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Tag: Yoga Lifestyle

Take A Gratitude Walk

Today’s focus is Gratitude for our feet that walk about 7,500 steps a day! According to WikiAnswers: “The average moderately active person takes about 7,500 steps a day. Assuming every day the person walks, an eighty year old person who began walking at one year of age, would have taken 216,262,500 steps in their lifetime. An average person, with an average stride, living to this age of 80 will walk about 108,131 miles.” I learned how to really appreciate every step while trekking the rivers of Costa Rica. It’s not easy. If it rains in the mountains, the water down by the ocean is unclear and muddy. But if the mountains stay dry, you’re in for a stroll in the beautiful blue waters. Regardless of the path and the water…

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…

5 Ways to Create a New Perspective

By Silvia Mordini “It’s dark and hairy! says the first one. “No it’s bright red and soft!” says the second one. “What are you talking about? It is completely white and juicy!” says another one. Amazing how perspective can change when you go around a simple apple! Imagine going around the world!” -Dr. Danie Beaulieu, PhD, Psychologist and Author Trying to change our perspective on ourselves is not easy. After all, the way we think mirrors how we see our lives. Yogically this process of self-reflection is known as vichara. It starts by asking outside the box questions to change the habits of our minds. Habits keep us from living up to our potential as we get stuck in seeing things just one way. We can make a difference by…

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…

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…

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 one “makes” us do anything. We are accountable. The shift to taking responsibility for our lives is vital in accessing yoga’s power and transforming your life. In this way Yoga teaches self-reliance. A well-balanced yogi understands that when on the mat, we must be present to what’s going on moment by moment. This is why accountability and self-relilance go hand in hand. These qualities are the foundation for being present to what life is offering…

8 Ways To Change Your Habits

Yoga Inspires Change. Over the last 15 years of spiritual practice, I can honestly say the single most important Yogic lesson I have learned is: To Create a Change, we have to Change Something. The result of our choices is constantly creating new unique personal alchemies. This is how yoga transforms us. It is about taking the personal growth we experience on the mat into making the changes we want in our lives. Anytime you want to transform and move beyond your limitations, to me, this is the Alchemy of Yoga. We all form habits as we go through life. Yoga teaches us that even our good habits keep us from growing spiritually. This is because habits are by definition an attachment to a pattern of behavior, or a form…

Top 20 Yoga Bloggers You Must Follow

Silvia Mordini is featured on YouQueen as one of the top 20 yoga bloggers to follow! YouQueen covered all aspects, no matter what yoga lifestyle you are living or inspiration you are looking for, you are bound to find it among these incredible yogis. 1 .You in 11 descriptive words? Writer. Yogi. Adventure Junkie. Spiritual Traveler. Happiness Coach. Teacher. Healer. Activator. 2. What is that “special touch” what makes your blog/work different/unique/authentic? I’ve been inspiring happiness, global awareness, and joyful living in students for 20 years. I keep it real. My Message comes across in every article: We don’t get to do today over again. This is not a rehearsal. Live your Happiness Fully! My Dharma is achieved through writing: I change people’s lives. With laser like focus I serve…

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