Workshops offered by Silvia

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  1. ALCHEMY OF JOY Roots, Rock, Reggae Flow
  2. ALCHEMY OF LOVE Drinking the Lotus
  3. ALCHEMY OF SOUL Bhakti Vinyasa (Chill Happiness Flow)
  4. HIP HIP HOORAY: Hips Like Honey (the Care and Feeding of Your Honey Pot)
  5. ALCHEMY OF FIRE Rebel Spirit Vinyasa Flow
  6. ALCHEMY OF BALANCE Elements, Chakras and Energy Medicine
  7. ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS Yoga Sutras Unplugged: Removing the Obstacles to Your Happiness
  8. ALCHEMY OF BEAUTY From the Inside Out: The Ayurvedic Way
  9. ALCHEMY OF THE BEATLES Timeless Wisdom
  10. ALCHEMY OF YES Hanumanasana Taking an Amazing Leap of Faith
  11. ALCHEMY OF SURRENDER The Power of Letting Go
  12. ALCHEMY OF ENERGY Chakra Vinyasa Flow
  13. ALCHEMY OF TRANSFORMATION Physical, Mental, Spiritual Happiness
ALCHEMY OF JOY: Roots, Rock, Reggae Flow
“You just can’t live in that negative way…make way for the positive day.” – Bob Marley Music is medicine. Reggae music is like your daily multivitamin of Peace, Love and Unity. Experience these positive vibes in your yoga practice. We will start with a dynamic, sweaty, playful vinyasa flow building inner heat (tapas) through core cultivation and radical self-inquiry. While in the flow we will examine the 3 key Habits of Happiness we can apply to every pose, and to your life off the mat. These are: 1. Self-Awareness 2. Accceptance 3. Accountability Then strengthen your intuition and pinpoint the space created by the physical practice with stillness. Learn to hear your authentic, inner voice and patiently listen within for the answers on how to create the happiness you deserve. And in the spirit of “every little thing going to be alright” towards the end of this workshop we’ll enjoy a rich, restorative savasana accompanied by a touch of sweet meditation. All to the very best Reggae backdrop. . You will leave feeling high on life! One good thing about music — when it hits you, you feel no pain.
– Bob Marley
ALCHEMY OF LOVE: Drinking the Lotus
OM SHRIM MAHA LAKSHMIYEI NAMAHA Join me for this life-changing workshop which includes inspirational music, mantra, guided visualization, talk story and vinyasa flow yoga. Learn a new perspective on your practice through the prism of the empowered feminine. Meet familiar poses in a more nurturing way and expand your practice with new poses approached in an expressive, connected manner. Move beyond limitations, feel elegance in movement, find joy in what makes you unique in the world. Let’s play and flow, and restore balance to our inner and outer worlds. At the end, we will have the luxury of the most beautiful guided meditation in savasana. The lotus is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world and is a symbol of compassion, wisdom, and spiritual growth. It is an ancient symbol of our planet. Growing in muddy waters, and rising above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty, at night the flower closes and sinks under water, rising again at dawn. It reminds us to reconnect to natural Spiritual Rhythm: harmony between dynamic and static masculine and feminine energies within us. We will learn what balance is—and the 5 common causes of imbalance. We will get into synchronicity with nature, redefine happiness and leave feeling stronger and kinder. To the sacred alchemy of our practices may each of one of us grow the capacity to love our lives, all that is easy and hard, all that is revealed and all that is concealed. May we bless it all. This Workshop is for you if you want to… -Learn how to align and balance your inner life and outer life -Heal fatigue and over-working -Prioritize self-care and healthy boundaries -Strengthen intuition -Learn about the divine feminine
ALCHEMY OF SOUL: Bhakti Vinyasa (Chill Happiness Flow) with Jim Beckwith
What does happiness look like? Sexy, flowing, relaxed. To the live vibration of Jim Beckwith’s musical stylings, we will move in the way that happiness moves. Come as you are, be as expressive as you want in what you wear, and how you move. Deep beats, elegant vinyasa are the backdrop for the ultimate moving meditation. Find finesse between poses, breath, and energy. This practice is a joyful balance of strength, bhakti, grace, and creativity that reflects the pulsing rhythms of nature through the vibrant practice of Mandala Namaskar, a circular, fluid Vinyasa sequence and includes twists, spirals, flow motion within asanas, culminating in variations on traditional backbends. Creativity, spontaneity, and playfulness will infuse our chill happiness practice! Biography for Jim Beckwith Jim Beckwith (Hanuman Das) is an accomplished musician, songwriter and teacher. His love of music and Yoga inspired him to focus on bringing live music to yoga classes and he has played with many of the world’s top teachers; (Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Janet Stone, Kia Miller and Tommy Rosen, among others). He has shared the stage with with many great kirtan artists such as Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das, Govind Das & Radha, Dave Stringer, Brenda McMorrow, C.C. White, David Newman, Kirtaniyas, Aykanna, Shantala & Saul David Raye. Jim’s music is soulful and evocative of healing and inner awakening. He mixes mantra chants and English lyrics with a melodic and accessible tapestry of sound, exotic instrumentation and undulating rhythms. He is a compelling lyricist and his voice soars from high to low with greatest of ease. Jim is a devoted yogi and musician who focuses on Bhakti – the great yoga of the heart.
