What I do to Prepare to Teach my 27th Yoga Teacher Training

2 words: Fast-twitch Muscles.

I offered my first Yoga Teacher Training in 2005. This is my fourteenth year living out my dharma in this beautiful way. And tonight I am editing the 27th version of our alchemy of yoga teacher training manual. I’ve not spent this much time enhancing, evolving, growing, improving anything else as much as I have this program. It is the culmination of my life’s work.
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Behind the scenes in preparation for our April 1-22, 2018 Bali Teacher Training is a team of amazing Soul Sisters on line every day creating, answering emails, clarifying, discussing, deciding every single part of what is an incredibly curated experience of Sacred Learning. Without @emilyperryyoga and @ferrahchinoyoga along with what feels like life long support from Christina Russo, and contributions for years from Laura Hand and Sarah Erter none of this is possible. As well as the technical upgrade on our NEW www.alchemyofyoga.com website developed by #alchemyofyoga alumni Greg Love owner, founder of www.anydev.com
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What you may not know is before every teacher training I take a look at how old everybody is that’s attending, which this time ranges from 23 years old to 58 years old, pretty typical for our program. And every year as the 23 year old or even twenty year old engages their personal hero’s journey in this program I get a year older. Therefore I have to personally work harder to go through what I call “Yoga Teacher Conditioning”. Each year for the last 13 years I have to do more to prepare physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I am right now in training to give my all as a Teacher Trainer.
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I love it because I want to give my best to everyone that has put their trust in me to fly across the world for this is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in places like Bali and #CostaRica. I take this responsibility very seriously. And it is the greatest honor of my life. Each student I have the joy of spending 200 hours with I hold in my heart forever.
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In these days of corporate #yoga and Yoga Influencers with 1 million instagram followers and big budget sponsorships I don’t have any of that.
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What I have is experience, 26 graduated classes of Love Alchemists endeavoring to live out our Mission to #teachpeace to a world that needs it more than ever. This teacher training/mystery school is an offering of love from my heart to your heart to the heart of the universe.
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And yes this is my #Yogi #Spin bike with two #malas and some OM energy as I get stronger and stronger to be the crucible and hold space for 24 beloved members of our kula in 10 days.
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I love my #dharma and I love this life!

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)


What is Biggest Surprise about Yoga Teacher Training

The biggest surprise about #yogateachertraining?
How emotional it is.

The #alchemyofyoga is the art of self-discovery which demands us to show up and face our truth. This is emotional.

YTT is a whole lot less about the flexibility in your Asana and so much more about mental flexibility.
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If you’re a little afraid. That’s good! That honesty will make this experience life changing. Walk in and face #ganesha heart open.

The only way is thru.

❤️What is #AlchemyofYoga?
Chapter 2:1 of the Yoga Sutras sets forth how the Alchemy of Yoga actually works: “Tapas svadyaya ishvara pranidhana kriya yoga,” which is translated to mean that yoga helps us transform our #HAPPINESS on three levels: Mental Alchemy, Physical Alchemy, Spiritual Alchemy.

3 sessions in 2018:
April 1-22 Bali with #emilyperry RYT 200 hours
May 5-12 #Bali Advanced TR
July 28-Aug 18 #CostaRica RYT 200 hours
Apply now silvia@alchemytours.com
Details http://www.alchemyofyoga.com

Map Your Intentions to Manifest

When you break down the process of what true intention really is, you will find a process that unfolds before you. By applying this process, you create your intention. With a well defined MAP of your intentions they become easier to MANIFEST. On my #yogaretreats & trainings I will help support you through this process in practical and loving ways.

1. Know your purpose (Vision/Dharma): Your reason behind your intention is purpose. Having a purpose infers a more determined path.
2. Design your intent: This means a specific, measurable (quantitative and qualitative), plan of action. What, when, why, where, how.
3. Improve your aim (GPS): By improving your aim, you add to your target effort directed toward attaining your intention. Remember it’s hard to make a bull’s eye if you don’t know where you’re aiming.
4. Include smaller items that will take little effort: manifesting smaller things actually creates a steady flow of energy and teaches us to appreciate the smaller goals as well.
5. Manifest your Intentions: The goal is the result of your #intention, put into action and attaining it by thought out effort and consistent focus.

