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5 Ways to Change Your Attitude

We all know that the power of attitude can change our lives. Not only do our thoughts affect us in tangible ways, but we also have the extraordinary capacity to affect those around us, and the environment we live in. After all, the way we think mirrors how we see our lives. Yoga teaches us that limiting our outlook is a root cause of suffering. The answer is to look inside. In yoga, this process of self-reflection is known as vichara. It starts by seeing the habits of our minds that keep us from living up to our potential. From there we can implement small changes in attitude. Here are some suggestions and ways to change your attitude so you can gain a new perspective: 1. Take a day off…

Why Do A Yoga Teacher Training in Bali? 3 Reasons to Take this Transformative Journey of a Lifetime

“Growing is the most important and essential endeavor that a human being can undertake. You can make money, you can be promoted or demoted in the world. Never, at any stage, is there certainty about what will happen to you in this life. However, there is one thing nobody can ever take away from you-the growth you attain through your own search for Self-knowledge. Furthermore, this growth and understanding become the foundation that sustains you through any and all worldly difficulties, and that allows you-whatever the form of your physical experience- to find in life a continuously unbroken flow of total well-being.” — Swami Chetanananda Something magical and mystical happens when a group of high-intentioned individuals make the decision to gather together for 200 hours with the purpose of uplifting…

3 Reasons to Be Kind

“Kindness is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Maybe if we treat each other, and our planet a little better, we can survive, even thrive.” We hear that kindness is simple, and that is does not cost a thing. It’s true, and it is a major part of the foundation of the yoga practice. Ahimsa, one of the guiding moral principles of a yogic life, translates to mean “nonviolence” to all living beings, including ourselves. Kindness creates the solid foundation upon which we can grow and transform in this life.   Here are three reasons to choose to be kind in every moment:   **   1. Kindness requires less energy.    Grudges are draining. Too much distracted energy is wasted in worry, resentment, suspicion and criticism. In the…

At Alchemy of Yoga, our mission is to Teach Peace. In a world that is so divided, we want to show the magic that happens when we work together, when we respect each other, and when we support each other. We may seem different on the outside, but we come from the same Source, and are truly all a part of ONE collective consciousness. We all want to feel love, we all want to be seen and understood. Join our mission, learn peace, #teachpeace, and spread peace. ⠀ Upcoming Yoga Teacher Trainings: BALI March 31-April 19, 2019 COSTA RICA July 27-August 17, 2019 BALI September 1-22, 2019   When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix

Canang What? Canang Sari

There is nothing like the captivating island of Bali. The first time I was there, I was totally blown away by its people, culture, food and lifestyle. Ubud is in the middle of nature; surrounded by rice terraces and thick jungle. As the sun rises at Villa Tanah Shanti, the jungle becomes alive with birds and insects singing you back to this earthly realm. The air is filled with magic and you’ll learn early on that spirituality is an integral piece of Balinese culture. You won’t go far without seeing a small square or round palm leaf offering filled with flowers and rice, Canang Sari, on the streets. The phrase “Canang Sari” is derived from the Balinese words sari means essence and canang means a small palm-leaf basket. Canang Sari is the symbol of gratitude and…

Fortify Jessie’s Future

“A healer is not someone that you go to for healing. A healer is someone that triggers within you, your own ability to heal yourself.” -Unknown. Hi, I’m Jessie. Last year I stepped out of my comfort zone to walk towards my work of supporting, encouraging and connecting with others on their journies of self-love, self-discovery and loving their authenticity. I have had the pleasure of working with incredible women in groups and private sessions. I know in every cell of my body that my next step is to become a yoga teacher, to offer another level in the work I am already doing and to reach a greater community of people. Over the last year, I have dedicated myself to an at home yoga practice, utilizing incredible free resources,…