ALCHEMY OF FIRE: Durga Rebel Spirit Flow
Yoga works to inspire a REBEL SPIRIT in all of us, a personal (r) evolution. It reduces our resistance to fear because through this practice perfectionism diminishes. We stop doubting our own power. In this workshop we will practice feeling more than thinking, learning more than comparing, enjoying more than judging. If we convince ourselves to decide only with our minds we will over-analyze any decision all the way into procrastination. Then it’s easy to talk ourselves out of the best experiences of life. However, if we defiantly let our heart consciousness take an active role, then we shift our paradigm into one where there is no failure; only trust that we can’t really fail at anything. We maintain our commitment to complete transformation and stay stoked to try again. We will invoke the badass energy of Durga, Invincibility, to stand up for our life! Durga is the Mother of the universe, a warrior goddess of protection and courage to help us initiate the changes necessary. From her example we will inhabit the poses with fierce kindness and peaceful determination and strut away inspired to be ourselves. Join me for some playful, radical fun vinyasa flow to stoke your rebel spirit! Rebel Spirit Mantra I love myself I love my day I love my life
ALCHEMY OF BALANCE: Elements, Chakras, Energy Medicine
Experience the 5 elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth), 4 directions (South, West, North, East), and Chakras as an inner and outer map of transformation. These are archetypal and energetic maps that are as metaphorical as they are very real and embodied. Everything we see, taste, touch, feel, and do can be interpreted through the gateway of the elements, directions, and chakras. During this workshop, we will take time to learn how to tap into these sacred relationships and how to align ourselves in understanding their Alchemy in order to gain insight into healing our psyche, emotions and well-being. Each direction can be correlated with a different season, a chakra, an element, a moon phase, a unique stage of development, a physical aspect of our embodiment, and an archetypal qualities. This Alchemy is a guide to life and to living life from a connected, simple place rooted in the body, and resourcing from the shared experience of all organic processes in spiritual rhythm with Nature. This workshop opens with a Sacred Circle, call to the Four Directions, and intention setting. We will explore through movement the vibrant practice of Mandala Namaskar, a circular, fluid Vinyasa sequence that includes twists, spirals, flow motion within asanas, culminating in a joyful balance of strength, grace, and creativity that reflects the pulsing rhythms of nature: who is made up of earth, water, fire, air, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Chakras. Expect inspirational music and talk story. Join me to learn about the wisdom each direction, element and chakra holds for you to live a peaceful, happy life!
ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS: Yoga Sutras Unplugged – Removing the Obstacles to Your Happiness
Silvia Mordini brings a unique passion and enthusiasm to studying the Sutras! Together we will explore the basic concepts of Yoga philosophy and discuss how to integrate them into our lives. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are the foundational text of yoga. Written over 2,000 years ago, they describe the eight limbs of yoga as well as the purpose, philosophy and practice of yoga. The sutras are a practical guide to living a more peaceful, balanced and happy life. Like asana practice creates balance and health in the body, the sutras include practices to remove the obstacles to our happiness and how to create balance in all other facets of life. Although the sutras are thousands of years old, their teachings are astonishingly relevant for today. They are a “handbook on happiness.” Come prepared to journal. Just like Yoga, journaling is a form of creative expression that gives us deep insight into our own self-observations and learning for even greater transformation. Journaling gives us insight into the held patterns of behavior, thoughts and feelings that have kept us from experiencing our potentiality or seeing clearly. When we can’t make sense of things we restrict ourselves from uniting with our own true nature, joy!
ALCHEMY OF TRANSFORMATION: Personal Practices for Living an Inspired Life
This Alchemy workshop will teach you the fundamentals of Transformation. Chapter 2 verse 1 of the Yoga Sutras sets forth how the Alchemy of Yoga actually works: “Tapas svadyaya ishvara pranidhana kriya yoga” Translated, this means that Yoga helps us transform our happiness on three levels: Mental, Physical, and Spiritual. Happiness is your natural alchemy. Through vinyasa yoga, meditation and discussion we will focus on the last three niyamas necessary for bringing about real, lasting change and cultivating inner joy. Expect inspirational music, laughter and talk story.1. Physical Alchemy – Tapas: Helps us ignite the changes we want to make in our lives. It is about the getting fired up and passionate. Literally, it means heating the body through moving and breathing in the vinyasa to harness the power of transformation. This requires disciplined commitment to show up and stay the course, especially in the face of challenge. • Embodied Alchemy: Manifestation, Self-discipline (power, choice, practice) • EARTH Rooting into Self, Tapping into Your Potential • FIRE: Living in Possibility, Discovering Your Optimal Performance2. Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya: While we are following the discipline of tapas and engaging in physical practice to help move our stuck energy, we are watching ourselves. In yoga, we study the self to learn about the self. Here the mental alchemy is through self-observation. We witness what is going on in our thoughts. We tune in to our intuition to enhance clarity and harmony between what we think, say and do. We remember to remember who we really are. Through this, our ego softens from being I centered to seeing our interconnectedness to all things, people, nature, energies. We humbly realize our nature of union in this interweb. • Intelligent Alchemy: Self-study, Role of the ego, Power to witness, Life long learning • AIR: Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness, Decluttering your Mental Self3. Spiritual Alchemy – Ishvara Pranidhana: As we are doing and watching, we let go of the ego of judgment. We move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender that allows what is being offered to mix together. We practice ishvara pranidhana as we trust the universal intelligence that hugs us from all directions to know what it’s doing. And once we find this trust, we begin to believe that beauty and goodness are constantly flowing within us. There is no reason to stop this flow, for its natural current is to align with the current of grace that is everywhere outside of us. Beauty becomes our way of life. • Integrated Alchemy: Surrender (accepting, trusting, releasing) • WATER: Transformation into the Infinite, Cleansing your Emotional Self (emotional alchemy), Letting go of energy zappers, Clearing your Spiritual Self, Saying YES to life
ALCHEMY OF 4 SEASONS: Healing Detox Flow Workshop
Seasonal Healing is one of the best ways to remind ourselves that it is time to evaluate our health. Our moods and bodies change as the seasons change. Past cultures have learned how to harmonize their bodies with the world around them. By altering their lifestyle with the change in the seasons, they were able to live longer, healthier lives. We will learn how vinyasa is an expression of the esssence of the four elements Earth & Water (Winter), Air (Spring/Autumn), and Fire (Summer). This journey will be enriched with visualisations for each of the four elements and the four seasons. The workshop will finish with a group meditation in preparation for the upcoming season and what will unfold for each of us in 2014. Each day, we are exposed to toxins—through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the products we use. Even our thoughts and emotions, when negative or repressed, can be as unhealthy as a poor diet or sedentary lifestyle. This two hour seasonal practice is meant to help you remove the physical and emotional impurities that prevent you from achieving greater happiness. Practiced for centuries in ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems and other cultures, detoxification is about stimulating, cleansing, and nourishing the body from the inside out. We will explore: Meditations for releasing stagnant mental patterns Journaling reflections Sun salutations and other effective poses—unique movement combinations that stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic systems and help clear out toxins Practical lifestyle suggestions to help cultivate dietary awareness, proper exercise, spiritual renewal, and more (handout)
Vision Boarding & Manifestation Workshop
What are you manifesting? Find focus in a world of distraction with this Vision Boarding Workshop, a simple, fun process of letting your imagination run wild, giving you insight into your soul’s dreams and heart’s desires. When you tap into your subconscious mind in this playful, stress-free way, it can and will surprise you! Whatever your circumstances, Vision Boarding presents a delightful opportunity to explore possibilities and come away with new insights and energy for manifesting your now-visible dreams. This gathering will be about creating positive energy and community. Facilitating and guiding this process is my pleasure! This interactive workshop will help you: Use the Laws of Attraction to your Advantage; Understand & Embrace the Power of your Thoughts & Words; Tell A New and Empowered Life Story: and Create and Manifest of the Life of your Dreams.
