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7 Tips for New Yoga Teachers

By Silvia Mordini Back when I was a new teacher, none of the social media measurements had existed to pressure competition and comparison with other teachers. The second-guessing, worry and comparison of only adds stress to the very people trying to share this healing art. Anticipating that your next Yelp review will be a dud, or that your performance will be a disappointment is so disheartening. New teachers don’t deserve this pressure. Here are seven psychological and emotional pitfalls that stand in the way of genuine success in teaching yoga and how to overcome them: 1. Competition Stop torturing yourself by comparing yourself to other teachers status updates and fancy asana photos. Put an end to trolling Facebook and Instagram for reasons to be offended. Look to these outlets for…

10 Signs You Need a Yoga Retreat

By Silvia Mordini A full ninety percent of all doctor visits are related to stress. Since yoga itself is meant to be therapeutic, we need it now more than ever. It works on our behalf to benefit us physically, emotionally and mentally. Fundamentally, healing (on any level) can only take place when we are relaxed. When your life is on autopilot, it’s easy to exhaust yourself by running yourself ragged. The lack of change, doing the same things over and over again simply grind down your spirit. If you find yourself growing more impatient and constantly over-reacting rather than patiently responding, then you are an ideal candidate for a mental vacation. There is no better place to take a break than by going on a Yoga Retreat. Take a moment…

Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga

Give yoga try and discover what it can do for body and mind.   A central premise in yoga is “everything is connected.” That’s clear when looking at the health and fitness benefits of yoga that have long been reported by practitioners and are now being confirmed by scientific research. STRESS RELIEF.Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia. PAIN RELIEF.Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people…

Meditate the Right Way

Spoiler: There is no WRONG way to meditate! Meditation comes in every kind of shape and size. It is called a practice because it is simply that — a practice. We are human, and the chatter of our minds is sometimes inevitable. So, the practice of meditation, instead of aiming to clear our minds, it helps us to focus our minds. Meditation is a choice! While practicing, you make the choice to come back to your present, to come back to your breath, to come back to whatever you are doing in that moment. The actual sitting down and just being with yourself is where most people stop. They believe there is some right or wrong way to be still. Truthfully, that’s just your ego’s way of trying to tell you you’re not…

5 Ways to Promote STABILITY in Your Life

Be honest with yourself: do you crave chaos or stability?    Today, my answer is stability. My past addiction to chaos simply hurt me too much. I got sick of the constant mental TUG-O-WAR with myself.  I’m not interested in feeling impatient with one thought and having to pull or push at the next one. Impatience promotes chaos and doesn’t feel good.   The antidote to this is patience. Patience feels good. It feels like a return to mental stability no matter the chaos around us or what other people are thinking or doing. The ease of a patient mind brings about mental ease which promotes emotional equalibrium. Spiritual practice teaches us that balance is our natural state. We are meant to live from a stable foundation and inner stillness.  …

5 Ways to Change Your Attitude

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. We all know that the power of attitude can change our lives. 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. Yogicly  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 to gain a new perspective and change your attitude:   Take a day off from the Internet.Lighten up…

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

By Silvia Mordini “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 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”…

3 Reasons to Be Kind

By Silvia Mordini “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.”   When giving a lecture near the end of his life, author Aldous Huxley said, “People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answers is – just be a little kinder.”   Kindness requires less energy. Grudges are draining because they feed distracted energy which becomes wasted in worry, resentment, suspicion and criticism. If we call our energy back to us by being a little kinder self-transformation happens faster. Most of all self-kindness will…

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…