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About Silvia Mordini

Alchemy of Yoga Founder


Silvia Mordini is a Writer, Happiness Coach, and internationally recognized Yoga Presenter. Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. For 20 years her expert passion has inspired people to connect to their own joyful potential.

Born in Ecuador, proud of her Italian heritage and raised as a world traveler, Silvia developed a sense of global citizenship early on. In young adulthood she was run over by a car—a life changing accident that led her discover the “Alchemy” of yoga to heal and transform mind, body and soul.

A serial Yogapreneur, with a successful 13 year Human Resource career (specialized in Training & Development), Silvia owned 2 Yoga Studios, founded international Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training School & Alchemy Tours, a Spiritual Adventure company, where she guides retreats worldwide. She inspires happiness, global awareness, and joyful living in everyone she meets. Silvia loves her life in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her spiritually uplifted!

Look for her upcoming book “Happiness Prescriptions,” read her popular blog called Love Your Life (named one of the top Yoga blogs for 2015), along with enjoying her “Loving Your Day” YouTube channel. Her articles appear regularly in magazines such as Mantra Yoga and on various yoga sites such as MindBodyGreenYoganonymousGaiaTVDaily Cup of Yoga, and she is the author of the The Alchemy of Yoga blog on

She is a devotee of Lakshmi, dreams of one day living on a beach “almost” full-time and living her dharma as a Love Alchemist.

Connect with her on Twitter/Instagram @inspiredyogagal on Facebook.

Laura Hand

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My story
I went to my first yoga class more than 10 years ago seeking solace from a stressful engineering job.  Many breaths and years later, my focus has shifted to learning, loving and living the practice of yoga.  The more I scratch the surface, the more this practice lays out before me as I discover it is so much more than shapes.

I am a travel enthusiast, student of life, and above all else, a believer in love.  In all forms, in all ways, love is at the heart of healing.  It is the message that breathes life into every teaching and yet it is unassuming its simplicity.  It was a great love that initially led me to yoga several years ago and it was a committed personal practice sparked inside me a desire to serve.  Now, I am blessed to be a teacher, though I consider myself a student first, always.   Sharing this practice has brought so much joy into my world and I feel completely privileged to connect with human heartbeats on a regular basis.

My ultimate goal in offering the practice is to elevate on a cellular level, stirring up creative energy that ripples long after the asana practice.  It is this residual vibration that has kept me coming back again and again and I feel a sacred responsibility as I share it with others. I believe we can find sanctuary inside the four corners of a mat or any place where we choose to drop into the state of yoga – the union of mind, body and heart.  Yoga is about self-observation, self-study, and self-awakening.  Something I learned very early on is, teaching yoga has nothing to do with me.  It’s all about giving people a place and a practice where they can go inside, excavate through physical embodiment anything needing attention and eventually experience more freedom.

My Teachers
I am immensely grateful for so many teachers I have learned from on this path, primarily from the Krishnamacharya lineage and drawing from the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, Tantra and Somatics.  I completed my first teacher training with Silvia Mordini and have continued studying on the evolutionary path ever since.  While living in Japan, I had the good fortune of learning from a host of inspiring yogis including Christina Sell, Kino MacGregor, Kathryn Budig, Simon Park, Elizabeth Rossa, Chuck Miller and Gloria Latham.  Most recently, I completed several immersion trainings with Shiva Rea in Venice,  Costa Rica,  and India to become certified in teaching Prana Vinyasa Yoga.   I embrace the abundance that is available in our present day global yoga community and jump at the opportunity to learn through live transmission whenever I can.

