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7 Benefits of Handstands

By Silvia Mordini Handstands are part of the Inversion family of poses. Inversions revitalize, detoxify, and nourish one’s entire system. Some of their benefits include reversing the effects of gravity on the body, improving circulation, and tonifying the digestive and eliminative systems. I highly encourage attending a Handstand workshop in your area to demystify what actions are necessary to enjoy a safe inverted practice. What will you learn? Through a thorough exploration of preparatory poses that strengthen the abdomen, increase flexibility of the spine and create stability in the arms and shoulder girdles, you will open specific areas of the body needed to safely practice inversions like handstands. A handstand workshop will provide you with many practical tools for starting to leave fear behind and let in the joy and…

Find Compassion for All Yogis

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama I’ve practiced yoga for over 15 years. I’ve taught more than 12,000 hours and since my very first teacher training, my goal has always been to teach what I practice and to practice what I teach. Through the years of practicing with different teachers, it has become clear to me that creating a compassionate yoga community requires that we take responsibility for ourselves. After all, our actions, thoughts and words impact the connections we have with those around us: just as positive energy creates more positive energy, the inverse is also true. Our bigger American Yoga Kula is strong in love but we diminish our power by publicly degrading other styles…

SPRING Forward into New Beginnings

By Silvia Mordini Spring is quickly coming, starting March 20, 2019. On this day in the Northern Hemisphere, we have 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. Winter’s shadow moves on. Even so, a lingering bit of heaviness may remain, like the spring jacket you wear or the tiredness you feel in the air. It’s okay to acknowledge the darkness of Winter and see it as the fertilizer making our souls more fertile for the new beginnings of Spring. This seasonal transition serves as a reminder that we can only make new beginnings to the extent we appreciate the endings in our lives. To make a big change and begin again isn’t always popular. As you change yourself, your energy towards those around you changes, and if they…

How to Stop Pushing and Pulling

By Silvia Mordini Do you ever get tired of living like you’re in a constant tug-o-war? This one thing creates more tension than anything else. Today I am wishing you a day of effortless effort where you are not feeling pulled or pushed by others nor where you are the one doing the pushing or pulling. I know from experience every time you push your partner, he or she will pull back. When you try to pull at them to stay longer, they will then push away. It’s the win-lose scenario of dualism. Imagine how strong a person has to be that when you push them they don’t react to your pushing. All while at the same time they are careful not to overcompensate for the initial push in order…

The Yoga of Relationships: Getting Along with Others

By Silvia Mordini Human beings are tribal in nature. It is part of our social evolution. “What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. And it’s something that people have wanted forever,” says Seth Godin in his book Tribes. We are raised in community and from the very start of our lives we have other humans around us. Nature mimics this in how animals live in packs, schools, flocks, gaggles, herds, and prides. Yet for as natural as it is to live in tribes, we often struggle in getting along with others. Although it’s one of the first things we learn in kindergarten – to share and play in the same sandbox – it’s not always easy. We all have that difficult person in…

How To Escape Scarcity Mentality, and Believe that You Are Enough

By Silvia Mordini I often meditate on trusting that I will have enough. Enough of what? Well, enough courage, enough inner strength, enough wisdom, enough energy, enough love, enough happiness, enough peace and yes, enough money. When life becomes intense, the prism of mental scarcity often grows and distorts your view. You start to think that you are going to run out. This feels real. However you cannot attract abundance if you think this way. Abundance and Scarcity are mutually exclusive energies. Do you suffer from what Stephen Covey describes as a scarcity mentality? Do you frequently have feelings of jealousy? Do you often compare with your colleagues, friends or family? Do you constantly measure what you have? Do you have any sort of loss aversion? Let’s find out how…

Come Home To Yourself

By Silvia Mordini When we’re at home with ourselves, we’re fully embodied. We feel grounded, peaceful and self-accepting. We’re less likely to worry. We’re not overly concerned about what anybody else thinks or says that isn’t loving, kind or helpful. Yoga is a way of coming home to this place. Yoga serves us as a “respite” from many of the concerns and responsibilities that can await us at home or work. Studies show us that little respites reduce stress, and help us approach life with a clear mind and a more open heart. Connecting with my breath, moving through skin, I traverse muscle and bone and wash up on the shores of my own being. –Julie Rappaport, 365 Yoga Daily Meditations To come “home” to yourself, first be aware of…

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