Silvia Mordini, Emily Perry and the Alchemy of Yoga team are devoted to offering you an atmosphere in which freedom of expression, fun, creativity, and passion for life are totally encouraged!
I am an adventurer. A hero and a heroine. The prince and the princess. Ala “Sleeping Beauty” I’ve kissed myself awake. I drive myself home. I travel solo. I’ve owned multiple homes since I was twenty-three years old. I am an independent woman. I am a risk taker. I make the grand gesture. I’ve risked it ALL for love. I don’t hold back. I leap with both feet in. When I wake up I say YES to life and recite my mantra “this is the BEST day ever.” I do not edit the full expression of the pose on the mat or the fullest expression of my life. I embrace it ALL. I teach others to do the same. To say YES to the ultimate adventure. Thirteen years ago I even founded a School to teach how to say YES to being yourself, the ultimate hero and heroines journey, I named it alchemy of yoga.
With over 11,000 hours of yoga teaching experience I make yoga approachable and inspiring for everyone. My focus is on bringing more fun to yoga with the hope that how we practice our yoga becomes how we live our life. As an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and a lifelong singer, dancer, poet and adventurer, my style of yoga is Bhakti infused Alignment based Vinyasa flow. I’ve been teaching yoga for over 15 years. I have a 13 year Human Resource career and I am a successful serial Yogapreneur. I owned 2 Yoga Studios for 10 years with over 9,000 students, founded Alchemy Tours, a Spiritual Adventure company and developed the 13 year old international Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training School with 26 graduating classes of Love Alchemists. Most importantly I’ve been a dedicated student of yoga since being in a hit and run and experiencing the “alchemy of yoga” to recover physically and emotionally. This life changing accident transformed my mind, body and soul.
My best teachers are Great Spirit, my pain, my joy, divine love, sunshine, soft baby grass, and the blessed waters that fill our rivers and oceans. I have studied with today’s great master teachers both names you know and those you don’t know for over 1,000 hours. My beloved Shiva/Shakti Teachers in no particular order include, Gloria Latham, Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Anusara, Sianna Sherman, Noah Maze, and Rod Stryker. I am a dedicated student of Rajanika Tantra believing that we all share the dharma of love and the fastest way to love is to meditate.
My classes holistically integrate various styles of yoga, primarily Vinyasa, Kundalini and Anusara, where transitioning with elegance while we flow with the breath and wisely align the poses to our own unique bodies cultivates embodiment and connection to our highest potential.
Look for my upcoming book “Happiness Prescriptions,” read my popular blog called Love Your Life (named one of the top Yoga blogs for 2015), along with enjoying my “Loving Your Day” YouTube channel. My articles appear regularly in magazines such as Mantra Yoga and on various yoga sites such as MindBodyGreen, Yoganonymous, GaiaTV, Daily Cup of Yoga, and I am is the author of the The Alchemy of Yoga blog on DoYouYoga.com.
I have always been drawn to encouraging others to see their full potential and have instilled this philosophy into my life’s work. I received my BA in Psychology at Western Washington University and over the past 10 years have worked in various areas of counseling; crisis lines, youth suicide prevention, yoga, sexual assault, and domestic violence advocacy. I was always so focused on others, yoga became my time to focus on me. Once I started to regularly attend classes, I noticed a dramatic enhancement of my self-esteem, happiness, and relationships.
I completed my RYT-200 instructor training with Alchemy Yoga in 2013 with the incredible happiness seeker, Silvia Mordini. My love of movement is revealed in every class, along with encouraging students to cut out all the distractions of life and bring their minds to stillness. I design each class to embody truth, simplicity and love to inspire students to let their light shine on and off of the mat.
My name is Emily Perry, MTOM, L.Ac., E-RYT-500. I am a Yoga Teacher, Acupuncturist, & Herbalist based in Santa Cruz, California. A student of yoga and meditation since 1994, and of Chinese Medicine since 2000, I teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga, mindfulness and Holistic Health. As often as I can, I study with my teachers Janet Stone, Jody Greene, Christopher Wallis, and Christina Sell in the vinyasa flow tradition.
I discovered yoga in college, around the same time I started practicing Zen meditation. I dove into a book called “Light on Yoga,” and I found it to be an amazing manual for living a joyful, healthy, peaceful life. I was hooked. During that same time I began studying herbalism with Native American healers, and soon found a calling to study Chinese Medicine and holistic health. Eventually, when I returned to Los Angeles, I dove into vinyasa flow yoga during its early stages, and it has been my favorite yoga style ever since. Yoga has fueled my passion for living, and over the years, as I started a family and a business, yoga has always been my home base, my refuge. Practice brings me joy, peace and strength, and you can often find me on my mat when I am not out surfing with the kids, hiking in the redwoods with the dog, or at home cooking plant-based meals. I also teach workshops, retreats and trainings around the world.
