Blog: Loving Your Day

Spiritual Reading Challenge

As a kid one of my favorite things about Summer was participating in Summer Reading Challenges through my hometown library. You remember the sorts of incentive programs where the more hours you spent reading, the bigger the prizes you qualified for at the end of the Summer. I loved it!

I come from a family of readers. One of my Mom’s greatest gifts to me, was teaching me a love of reading. And from both my parents I’ve been inspired to be a Life Long Learner. (Full disclosure: My mother was both a public librarian and Director of Library services at Barat College and my Father was a Teacher.)

Well why not set our intention for having a Spiritual Summer Reading Challenge? What do you win? Self-knowledge, mindfulness, humor and love.

As you prepare your Spiritual Reading List, here are a few things to consider:

  • This Summer what are you going to read? I have great Summer plans to read….
  • There are many beautiful places to read from. I plan to read from the following places…
  • How often do you plan to read? I plan to read…. (e.g., once per day)

Suggested Spiritual Reading List:

Heroes & Heroines:
• The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell
• The Heroine’s Journey by Maureen Murdock

Essential For Women: 
• Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
• Women Code by Alisa Vitti

At Home:
• The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
• The Four Desires by Rod Stryker
• The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope
• A Path With Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield
• The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar
• The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi or The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
• Wheels of Light or Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
• The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
• Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar
• Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss

On The Beach: 
• Yogi Bare by Philip Self
• Wherever You Go There You Are by Jack Kornfield
• Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater
• Yoga & the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main

Non-Yoga (Unless You Think It’s All Yoga):
• How We Choose To Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People by Rick Foster + Greg Hicks
• The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace by Jack Kornfield
• Healing Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Ferrand
• It’s Easier Than You Think by Sylvia Boorstein
• Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
• The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Stover
• Be Happy by William Holden
• Sweat Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth

What are your favorite yoga books? E-mail Hello@alchemytours.com to add to the list!

Life as a Roller Coaster

“Life can be like a roller coaster… And just when you think you’ve had enough, and your ready to get off the ride and take the calm, easy merry-go round… You change your mind, throw you hands in the air and ride the roller coaster all over again. That’s exhilaration…that’s living a bit on the edge…that’s being ALIVE.”  #staceycharter

Standing in the water and receiving healing at water purification ceremony yesterday in #Bali I was blessed with the clear download of where to move. The answer was so obvious. It was always there. All I had to do was throw my hands up in the Air and ride the roller coaster again. 

Now the challenge is to listen to the advice of spirit and move thru the fear of resistance.

Lens Goa Gajah #meditation temple with 7 goddess fountains. Favorite sarong wearing #ganesha 💕 in #lakshmi colors

Start Before You are Ready

Are you wondering if you’re ready for #AlchemyofYoga Teacher Training in Bali (April 15-May 6, 2017)?

Best advice? Start before you’re ready.
“…we all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves

22 days starting at $3099 with all luxury rooms with private pools, fine dining, and RYT200 hour #yogateachertraining thru #yogaAlliance

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MODULE 1 – 50 Hours
April 15-22, 2017
Triple Lodging + Private Pool: $999
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MODULE 1 AND 2 – 100 Hours
April 15-29, 2017
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Imagine this View at you Wake up

Imagine this is the view you look out upon everyday for a week in Tuscany June 25-July 1?
Inhale peace. Exhale worry.
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Let’s unbusy ourselves.
Enjoy a cappuccino having time to slow down and breathe. When you want to pick wild lavender on your way to the pool to lie down.
You’ve done enough.
You are enough.
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Just relax 💚
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Borgo Tignano
 

Can I be as Kind to Them as They are to Me?

Happy Galungan and Kuningan day in Bali!
As was explained to me by a friend, this is “the day Balinese will celebrate kindness of humanity.”

Everyday living here I wonder “can I possibly be as kind to them as they are to me?” You see, the beautiful humble people here are all gold medalists at being kind. Whereas in the rest of the world I’m considered a kind person, here I’m still in training because the Balinese raise the bar so high. Their kindness knows no bounds. Deeply grateful as I celebrate all my Balinese friends and hope the world is inspired to celebrate kindness of humanity. 

Sun Surf and Soul

Sun, Singing, Surf and Soul Yoga Retreat with Emily Perry Aug 5-12, 2017!

THIS EXPERIENCE IS FOR YOU IF:
• You want to get your Groove back
• Receive, Renew, Restore
• Experience a deep reset

WE PROMISE YOU’LL LEAVE THIS RETREAT: 
• Feeling like your best self again!
• Full of energy!
• Ready to manifest your heart’s greatest desires!
• Focused and lit up!

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Perfect Place for Bali Yoga Teacher Training

Isn’t this the perfect place for #alchemyofyoga RYT 200 hour #Bali yoga teacher training?
 
This is our 25th training based in Elemental Alchemy earth water fire air ether. Where we combine all things spiritual into an amazing mix! Spiritual ecology, happiness, love, compassion and inclusivity.
 
