Blog: Loving Your Day

SMUDGING

My first memory of my first visit to Bali was the scent in the air. As I stepped out of the plane onto the moveable stairway the smell of incense in the warm air embraced me from all directions. It was in that exact moment that I knew I had been here before, many times, perhaps even many lifetimes. I felt at home, this deep sense of safety. Over the last nine years when I disembark from the plane and feel the air on my skin and take a deep breath, the scent drops me into the present immediately. And everywhere you go in Ubud, where I live part-time, the smiles for miles and smell of incense lead you moment to moment to live in gratitude.
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Besides incense I also use medicinally the practice of burning S A G E — also known as smudging — which is an ancient spiritual ritual to cleanse a person, a group of people or a space. If you come to my home, anywhere I live, I will ask your permission to smudge you before you enter my sacred space so the energy in my home stays clear.
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The ritual burning of herbs is common to many cultures in the world. From the rich #frankincense of the Catholic Church, which is another childhood memory that I love, to the heady incenses of Asia, to the raw energy of brush burning in many native cultures—the purification of space through this modality is a global phenomenon with benefits for everyone.
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Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space. While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has nevertheless been a shared practice in other cultures too. From the ancient Celtic druids who used sage as a sacred herb alongside Oak Moss for burning as well as medicinal purposes, to the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon whose Palo Santo (sacred/sainted wood) sage burning ceremonies are still practiced to this day. My heritage of South America, my birthplace, may be one of the reasons why this method of cleansing feels so natural to me.
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Smudging also has science supporting its benefits too.
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1. Purification
The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, pollution, mold and fungi at bay.
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White prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) is both antimicrobial and antibacterial. White sage (Salvia apiana) is also antimicrobial. And both have been shown to repel insects. One 2007 study found that burning sage for an hour decreased the level of aerial bacteria by 94 percent. These effects were preserved for up to 24 hours afterward.
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**Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is thought to release negative ions. This is said to help neutralize positive ions like pollution, dust, mold, pet dander.
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2. Cleansing
Smudging is a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others you pick up going about your day. It cleanses yourself and your space for manifesting through positive energy. Think of this based in the Law of Attraction. This cleansed space helps us to create a vibrational vortex of positivity. Positive energy attracts positive energy. We are vibrational beings attracting like energy. Cleansing negative vibration makes us more magnetic for positive things to flow our way.

You can cleanse not only yourself and your space but your belongs. For instance after you’ve worn your Malas for a while they need to be cleansed. Use smudging as a way to

3. Reduces Stress
A 2016 research project for the University of Mississippi established that white sage (Salvia apiana) is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain.

If you believe smudging distresses your day as a part of a coming home ritual, or evening ritual then it will have the impact you want it to have based upon your belief. The stronger you associate distressing with the scent of sage and marry this to the science the better it will work. The better it works, the better it works.

Today is a very good day for sage.
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#sage #smudging #purification #healing #sacredspace #cleansing #healer #yogadaily #yogalife #energymedicine #incense #exploremore #baliindonesia #ubud #goodenergy #stressreduction #shamanism #positiveions #seasia #palosanto #peru #southamerica
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Photo by Ulrike Lakshmi Reinhold

LESS DRAMA

Meditate and Lessen the Drama
By Silvia Mordini

You would think that the yoga would make the process of meditation go faster. I thought it would too. But even now, when I meditate, it still feels a little like watching tv in my mind. Perhaps I’ve dropped my digital subscription, and there are fewer channels than I’ve had in the past, but certainly, I still have the stories. Instead of engaging, I simply watch my thoughts without expecting anything in particular. As a result, the dramas in my conscious life have lessened. The inner quiet I yearned for during meditation didn’t always happen, but a peaceful essence transitions into my regular life.

In short, my meditation can be loud but it makes my life more quiet.

This isn’t how I thought it would work. But I am happy to say in retrospect that it makes sense. Try it and see for yourself. Set your clock for 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 8 minutes and then 10 minutes as you build up your ability to be with your internal noise. You will, like me, realize that your outer life becomes more peaceful. Don’t expect anything while you are meditating stay open and free to allowing anytihng to be, to be. The stable place of peace will be revealed and during the course of your normal day you will remember it exists so your choices become mindful responses rather than reactions.

This is how meditating will help you be mindfully in love with your life.

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

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Here is a meditation and a breathing technique to help you lessen the drama.

Meditation Smoke Out, Light in Meditation:
– While breathing out, imagine that all your negative energies, mistakes, misunderstandings and emotions leave your body with the breath. Visualise this energy as black smoke, which goes out into space and completely disappears.
– While breathing in, imagine that all the positive energy of the universe enters your body with the breath. Visualise this positive energy as pure white light that enters all the parts of your body; it pervades every cell and atom. Enjoy this clear white light.
– If you feel comfortable, use every breath to inhale light and to exhale black smoke and problems.
– When distracted by other thoughts, simply observe them without getting involved; transform them into black smoke and breathe them out.

