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Meditation Explained By Yogi Bhajan

“Meditation is a process…At any time which is peaceful (the best is the early morning time, before the dawn), you’ll be surprised that in a couple of minutes a lot of thoughts will start coming to you—the X-rated thoughts, the ugly, angry thoughts. If you let those thoughts pass by, this is meditation.   All those thoughts that can pass at that moment of your life can never enter your subconscious mind, and they will not bother you again. This procedure of cleansing the mind is called meditation…It takes about three minutes to get those kinds of thoughts. And sometimes they continue to bug you for about half an hour.   But, if you physically don’t move, the mind becomes still. That is the foundation, or the beginning of the meditative mind. Once your mind…

Get your Ph.D. in Self Discovery!

Svadhyaya, which directly translates to #selfstudy, is the heart of our RYT200 Teacher Training program. We need time in self-reflection in order to manifest transformation and evolve into our highest self. Join us in 2018 for a heroine’s journey to the self through the self! If you submit your deposit before December 31st, you will be awarded a hefty discount (listed below)! April 1-22, 2018 in Bali ($600 off) July 28-August 18, 2018 in Costa Rica ($500 off) September 1-22, 2018 in Bali ($600 off)  Emily and Silvia are delighted to serve as your #Mentors, here is what past trainees have said about our program: I cannot say enough good things about the Alchemy of Yoga 200 Hr Teacher Training!  I came to the program with very tangible, concrete goals –…

SIMPLIFYING LIFE LAYER BY LAYER

The grounding that yoga brings serves us as a simplifying force in order to stabilize our minds. When grounded, we plug back into our best selves and become fully present and balanced. Our energy stabilizes. Once centered, we are able to clearly see the circumstances of our lives. We no longer over-respond or over-worry because the static noise of chaos doesn’t pull us apart. “Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do but won’t get you very far.” -Proverb Simplify. Be Inspired. Love Yourself. Love your Day. Love your Life. That’s my mission. The hardest part has turned out to be the first one, simplifying. Life naturally seems to be about addition and society pushes us to do more and more. Honestly, it feels highly…

Manifest Your Life

“The Alchemist begins in the Andalusian region of Spain, where Santiago is a shepherd who dreams of traveling beyond the confines of his life. However, he is content with his routine and takes comfort in caring for his sheep. Santiago is not prepared to abandon his entire life just to travel until he meets a mysterious and magical man who changes his outlook. The man tells Santiago that each individual has a Personal Legend (Dharma), something that they truly desire, which is their PURPOSE in life to accomplish.” When you break down the process of what true intention really is, you will find a process that unfolds before you. By applying this process, you create your intention. With a well defined MAP of your intentions, they become easier to MANIFEST. We will help…

Three Reasons Why Yoga Teacher Training Changes Your Life

1.  TRANSFORMATION HAPPENS FASTER Something extraordinary happens while in a yoga teacher training program that breaks the bonds of ordinary awareness and expands the consciousness of each individual to a level that would otherwise would have taken years of ordinary living to attain.  This acceleration of evolution is mystical, meaning that the explanation of the change is beyond logic and reason.  The term from quantum physics,“quantum leap”, comes to mind.  A quantum leap means “a phenomena where an electron orbiting the nucleus of an atom changes its position without having traversed the space between its old and new orbit and without taking any time to do so.  As scientifically verifiable as this phenomenonis, it is also on the order of a miracle, for science has no explanation how this effect happens.”   This…

What habits are you strengthening​?

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 of dependence. So a key principle of yoga is to break our both our mental and physical attachments. This includes not just our attachments to material objects (like needing chocolate to be happy), but also attachments to only seeing things in one way or repeating the same thoughts over and over expecting a different result, which by the way is the textbook definition of insanity. Yoga gives us a chance to examine our behavioral patterns and realize that our habits, even the good ones, keep us stuck. Only then can we…

I am Grounded

During this #Vata season of fall, you might be feeling uprooted and scattered. Take a moment to reset by doing the following meditation for 1-20 minutes. However long you feel is sufficient to SLOW DOWN your mind.Lay down on your yoga mat, bed or couch. If you are prone to falling asleep, sit up right when some support behind you. 1. Start by simply noticing your breath – depth, pace and quality 2. Begin lengthening your breath by being more intentional about reducing the speed in which you inflate and deflate your chest. 3. If you’d like to incorporate a 4-count inhale and exhale, that can allow for your mind to be distracted by the cadence of your #pranayama (breathing exercise). 4. Once you get into a steady rhythm, start…

Be in LOVE with Yourself

As a teacher, what if you let me be your Guide, your Sister, your Mentor? If you did, I would say to you, STOP SEEKING IMPROVEMENT. Be in LOVE with yourself as you ARE. Become more intimate with your OWN reality And all I ask is that you show up, ready to do the work of spirit and dive deep into your self. And from there be in love with your LIFE! Namaste, Silvia www.alchemyofyoga.com www.silviamordini.com silvia@alchemytours.com for questions Upcoming Teacher Training Schedule: April 1-22, 2018 Bali 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Emily Perry & Silvia Mordini May 5-12, 2018 Bali Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Silvia Mordini July 28-Aug 18, 2018 Costa Rica RYT 200 Hour Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training with Emily Perry & Silvia Mordini Sept…

5 WAYS TO INSPIRE PEACE TODAY

Take 11 minutes to recite a peace mantra, sing a peace chant, pray, meditate on peace. (My first peace mantra I learned on Sunday mornings growing up: “Peace be with you.”) – I am at Peace. Peace surrounds me. I am Peace. There shall be peace. – I breathe in peace. I breathe out peace. – Om Mani Padme Om – Om Namo Narayana Change your password to something including the word Peace. Every week you use your passwords hundreds of times, make each time count as a reminder for PEACE. Every time you go to Starbucks or any coffee shop and they ask you the name to write on the cup ask them to write the word “Peace.” Walk around drinking peace, showing the world you care about peace. Surround yourself with…

Complaint Free Diet

We have no more right to put our discordant states of mind into the lives of those around us and rob them of their sunshine and brightness than we have to enter their houses and steal their silverware. – Julia Moss Seton When we complain we draw negative things to us because we’re putting out negative energy. Therefore one of the most important healthy habits we can learn is not to complain. Strip your mental diet of complaining and see for yourself the difference it makes! What is a Complaint? Criticism Groan Moan Gripe Whine Gossip Hostility To express dissatisfaction or resentment.  Top Reasons to Go Complaint-Free Starting Today: 1 – When you’re complaint-free, you learn to find solutions rather than staying stuck in the problem. If you don’t offer yourself…

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 effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia. PAIN RELIEF. Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for…