Does Yoga Make you Sexy?

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By: Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com

The hot yoga topic in some circles has been about the marketing of yoga to make you slim and sexy. My first concern as a yoga instructor is not so much about sexiness as it is teaching folks that yoga is really about the Science of Happiness.

I know that with consistent, regular practice, you will reconnect with what you’re feeling, learn healthy, stress-reducing techniques (like breathing on purpose), appreciate your life more and generally engage with the world in a kinder way.

Does yoga make you sexy? Yes, of course it does.

Audrey Hepburn said, “There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”

She also said, “I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.” And she’s absolutely right.

When we are feeling peaceful and centered, our faces do look prettier. And when we are kinder and move more fluidly, we are more attractive. And the yoga does slow us down to make more heartfelt connections to other people.

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Join Silvia Mordini and special Guest Teachers for a complete 3-week immersion that eliminates the distractions of daily life for most profound self-study on the “Island of Love,” Bali. This program is for you if you’ve ever felt called to experience the nurturing energy of Bali Bundra (Mother Bali). Click here to learn more about this yoga teacher training program.

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Why Fake Your Practice and Yoga Teaching?

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In school, you can try to fake knowing more than you do but when it comes time for the test the truth comes out by way of your grade.

In bed you can try to fake feeling more than you do, even orgasm, but when it comes down to it you’re only fooling yourself if you think your partner can’t tell.

In teaching yoga, you can show up, pretending to be “ultra spiritual” a la JP Sears and act the part of a yoga teacher, even faking happiness and serenity, but eventually one of two things will happen to you:

  1. You’ll fall apart or give up from the exhaustion of pretending.
  2. Your students will call you out as being a Poser.

You can’t keep faking you have your shit together if you really don’t and aren’t even trying to discern what is real or not. Yoga is like truth serum and it will make you tell on yourself.

…Until you wake up.

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The Importance of Community in Yoga

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By Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com

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.

Science tells us that being in a healthy community is good for us. The vibration of positive-minded people raises our vibrational frequency, and this shared joy elevates our spirits.

This 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 energy! Community that breeds higher vibration contributes to raising consciousness for all.

Read full article here.

Are you interested in joining the Alchemy of Yoga Community?

Join Silvia Mordini and special Guest Teachers for a complete 3-week immersion that eliminates the distractions of daily life for most profound self-study on the “Island of Love,” Bali. This program is for you if you’ve ever felt called to experience the nurturing energy of Bali Bundra (Mother Bali). Click here to learn more about this yoga teacher training program.

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High Vibe Interview with DJ Taz Rashid

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By: Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com

Taz Rashid, once a corporate guy who excelled in his peer world of Millennial values, discovered Esoteric thought, world music and Eastern Spirituality within the last decade.

These and other influences have led him to embody the vision most of us desire in our deepest selves: to live our passion.

Now a spiritual DJ, and composer of yoga/meditation/dance music inspired by Love, Ancient New World, House, Kirtan, Devotional, and all the cosmic sounds, Taz travels the world sharing his passion with others. Sit back and enjoy this inspiring conversation with Taz – it will nourish your own unfolding hero’s journey.

Faith that the Universe would provide offered me a deep sense of security. With these feelings as my status quo, I showed up wherever I was with energy that was resilient, creative and vital. Observing regular mini-miracles that often flowered into bigger miracles, I felt inspired by life itself.

Read full article here.

Check out DJ Taz and Silvia Mordini
at the Sedona Yoga Festival

How Stressed Out are You?

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By: Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com

Have you ever noticed a low level of anxiety constantly gnawing away inside you? Do you find yourself clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, fidgeting, seeking meaningless distraction, anything just to handle the stress or get away from the tension you feel just being you?

Yoga calls this Dukha. It means suffering, imbalance, despair, anguish, anxiety, irritation, uncertainty and more. You get the idea.

If you feel Dukha, you are not alone. Despite the fact we have more comforts and material possessions, more freedom and more mobility than any people in modern history, Americans are awash in Dukha.

How Dukha Impacts Us On All Levels

We all know that stress can have a huge impact on how we live day-do-day. It affects our mood, our social relationships, our sleep pattern and diet, and so much more. Here is how Dukha affects us on different levels:

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Do You Choose Happiness or Truth?

