New beginnings

The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato

Trust the magic of new beginnings is critical advice in a world that pushes us to know the answers and outcome before we begin. The pressure to know how to write the ending of the story stresses us out whereby we get paralyzed to begin. It didn’t use to be this way.

Our intense ability to pick apart an idea, dream, concept, opportunity, new person, place, job until we’ve talked ourselves out of beginning. What’s worse is the denial of the magic inherent in new beginnings. Magic is in trusting the unknown and going into a place of trust, like a free fall.

Upcoming Teacher Trainings Schedule:

April 1-22, 2018 Bali 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Emily Perry

May 5-12, 2018 Bali 60 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

July 28-Aug 18, 2018 Costa Rica RYT 200 Hour Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training with Emily Perry

Sept 1-22, 2018 Bali RYT 200 Hour Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training

“Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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3 Reasons You Should Do Your Yoga Teacher Training in Bali

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By Silvia Mordini

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. However, something you can know is if the location of the YTT meets your personal intentions.

There is something about living on the “Island of Love” in the most loving culture on earth that inspires your love to grow as well. Bali is not a destination you check off a bucket list, never to think of again. She holds a piece of your heart forever and gently encourages your soul even when apart. Your first visit is the beginning of a lifelong love affair.

Looking for love in all the right places? Take a moment to consider these reasons to choose Bali as the home of your yoga teacher training.

  1. Smiling: Because everywhere you go in Bali you see smiles for miles and miles. You will enjoy possibly the happiest and most friendly humans you’ll ever meet.

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa

Being surrounded by nonstop smiling is good for us too!

  • Smiling Reduces Stress. Psychological Science one of the top 10 psychology journals worldwide shows that smiling even while under stress actually reduces stress and help us feel better.
  • Smiling improves how you feel. Ron Gutman, author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act writes, “Lots of smiling can actually make you healthier. Smiling can help reduce the level of stress-enhancing hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine; increase the level of mood-enhancing hormones like endorphin; and reduce overall blood pressure.”
  • Smiling spreads joy, it is socially contagious. The smile contagion has been studied since the 1980s and has been proven a number of times. A 1984 article in the journal Science showed that people mimic emotional expressions. We often read about the negative impact of social contagions but in Bali smiling is contagious. Smiling at others inspires them to mimic your behavior and smile back at you.
  1. Compassionate Connection. Did you know that inside each of us, we have an infinite abundance of compassion for other creatures? “The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. We are all one. In Bali strong connection and harmonization of all 5 elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether are part of every day living where the ordinary is sacred. Perfect for healing and balancing the body’s energy. You live in harmony with yourself, with others and with nature.

Don’t talk about heaven if you’ve never been to Bali. –Toba Beta

  1. Sunshine. The light in Bali is a healer unto itself. It is unlike other light. It opens your heart as wide as the ocean as it whispers love into the air around you. One only needs to sit amongst the trees and absorb their medicine, along with the symphony of healing botanicals all around you. Looking out at the coconut palm trees you can feel the universe being conducted – through your human experience of love “in a tree house – on a limb in your heart.”  Blessed be in Bali, where the sunshine is your teacher.

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All 3 of these combined make up the most perfect environment for deep healing and Divine play (Lila)! Yoga Teacher Training offers serious benefits but we don’t have to take ourselves so seriously in receiving them. If you are looking to study yourself through the ancient technology of Yoga somewhere that is part vacation in a joyful part of the world with enough downtime to enjoy it along with a program dedicated to your Self-Development (through the heart medicine of Yoga Studies) then YOU found it in Bali!

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

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$600 discount on 2018 yoga teacher trainings until December 31st

“You must dive deep into the core of your I-Am-ness. Your life must be a challenge and that challenge must come from the very heart of you. You must know who you are, and you must submit to your essence.” #yogibhajan #quotestoliveby

Take a deep soul dive with #alchemyofyogaryt200 to find your true essence in 2018.