Why Yogi’s Vote

Why Yogis Vote 2018
Over ten years ago I remember attending a conference and listening to the Keynote Address where the speaker explained the definition of political as meaning “to care.” She said, “To be political actually means to care about your community.”
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In a nutshell WHY Yogis VOTE is because we care.
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We care about the air we breathe
We care about the food we eat
We care about the health of the earth
We care about education
We care about equal rights
We care about kindness
We care about those less fortunate than ourselves
We care about one another.
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We care because we are ONE. ❤️ The word yoga comes from the root ‘yuj’, to yoke or bind together. Therefore “yoga” means unity, oneness or union.
Eknath Easwaran explains from on of the mean sacred Yogic texts, “the ideal of the Upanishads is to live in the world in full awareness of life’s unity.” He goes on to offer his own translation of the Bhagavad Gita where he says: “… all things are interconnected because at its deepest level creation is indivisible. This oneness bestows a basic balance on the whole of nature such that any disturbance in one place has to send ripples everywhere, as a perfect bubble, touched lightly in one place, trembles all over until balance is restored.”
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What happens to one of us happens to all of us, even if we don’t agree with them, we still care.
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Why? Because the essence of this union is #love.
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We vote because we believe that we are united in core beliefs such as love, truth, and peace. ☮️
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“He who is rooted in oneness realizes that I am in every being, wherever he goes, he remains in me. When he sees all beings as equal in suffering or in joy because they are like himself, that man has grown perfect in yoga.” (Bhagavad Gita 6.29-32)
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November 6, 2018 is different than any other day. On this day in the United States of America you have the power to show you care.
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36 million Americans practice yoga.
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137.5 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Think of what it would mean if all American Yogis felt EMPOWERED to CARE and effect the change we want to see in the world. Remember you do make a difference.
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VOTE.
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#vote #wecare #getouttovote #ahimsa #teachpeace #teachlove #onelove #oneness
#dosomething #bhagavadgita #upanishads

Reference: https://www.thegoodbody.com/yoga-statistics/

Peace be Still

PEACE BE STILL
Daily I chant silently and aloud Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha. My crystal Mala blessed by Amma is always on my right wrist. It holds this mantra. 💚
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“Tara #mantra is often used to overcome physical, mental or emotional blockages. #GreenTara is very active and steps down to help all the beings. Only thing required is that we need to resign and let go of our clinging to a particular outcome, because, to cling to a particular outcome is often self-defeating, as it creates unhappiness and agitation, particularly when it involves other people. The more we have Tara’s non-grasping attitude the more happy we are. When chanting the Tara mantra, we need to let go and bring the energy back into ourselves. This will generate immense inner peace and clarity.
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Tara mantra protects the mind
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#Goddess Tara is truly amazing. The #Tara mantra protects the mind from negative thoughts and vibrations. By its devotional chanting, one’s awareness expands and then you can feel the power of the blessings of Tara, who is called as the mother of all buddhas. She is extremely powerful, #compassionate and very forgiving. The mantra is truly very calming and relaxing. It helps center and calm the noise of the mind which is hyperactive.
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People who are chanting the mantra often finds that their inner compassion is awakened.
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Friendliness and tolerance flower in to our being as the qualities of Tara #manifest in us as we chant the Tara mantra. It is believed that reciting her mantra 108 times daily invokes her swift blessings.”
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Read on http://gayatriclab.com/2011/10/the-power-of-tara-mantra-“om-tare-tuttare-ture-swaha”-for-daily-protection/

How to Make Nature Mandala 10 Step Process

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We wall want to feel safe, be loved for who we are and be happy in our sense of belonging. We are all brothers and sisters and finding your Soul Family changes everything. “We’re all just walking each other home,” says Ram Dass.
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Today connect with the Human Mandala around you and make a Nature Mandala too! Making a Nature Mandala is an important meditation technique harnessing the power of mandalas to explore consciousness. These mandalas can be interpreted for their spiritual guidance for your life’s journey.
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How to Make Nature Mandala 10 Step Process
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1. Find a location you love. Working on a mandala takes time and can be a very quiet and reflective activity like near a beach where you can hear the ocean.
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2. Scout the spot. Look for a place where its not in direct line of traffic.
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3. Gather the materials. Go on a bit of a nature walk and look for anything to add to your pattern. If it’s laying on the ground, it’s usually OK to pick up. Try not to pick too many things (like leaves or grasses) to add – instead try to find things that have already fallen.
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4. Create the canvas: Create 4 sections North, South, East, West.
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5. Make the Mandala: Start in the center or anywhere, there is no wrong.
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6. Make it personal. Put something that symbolizes yourself somewhere in the Mandala
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7. Sit with your Mandala and ask a question of Spirit. Listen for the answer.
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8. Take a photo of your Mandala
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9. 24 hours later go back and be with your Mandala again. See what’s changed. Take a photo of your 24 Hour Mandala so your Guide can interpret the results.
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10. Learn the lesson of impermanence by destroying it. Give it back to nature.
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#Naturemandala #beinghuman #mandala #tribe #costarica #soulbrothers #soulsisters #onelove #belonging
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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

