Life is Full of Setbacks – How to Remove the Roadblocks to Your Happiness

by Silvia Mordini Dukha, the bad stuff, happens to everyone. We must stop feeding our stress phobia thinking we are trying to eradicate the bad stuff (fear, distrust, suffering, armoring, rigidity, contraction, defensiveness, aggressiveness, resentment.) The real obstacle to spiritual practice is thinking that to be happy we must be stress-free. Obstacles are not the […]

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. […]

How To NOT Pick A Yoga Teacher Training

by Silvia Mordini What if I said to you that I wanted to get eye surgery? Lasik, to be precise. What advice would you have for me? Here’s what I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t say to me: Find the Cheapest doctor possible. Find the Cheapest facility (hospital) possible. Find the least qualified doctor possible. Find […]

How to Face Your Fears, and Grow Up in the Process

By Silvia Mordini “If you begin to face your fears, something bittersweet is going to happen to you: You’ll grow up.”–Martha Beck- Finding Your Own North Star I know this much, in order to fully enjoy life you must renounce your fear and anxiety. I spent a long time being terribly afraid (afraid of not being […]

Directing and Allowing: How to do Alternate Nostril Breathing

By Silvia Mordini “The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change, for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up” – Unknown author Today my meditation focused on what combination […]

How To Rely On Yourself

Yoga teaches self-reliance. Swami Vivekandanda says, ‘We are responsible for what we are and whatever we wish ourselves to be. We have the power to make ourselves.” The very first yoga sutra states, “now begins the study of yoga.” This implies that the student is ready and accepts responsibility for learning. In other words, no […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga

Give yoga try and discover what it can do for body and mind.   A central premise in yoga is “everything is connected.” That’s clear when looking at the health and fitness benefits of yoga that have long been reported by practitioners and are now being confirmed by scientific research. STRESS RELIEF.Yoga reduces the physical […]