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Category: Kindness

How To Form Healthy Habits That Will Last

by Silvia Mordini We all form habits as we go through life. When we realize that we are creatures of habit and that those very habits often keep us stuck in patterns we can finally begin to break unhealthy habits, only then can true spiritual growth begin. In order to change, we have to change something. When you look at what you want for your life direction, you may find that something has to change from the way you’ve been living. By consciously understanding which habits no longer serve you, then you are able to realize your best transformation. This is the basis of why a cleanse serves your best health. It renews your awareness of what you’re doing and not doing. If we want to develop healthier habits like…

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 to Face Your Fears, and Grow Up in the Process

By Silvia Mordini “If you begin to face your fears, something bittersweet is going to happen to you: You’ll grow up.”–Martha Beck- Finding Your Own North Star I know this much, in order to fully enjoy life you must renounce your fear and anxiety. I spent a long time being terribly afraid (afraid of not being perfect, afraid of what others might think, afraid of failing, afraid of succeeding, afraid someone I loved would leave me, afraid if I had to do my life right, afraid of really being happy, afraid of being myself). This is now way to live. I don’t want that for you. Rinpoche talks about how we all have a soft spot and that fear and fear like responses such as worry or resentment occur because we…

Dear Stress, We’re Breaking Up

By Silvia Mordini Joy is our birthright say the Yoga Sutras. There is nothing natural about being stressed out ALL the time. Think of daily life as water filling up your favorite mug, as long as you keep the happenings of life a bit below the very rim you feel your best. If, however, the mundane stressors of life are keeping you full to the very top as soon as you experience an unexpected stress the mug will overflow. This situation can be prevented. I’m not saying we should avoid stress or get rid of it. This is impossible. Stress exists in every single change we experience such as getting a new job, a promotion, getting married, having a baby, moving into a new home. There is good stress. Rather…

3 Confidence Boosters

By Silvia Mordini When I hear someone say they lack confidence I encourage them to tell me what this really means. Take a moment and think about it, how do you define confidence?  Confidence is defined as: Having healthy self-esteem to live life knowing we have a right to be happy. This comes as a result of both intention and action. We can strengthen our confidence through affirmation, positive self-talk and taking steps towards tangible results. 3 Confidence Boosters: Stop Waiting. If you place too many conditions on getting started it will result in paralysis and feeling disempowered. Begin before you are ready. Allow yourself to start where you are and go from there. You don’t need to be confident to gain confidence, simply begin. List your accomplishments.Recognize how far…

The Four Keys to Happiness

In the Yoga Sutra’s Chapter 1.33, Pantanjali gives us a four-part process to help us clear our hearts of negative energies as a means for quieting our minds. These are known as the Four Keys to Happiness. So what are we unlocking, that’s in the way of our joy? The Four Locks are the four kinds of people that we encounter in life: Happy people (sukha), Unhappy people (dukha), Honorable people (punya) and Malicious people (apunya). The Yogic model proposes that in order to access these four keys we must nurture these attitudes: 1. Maitri (friendliness): Kindness and friendliness to those who are happy. Instead of being jealous we should be happy for other people’s happiness. Rather than living with mental scarcity thinking one person’s happiness will cause us to…

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…

Alchemy of Beauty from the Inside Out

I am devoted to teaching women how empowerment comes from nurturance, not from trying harder and doing more. When gentleness from ourselves to ourselves hardens we in turn appear that way in outer form. In other words, beauty comes from the inside out. And the kind of relationship we are having with ourselves on the inside will be evident on the outside. Right now is an opportunity to reclaim your right to appreciate yourself and treat your body as the sacred living temple that it is. In the words of Derek Walcott, “The time will come When with elation, You will greet yourself arriving At your own door, in your own mirror, And each will smile at the other’s welcome, And say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the…

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