Testimonials

Silvia – You have such a gift for teaching and such of depth of knowledge and training, in both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. And you clearly embody all that you teach, I admire your sense of peace, calm, and thoughtfulness – you are beautiful inside and out – I want to bring more of these attributes into my life. – Christine

Calling Alchemy of Yoga a yoga teacher training program does not do it justice. My three weeks in Costa Rica with Silvia and the Alchemy tribe and then the time after working on my practicum gave me a loving space and guidance to delve deep to truly find myself and my purpose. As a result of the in-depth study, I am more confident, more connected and more able to flow peacefully with the waves of life. I also developed some of the deepest and most profound friendships with members of my beautiful Kula, lifelong sisters and brother that support and love with so much heart. To say that Alchemy of Yoga is just a teacher training program does not even skim the surface of it. Yes, I came out of the program a yoga teacher, and yes I can teach yoga now, but more than that I can truly say that I live my yoga each day now (and have one seriously magical tribe that supports me in that path). Thank you Silvia for truly teaching me yoga! – Olivia

Silvia Mordini is a teacher of teachers, and a wonderful mentor who compassionately evokes self-inquiry and transformation. Without a doubt, Silvia’s friendship and mentorship have helped to shape my path to service, adventure, and stepping outwards of my bounds and into a world wide open. – Hannah

Silvia – I entered teacher training just hoping to deepen my practice but the reality is I graduated as a whole new me. This was an adventure that pushed, challenged and encouraged me to grow. In a matter of months I became more self-aware and self-confident than any time in my life. I wasn’t surrounded by a group of students that wanted to perfect their asanas. I joined a Kula (a community of the heart), an extended family that offered unconditional support and inspiration. I am grateful to Silvia Mordini for the professional, organized and extremely informative yoga training, but I am eternally indebted to Silvia for creating a safe space for growth and helping open my eyes to my potential! – Casey

Silvia – I wanted to teach yoga because I have personally experienced the power it has to change lives. I so deeply wanted to share this magic with people – especially students my age who I saw struggling and fighting with life instead of living it. I am endlessly grateful to Silvia for teaching by example to live life with love for others, and more importantly with big love for yourself. One of the most beautiful parts about this teacher training for me was that the more I learned, the more I realized this is just the beginning of an even greater journey. Silvia has provided me the inspiration to continue flowing through my own evolution. I can truly say with my whole loving and honest heart, that embarking on this “self-study” has been the best decision I have ever made.” -Alysha Greig

silviateachingcr2014 credit DDSilvia – Two words to describe the Alchemy Yoga program… Beautifully Centered. I have never felt so supported, beautiful, grounded, or inspired in my life. The Alchemy program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge needed not just to teach yoga, but to really live yoga. This program goes far far beyond the poses, it steams into who you are as a person and how to be the most authentic you. Once you start to fold back the layers of who you are, then the real teaching in this program beings. I have never felt so safe in being who I am before. Silvia’s wisdom and ridiculous sense of play and humor keeps things fun and airy. This program has instilled in me the confidence I need to be a great yoga teacher. That confidence doesn’t come mastering all the poses but from being your most authentic you which you learn is the most important part of being a great teacher. I am more than thankful for this training. It was an absolutely amazing experience and I would hands down recommend the Alchemy Yoga training to anyone who is interested in truly and honestly teaching yoga! – Anie

Silvia – You are such a wonderful person and a gifted teacher! I am truly blessed to have found you and am honored to be one of your students. I look forward to continuing my teaching and inspiring others as you have inspired me. Thank You for everything! – Maryann

Silvia – I honestly recommend this training for anyone who enjoys practicing yoga and is interested in personal development and growth. It is an amazing journey you take to know yourself and have a better understanding of who you are. A beautiful, enlightening experience that I would do all over again. It has developed, supported and empowered me in my life. – Dana, lululemon

Silvia – You are a gifted teacher, philosopher and it is truly a blessing to learn from you. With love and gratitude, – Nancy

Silvia – is a a special teacher, the kind who shows each student how to find their own inner “guru” or wisdom. “Alchemy of Yoga’s” teacher training did more than just help me to deepen my own yoga practice, it increased my abilities of self-reflection and intuition. With Silvia’s guidance, I learned how to apply the philosophical and physical teachings of yoga towards all aspects of my life. The skills we practiced together help me to live each moment connected to my inner truth and I feel more, free, happier and radiant than ever. Thank you Silvia! – Gabrielle

Silvia – I am so grateful for your love, light & inspiration. Thank you for being you & for instilling such grace & virtue in all that you do! – Katy