I went to my first yoga class more than 10 years ago seeking solace from a stressful engineering job. Many breaths and years later, my focus has shifted to learning, loving and living the practice of yoga. The more I scratch the surface, the more this practice lays out before me as I discover it is so much more than shapes.
I am a travel enthusiast, student of life, and above all else, a believer in love. In all forms, in all ways, love is at the heart of healing. It is the message that breathes life into every teaching and yet it is unassuming its simplicity. It was a great love that initially led me to yoga several years ago and it was a committed personal practice sparked inside me a desire to serve. Now, I am blessed to be a teacher, though I consider myself a student first, always. Sharing this practice has brought so much joy into my world and I feel completely privileged to connect with human heartbeats on a regular basis.
My ultimate goal in offering the practice is to elevate on a cellular level, stirring up creative energy that ripples long after the asana practice. It is this residual vibration that has kept me coming back again and again and I feel a sacred responsibility as I share it with others. I believe we can find sanctuary inside the four corners of a mat or any place where we choose to drop into the state of yoga – the union of mind, body and heart. Yoga is about self-observation, self-study, and self-awakening. Something I learned very early on is, teaching yoga has nothing to do with me. It’s all about giving people a place and a practice where they can go inside, excavate through physical embodiment anything needing attention and eventually experience more freedom.
I am immensely grateful for so many teachers I have learned from on this path, primarily from the Krishnamacharya lineage and drawing from the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, Tantra and Somatics. I completed my first teacher training with Silvia Mordini and have continued studying on the evolutionary path ever since. While living in Japan, I had the good fortune of learning from a host of inspiring yogis including Christina Sell, Kino MacGregor, Kathryn Budig, Simon Park, Elizabeth Rossa, Chuck Miller and Gloria Latham. Most recently, I completed several immersion trainings with Shiva Rea in Venice, Costa Rica, and India to become certified in teaching Prana Vinyasa Yoga. I embrace the abundance that is available in our present day global yoga community and jump at the opportunity to learn through live transmission whenever I can.
The physicality of yoga first caught my attention as a graduate student five years ago. Overwhelmed by the stress and pressure that I had mistakenly confused as my baseline state of being, I was desperately seeking a way to disconnect. I distinctly remember the feeling that came over me in my first yoga class when I realized that yoga was not allowing me the opportunity to disconnect, but rather reconnect. In that place, I find stillness and calm. No matter what comes up, yoga allows a process of clarifying, distilling, and cleansing by providing a platform to tune into thoughts, feelings, processes, and patterns. The more I listen, the more I continue to unearth, embrace, and express my true self. Yoga smoothes my hard edges and re-directs me toward an internal still point. In The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi embodies the essence of yoga in her interpretation of yoga sutras 1.2 and 1.3. She writes, “Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart. United in the heart, consciousness is steadied, then we abide in our true nature — joy.” Although yoga continues as a personal practice, the evolution inspires me to share what I learn in an intentional, creative, and heartfelt way through a softening Yin / Yin + Hatha fusion rooted in safety and sustainability.
Sarah’s Heartfelt Vision:
I see the eight-limbed yoga path as a journey toward re-kindling the connection to the true self, as many of us have strayed from our intuitive wisdom as a byproduct of our busy lives. For many – myself included – asana is the first step back on the path. Yoga helps us understand how to maintain balance in our lives by increasing awareness of our sensitivities and constantly fine-tuning as we return to our own internal compass. In doing so, we are able to dissolve the patterns, stories, and behaviors that are non-serving so that we may approach life with more vitality and do what we really want to do. As yoga brings you closer to you, it changes not only your relationship to self, but also relationships with the world around you. The practice allows us to re-visit this process continuously – pose by pose, layer by layer. The most exciting part is that the work is never done.
I am a lover of movement. Movement in the body, transformation of the mind, and evolution of the spirit. I aspire to help students listen to Satguru, their inner teacher. My teaching style is building heat from the inside and bringing students out of their head and into their breath. The foundation of my teaching is balance between strength and flexibility on and off the mat.
I seek to share each of yoga’s eight limbs with students to guide them to deeper awareness of the self. When we learn to know and love our complete being, we are more free to embrace the opportunity for change, growth and well being. Through movement of energy in the body I strive to open my students to new possibilities, on and off the mat.
I love to combine my passions for yoga, art, and writing. I graduated from Seattle Central Creative Academy in 2011 with a degree in commercial photography; I love creating portraits, videos, and other media with yoga as my subject. I love all styles of yoga and flowing to loud beats. I practice and teach power vinyasa at a studio and falling on my face daily on my mat at home.
