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The Importance of Community in Yoga

by Silvia Mordini Truth: My favorite part of yoga is community. The coming together of humans of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, ages, interests to share the same experience. That’s why I go back everyday as a teacher and as a student. And science tells us that being in a healthy community is good for us. The vibration of positive minded people raises our vibrational frequency. This shared joy elevates our spirits and is talked about in Yoga Sutra Chapter 2.33 Pratipaksha Bhavana. Essentially the sutras spell out that if we are imbalanced mentally, physically, or emotionally then we are not living our true nature which is joy. Therefore engaging with others trying to think happy thoughts helps us create happy thoughts as well. Positive energy creates and attracts more positive…

How To NOT Pick A Yoga Teacher Training

by Silvia Mordini What if I said to you that I wanted to get eye surgery? Lasik, to be precise. What advice would you have for me? Here’s what I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t say to me: Find the Cheapest doctor possible. Find the Cheapest facility (hospital) possible. Find the least qualified doctor possible. Find the newest doctor possible. Just go where it’s closest. Do it yourself. Read how to do it online. Then why oh why would you choose a Personal Development Program such as a Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) impacting your Soul and Spirit in this manner? Sort of like Lasik surgery, this is not one of those times to bargain shop and cheap it out. Make a decision based key criteria about the school and be honest…

How Does Yoga Transform the Mind?

Yoga Inspires Change. Over the last 20 years of spiritual practice I can honestly say the single most important Yogic lesson I have learned is: To Create a Change we have to Change Something. The result of our choices is constantly creating new unique personal alchemies. This is how yoga transforms us. It is about taking the personal growth we experience on the mat into making the changes we want in our lives. Anytime you want to transform and move beyond your limitations, to me, this is the Alchemy of Yoga. 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…

I remember my first yoga class at a community center. I didn’t know anybody, and I’m pretty sure nobody else knew anyone either. I remember thinking “this is weird,” because there were people of all different ages and backgrounds, with me being the youngest. To be honest, if we hadn’t come together in yoga class, I’m not sure any of us would have met to be friends. But here we were, creating a safe little tribe. And we did become friends, even across generational gaps and socio-economic boundaries. You see, my favorite part of yoga has nothing to do with poses or breathing. Truth is my favorite part of yoga is community. The coming together of humans of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, ages, interests to share the same experience. That’s…

How To Say Thank You – In Any Language

Saying thank you is the simplest, most common expression of gratitude. Our parents teach us this before we understand how universal it is. Gratitude is a shared language that transcends cultural and economic differences. Saying Thank You connects us and removes the fear of separateness. I have been inspired to learn how to say thank you in 50 languages. For now, I focus my efforts on being able to say thank you in the 6 official languages of the United Nations (Mandarin, Spanish, English, Arabic, Russian, French). Try it yourself by memorizing how to say Thank You in the 10 most spoken languages in the world! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia Most Spoken Language Translation 1 Mandarin – xie xie 2 Spanish – Gracias 3 English…

The Language of Enthusiasm

Remember it is not how or when we accomplish something that matters most; it is the sense of enthusiasm during the process that demonstrates our quality of life. Enthusiasm promotes union because it is a shared language. As Paolo Coelho writes in The Alchemist, “There was a language in the world that everyone understood. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love.” What are you enthusiastic about today? If you hesitate to answer that, then there is learning here. We should not wake up and dread the day, worried about the hours ahead of you. The first thing we grasp upon awakening shouldn’t be our I-device or blackberry; it should be the most positive thought that guides our Dharma. This singular thought, since our conscious brain can…

The Power of Being Magnetic: How I Teach Yoga

“In a plain piece of metal, all the molecules are in chaos facing every which way. A magnet is a similar piece of metal in which all the molecules are perfectly aligned – the north poles facing one way, and the south poles facing in the opposite direction. Because of this alignment, the magnet gains the power to attract and hold other objects. If you stroke the ordinary metal and the magnet together in one direction only, the magnet will align all the molecules in the plain metal with itself, causing a second magnet to emerge. The power to attract and hold has been transmitted from one to the other, while amazingly enough the initial magnet retains its full strength. As we align our energies this way through regulating our…

5 Ways to be More Generous

As a result of practicing yoga, I have changed the way I think about generosity. I have learned to give without expectation and to always remain mindful of the quality of my generosity. Generosity in yoga is an interesting learning based partly on two of the five Yamas. 1. It means the opposite of taking (Asteya) whereby we share freely with a focused quality effort. 2. Generosity implies looking at life through a prism of abundance instead of scarcity. In yoga this is known as Aparigraha: there is more than enough for everyone. “In generosity and helping others: be like the river In compassion and grace: be like the sun.” Rumi‬ teaches us that our generosity and help to others should be like the river, ever flowing. Unconditional generosity, giving,…

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…

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