Water Purification Ceremony

As a profound tool for healing, water purification ceremonies are held periodically throughout training at the most well-known and sacred temples on the entire island. These ceremonies give trainees a deeper understanding of the magical mysteries of Balinese spirituality that represent healing, love, and transformation. After putting on your sarong gifted to you by alchemy of yoga, you will be escorted for a guided tour of the peaceful and ancient site, where you will learn the history of these sacred grounds. Then the ceremony will be conducted by a Mangku (Balinese Priest). While sitting in meditation the priest will prepare some holy water in a vase with flowers and incense while chanting mantras in ancient Sanskrit. Following the mantras, you will be invited to receive a holy water cleansing as…

A Traditional Balinese Dinner!

One of our favorites evenings throughout training is visiting Agung’s ancestral home to learn about the meaning behind the layout and overall design of a traditional Balinese home. You’ll also learn how to make traditional Balinese offerings! We’ll enjoy an incredibly generous dinner buffet with a private traditional Balinese dance performance – a dance-drama that represent stories expressed through elegant movements detailed all the way into the gestures of eyes, fingers, head and hands. These mudras are learned early as Balinese children are taught to dance with their hands even before they can walk! In December 2015 UNESCO recognized 3 forms of Balinese Dance as “intangible cultural heritage.” This is sacred moving meditation at its finest.In this dance tradition the practice is an offering to ask protection from the gods and…

Meditation for Prosperity

Meditation for Prosperity (Har Har) “This meditation can be done for up to 11 minutes. It is so powerful in bringing prosperity that more than 11 minutes would be greedy. This meditation stimulates the mind, the moon center, and Jupiter. When Jupiter and the moon come together, there is no way in the world you will not create wealth.” -Yogi Bhajan Posture: Sit in Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Eyes: Focus at the tip of the nose, eyes are 9/l0th closed. Mudra: Elbows are by the sides, forearms are at a 45° angle, with the fingers at the level of the throat. The exercise begins with the palms facing down. Alternately strike the sides of the hands together. When the palms are face down, the sides of the Jupiter (index) fingers touch, and…

Love Yo’ Self Written by Ferrah Seifert  wwww.ferrahchino.com @Ferrahchinoyoga  “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu To be honest, self-acceptance doesn’t always come easy for me. I grew up in an 80% white school, where I was not the typical blonde that received a ton of attention. Since this was pre J-Lo and Kim K, I constantly questioned my appeal as a woman with darker features. I can recall entering Jr. High with five horribly expensive Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch shirts that I would wear on each day of the week. I was constantly seeking approval from outside sources hoping that…

Abundance Mantra  Om Shrim Maha Lakshmi Yei Namah Lakshmi opens our eyes to the material and spiritual abundance in our lives, while also empowering us to create beauty in all that we do. What makes chanting so healing? When you chant Sanskrit, there is a marked difference in your entire being, from your mental state to your physical body. After chanting a Sanskrit mantra or even a few of its very simple bija sounds, your mind becomes tranquil, your body relaxes and your breathing steadies. Nothing major right? It’s pretty major. Additionally, when you chant Sanskrit sounds with the intention of goodness and love behind them, you draw that energy towards you and begin to heal your entire system through chanting. Sanskrit sounds emanate from five distinct mouth positions that exist on your palate….

Moving with Intention: Consent and Gender in Yoga

With Tobias Wiggins, Alchemy of Yoga Trainee Sunday, June 24th, from 1:30 – 3:30 To have “intention” means to be mindful, to be attentive in our actions and to plot our course with a gentle deliberation. We often begin our yoga practice by setting intent – a simple thought to guide our movement, and to return to as a foundation. Interestingly, in medicine the word intention carries a different meaning. It is the process of closing a wound, and the restoration of health. In this workshop, we will explore this double meaning of intention in discussions surrounding the key topics of consent and gender, as they relate to yoga. Broadly, we will consider how trauma-informed feminist consent politics can deepen our practice and transform studio spaces, by using mindful touch…