I am a free spirited lover of travel, nature, a good book, delicious and healthy food (and lots of it!) and of course an ooey gooey vinyasa flow. I love a good belly laugh and my playful attitude inspires me to incorporate Lila, Divine Play, into my yoga practice and life. I first started practicing yoga with devotion when I moved from Australia to London in an attempt to run away from my problems. Through my yoga practice I realised that the only way to happiness is inwards. The physical practice of yoga opened the rusty gates to my emotional state, guiding me inwards while peeling back layer, after layer of false beliefs, guiding me back to my truth.
Currently I am traveling about the world, finding new places to live, to learn and to grow. Right now I am wandering about the beautiful continent of Central America with all my belongings on my back, sharing yoga wherever and whenever I can. Through sharing yoga and my passion for writing I aspire to guide students within, to discover that happiness, peace and love is their truth and to help them shine their light into the world.
"Yoga" is how I choose to LIVE my precious life. It is a deeper awareness, connection, mindfulness and LOVE of my sweet Self. So I am more able to have a deeper awareness, connection, mindfulness and LOVE for others. It is a WAKING UP and tapping into my FULL potential. It is a saying YES to LIFE and LIVING IT!! Enjoying, laughing, loving, traveling, taking leaps of faith, risking it all for LOVE, falling down, getting back up, learning, growing, expanding and never giving up on my dreams on myself on my life! Yoga is a very powerful tool that helps me break free of my toxic beliefs, barriers, blockages and saboteurs. It REMINDS me of what is truly important to my sweet SOUL and helps me to continually expand beyond what I ever thought possible for myself. The healing, expansion and transformation that I have experienced in the past 15yrs of practicing yoga and 10yrs of teaching Yoga is phenomenal! For me ..." Yoga" is EVERYTHING. It is how I am communicating to myself and others. How I am nourishing my body, mind and soul. How I am interacting with Mother Earth, my family, friends, communities, strangers and myself. How I am showing up in this world is Yoga. When I teach it is my intention to hold space and create a sacred container for whoever shows up to have a deeper experience with themselves. I bring to my classes a deep PASSION and LOVE for what I do. Because I know through experience how life changing Yoga can be. Sharing from a deep place of authenticity, love, light, joy, awareness and vulnerability. I believe Yoga is an empowering tool / ancient science that can help us WAKE UP and LIVE the lives we dream of. It is possible !! I teach and have taught a variety of styles from Hatha, Power, Vinyasa, Prenatal, Mom and Baby, Yin, Restorative, Restorative Reiki, and Kundalini. I love teaching all styles of Yoga, but my deep love affair is with Kundalini. The POWER behind that ancient science has and continues to transform my life in magical ways. It is what brings me HOME time and time again. I have taken the ancient science of it and transformed it into my own uniqueness which is fun, empowering, uplifting, inspiring and much more. Modern Kundalini or #MoKu. It is my life mission to continue to share this deep love and passion for Yoga with the World! 1.) 3 words to describe me : FUN, LOVING, AUTHENTIC 2.) What is one mantra that is like a remedy for your soul? Ang Sung Wahe Guru 3.) What lesson other people could learn from your life? Always follow your HEART. FEEL ALL your feelings. TRUST the unfolding of your PRECIOUS LIFE. Take that leap of FAITH if it's what your heart is calling forth. aka - GOOOOO FOR IT!! Laugh till your face and belly hurt. Don't take things too personally. Be SILLY. Be Different. Be "weird". BE YOUR FABULOUS SELF! ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY!! Be Kind and LOVING to every one as best you can! Have FUN!! 4.) How long have you been teaching? Teaching Yoga for 10yrs. Practicing Yoga 15 years. 5.) What is your passion, purpose, or mission? PASSION: Surfing, Teaching Yoga, Meditating, Reiki, Traveling the world, Being in community, Cooking yummy food, Eating yummy food, Self - Discovery, Expansion, and ENJOY MY PRECIOUS LIFE!! PURPOSE: LIVING on purpose is my purpose 😉 Tapping into the gifts I have been given and SHARING them with the WORLD in a FUN, FABULOUS WAY!! Helping others to RE-MEMBER their GIFTS and what LIGHTS up their precious Soul! Coming home sweet home to MY TRUTH - Sat Nam. So I can help others do the same - Sat Nam MISSION: BE-ing an AGENT of healthy, loving, positive change in the world!! Creating containers, pathways, tools, avenues, educational centres / trainings that will help one and ALL awaken to their TRUTH, HEART, and SOUL. I believe we are here to LIVE in PEACE, LOVE, HAPPINESS AND HARMONY - Supporting one another, inspiring one another, LOVING one another and ENJOYING our precious LIVES together!!