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.
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.
Cole has been a seeker all her life. It has brought her into the depths of addiction, to all corners of the world, and most importantly to the path of yoga. Through this practice, she has begun to understand, unravel, and explore the most fascinating of all landscapes….the inner one. There is always room to find more freedom and come closer to wholeness both on and off the mat; Cole’s teaching style reflects her desire to support her students discover on their own unique journey.
Cole has been practicing and teaching Thai Yoga Massage for a decade, is a 500-RYT, international retreat leader, passionate about teaching to the addiction recovery community, consistent in broadening her knowledge in Yoga and Buddhist philosophy, ravenous book nerd, croissant connoisseur, wanderlust junkie, and seeker of the full range of experience. Her philosophy is to live wide, love big, look deep, and ALWAYS leave room for possibilities!
Addiction is insidious and takes many forms with substance abuse being only one manifestation. Many find themselves suffering from toxic relationships, codependency, eating disorders, anxiety, perfectionism, undigested traumas….this list goes on and on.
WE ARE ALL RECOVERING FROM SOMETHING AND EACH OF US HAS ROOM TO COME CLOSER TO WHOLENESS.
Addiction is HARD WORK and all-consuming. Whether it’s alcohol or the brutal mind spin, it takes 110% of our energy to sustain that vicious wheel rolling. Luckily there are ways to transform that energy towards finding freedom and healing; to reorganize our patterns from destructive to productive.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF MY RECOVERY HAS BEEN MY YOGA PRACTICE.
Yoga means to yoke, to connect, to unify. It can help harmonize our lives and create balance in this ever-changing and challenging world. By moving stagnant energy, emotion, and trauma through our bodies, learning how to work with our nervous system through the breath, and getting curious about our minds through meditation and self-inquiry, we can begin to peel back the layers and truly create relationship with ourselves and the world as it is. No need to hide, fix, or run.
We can do hard things. Not only is sobriety possible, but I truly believe we can alchemize addiction, transform it from chaos into clarity, and live a life you’ve never dreamt possible.