Releasement Ceremony to Let Go

Blessings on this Full Moon.

In lunar ceremony last night in the largest sister circle I’ve ever been a part of we were asked to partner with someone and share what we are releasing to the Full Moon. My sister and I dropped in to the depths of our souls in seconds. We shared profound desires to dissolve obstacles to our happiness. We gazed into one another’s eyes and took turns holding space so we would each be seen. Letting Go to release old patterns isn’t easy, but together with over a hundred women we supported one another to surrender to the fire that which no longer serves us. Aho. Namaste.

Some of my Let Go List I share here:

I let go of the need to know why things happen.

I let go of what I don’t want.

I let go of repressed emotions.

I let go of the need to know the outcome.

I let go of the need to be needed.

I let go of extreme self sacrifice.

I let go of holding back.

I let go of being angry.

I let go for my need for approval.

I let go of displacement.

I let go of numbing out.

I let go of the details.

I let go of fitting in.

I let go of over controlling.

I let go of my worry.

I let go of my fear.

I let go of my guilt.

I let go of blame.

I let go of my resistance.

I let go of frustration.

I let go of negative thoughts.

I let go of needing to be acknowledged.

I let go of insecurity.

I let go of the old dominant story.

I let go of not being good enough.

I let go of the pain.

#letgo #releasing #fullmoon #transformation #change #surrender #Iletgo #ritual #ceremony #sistercircle #kurmasana #ubud #bali #goddess #femininerising #divinefeminine

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!

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Ho’ oponopono Healing Forgiveness

Ho’ oponopono. We all benefit from help. Last night I had another healing session with a Light Worker to help me continue my healing journey. You see, I am trying to make peace in my heart once and for all with those that have hurt or betrayed me. I am tired of carrying the weight around and I dearly want to put it down and be FREE. One of the fundamental ways I love myself into healing is practicing #forgiveness. This meditation of Ho’oponopono changed my life. I hope it will yours too. Ask my anything about the practice. You see, I want us all to feel free!
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“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free, Ho’oponopono is the Key Element and Love is the Ho’oponopono means to “make right” and is the Hawaiian code for forgiveness.
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Ho’oponopono restores your light or energy body and your e-motion, or energy in motion. Through your light body you are connected with all of life. Through your e-motion you are always affecting everyone around you by your thoughts, words, feelings and actions. Ho’oponopo #Meditation is an ancient Hawaiian tradition for healing. By reciting the prayer one releases any negativity that keeps you from true happiness. Find more about Zero Limits by Joe Vitale.
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❤️ Ho’ oponopono Meditation: Let’s try it together please put your left hand on your heart and ask Source to infuse all with divine light. Say aloud or silently these statements.
I love you
I am sorry
Please forgive me
Thank you
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Ho’oponopono restores your light or energy body and your e-motion, or energy in motion. Through your light body you are connected with all of life. Through your e-motion you are always affecting everyone around you by your thoughts, words, feelings and actions.
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Through the power of grace you can know the blessing of absolute and unconditional self love and acceptance. In truth when you love yourself completely you love everything and everyone through all dimensions of time and space. This simple act of transmutation, bringing your darkness into the light, provides wonderful nourishment for your soul. The Ho’oponopono Ritual empowers you to shine with brilliance and renewed Self love.
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Ho’oponopono in essence means to make things right with your ancestors, or to make right with the people with whom you are connected, and have relationships, and most especially yourself
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Oh Divine Mother, Divine Father, archangels and angels, my guides, ancestors, teachers, friends, and all those who love me hear me now.
I come before you with my heart opened in humble gratitude for my soul’s journey.
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I acknowledge my unfolding and nourish the flames of my heart, mind, and soul with the beauty I create in the world. Bless my footsteps as I walk upon my path so that I may always remember the road that leads to the truth of the flame within me.
And so it is 
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#hoponopono #angels #findhappiness #spiritual #MahaloKeAkua #forgiveness #hope #meditation #healing #aho #teachpeace
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CAN YOU LIVE YOUR NAMASTE?

CAN YOU LIVE YOUR NAMASTE?

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