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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#meditation #yogasutras #sukum #sthira #mindfulness #effortlessness #yogalife #yogaeveryday #meditateeveryday #rumi #mindfulnessteacher #yogaphilosophy #HappinessRx #soulecting #growyourhappy #dreamcatcher #graceful #elegant #islandgirl

WHERE PEACE IS BORN

“Peace follows Love energy like a shadow.” – Osho

For me peace is the manifestation of love. In other words, LOVE is what peace looks like in the light. The shadow is the sometimes ugly work of healing and recovery not many want to talk about. But that’s where Peace is born. And from that the shadow and light are united as #onelove

Don’t let people’s external presence fool you into thinking that the process to get through the healing cycle of hurt, healing, healed was pretty because most often it is not. We bring the light to the shadow and the revealing can be pretty ugly. But in that acceptance of all of ourselves, true unconditional love is spiritually birthed. It was there in gestation, for some of us a very long, lifelong gestation. Once we unite shadow and light we can so easily start to live from love, in love with yourselves, our day, our lives!

EMBRACE both Shadow AND Light: This is an integral philosophy of #AlchemyofYoga whose mission is to #TeachPeace. The world is in chaos right now and yes shadow energy is heightened. This is exactly when we need to call forth asoring #LIGHTworkers to join us to #teachlove and peace. The world needs you!
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If you’re considering a soul immersion into a YTT (yoga teacher training) than the first step of AofY is committing to live from #love.
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And as a graduate we ask for your promise to Teach Peace as a certified #yogateacher with #YogaAlliance. If you know you are an Ambassador of #Peace then join us in
Bali or Costa Rica 2019
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Learn more www.alchemyofyoga.com // www.silviamordini.com
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Save $400 off tuition because we love you and want to change the world 🌎💚
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Upcoming @alchemyofyoga RYT 200 Hours Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings Schedule:
💚 March 31-April 21, 2019 #Bali
❤️July 27-Aug 17, 2019 Costa Rica
💜Sept 1-22, 2019 Bali RYT 200


Photo credits to I Wayan Sukadana
#Afterlight

Slow Down

Ask yourself, what would taking really good care of myself look like today?
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#HappinessRx: Your soul talks to you every day, but if you’re too busy, you can’t hear what it’s trying to say.

Listen closely and try these 5 tips to love your life more.
1. Slow down.
2. Practice taking 5 deep breaths right now.
3. Hold a glass of water in both your hands until the water becomes perfectly still. Then drink the water imagining it’s filling your body with stillness and peace.
4. Practice savasana. Only savasana as your yoga today.
5. Meditate on love. Saying to yourself slowly “I love myself, I am love, I am loved.”
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Instead of choosing with your mind, try SOULECTING select with your soul.
Your soul always has you on easy speed. It wants you to be present and live #mindfullyinlove 💕

It’s easy to ignore the signs of going too fast. The sleeplessness can be pushed aside, at least for a while. The increasing anxiety remedied by numbing out or ignoring it seems to work for bit, until it doesn’t. The aches and pains, waking up and feeling worried already. These are no normal ways to experience life. These are your body’s way of saying SLOW DOWN. All we have to do is pay attention.

Get off the treadmill and get back on the natural pace of life. Relearn how to relax and just be with what is happening around you without needing it to go faster. You’ll find out it’s the remedy to love yourself, love your day and love your life!

More at www.silviamordini.com
Including #freebie #selfcare booklets 🌸
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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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CONNECT

CONNECT WITH ME!
Dearest Beloved Friends All over the World,
I am so excited to welcome you to my NEW facebook group!
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Welcome! Aloha! Bienvenue! Benvenuti! Willkommen! Bem-vindo! Bienvenido!
We are alchemy of yoga Adventure in Teacher Training and this is our online community for discovery, exploration, and connection. More than just a yoga teacher training school, Alchemy of Yoga holds space for SELF-DISCOVERY and EXPLORATION in beautiful locations around the world – including Costa Rica and Bali, Indonesia.
“Adventure in Teacher Training” is a collective space for:
♡ US to share about yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, self-discovery work, and incredible photos, videos and stories from our YTTs (yoga teacher trainings).
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☾ YOU to learn more about yoga, see what a YTT is like, ask questions, offer loving-kindness to others in the group, and be a part of a high-vibe Kula (community).
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☆ If you’re thinking about joining a destination-YTT, this is the place to see what it’s like and ask questions.
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☆ Feel welcomed to introduce yourself and tell us more about your passion for yoga!
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My name is Silvia Mordini – founder and lead teacher – I have been lovingly holding space for hundreds of Alchemy of Yoga trainees for over 15 years.
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Silvia + the Alchemy of Yoga team of Guides and Teachers will share their wisdom here in this community for YOU. We understand that a yoga teacher training is a big investment in YOURSELF.
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Again, welcome to our online Kula!
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If you’re just arriving, kick off your shoes, enjoy a big stretch, take a deep breath in…..and let it out.
Namaste!
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More about Alchemy of Yoga:
email: info@alchemyofyoga.com
Instagram + Facebook: @alchemyofyoga
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More about Silvia — Writer, Happiness Coach, Love Alchemist:
email: silvia@alchemytours.com
Instagram: @inspiredyogagal
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#kula #tribe is everything #selflove #loveyourself #Loveyourday #loveyourlife #discovery #adventure #Love #alchemists #teachpeace

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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