Sutra Saturday: Sthira Sukum Asanam

“Pilgrim, pilgrimage, and road – it was but myself toward my SELF, and your arrival was but myself at my own door.” – RUMI
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❤️ Sutra: Sthira Sukum Asanam. (Effortless effort)
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This fundamental Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali talks of cultivating sthira (steadiness, stability, firmness, seriousness) and sukha (gentleness, flexibility, softness, playfulness) in our mindfulness practice. The qualities denoted by these two sanskrit words can be applied to the whole of your meditation and yoga practice. Each pose should be steady and comfortable so much so that we find an effortless effort in life whereby the pose we take (walking, talking, sitting, driving) is both elegant and honest.
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This practice of graceful effort means that some days it might be more difficult and some days it’s easy, just like life is filled with joyousness and setbacks. But the point is to take a consistently steady, but gentle, approach, to your mindfulness practice and your life.
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Photo by @jaguarprincess #bali
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STOP PUSHING AND PULLING

STOP PUSHING AND PULLING
by Silvia Mordini

Wishing you a day of effortless effort where you are not feeling pulled or pushed. And a day where you aren’t the one doing the pushing or pulling. I know from experience every time you push your partner, he or she will pull back and when we try to pull at them to stay longer they will then push away. It’s the win-lose scenario of dualism. Imagine how strong a person has to be that when you push them they don’t react to your pushing. All while at the same time they are careful not to overcompensate for the initial push in order to maintain balance. Whew! That’s not fun. 

But when we follow the lead of our breath and stop pushing and pulling at the people in our lives it all makes for living an easeful life. On the mat we practice recognizing energies of Pushing and Pulling, Dvesa and Raga, so we can live better off the mat. Take to heart the words of Judith Lasater who writes, “in life we are pulled between trying to get what you want and trying to avoid what you don’t want. Pulling and Pushing away both limit our freedom.” What is freedom? To me is about learning to be happy with what life is offering you (reducing the extremes of pushing and pulling). It’s so simple.
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⭐️This concept is from the Yoga Sutras:

 Yoga Sutras Chapter 2, Verse 7
Excessive fondness for pleasant experiences causes longing. Attachment (Raga) which is PULLING
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 Yoga Sutras Chapter 2, Verse 8
Excessive avoidance of unpleasant experiences causes contempt. Aversion (Dvesa) which is PUSHING
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On and off the mat we can be aware of what we are thinking:
1. Where are your thoughts PUSH energy? Push thoughts are things like “I don’t want to hold this pose, I don’t want to try this new or difficult variation”
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2. Where are your thoughts PULL energy? Pull thoughts might be things like “I need another Sun Salutation,” “I have to do 35 vinyasas per class no matter what,”
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When we aren’t pushing away positive change or pulling at it either, we remain on easy speed and life becomes a Win-Win. Try it and see!
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Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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STOP

STOP
And listen.
That’s what I’ve been doing to try to hear what Spirit wants me to teach around the world in 2019. I’ve been mostly in #silence this past week invested in #stillness and deep listening. I’m surrendering as a conduit of love to be Love, share Love, Teach Love.
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What’s come through thus far is this. 
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❤️ If I can teach anything I’d teach:
Love. Happiness. Healing. Peace.
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Through Meditation. Tribe. Trust. Authenticity.
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I’m digging deep for the drishti of my heart in what this 2019 Tour will be called and my exact programs contained within. I’m feeling this arise:
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🦋 SOULECTING 🦋
Selecting with your Soul.
☀️ Connect to source energy, believe your intuition and trust your soul to know how to fulfill your spiritual happiness by discovering…
 who you really are
 how to live your dharma
 where to live and find your soul tribe
 transform your trauma
 leave the safe zone, get unstuck from samskara’s
 let go of the drama
 create rituals and routines for soulful nourishment
 nurture your nature
 to live mindfullyin.love
 with 108 prescriptions for happiness
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As the DreamCatcher
Ready to catch
Your OWN dreams.
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My workshops will include:
1. Dharma over Drama
2. Rituals and Routines
3. Mindfullyin.Love
4. Happiness Prescriptions
5. Be a DreamCatcher
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As I nurture and birth these latest offerings from my innermost heart, channeling the work of Spirit working thru me, I feel them all as expression of the sacred feminine.
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I’m super excited about how these can offer practical ways to live a LIFE Inspired.
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☀️ I’m so fired up to share this with you that if you invite me to teach these in 2018 I’ll say YES!
I don’t want to wait a moment longer. It’s time!
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Especially interested in leading workshops, pop up #yoga classes, speaking engagements in #Australia #Europe and #WashingtonDC area
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Where’s the Yoga?
Well these themes can be condensed into the length of a #yogaclass or presented over hours with no Asana or a combination. You choose!
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You can joyfully reach me at silvia@alchemytours.com
What’s app +1-206-886-5743
www.silviamordini.com
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