Silvia- One of the best things I have ever done for myself was take the Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training. It was life changing in many ways. Not only did I get incredible teaching from one of the best yoga instructors in the industry but I also became a part of a wonderful kula that was also so much a part of my growth and learning. If you have the chance to train with Silvia Mordinin, you will be amazed – she is the best of the best. I’m blown away every time I take one of her classes and to be able to take her training was amazing. Taking this training is something I am very grateful for and proud of. If you have the chance – take it! -Sue

Silvia – I took Silvia’s Teacher Training and highly recommend this experience for anyone seeking this certification. Silvia is a consummate professional with a multitude of talents as a trainer, but more than that she exemplifies everything that a true yogi should be: caring and compassionate with her students, living and breathing the yoga sutras both on and off the mat. As a certified personal trainer with my own business I also appreciate her organizational skills. In fact, I often think, “How does she do this all and do it so well?!” The answer is clear, she loves yoga and she loves to teach it to everyone from the new teachers she mentors to the students in every class. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to everyone with a passion and dedication for yoga that is willing to invest their time, heart and talent to the practice. Many blessings for the future! -Jackie

Silvia – I am impressed on how hard you try to meet everyone’s schedule, it can’t be easy. Thanks to your dedication and assurance I can flow through yoga poses, I am now actually playing with yoga more and listening to what my body inspires me to do instead of trying to do yoga like everyone else. Yoga has become so much more an enriching experience for me rather than a physical struggle. So many thanks, I am very grateful for all the help you have given me. – Anonymous

kulahopefbSilvia – Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training provided me with the skills to sit confidently and authentically in the seat of the teacher. I came away with the ability to look deep inside myself to really know who I am and what I want to shine out to the world. All this and I developed friendships with the most amazing and inspiring women who warm my heart and nurture my soul. – Nancy

Silvia – I enjoyed the training and learning many things, one thing I am very happy about, especially how to incorporate more yoga into my everyday life! Thanks! – Cheryl

Silvia – Thank you for caring about the quality of our teacher training program. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself. Thank you for teaching from your heart and thank you for making a difference in my life. – Sue P.

Silvia – The way of life and love that I studied at Total Body Yoga, under the brilliant and inspiring tutelage of the TBY staff helped my physical practice grow by leaps and bounds (and headstands and arm balances). But the real treasure I unearthed is the philosophy, teaching methodology, meditation, pranayama, and my own and other’s inner divine. I would recommend the teacher training program at TBY to anyone who wants to teach or deeply delve into the rewarding practice of yoga. Thank you for everything. – Brian

Silvia – I want to thank you for the amazing experience of attending your teacher training program. I will remember this as one of the most rewarding times in my life and look forward to the rewards I will see in the future because of your program. Thank you for all that you do for us to help us succeed, it really means the world to me. Peace and Love – Jennifer

Silvia – I’m very excited to be a part of this training program and I feel very blessed and lucky!! I’m so happy to be on this journey especially with everyone in class. I think we have a great group of people and everyone feels comfortable. Thank you for accepting me and letting me be a part of this program! – Kelly

Silvia – Yesterday was fantastic!! We learned so much! You are a fountain of knowledge and I so appreciate your teacher ability. You have an innate ability to teach. I could have sat there for hours. The time goes so quickly when we’re learning. – Martha

Silvia – You have been a wonderful mentor, teacher & guide to me while I’m going thru my journey. I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve given me. And NO one compares to your teaching style…you are truly one of a kind & I’m so happy I was able to do my training with you. Looking forward to learning lots more from you! – Lexi

Silvia – I am so grateful for this training program. This training was the first thing I was able to do for myself after having kids. At the time it felt like such a stretch but it was just the first step in an amazing new journey. – Jodi T.

Silvia – I just finished the 200 hour program and I can honestly say that my life is changed for the better. What an amazing, unexpected experience of new friends, new connections, and a deeper understanding of what it means to know and love yourself. If you’re in the Seattle area and have even thought of doing a teacher training once I would encourage you to look into this program. With so much love,  – Madeline Y.