Lens #alchemyofyoga #tribe #Bali #namaste

www.alchemyofyoga.com
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Upcoming Dates:
Feb 8-12, 2017 Northwest Yoga Conference 
Mar 9-12, 2017 Sedona Yoga Festival
Mar 19-26, 2017 Bali Spirit Festival
Mar 26-April 3, 2017 Bali Yoga Retreat with Hannah Muse
April 3-10, 2017 Bali Yoga Retreat with DJ Drishti
April 15-May 6, 2017 Bali Yoga Teacher Training 
June 25-July 1, 2017 Tuscany Yoga Retreat
July 29-Aug 19, 2017 Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training with Emily Perry
Nov 25-Dec 2, 2017 Mexico Yoga Retreat at Prana del Mar with Emily Perry
Sept 30-Oct 7, 2017 Patagonia Yoga Retreat with DJ Drishti
March 1-22, 2018 Bali Yoga Teacher Training

#manifest #manifestation

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Top 10 Success Tips for Yoga Teachers by Silvia Mordini Seattle Yoga News

Here are my top 10 success tips for #yoga #teachers from over 15 years of teaching.
10. Show up and be present and grounded in your energy. Put aside your drama and tune in to those students in front of you. Tap into your universal mind and allow love to move through your highest self to those you serve. Remember to always be kind.

Published by Seattle Yoga News today #success #yogateachers

Read more here http://seattleyoganews.com/10-smart-success-tips-for-yoga-teachers/

 

High Times During Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training

Dearest Beloveds,

How can you tell if you feel the vibe of my Alchemy of Yoga Tribe? Well, here’s how:

  1. Your heart already speaks the language of enthusiasm.
  2. You have always been in love with love. (You are a Love Alchemist)
  3. All your life you’ve been more sensitive than most.
  4. Your capacity for compassion is bigger than what words can explain.
  5. You love to laugh!
  6. You never stopped believing in magic.

Enjoy watching this Vimeo video to learn more about who we are in all our glorious heart full Shakti moments!

Love in all ways,
Silvia

Vimeo Solar Times during Training 🙂

Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training- Costa Rica from alchemy tours on Vimeo.

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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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Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum

How does my Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training Peace Leadership Program meet Yoga Alliance requirements? Here you go. You’ll see what we offer is way more than just Yoga.

Curriculum in line with Yoga Alliance Reqs

Yoga Technique, Training & Practice
100 hours
Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Mantra
This is the largest portion of the curriculum, including morning meditation, followed by daily Asana practice. Early morning Satsang will always include a form of meditation, and will also often include various traditional yoga techniques, such as Mantra repetition. The daily Asana portion is typically a vigorous 90 minute Vinyasa Flow class.

Teaching Methodology
30 hours
Personal Development and Sacred Principles of Teaching
Yoga is defined as the study of the self, to the self, through the self. Alchemy of Yoga is dedicated to self-study through both modern and ancient forms of personal development. We wholeheartedly believe the best teachers are those who know themselves the best. Therefore, we offer you ways to unlearn the obstacles to your happiness, how to harness the power of manifestation, and tap into your greatest personal potential. Yes, demonstrating, assisting, and adjusting students is certainly covered. But we also cover how to hold space for others, how to honor the sacred seat of the teacher, and the Alchemy of Communication from our highest selves using Non Violent Communication techniques (NVC). Our program is specifically geared help you discover your authentic voice.

Anatomy & Physiology
25 hours
BOTH Physical & Energetic Anatomy
Alchemy of Yoga anatomical education is more than just learning about muscles and bones. You’ll learn about practical theories and how to apply them to real-life. We cover both the human physical anatomy (skeletal, muscular, respiratory, & cardiovascular systems) as well as energetic anatomy (prana, chakras, nadis, bandhas). There is a specific emphasis on understanding Ayurveda and it’s powerful role in promoting the Alchemy of Balance and Happiness in your life.