Today choose #AlchemyofYogaRYT200 Hour #yogateachertraining to support your ultimate #Transformation and feel your magic.
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MODULE 1 – 50 Hours
April 15 – 22 , 2017
Triple Lodging + Private Pool: $999
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MODULE 1 and 2 – 108 Hours
April 15-29, 2017
Triple Lodging + Private Pool: $1899
Double Lodging + Private Pool: $1999
Single Lodging + Private Pool: $2299
 
MODULE 1&2&3 = 200 Hours Yoga Alliance Certification
April 15-May 6, 2017
Triple Lodging + Private Pool: Special Discount $3,099
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What’s included? 22 days of private villa, private bathroom, your own private pool for your villa. All meals, special cultural activities, and ALL 200 hour training.
**Live in Paradise and come away as a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher RYT200**
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ALCHEMY OF YOGA SCHOOL: Authenticity and joyful self-confidence in living YOUR DHARMA.
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Don’t Be Beautiful

“They keep saying that beautiful is something a girl needs to be. But honestly? Forget that. Don’t be beautiful. Be angry, be intelligent, be witty, be klutzy, be interesting, be funny, be adventurous, be crazy, be talented – there are an eternity of other things to be other than beautiful. And what is beautiful anyway but a set of letters strung together to make a word? Be your own definition of amazing, always. That is so much more important than anything beautiful, ever.”
#NikitaGill
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Lens #Bali #yogaretreat #alchemyoflove
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Exposing my heart at the mouth of the cave #GoaGajah. To me authentic vulnerability is beautiful. Letting our breath lead us to our feelings is beautiful. Feeling all that we feel is beautiful.
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Being who we are as unique expressions of the divine is amazing. It is truly more than beautiful.
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Are you Ready to Move Forward?

There are moments that change us forever. #AlchemyofYoga Teacher Training offers that.
🌴 Are you ready to finally move forward in a big way?
🌴 Do you want to look back on this year with no regrets?
🌴 Has wanderlust got you thinking of #Bali?
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Learn about Kecak Fire Dance

Going to #kecak fire and trance performance tonight! Here’s who I ran into today. The king that stole Sita! #ogohogoh Jai Hanuman!

About KECAK
The impressive traditional Bali Kecak and fire dance is inspired by the epic of Ramayana. Learn about the history and culture of the island through dance performance. Normally music plays a vital role to accompany the dancers movements. But in the Kecak Dance, the music generated is from a combination of sounds by the 50-100 or more men sounding like “cak.” They sit in concentric circles, swaying, standing up, lying prone as the story develops. A person will act as a leader who gives the tone early, someone else acting as a suppressor in charge of high or low tone, someone else acting as a solo singer, and someone else will act as the mastermind behind all of that to deliver the story.

The story is a fragment from the #Ramayana, the Hindu epic which finds its expression in many forms, not only in dance, but also in painting and carving. Prince Rama, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Ayodya, and his wife Sita have been banished from the kingdom by King Dasarata as a result of trickery by Rama’s stepmother. The story begins with the arrival of Rama and Sita accompanied by Rama’s brother Laksmana in the forest of Dandaka.

The trio have been observed by the demon Rahwana, King of Alengka, who lusts after the beautiful Sita. Rahwana sends his prime minister Marica to try and isolate Sita so that Rahwana can kidnap her. Marica’s magical powers turn him into a golden deer and he enters the forest and when the Sita sees the golden deer she is so enchanted by it that she asks Rama to capture it for her. Rama chases after the deer leaving his brother Laksamana behind with strict instuction to protec Sita. When Sita thinks she hears a cry for help from Rama she forces Laksamana to go after Rama by accusing him of cowardice and he goes off to help Rama with great reluctance after drawing a magic circle on the ground and telling Sita the she should not under any circumstance step out side the circle.
Sita, left alone in the forest becomes an easy prey to the trickery of Rahwana who has disguised himself has an old priest and begs Sita for some food as he is cold and hungry. Sita falls for his trick, she steps outside the circle to give the old priest some food and rahwana grabs her and takes her to his palace. Once back in his palace in Alengka, Rahwana tries everything he can to seduce Sita without any luck.

In the palace of Alengka, Sita pours out her heart about her cruel fate to Rahwana’s niece Trijata, when Hanoman appears telling her that hi is Rama’s envoy and proving it by showing her Rama’s ring. Sita gives Hanoman a hairpin to show she is still alive and sand him back to Rama with a massage to come to her rescue.

In the meantime Rama and Laksamana accompanied by Tualen are wandering in the forest looking for Sita when Meganada, Rahwana’s son, appeares and engages Rama and Laksamana in Battle. Meganada uses his magic powers and shoots of an arrow which magically turns in to a dragon which overpowers Rama and Laksamana and they are trussed up in ropes.

The bird Garuda, King of all the bird, a good friend of King Dasarata, has observed trouble Rama is in from high up in the sky and comes to the rescue freeing the brothers from the ropes. Rama and Laksamana continue on their way to rescue Sita and are joined by Sugriwa, king of the monkeyes, and his monkey army.

This fragmen of the Ramayana come to an end with the bittle between Sugriwa and his Monkey Army and Meganada and his Demon Army which ends with the defeat of Meganada.