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Meditation Explained By Yogi Bhajan

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“Meditation is a process…At any time which is peaceful (the best is the early morning time, before the dawn), you’ll be surprised that in a couple of minutes a lot of thoughts will start coming to you—the X-rated thoughts, the ugly, angry thoughts. If you let those thoughts pass by, this is meditation. All those thoughts that can pass at that moment of your life can never enter your subconscious mind, and they will not bother you again. This procedure of cleansing the mind is called meditation…It takes about three minutes to get those kinds of thoughts. And sometimes they continue to bug you for about half an hour. But, if you physically don’t move, the mind becomes still. That is the foundation, or the beginning of the meditative mind. Once your mind starts becoming still and not having any thoughts, you will feel cozy, and that coziness cannot be described even by me. All I can tell you is that it is very comfortable, it is very cozy, and you will want to do it again and again. But in the beginning you cannot do it for a long time. Gradually, as you develop that coziness, this thought-hitting process becomes shorter and shorter.”
~Yogi Bhajan, 2/21/78

Get your Ph.D. in Self Discovery!

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Svadhyaya, which directly translates to #selfstudy, is the heart of our RYT200 Teacher Training program. We need time in self-reflection in order to manifest transformation and evolve into our highest self. Join us in 2018 for a heroine’s journey to the self through the self! If you submit your deposit before December 31st, you will be awarded a hefty discount (listed below)!
Emily and Silvia are delighted to serve as your #Mentors, here is what past trainees have said about our program:
I cannot say enough good things about the Alchemy of Yoga 200 Hr Teacher Training!  I came to the program with very tangible, concrete goals – to finally get my crow pose, to learn how to breathe during yoga and to become more flexible.  Oh, and of course, to receive my 200 RYT certification.  I left with so much more!  I left with a better sense of self and an understanding that how I see myself is how the world sees me, so it’s important that I constantly work to love myself and seek and build self-confidence.  I learned that I have everything I need to be successful in life, whether that means as a teacher, as a student, as a business owner, friend, partner, etc.
Silvia is incredibly knowledgeable and beyond generous with that knowledge.  She teaches with love and understanding.  She guides her students to explore who they are, to work through the shadows and to find the light within.  I was astounded at her ability to teach a 200 hr training all by herself – that’s 200 hours of content, instruction, guidance and mentoring.  It’s almost as if she’s super human.  The Alchemy of Yoga team is so loving and supportive and will do anything to help their students achieve their goals and beyond.  They share so much content and inspiration along the way.  They are a crucial element to the strength of this program.
I came to the program with tangible goals but I left with a whole new perspective and appreciation for yoga and for myself.  Thank you, Alchemy of Yoga!!
It’s as though the Alchemy of Yoga Kula takes you on the wild, magical ride that allows you to be one with your body, mind and soul. The training allows you to dive deep into your being and express your best self. It allows you to take the time you need to manifest your ideal world, and with the tools and experience of the Alchemy Team, they encourage you to take that leap into the unknown. Through all of the ceremonies, chanting, yoga, and learning, this experience was simply amazing. It allowed me to take the time I needed to take that next step and really do what I was meant to in this life. If someone was interested in taking anything Alchemy of Yoga related, I would say stop everything you’re doing, book it and get ready for the most authentic, peaceful ride of your life
“This is why it can be so helpful (not to mention expedient) to secure the help of a mentor, teacher to support your self-study. If you’ve ever said that someone “just doesn’t see himself” and watched him/her enact the same self-destructive behaviors again and again. A skillful mentor, and that can be anyone from a teacher to a therapist to a bona fide guru, can find loving ways to help you see yourself as you really are.”
Calling Alchemy of Yoga a yoga teacher training program does not do it justice. My three weeks in Costa Rica with Silvia and the Alchemy tribe and then the time after working on my practicum gave me a loving space and guidance to delve deep to truly find myself and my purpose. As a result of the in-depth study, I am more confident, more connected and more able to flow peacefully with the waves of life. I also developed some of the deepest and most profound friendships with members of my beautiful Kula, lifelong sisters and brother that support and love with so much heart. To say that Alchemy of Yoga is just a teacher training program does not even skim the surface of it. Yes, I came out of the program a yoga teacher, and yes I can teach yoga now, but more than that I can truly say that I live my yoga each day now (and have one seriously magical tribe that supports me in that path). Thank you Silvia for truly teaching me yoga!