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By: Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com
In yogic terms Truth, known as Satya, can be defined on three levels: (1) that we speak the truth about what we think, (2) what we feel and (3) what we do.

When we feel out of alignment, it is usually where there is a conflict between what we think and what we feel. When we aren’t honest we feel unsteady, anxious, and uprooted—everything that happiness is not.

In the Yoga Sutras Chapter 2.36, it is presented that if we are “dedicated to the truth and integrity, our thoughts, words and actions gain the power to manifest.”  (Translation from Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi).

Truth is the destination, and happiness is the way to travel to get there.

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5 Ways to Be More Generous

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By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on DoYouYoga.com

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.

As Rumi says, “In generosity and helping others: be like the river. In compassion and grace: be like the sun.”

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The Importance of Sisterhood: 7 Tips on Nurturing Your Sisters

the-importance-of-sisterhood-7-tips-on-nurturing-your-sistersBy: Silvia Mordini, Featured on DoYouYoga.com

The truth is, I work a lot. I travel to fulfill my dharma to teach peace and inspire happiness. I’m in different time zones, and often lack reliable WiFi or have low bandwidth. I can’t afford an international cell phone plan, just cheap sim cards for local calls.   Even when I’m not off-grid, I meditate a lot by myself so I’m still off-grid (in a sense, living in another realm.) I’m also an introvert hiding in plain sight as an extrovert, which requires time alone to recharge. I get so involved in my role of healer-teacher that I forget to leave time to stay more connected.   What has changed for me, as I get wiser, is how important sisterhood is now more than ever.

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10 Things You Should Know When Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training Program

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By: Silvia Mordini, published on doyouyoga.com

Choosing a teacher training program is an investment in yourself that yields lifelong transformation physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As such, the program you choose ultimately contributes to the direction of your growth.

I encourage you to look beyond the “surface factors” and explore the depth of each program you are considering. Before choosing a yoga teacher training program, reflect upon these essential elements.

1. Mission & Vision
2. Lead Trainer
3. Program History
4. Yoga Alliance Approval and Certification
5. Learning and Teaching Styles
6. Curriculum and Syllabus
7. Self-Study
8. Community
9. Communication
10. Logistics

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200-Hour RYT Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training with Silvia Mordini, Guest Healers and Instructors

Join Silvia Mordini and special Guest Teachers for a complete 3-week immersion that eliminates the distractions of daily life for most profound self-study on the “Island of Love,” Bali. This program is for you if you’ve ever felt called to experience the nurturing energy of Bali Bundra (Mother Bali). Click here to learn more about this yoga teacher training program.

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200-Hour RYT Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training with Silvia Mordini and Emily Perry

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Nosara Costa Rica

Join us for a complete 1 or 2 or 3-week immersion in the HAPPIEST country in the world, Costa Rica! You will live at the luxurious and intimate Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. Are you looking for a training that is part vacation, deep learning,  total self-inquiry, with fun, loving support, and easeful schedule? If you feel our vibe, join our tribe! We welcome you with open arms! Click here to learn more about this yoga teacher training program.

“Through the Alchemy of Yoga we can create our own medicine, cure our self-created problems and live with the sense of bliss and contentment that all of us are born to experience.” – Bhava Ram

 

Alchemy of Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training: Costa Rica 2017!

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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at the luxurious + intimate Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, surrounded by the beauty of nature in Costa Rica:

JULY 29 to AUGUST 19, 2017 with Silvia Mordini + Emily Perry

Alchemy of Yoga School is waiting for you! We are seekers, adventurers, lovers of love, rebel yoga spirits, stretchy-minded, soulful, and sensitive. We enjoy supporting one another, laughter, organic food, dancing in the moonlight, lounging in a hot tub under the stars, playing in the water, silent meditation hikes, taking naps, and enthusiastic conversation about elevating the world. If you feel our vibe, join our tribe!

“Through the Alchemy of Yoga we can create our own medicine, cure our self-created problems and live with the sense of bliss and contentment that all of us are born to experience.” – Bhava Ram