Sarah Erter

Alchemy of Yoga RYT-200 Program Manager

Sarah ErterThe physicality of yoga first caught my attention as a graduate student five years ago. Overwhelmed by the stress and pressure that I had mistakenly confused as my baseline state of being, I was desperately seeking a way to disconnect. I distinctly remember the feeling that came over me in my first yoga class when I realized that yoga was not allowing me the opportunity to disconnect, but rather reconnect. In that place, I find stillness and calm. No matter what comes up, yoga allows a process of clarifying, distilling, and cleansing by providing a platform to tune into thoughts, feelings, processes, and patterns. The more I listen, the more I continue to unearth, embrace, and express my true self. Yoga smoothes my hard edges and re-directs me toward an internal still point. In The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi embodies the essence of yoga in her interpretation of yoga sutras 1.2 and 1.3. She writes, “Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart. United in the heart, consciousness is steadied, then we abide in our true nature — joy.” Although yoga continues as a personal practice, the evolution inspires me to share what I learn in an intentional, creative, and heartfelt way through a softening vinyasa flow rooted in safety and sustainability.

Sarah’s Heartfelt Vision:
I see the eight-limbed yoga path as a journey toward re-kindling the connection to the true self, as many of us have strayed from our intuitive wisdom as a byproduct of our busy lives. For many – myself included – asana is the first step back on the path. Yoga helps us understand how to maintain balance in our lives by increasing awareness of our sensitivities and constantly fine-tuning as we return to our own internal compass. In doing so, we are able to dissolve the patterns, stories, and behaviors that are non-serving so that we may approach life with more vitality and do what we really want to do. As yoga brings you closer to you, it changes not only your relationship to self, but also relationships with the world around you. The practice allows us to re-visit this process continuously – pose by pose, layer by layer. The most exciting part is that the work is never done. 

Ferrah Seifert

Alchemy of Yoga RYT-200 Program Manager

11407203_10101356765582950_8225438654840826942_n-2I am a free spirit with a dash of sass! I have always been drawn to encouraging others to see their full potential and have instilled this philosophy into my life’s work. I received my BA in Psychology at Western Washington University and over the past 10 years have worked in various areas of counseling; crisis lines, youth suicide prevention, yoga, sexual assault, and domestic violence advocacy. I was always so focused on others, yoga became my time to focus on me. Once I started to regularly attend classes, I noticed a dramatic enhancement of my self-esteem, happiness, and relationships.

I completed my RYT-200 instructor training with Alchemy Yoga in 2013 with the incredible happiness seeker, Silvia Mordini. My love of movement is revealed in every class, along with encouraging students to cut out all the distractions of life and bring their minds to stillness. I design each class to embody truth, simplicity and love to inspire students to let their light shine on and off of the mat.

 Christina Russo

Alchemy Magician, Alchemy Tours

I am a lover of movement. Movement in the body, transformation of the mind, and evolution of the spirit. I aspire to help students listen to Satguru, their inner teacher. My teaching style is building heat from the inside and bringing students out of their head and into their breath. The foundation of my teaching is balance between strength and flexibility on and off the mat.

petitepowerI seek to share each of yoga’s eight limbs with students to guide them to deeper awareness of the self. When we learn to know and love our complete being, we are more free to embrace the opportunity for change, growth and well being. Through movement of energy in the body I strive to open my students to new possibilities, on and off the mat.

I love to combine my passions for yoga, art, and writing. I graduated from Seattle Central Creative Academy in 2011 with a degree in commercial photography; I love creating portraits, videos, and other media with yoga as my subject. I love all styles of yoga and flowing to loud beats. I practice and teach power vinyasa at a studio and falling on my face daily on my mat at home.

Samara Holliday

Social Media Ninja

Samara Holliday BioI am a free spirited lover of travel, nature, a good book, delicious and healthy food (and lots of it!) and of course an ooey gooey vinyasa flow. I love a good belly laugh and my playful attitude inspires me to incorporate Lila, Divine Play, into my yoga practice and life. I first started practicing yoga with devotion when I moved from Australia to London in an attempt to run away from my problems. Through my yoga practice I realised that the only way to happiness is inwards. The physical practice of yoga opened the rusty gates to my emotional state, guiding me inwards while peeling back layer, after layer of false beliefs, guiding me back to my truth.

Currently I am traveling about the world, finding new places to live, to learn and to grow. Right now I am wandering about the beautiful continent of Central America with all my belongings on my back, sharing yoga wherever and whenever I can. Through sharing yoga and my passion for writing I aspire to guide students within, to discover that happiness, peace and love is their truth and to help them shine their light into the world.