SIMPLIFYING LIFE LAYER BY LAYER

The grounding that yoga brings serves us as a simplifying force in order to stabilize our minds. When grounded, we plug back into our best selves and become fully present and balanced. Our energy stabilizes. Once centered, we are able to clearly see the circumstances of our lives. We no longer over-respond or over-worry because the static noise of chaos doesn’t pull us apart.

“Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do but won’t get you very far.” -Proverb

Simplify. Be Inspired. Love Yourself. Love your Day. Love your Life.

That’s my mission. The hardest part has turned out to be the first one, simplifying. Life naturally seems to be about addition and society pushes us to do more and more. Honestly, it feels highly uncomfortable to go against the norm, do less, and let go of the “more is better” mentality. This cycle of consumption is everywhere and it’s easy to buy into it, literally buying stuff we don’t need.

In an effort to live my mission and Simplify even further. I choose to make this year about  letting go even more than ever before. I’ve never worked harder to release distractions that clutter my life. Inspired by Safire Rose poem (see below), I let go of fear, judgments, opinions, perfect reasons, advice, worry, my past, and all the right timings.

I have been an official digital nomad since January 6, 2017 when my Seattle, Washington, USA home sold and I put my final things in storage July 25, 2017 when I left Santa Cruz, California, USA. I’ve simplified to 2 suitcases and a backpack on this journey of simplicity.

I wasn’t sure what I’d find at the start, but I can say that this has been my version of walking the Camino di Santiago. Yes, maybe I will go on to do this pilgrimage too. But for now, the one I’m on has been profound. The learnings are life changing. From my experiment I offer you these ways you too can Simplify your life.

1. STUFF. Give away things you don’t need. Clothes, furniture, equipment, anything and every sort of stuff. Just let it go.

2. MIND. Quiet your mind. Let go of the thoughts you don’t need to replay over and over. Stop rehearsing the future. Practice seated mindfulness meditation for 3 minutes a day. Empty out what you don’t need in your head for less brain clutter.

3. TIME. Reduce time on line. Let go of the habit to numb out by watching hours of tv every day. Make a point to limit your screen time. Take digital detox regularly. Enjoy a social media cleanse every now and again. Edit the apps on your smart phone, you don’t need all that stuff. Put healthy boundaries to responding to email. Choose what you say Yes to.

At the very least, consider letting go of something small. Start there. I didn’t get to where I am overnight. Trying is worth the effort because simplifying increases our happiness, I promise you that. Ultimately, you can think of simplifying as the most straight forward way to practice Spiritual Maintenance to love yourself, love your day, love your life!

She let go By Rev. Safire Rose

Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of fear.

She let go of judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She just let go. She let go of all the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.

She made no public announcement.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that. In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her.

And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

Manifest Your Life

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“The Alchemist begins in the Andalusian region of Spain, where Santiago is a shepherd who dreams of traveling beyond the confines of his life. However, he is content with his routine and takes comfort in caring for his sheep. Santiago is not prepared to abandon his entire life just to travel until he meets a mysterious and magical man who changes his outlook. The man tells Santiago that each individual has a Personal Legend (Dharma), something that they truly desire, which is their PURPOSE in life to accomplish.”

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. We 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. 

What are you manifesting in your life?

Three Reasons Why Yoga Teacher Training Changes Your Life

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1.  TRANSFORMATION HAPPENS FASTER
Something extraordinary happens while in a yoga teacher training program that breaks the bonds of ordinary awareness and expands the consciousness of each individual to a level that would otherwise would have taken years of ordinary living to attain.  This acceleration of evolution is mystical, meaning that the explanation of the change is beyond logic and reason.  The term from quantum physics,“quantum leap”, comes to mind.  A quantum leap means “a phenomena where an electron orbiting the nucleus of an atom changes its position without having traversed the space between its old and new orbit and without taking any time to do so.  As scientifically verifiable as this phenomenonis, it is also on the order of a miracle, for science has no explanation how this effect happens.”   This experience of waking up to the power of your own transformation fires you up to change the world. As Sri Swami Satchidananda says, “Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world. Whatever change we want to happen outside should happen within.  If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something.”  In a teacher training tribe, you are learning at a faster rate exponentially. You feed off of one another’s passion and it makes everyone burn brighter. You are constantly being built up to reach higher into your best potentiality.