Silvia – When I first began to realize that I wanted to learn more about yoga and pursue teacher training, it wasn’t necessarily driven by the urge to learn more asana. Rather, I wanted to develop my understanding of the non-physical aspects of yoga that a typical 60-minute class simply doesn’t have enough time to explore past a certain level. As I first read through the program description, I felt an alignment with that I wanted to learn. Alchemy of Yoga provided a platform for self-exploration and development through study of the chakra system, ayurveda, meditation, pranayama, the Yoga Sutras, and other aspects of yoga philosophy. I think of the quote, “Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” What I’ve embraced from these teachings will stay with me forever, as Alchemy of Yoga provided a safe and supportive environment for me to look inward, allowing me to rediscover my inherent happiness. I am no longer afraid to express the best possible version of myself. On a day-to-day basis, I have embraced a daily yoga and meditation practice and incorporated several ayurvedic practices into my life. One of my favorite aspects of yoga is that the learning never ceases and the journey I began with Alchemy of Yoga is only the start! Alchemy of Yoga generously provides reading lists and resources for you to continue your learning well past the completion of teacher training. Since teacher training has ended, I have continued to make my way through the reading list and find myself regularly referring back to my training manual. There are also playlists, class plans, and other teacher related resources available to support you as you continue to teach and grow. In terms of the physical dimension of yoga, Alchemy of Yoga provided detailed training on anatomy and physiology through Silvia Mordini’s and Casey Petersen’s combined wealth of knowledge and experience. Through their instruction, I became more aware of build and mechanics impact asana and modifications to promote safety and sustainability of practice. In terms of teaching, I learned how to structure classes through wave theory, how to build meaningful themes, how to language classes and cues and incorporate music to match the tone of the class. We were given ample opportunity to practice throughout the course of teacher training while receiving effective and supportive feedback from our instructors and peers. Since having graduated and in teaching yoga classes, I see how effective these theories are in practice. It has provided me with a consistent way to approach class planning that allows for an infusion of my creativity and inspiration. On another note, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the teacher trainee tribe or kula. Silvia and Casey brought together a group of amazing women – many of which I probably would have never had the opportunity to know in other circumstances. On the first day of teacher training, Silvia and Casey established a community of sisterhood, trust, support, and acceptance. I’ve made lifelong friends and bonds, and for that I’m grateful. Along a similar vein, the mentorship and support from Silvia, Casey, Laura, and the rest of the Alchemy of Yoga staff remains available with open-arms. While yoga began as a personal pursuit, I quickly noticed the reverberations it had in my relationships and how I relate to the world. Alchemy of Yoga has inspired and empowered me to share with others the impact that yoga has in a more intentional and heartfelt way. With gratitude, – Sarah Erter

Silvia – One year ago today I began an amazing journey that has been the most rewarding, inspiring, and humbling of my life. I may have been an hour late to my first day of yoga teacher training but I’ve never stopped living my yoga since then. I am so immensely grateful to everyone who has made this decision such a life altering experience. To Silvia Mordini, who’s capacity to inspire and share is only surpassed by her ability to smile. To my Kula for being the most perfect, beautiful, and diverse spectrum of souls to share this experience with. To my family and friends who supported me and my decisions even when they didn’t seem to make so much sense. To all the other teachers I’ve been fortunate to practice with. And to all the wonderful people I’ve met in my travel, in life, and who’ve allowed me to share what I’ve learned. Thank you all. I love and appreciate you with every fiber of my being. – Anonymous.

Silvia – I still believe to this day that doing the 200 hour yoga teacher training March of 2011 was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Silvia’s program is unlike any other that I have heard of in that she spends an incredible amount of time and energy on helping her students learn more about themselves through the process of yoga, to then become the best and most authentic teachers they can be. I still practice with Silvia on a weekly basis, and am amazed at how she constantly brings in something new every time. As someone who loves to learn and is always trying to grow, I appreciate this highly creative quality in any teacher. I strongly recommend Silvia as a teacher for anyone who is wanting to learn more about yoga beyond the poses, and for anyone who is on a path toward self-discovery. – Alysha Greig

You = Love.

– Angel

Silvia – I want to thank you for opening this whole new world for me. Through your knowledge, energy, and warmth, I was able to “Go Deeper” into myself. I never knew I had the courage to face the “boxes” that had been closed and locked up for such a long time. I know now I’m brave enough to face anything and I am forever grateful for that. – Rianne

Silvia – I discovered that I could travel alone, make great friends of all ages and backgrounds and could be my complete self. Silvia is more than a friend, she is my inspiration to follow a life I love and make no excuses. –  Laurie

Silvia took care of everything too, so it was never stressful.  She had everything meticulously planned, but wasn’t rigid about it. She was flexible, accommodating and made adjustments so everyone was able to get the most out of the trip. I felt that she truly cared about us, was tuned into what we needed and did everything she could to make it an experience of a lifetime for everyone. – Amber

Silvia – Physically, mentally, and emotionally I felt transformed. The physical components were great, as was the extremely healthy diet, and although I ate like I was on vacation, I came back feeling healthier and few pounds lighter from all of the yoga. Mentally, I was in a state of bliss from the amazing surroundings, stress free environment, and wonderful people I was able to share the experience with. Emotionally, I felt like I gained a greater understanding about what is really important and a greater sense of my life’s purpose. – Laura

Silvia is an insightful and loving teacher who has lifted me up more times that I could ever keep track of. – Kimberly

Silvia – On the retreat I found myself laughing and feeling happier than I had in months; while also gaining the confidence through self-reflection that I truly am in charge of how I want my life to unfold. Since returning, I have been making small changes that are the building blocks to creating a more satisfying/fulfilling professional and personal life. – Ann

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