Give us What You’ve Got

“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself. You hurt your children.

You hurt ME. You hurt the planet.

You spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles


Give us what you’ve got. 

I get fatigued by the lack of action out in the world. I meet so many incredible people that are holding back their gifts from me and you. I wonder has it always been this way or are we more complacent than ever before?

What are we so afraid of? Or better yet, why are we afraid of being ourselves?

Steven Pressfield says it is not a selfish act to be creative, to be yourself. Yoga teaches us it is selfish. We start there. WE must begin with being selfish, and all about the “sva” the self. What you have is unique. No one else has the gifts you have quite like you. You are stealing from the world if you don’t offer them up. Even the Buddha says it’s criminal not to live your dharma.

This isn’t a “maybe” I’ll do it scenario.

There is no maybe about living your dharma as your True Self. There is either: you are making your contribution or you are hurting yourself, and our world by choosing not to share.

The world needs you now more than ever. Please consider really showing up today. Answer the call to ACTION.

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

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Meet Teresa Correia Future Yoga Teacher and Inspiration Leader

I have the honor to introduce you to Teresa Correia, Inspiration Leader, Future Yoga Teacher with Alchemy of Yoga in Bali! Never stop believing in your dreams.


I’ve always known I want to be a yoga teacher one day. After stepping out of my first yoga experience at the age of 18, I knew I had just been drawn into the most beautiful life long practise.

There was also fear. Turning a passion into purpose is something I am tentative of. Feeding my fears of obligation and commitment. I figured I’d do it later in life. It was sort of in my ‘too hard basket’.

It’s funny how the big things in life seem to happen all at once. I thought I was having a really horrible week when I was made redundant from my job, my knee injury worsened (I was training to run the Queenstown marathon on my 24th birthday and those hopes were dwindling fast) I had the flu and I just felt like I had never met lady luck in my life.

Just as I was settling back into the cold intimacy of rock bottom, just about to throw away the last trivial amount of hope I held…my horrible week got a lot less horrible. I got offered the scholarship of my dreams.

Screenshot 2016-08-26 16.32.41I didn’t want to jinx it when the next serendipitous ‘coincidence’ happened. I asked a question to the Alchemy Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training team, and after a few emails back and fourth, I was offered a life changing scholarship.

I was beyond excited. I only told my partner, parents and dog because based on my long spell of bad luck I had grown superstitious and I didn’t want to curse it.

I was due to leave in a month, and I spent my minimal life savings on flights the next day.

In my 23 years of this life, my brain and the universe have taken me to some harrowing places. Yoga has always been the single thing I know I can always come back to. The practice to ground, to realign, to reconnect with myself and the earth. To feel my heart beat in my body once again. I think it is vital to smile and to practise the often unacknowledged currency of the universe; love.

THE COUNTDOWN…26 AUG – 31 DAYS TILL DEPARTURE:
Today I sense absolute joy, anticipation and nervousness throughout my body, mind and soul. To me, these feel like grounded sensations in today’s context. The most nourishing emotion I feel today, in my gut, is peace and truth. I know this is the right path of my journey, I haven’t felt this way about many situations, so this is a very cleansing and refreshing feeling. This blanket of absolution that seems to be surrounding me is such a welcomed change.

Of course I’m daunted and scared, who wouldn’t be? It will be hard work and there will be moments of adversity, but I think that’s how all the best things in life are formed. One of my teachers reminded me that in order to be a teacher; one must remain a lifelong student. I am also reminded of one of the many pieces of wisdom that my mother has offered me; “education is the progressive discovery of our own ignorance”.

Screenshot 2016-08-26 16.32.29My mum is more than my best friend. She is my go-to-woman for any hurdle that life might raise. She will always be my biggest safety net and we have a spiritual link that needs no explanation. She was my first home, that her body assembled around me, my first love song was annotated by her heartbeat. She has, and will continue, to shape me to be just as strong, just as tall and just as astute as all of the sky scraper women who came before me.

Last night she messaged me a quote that she said seems to sum me up; “She was beautifully out of place. Sometimes I believe she intended to be. Like the moon during the day”. I agreed with her.

Today I have been inundated with ideas about my future. I have drafted a few designs of my logo, I have started to write down ideas for my website which my partner will help me launch when I return home after teacher training, and I have started my study and preparations for what is ahead, and I am so HAPPY.
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Living Your Dharma

Living Your Dharma is the Heart of the Alchemy of Yoga

Dharma is the first word in the Bhagavad-Gita.

“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.”
― Fabienne Fredrickson

What is Dharma?

Sreyan svadharmo vigunah paradharmat svanusthitat;
Svadharme nidhanam sreyah paradharmo bhayavahah — (Chapter 3. Verse 35)

The Sanskrit word “dharma” has joined “yoga” and “karma” in common English usage. Dharma is often taken to mean “duty.” However, it is a whole lot more than this.

The Sanskrit word Dharma comes from the root “dhri” which means to uplift or uphold. Dharma literally refers to “that which upholds righteousness.” A sense of righteousness, of purpose and inspiration is extremely significant on the spiritual path.

Dharma can mean “law of the universe,” and/or one’s own individual mission or purpose. On the individual level, it can also mean a number of things. For example, in the Gita, Krishna points out to Arjuna that his Dharma is to be a warrior whether he likes it or not. He cannot escape his Dharma and he must fulfill it. Arjuna is a warrior for what is right and just. He is not just a warrior for fighting’s sake. His Dharma must be grounded in a proper purpose.

Dharma might be considered to have two distinct, yet mutually supportive components: our personal or individual dharma (sva-dharma) of unique qualities (traits, gifts, talents and abilities) that help to define our life’s path and our Sat Dharma or “true” dharma – that path of Self-Realization which is the birthright of everyone and shared by all beings.

When your life purpose is connected to your sva-dharma and sat dharma, it brings you joy and fulfilment. When disconnected from dharma, your purpose may feel confused and your efforts to be your happiest may feel thwarted.

“One could argue that dharma is a truth, a teaching, a practice and enlightenment itself.

Everything is expressing itself fully according to its nature, and thusly there are no duplicates and no failure. All that is created is unique. As individuals in this perfect whole, we are all ingredients that perfectly express themselves – every nuance and character contributes to the overall manifestation.” – David Starlyte

“It is better to do your own dharma even imperfectly,
than someone else’s dharma perfectly.”
-Bhagavad Gita

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Meditation – The Most Accessible Way to Know Thyself by Silvia Mordini

“In order to change, we have to change something. When you look at what you want for your life’s direction, you may find that something has to change from the way you’ve been living. By consciously understanding which habits no longer serve you, then you are able to realize your best transformation. This is the basis of why meditation serves your best health. It renews your awareness of what you’re doing and not doing.

– See more at: http://www.gaiamtv.com/article/meditation-most-accessible-way-know-thyself#sthash.ITp8KkaZ.dpuf

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