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MORE Reasons for Women to Travel Solo

By Silvia Mordini For quite some time now I’ve come up with all sorts of excuses why I couldn’t travel by myself: 1. My partner didn’t like to travel and I didn’t want to go without him 2. The guilt of leaving my partner and family behind 3. Not feeling worthy of the extra pampering and expense 4. Traveling alone felt selfish and undeserved 5. The fear of being alone. Even after all the years of yoga, meditation, and being on the mat on my own I was still afraid. In today’s society you can freely admit plenty of shocking things aloud but saying you’re lonely silences the room. People feel a mix of worry and pity toward you. Rarely do friends or colleagues know the appropriate way to respond…

Why Yoga Works

By Silvia Mordini Yoga literally means union, this is one of the first things we hear our teachers tell us when we start practicing yoga. And even before that we’ve already been bombarded with the cliché mind, body, spirit. But in real people terms what is the connection between the poses (asanas), breathing (pranayama), philosophy, energy and Western psychology? Formally David Frawley, author of Yoga and Ayurveda says “Yogic methods cover the entire field of our existence – from the physical, sensory, emotional, mental, and spiritual to the highest Self-realization. It includes all methods of higher evolution in humanity – physical postures, ethical postures, breath control, sensory methods, affirmations and visualizations, prayer and mantra, and complex meditative disciplines. Yoga understands the nature and interrelationships of the physical, subtle and formless…

Complain-Free Diet

By Silvia Mordini Gluten-free, Lactose-free, Low-Carb, Fat-Free, MSG-Free. For a long while I spent more time on my physical diet and didn’t give much consideration to my mental diet. I could tell you why not to eat “empty” calories but I did not understand the mental equivalent of empty calories, otherwise known as complaining. Science shows that our thoughts impact us physically. Even the causes of stress eating and increases in cortisol, the stress hormone are related to the habits of our thoughts. And like the bad habits we can fall into in our eating patterns, the same can be said for mental habits like complaining. The good news is that we can unlearn both. We have no more right to put our discordant states of mind into the lives…

3 Reasons to Go on a Yoga Retreat

By Silvia Mordini One of the best reasons to go on a yoga retreat is no reason at all, you just want to. So in that case just do it! The one key thing that is not on this list is making sure that you are not basing your decision on what everyone else wants you to do. Do this for you. However, it you’re looking for affirmation of 3 key reasons why you should go on retreat read on below. 1. YOU ARE TIRED OR BURNT OUT. As Americans we spend a lot of time thinking about physical digestion (what we eat, when we eat, what we’re not going to eat, how many calories stuff has) but what about mental digestion. When we have poor mental digestion we experience…

SPRING Forward into New Beginnings

By Silvia Mordini Spring is quickly coming, starting March 20, 2019. On this day in the Northern Hemisphere, we have 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. Winter’s shadow moves on. Even so, a lingering bit of heaviness may remain, like the spring jacket you wear or the tiredness you feel in the air. It’s okay to acknowledge the darkness of Winter and see it as the fertilizer making our souls more fertile for the new beginnings of Spring. This seasonal transition serves as a reminder that we can only make new beginnings to the extent we appreciate the endings in our lives. To make a big change and begin again isn’t always popular. As you change yourself, your energy towards those around you changes, and if they…

How to Stop Pushing and Pulling

By Silvia Mordini Do you ever get tired of living like you’re in a constant tug-o-war? This one thing creates more tension than anything else. Today I am wishing you a day of effortless effort where you are not feeling pulled or pushed by others nor where you are the one doing the pushing or pulling. I know from experience every time you push your partner, he or she will pull back. When you try to pull at them to stay longer, they will then push away. It’s the win-lose scenario of dualism. Imagine how strong a person has to be that when you push them they don’t react to your pushing. All while at the same time they are careful not to overcompensate for the initial push in order…

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…

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…

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…

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