By Silvia Mordini

We must Namaste everyone!  My parents had my brother and I traveling from the time we were newborns to places all over the world. From that experience I learned that everyone is fundamentally alike.  Regardless of geography people all want the same things:  we want to be happy, loved and peaceful.

As a result, even before I knew yoga, I was trying my best to “Live my Namaste”.  

Now, as in then, this requires recognizing that all people deserve respect.  In effect if we are living our Namaste it means we are unlocking the love and respect in our hearts to include everyone. Isn’t the whole point of yoga to see not that which divides us but that which brings us together?

So what does Namaste mean? Well, “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”  It is a gesture of pure compassion and recognition: that we bow to the true self inside each one of us. To me Namaste is harmony, remembrance and respect.

Namaste as a harmony:  It strikes the perfect chord.  Having grown up in a musical family and having played piano and clarinet for 13 years I have always felt music was a blessing of realizing harmony.  Yoga like being in a chorus or a band or any sort of tribe helps us to work together as a beautiful symphony.  We feel this symphony of the body when we practice poses (asanas).  And just like playing a musical instrument the more yoga you practice the more efficient you get.  Over time you feel the harmonies.  No single player more important but everyone is equally important. This is a nondualistic view of life where we acknowledge that everyone is valuable in their own way and we all contribute to make wonderful music.

Namaste as remembrance:  Wolfgang Von Goethe writes, “Remembrance of what is good keeps us high in spirit. Remembrance of what is beautiful is the salvation of the mortal man. Remembrance of what is dear will be happiness, if it remains alive.”  In class, or even by yourself, when you unite your hands palms touching think to yourself Namaste and it helps us remember to remember how amazing life is!

Namaste as respect: It is a respect for our breath, for the preciousness of life itself.  When we share this with another we are demonstrating that we are one, engaged with this breath despite our diversity. A great example of this definition is found on Wikipedia.

Namaste from Wikipedia, freely adapted and edited

We can perceive the unique thread that connects us all with the Universe, and all its Beings along with the source of that interconnection. Accepting Oneness, we are accordingly receptive to knowledge that comes to us in the form of examples, advice, and direct teaching. One may awake to the wisdom that opens our eyes to new worlds of possibilities.

When we assume everyone we meet is special and unique in its essence we should always show to all people the same generous level of kindness, care, compassion, and understanding without any thoughts of self-interest or ulterior motives above paying respects wholeheartedly, the way we live our daily lives has an enormous impact on those around us.

Instead of clinging to what separates us, Practicing Namaste enables us to feel less alone in the world. We begin to understand that we must treat all people for what they are, family. We are one with the cosmos whether we realize it or not. Practicing ONENESS we gain consciousness of the more subtle aspects of our being, with the ultimate outcome being a complete identification with the light body.”

In order to live our Namaste we must come together to Namaste everyone. It is not just something we say before or after yoga class, it is a way of living life with a deep intention of respect, remembrance and appreciation that promotes harmony in the whole of the world. Love yourself, love your day, love and Namaste your life! Silvia

The Best Way to be Happy is Kindness

Blessings on World Kindness Day!

I’m convinced the best way to be happy is to make kindness the main theme in your life.

First of all it’s important to me you know this is my second chance. I was in a hit and run at 25 years old and left for dead. The Alchemy of Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama brought me back to life. However, it was a different life than what I had before. I was more awake. I realized this is Not a Rehearsal. This is it.

As I relearned how to walk in the world I decided to wake up and be 10% kinder and always choose happiness on this pilgrimage of the soul.

As Deepak Chopra puts it, “make happiness the goal of all other goals.”

There are so many hurt souls out their in the world including me and you. Right now more than ever, our core wounds are calling to be healed. Rejection, Separation, Shame, Denial, Repression, Guilt are part of the collective shadow. They will keep us stuck in repeating the same behaviors, staying in the same pain unless we recognize them.

Our work is to be kind and compassionate to those places within us that are wounded. This changes everything. The subject of our kindness practice begins with ourselves. Today make it count. Be kind.

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

Can I be as Kind to Them as They are to Me?

Happy Galungan and Kuningan day in Bali!
As was explained to me by a friend, this is “the day Balinese will celebrate kindness of humanity.”

Everyday living here I wonder “can I possibly be as kind to them as they are to me?” You see, the beautiful humble people here are all gold medalists at being kind. Whereas in the rest of the world I’m considered a kind person, here I’m still in training because the Balinese raise the bar so high. Their kindness knows no bounds. Deeply grateful as I celebrate all my Balinese friends and hope the world is inspired to celebrate kindness of humanity. 

Have Kind Thoughts Today

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” -Dalai Lama

Enjoy my article 3 Reasons to Practice Gratitude published by
Hope it inspires you!

#bekind #dalailama #openheart #gratitude


Lovingkindness Aham Prema

While in Sphinx pose I kept repeating to Alexander, “you are love and light. Your superhero power is lovingkindness. Aham Prema.”

He totally gets it.

He knows this to be certain and true.

My wish for him is to never forget who he is.

And then, he reached out his hand to mine, to remind me this is also still true of me.

We are fellow cancers born one week apart July 8 and 15. He is my teacher too.

When he looks into my eyes from his old soul he reassures me about this year & beyond.

Our shared ‪#‎Intention‬ “We are love and light. Our superhero power is lovingkindness. Aham Prema.”

‪#‎Iamlove‬ ‪#‎wearemadeoflove‬ ‪#‎ahamprema‬ ‪#‎metta‬ ‪#‎familyiseverything‬ ‪#‎love‬‪#‎yoga‬

sphinx alex and me

Shape Shifting as Transformation

Why does something that looks so easy seem so challenging? It’s a variation of ‪#‎camel‬ pose. Something different from the original. The shape shifting to arrive into the final form is at first clumsy, but with time, gets more fluid. Perhaps this feels so good because it’s how I live my life. Shape shifting, or rather transforming myself into the next stage of personal evolution. My original state of grace is still there, but life’s lessons have enhanced the original. I know more than I did when I started. Welcome 2016 and all your newest variations!