’t really talk much about this anymore it seems. But the reality is that “right timing” is vitally important. We can’t just lead energy we must follow it too, and be awake enough to tell when to choose one over the other. I have run out in certain ways and my hope is that I can save you from doing the same thing.

The biggest regrets in my life relate to waiting. I waited for my marriage to get better. It was incredibly toxic and denied my chances to have a baby for all those years. I waited until I met the right guy to have a family when I could have looked at doing it on my own. I waited to move from snowy winters because I was afraid of disappointing my family. I waited to travel to Australia and New Zealand until last year.

Right now is the time to wake-up and choose how you want to live your life. At any time you have full access to what I call a Passion Passport. There is no lengthy application process or special visa you have to apply for. There is no waiting period.

It’s yours right now. 

Let’s get started. 

You can come along with me for the ride. You can even sit next to me in the front seat.

But you have to promise you will get out at the right stop for you to continue your own journey guided by your true north. Admire my life, be inspired by it even, but stay focused on filling your own passport.

Well buckle up, it’s going to be an incredible journey where we will meet amazing people and experience incredible beauty and slay dragons and get lost and get found. Expect tears and laughter to be shared. You’ll be left wondering and delighted and face fears you didn’t know you had.

But you’ll feel more alive than ever because each day is sparked with joy. Don’t wait.

Let my life be both a warning and an example.

Start before you’re ready, right here, right now.

And today, please tell the people you care about you LOVE them. For this we must never ever wait.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life,
Catalina Silvia Mordini 
Writer, Happiness Coach, Mindfulness Teacher, Love Alchemist 

The Four Agreements for Happiness

“The freedom we are looking for is the freedom to be ourselves”
Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz serves as a foundational philosophy for creating authenticity, love, and happiness in your life as you step into the seat of awareness. In practice, these seemingly simple agreements have far-reaching implications that serve as a lens to our thought patterns & behavioral processes as you study the self. In essence, the agreements help you “break those agreements that come from fear & deplete our lives” while engaging in the active process of lifelong transformation. Not coincidentally, these principles align beautifully with yoga philosophy as a complementary practice founded in self-love.

The Four Agreements CHANGED MY LIFE.  It is a quick yet deeply insightful read that you are bound to revisit — each time revealing increased clarity as you move through the waves of life. The book is on the required reading list for my alchemy of yoga teacher training program because I believe in it so much. The Four Agreements can be purchased new or used for under $10 on amazon.com, otherwise check your library!

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 🙂
silvia@silviamordini.com 1-206-886-5743
Hosted by Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
#yoga #teachertraining #mysteryschool #healing #transformation#puravida #travel #adventure #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday#loveyourself #loveyourlife

Will You do me a Favor

A month ago today we did a soft launch of the totally remodeled @alchemyofyoga website. It started August 2017. The beauty in the effort of this work was well worth the long hours and my retinas nearly melting 🙂It represents the digital story of my life’s work alchemy of yoga school.

KIND REQUEST: Would you visit my new website and share any feedback with me please? I would love that!

If you’re new to alchemy of yoga school. It is 13 years old with 26 graduating classes of #Happiness Ambassadors. We are officially a #yogateachertraining but also a #mysteryschool.
Our vision for you is “Authenticity and joyful self-confidence in living YOUR dharma!
Our Mission for the world is to TEACH PEACE.
We are seekers, adventurers, lovers of love, rebel yoga spirits, stretchy-minded, soulful, and sensitive. We enjoy supporting one another, laughter, organic food, dancing in the moonlight, lounging in a hot tub under the stars, playing in the water, silent meditation hikes, taking naps, and enthusiastic conversation about elevating the world.
Within this safe, nurturing environment we can delve into the deepest study of who we are so we can live our happiness in a big way. If you feel our vibe, join our tribe!
With immense gratitude to Greg Love of anydev.com for his fortitude, expertise and vision to create this masterpiece!

#teachpeace #yoga #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday #dharma #intention#transformation #alchemy #love #alchemyofyoga #alchemyoflove#gratitude #manifest

New Year SAME Dreams

New Year, SAME Dreams?
Are you wondering if you’re ready for #AlchemyofYoga RYT 200 hour #YogaAlliance Teacher Training in #Bali April 1-22, 2018?
Best advice? Start before you’re ready. Here another chance. All you have to do us say YES
“…we all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves
22 days with all lux rooms with organic high vibe cuisine, cultural immersion, amazing Healing rituals, #mysteryschool and RYT200 hour #yogateachertraining thru #yogaAlliance
Save up to $500 until February 14, 2018.

Questions? Silvia@alchemytours.com or emilyperryyoga@gmail.com

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#dreamscometrue #sacredfeminine #womenwhorunwiththewolves
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