Yoga Philosophy & Ethics
30 hours
From The Yoga Sutras to Modern-Day Positive Psychology
Alchemy of Yoga has a non-traditional approach to Yoga Philosophy. Expect a healthy dialogue on key concepts from The Yoga Sutras as well as modern day philosophy and Positive Psychology. We are dedicated to presenting key traditional philosophical concepts, such as Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism). We will also explore ethical relationships and boundaries and what it means to be a psychologically healthy teacher. You will learn techniques about how to guide students to their own experience and be self-led through a non-authoritarian approach, and mindfulness practice as it relates to the business of being a yoga teacher.

Practicum
20 hours
Practice Teaching, Video Feedback, Observations
Using mindful learning techniques, trainees will practice teaching in a variety of settings & scenarios (starting with one on one teaching.) We utilize technology, for example, via video feedback, as another layer to the learning process. Our Practicum is a practical approach to integrating your learning.

What Happens AFTER Your Yoga Teacher Training

“Stage 4: Evolution — Once you have opened into a state of continuous expansion, you can lay the groundwork for evolution. The best thing you can do in this stage is to keep learning, keep peeling back the layers to reveal a kinder, happier more radiant you.” – Silvia Mordini, Life Inspired Happiness Coach

‪#‎LoveHangover‬ What to do AFTER Your ‪#‎YogaTeacherTraining‬ ends

http://yoganonymous.com/surviving-the-love-hangover-after-y…

I can’t say this often enough, choosing to do a 200 hour teacher training is only your FIRST one of many programs. It will inspire you to be a life long learner.
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The Truth About Costa Rica

I know choosing a Yoga School is hard. It’s a best guess effort since until you have the experience you can’t say “exactly” for sure what it’s going to be like. I get that.

That’s why at Alchemy of Yoga we try our hardest to tell you the TRUTH about our program. We don’t play it safe giving you some generic outline. We want you to know we are different from other schools and more importantly WHY and HOW we are different. Then we leave it to you to listen to your heart and make the best decision knowing that your RYT200 is only the FIRST program you’ll experience, it won’t be the last yoga learning (I hope).

So here’s the thing…

There is a reason why we choose Blue Spirit in Nosara, Costa Rica year in and year out. And if one reason isn’t enough, we came up with 15!

  1. Monkeys are your alarm clock (sometimes they want you up and about at 4am!)
    Nosara is a Blue Zone meaning it is one of the healthiest places to live in the world
  2. Pristine beaches + super good swell for surfing
  3. Abundance of local fresh produce + the best avocados and pineapple I have ever devoured. Not to mention the coffee, ohhhhh the coffee!!
  4. Pollution almost doesn’t exist
  5. Costa Rica is one of the, if not THE most environmentally friendly countries in the world. Over 30% of it’s land is in reserve and over 90% of its electricity is through renewable resources.
  6. So much respect and love for protecting the incredible array of wildlife
  7. The amazing waterfalls that are so incredibly healing and purifying
  8. Strong connection and harmonization of all 5 elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Perfect for healing and balancing the body’s energy.
  9. Nosara is a small town on the coast yet still immersed in jungle and vibrant greenery
  10. Because everywhere you go they answer “¿Cómo estás?” (How are you) with “Pura Vida” (pure life)
  11. Possibly the happiest and most friendly humans you’ll ever meet (Tico’s!)
  12. Our favourite hashtag at Alchemy of Yoga is #StillnessIsSexy, but something that may be even more sexy is salsa dancing…salsa dancing with a spanish speaking local? Oh my, it’s just too much!
  13. Warm tropical rain and crazy thunderstorms rolling in over the wild ocean! Ahhh pure bliss!!
  14. Followed by sunshine, always some sunshine (when we choose to go anyway
  15. All of these combined make up the most perfect environment for deep healing and Divine play (Lila).

Yoga offers serious benefits but we don’t have to take ourselves so seriously in receiving them. If you are looking for a program that is part vacation in a beautiful part of the world (Costa Rica) with enough downtime to enjoy it along with a program dedicated to YOUR Self-Development (through the medicine and ancient technology of Yoga Studies) then YOU found it July 30-Aug 20, 2016!

If you are looking for super serious, technique only, static masculine model, authoritarian, no time for fun learning atmosphere then this is NOT it.

$350 OFF Tuition. Come live Pura Vida with me! Alchemy of Yoga.

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