2.  SELF-REFLECTION LEADS TO SELF-EXPRESSION
Self-Study known as svadhaya is really the heart of yoga.  A 200‐hour program offers you a unique opportunity to make a deep commitment to learning more about yourself. The entire training community provides you honest, loving support from day one with complete inclusivity. Training programs are a safe haven: a nurturing sanctuary to engage in open‐minded self‐exploration. Teacher trainings are devoted to offering you an atmosphere in which freedom of self-expression, creativity, and passion for life are totally encouraged! In the 8‐limbed path of Yoga in order to effectively teach using your most authentic voice you can only teach what you know about yourself. Being a dedicated student of yoga for your own self-study will help you learn better ways to take care of yourself. And once you know how to self-comfort you are able to express who you are into the world in a dynamic yet unpretentious way.

3.  BREAK OLD HABITS
By taking a break from your daily life, unplugging from the pulls and pushes of technology and engaging in healthy activity (tapas) and conversation (self-study) while in the container of a teacher training program you are in an excellent environment to release unwanted habits.  Some of these habits include detoxing the physical body through a lot of moving and breathing.  You’ll do a lot of yoga poses!  The letting go of mental bonds and ego provides an emotional  transformation of surrender.  When we surrender and feel safe then healing begins.  Once relaxed we can see our old emotional paradigms emerge and the unhealthy mental habits which have formed as samskaras. From there the Spiritual Alchemy resets the internal dialogue to one of trusting the forward flow of grace.  Also, there is something very powerful about surrounding yourself with people who don’t know the encyclopedia of your past.  They see you as you really are and your potential for greatness.  This helps to reinforce your willingness to change for the better.  Even upon finishing a teacher training program life-long friendships are formed with like-mindedpeople who will support your growth and your new lifestyle choices. They will continue to support your spiritual maturity to show up fully and let go completely.

Interested in taking this hero’s journey to the depths of your soul? Take a look at our upcoming Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Trainings here.

What habits are you strengthening​?

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We all form habits as we go through life. Yoga teaches us that even our good habits keep us from growing spiritually. This is because habits are by definition an attachment to a pattern of behavior, or a form of dependence. So a key principle of yoga is to break our both our mental and physical attachments. This includes not just our attachments to material objects (like needing chocolate to be happy), but also attachments to only seeing things in one way or repeating the same thoughts over and over expecting a different result, which by the way is the textbook definition of insanity. Yoga gives us a chance to examine our behavioral patterns and realize that our habits, even the good ones, keep us stuck. Only then can we begin to break those attachments to allow true spiritual transformation to begin.

Alex Levin puts it like this, “habits allow us to not think about what we’re doing . . . giving us the illusion of ease. When we are under the illusion of ease, not thinking about what we’re doing. Breathing the same old way, moving the same old way, thinking the same old way we check out of the present, out of happiness itself.”

This constant alchemical experimentation allows you to find your best Yoga. The yoga that teaches it is possible to change the old paradigm and instead choose happiness in a new way every day.

You change your habits and all of sudden you see yourself, your potential, your life in a whole new way. And the changes we experience in how we think go with us way beyond class. The ripples are deep, extraordinary and long-lasting.

This is what lies at the heart of the best Yoga teachers. They want to help facilitate this #AlchemyofYoga, the changes that YOU want in your life.  And I am convinced we can make amazing transformations a three week 200 hour teacher training with the right facilitation and support.

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

***Join us July 28-Aug 18, 2018 in Costa Rica at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
with EMILY PERRY***