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Tag: Joy

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…

Why is Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training So Unique?

Alchemy of Yoga teacher training program’s are uniquely designed to guide students to tap into their natural rhythm and connect themselves and their practice to the elements around us and within us through the chakra system. Through this understanding of the chakras we learn to heal ourselves and align with our highest potential, tapping into our natural alchemy of peace, happiness and love once again with our own unique expression. Overview of Alchemy of Yoga Earth: Foundation – Rooting into Self and Manifestation (Chakra 1, East) Water: Emotional Alchemy – Tapping into Your Potential and Living in Possibility (chakra 2, west) Fire: Physical Alchemy (tapas) – Discovering Your Optimal Performance (Chakra 3, South) Air: Mental Alchemy (svadhaya) – Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness Ether/Space: Spiritual Alchemy (Ishvara Pranidhana) –…

High Vibe Interview with DJ Taz Rashid

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…

Do You Choose Happiness or Truth?

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. Read full article here.

5 Ways to Be More Generous

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: It means the opposite of taking (Asteya) whereby we share freely with a focused quality effort. 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.” Read full article here.

What is Dharma?

Living Your Dharma is the Heart of the Alchemy of Yoga Dharma is the first word in the Bhagavad-Gita. “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” ― Fabienne Fredrickson What is Dharma? Sreyan svadharmo vigunah paradharmat svanusthitat; Svadharme nidhanam sreyah paradharmo bhayavahah — (Chapter 3. Verse 35) The Sanskrit word “dharma” has joined “yoga” and “karma” in common English usage. Dharma is often taken to mean “duty.” However, it is a whole lot more than this. The Sanskrit word Dharma comes from the root “dhri” which means to uplift or uphold. Dharma literally refers to “that which upholds righteousness.” A sense of righteousness, of purpose and inspiration is extremely significant on the spiritual path. Dharma can mean “law of the universe,” and/or one’s own…

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