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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…

How To Care For Your Feelings

By Silvia Mordini It’s 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 In Yoga, the practice of poses (asana) and breath (pranayama) brings about an awareness of what we are feeling. Yoga is a very practical form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. For most of us, we start Yoga because we’re feeling stressed out, overworked or wired. We haven’t made time to ask ourselves this simple question: How Do I Feel? We’re either too busy going faster, doing more for the sake of more, or really good at avoiding what we are feeling. Denial or argument with our feelings has become a way of life. But also a formula for suffering. Tantric practice encourages…

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…

How To Heal Yourself

By Silvia Mordini Healing begins when we relax and surrender. Our old emotional paradigms and unhealthy mental resistance known as samskaras melt away when we surrender. A spiritual alchemy resets the internal dialogue to one of trusting the forward flow of grace. It states that when we surrender to our yoga practice, we offer ourselves to the practice itself, trusting that by letting go of the outcome we can find ultimate freedom. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, verse 7). When we have a deep reaction surrounding surrender, it is often because our emotions are tied up into old stories about giving up. But this is a very different thing. In this context, surrender is what allows life to offer her best to us. As Paolo Coelho writes in The Alchemist, “the…

Feed Your Passion and Find Your Purpose

By Silvia Mordini Are you doing things because you love to do them, or because you feel like you have to do them? What percentage of the time would you say? If you are spending more of your time doing stuff because you feel like you have to instead of wanting to, then this is a simple formula for misery. “The purpose of life is a life with purpose.” -The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari. It’s easy to get caught up living life the way other people want you to, thereby losing your purpose for living. When that happens, we also lose our passion. Fundamentally, we are wired to have passion for our purpose. It’s no surprise that what fires us up is aligned with that which fulfills us. JOURNALING:…

How To Find Balance Through Meditation

By Silvia Mordini Each day, I ask myself “How do I maintain balance in order to live my best day ever?” As much as I try to stay balanced, I have learned that I can easily lose it if I stop paying attention to it. Chanting, or using rhythmic speaking or singing of words and sounds is a great way to find and maintain balance. Om Namah Shivaya is my favorite mantras to practice. During and after singing this song I feel a quiet but energized sense of equilibrium. Om Namah Shivaya mantra uses the universal elements that govern each chakra: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. This song allows the chakras to better utilize the fundamental elements that exist in the chakra. When we repeat this mantra, we bring…

How To Form Healthy Habits That Will Last

by Silvia Mordini We all form habits as we go through life. When we realize that we are creatures of habit and that those very habits often keep us stuck in patterns we can finally begin to break unhealthy habits, only then can true spiritual growth begin. In order to change, we have to change something. When you look at what you want for your life direction, you may find that something has to change from the way you’ve been living. By consciously understanding which habits no longer serve you, then you are able to realize your best transformation. This is the basis of why a cleanse serves your best health. It renews your awareness of what you’re doing and not doing. If we want to develop healthier habits like…

Why Fake It? It’s Okay To Not Have Your Sh*t Together

By Silvia Mordini In school, you can try to fake knowing more than you do but when it comes time for the test the truth comes out by way of your grade. In bed you can try to fake feeling more than you do, even orgasm, but when it comes down to it you’re only fooling yourself if you think your partner can’t tell. In teaching yoga, you can show up, pretending to be “ultra spiritual” ala JP Sears and act the part of a yoga teacher, even faking happiness and serenity, but eventually one of two things will happen to you: 1. You’ll fall apart or give up from the exhaustion of pretending 2. Your students will call you out as being a Poser. You can’t keep faking you…

How To Surrender: Accepting Life As It Is, And Being Happy With It

by Silvia Mordini There is this spiritual alchemy where we move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender that allows what is being offered. We practice ishvara pranidhana as we trust the universal intelligence that hugs us from all directions to know what it’s doing. And once we find this trust we begin to believe that beauty and goodness are within us flowing nonstop and there is no reason to stop this flow for its natural current is to align with the current of grace that is everywhere outside us. Beauty becomes our way of life. Happiness becomes our natural spiritual alchemy when we practice ishvara pranidhana. You see when we come to the mat we are like the Alchemist in his laboratory mixing ingredients….

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