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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…

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…

Stop Forgetting Yourself

By Silvia Mordini In Sanskrit the word Purna means wholeness. It is the concept of perfection but not the American view of perfect, it more correctly translates to imperfectly perfect, or otherwise complete. This is a beautiful reframing of what feeling perfect really means. Implied in maintaining this balance is the active practice of remembering what is helpful and forgetting what is not. “The concept of forgetting the things that should be forgotten adds happiness to your life. But the flip side is knowing what not to forget.” This is a good day to ask ourselves: 1. What are you comfortable revealing about who you are? What is seen and revealed externally is considered to be our solar side, the visable, this is the right solar side energy of our…

The Importance of Community in Yoga

by Silvia Mordini Truth: 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. And science tells us that being in a healthy community is good for us. The vibration of positive minded people raises our vibrational frequency. This shared joy elevates our spirits and 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…

19 Ways To Love Yourself More In 2019

By Silvia Mordini What if you simply devoted this year to loving yourself more? Decide right now to stop relying on anyone else for your happiness. Instead, look in the mirror for the one person who can change your life. Love yourself first. And remember your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. Love is active. Loving oneself requires you break the habit of withholding love based on conditions you place upon yourself, which are often unrealistic in the first place. It ultimately means changing the inner monologue to one of “I love you” instead of critical self-talk. Self-love is the result of self-acceptance. This means to stop judging yourself for how you feel or what you did but instead love yourself through the darker…

How To Love Yourself

Will taking care of others ever lead you to taking better care of yourself? No. Of course not. You have to take care of yourself to receive from yourself. Otherwise its robbing Peter to pay Paul. Giving love to yourself is important. Why not make the commitment to loving yourself a priority starting today? You deserve it. Let’s get started. First, write a list of all the things you can do as forms of self-care. Secondly, follow through with one or two things each week for a year. Set the momentum in motion and establish your energy as deserving to receive comfort and self-care and the universe will support you in this effort. Sally Kempton refers to these as “meta commitments”, our most important commitments to promoting the quality of…

Caring For Our Feelings

It is good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing. ~Rumi This practice of poses and breath brings about an awareness of what we are feeling. For most of us, when we start yoga we haven’t made time to even ask ourselves this simple question: How Do I Feel? We’re either too busy going faster and faster or really good at avoiding what we are feeling. Denial or argument with our feelings has become a way of life. It is also a formula for suffering. Tantric practice encourages us to embrace all of who we are. The sadness and the joy, the tiredness and the vigor, the fear and the love. This is a…

The Language of Enthusiasm

Remember it is not how or when we accomplish something that matters most; it is the sense of enthusiasm during the process that demonstrates our quality of life. Enthusiasm promotes union because it is a shared language. As Paolo Coelho writes in The Alchemist, “There was a language in the world that everyone understood. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love.” What are you enthusiastic about today? If you hesitate to answer that, then there is learning here. We should not wake up and dread the day, worried about the hours ahead of you. The first thing we grasp upon awakening shouldn’t be our I-device or blackberry; it should be the most positive thought that guides our Dharma. This singular thought, since our conscious brain can…

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,…

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