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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…

5 Ways to be More Generous

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. “In generosity and helping others: be like the river In compassion and grace: be like the sun.” Rumi‬ teaches us that our generosity and help to others should be like the river, ever flowing. Unconditional generosity, giving,…

3 Reasons to Be Kind

By Silvia Mordini “Kindness is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Maybe if we treat each other, and our planet a little better, we can survive, even thrive.”   When giving a lecture near the end of his life, author Aldous Huxley said, “People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answers is – just be a little kinder.”   Kindness requires less energy. Grudges are draining because they feed distracted energy which becomes wasted in worry, resentment, suspicion and criticism. If we call our energy back to us by being a little kinder self-transformation happens faster. Most of all self-kindness will change…

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) –…

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.

25 Ways to Be Kind

By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on DoYouYoga.com You don’t need a reason to help people. Let’s remember to be kind to one another, as it isn’t always apparent on the outside what the struggles we may be facing are on the inside. After all, when this is all over, all that will really matter is how we treated each other. When we enter this world, our Kindness IQ is intact. We can keep it that way through our actions. Kindness is like a muscle; it gets stronger the more you use it, or atrophies if you don’t. You don’t need a reason to be kind to people. Instead, here are 25 suggestions and ideas of ways to be kind. Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com

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16 Quotes to Inspire Kindness By: Silvia Mordini  Being a good person matters. It’s easy to take how to be kind for granted. It seems like a sort of “background” thing we’re supposed to do that is always there.   However, kindness is an active choice. And the more conditioned we are to respond with kindness, the more natural it becomes. There are no obstacles to feeling kindness towards others. May these 16 quotes to inspire kindness work for you! Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com.

How to Create a Safe and Loving Yoga Environment

How to Create a Safe and Loving Yoga Environment by Silvia Mordini When a student comes to the mat, there’s an implied contract they make with you as teacher. Staying safe, honoring one’s self, and practicing ahimsa (non-harming) is of primary importance. As teachers, however, we cannot be wholly responsible for our students’ safety. We need to teach them to take responsibility for themselves and to build self-awareness. This may mean learning and respecting their limitations, learning to self-adjust, and practicing with less ego and more love for their wellbeing. You will find yourself saying to your students the phrases “honor your body” and “if appropriate, you might try this option.” Please take time to explain what you actually mean by saying this as it will not be self-evident for…

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