Hanumanasana & Handstand: Taking an Amazing Leap of Faith in Your Practice
What, Handstand AND Hanumanasana?! You may feel up against a seemingly insurmountable task. However, by establishing yourself in a steadfast connection to your heart, your breath and your alignment, what seems like impossibility becomes an invitation to discover your own greatness and freedom. Handstand is a courageous and fulfilling posture. Hanumanasana requires both unwavering strength and refined sensitivity. Invigorating and exciting is the moment when it all comes together. In this workshop, we will break down everything from fingertips to toes and show how it all fits together to reveal the bravery in your own heart. Get ready to be transformed!
Inversions Workshop: Open Your Perspective
Uttanita means to stretch or open your perspective by looking at something in a new way. As yogis we choose to turn our world upside down through the practice of inversions to gain an expanded perspective on ourselves and the purpose of our lives. This workshop is perfect for those new, afraid, or challenged by inversions and also for those wanting a clear review and refinement of the basics. We will work through all the major prep work necessary and will work at our own pace. Come ready to practice patiently& playfully and empower yourself by turning your world upside down!
Yoga for Manifestation Creation & Meditation Workshop
What are you manifesting? Find focus in a world of distraction with this all levels vinyasa flow workshop designed to help you release any fears that are holding you back in your life and to bring you closer to what you want to be creating. After a balanced sweaty, laughter filled practice of deep twisting, back bending, and step by step inversions there will be a series of guided meditations designed to help you get clarity on what you want to be manifesting in your life, on and off the mat, as well as journaling on vision and goal setting. Movement and stillness will be used to help you boldly declare the direction you envision possible for your life.
This will be a fun workshop for anyone interested in learning about ways to feel healthier, more vibrant and more balanced using the basic concepts and guidelines of Ayurveda, the science of life and optimal longevity. Think of this as unwrapping into the deepest places of beauty from the inside out. Saraswati, the goddess of beauty (and of Bali), will share her wisdom through our mythic storytelling and music. Fundamentally when our bodies and minds are in balance, we can make sound, nourishing choices that allow us to achieve the health and lifestyle changes we are seeking. With clear thinking we can identify and create our best life ever! Our balance maintained by staying connected through the seven layers to our heart energy. When this happens, we naturally live in the flow of grace. Grace is love. Love, the bhakti practice is essential to walk in beauty. No previous knowledge is necessary. This workshop will offer you the basics of Ayurveda 1. The 5-element theory, three primary bio-energies or mind/body types of Vata, Pitta and Kapha (doshas). 2. You will discover your unique physical/mental/emotional constitution and how it relates to your mind, body, senses and soul. 3. Mantra Medicine: Saraswati mantra and others (metta) 3. You will learn about the “Yoga of Eating”: How to select and use the most nourishing foods for your particular body type which helps you to access optimum digestion and body weight. 4. How to renew your body every day by eliminating toxins and performing gentle rejuvenation techniques known as Dinacharya. Why do love teaching Ayurveda? I have always been curious about how things work in the best way possible. I have also always had this undeniable impulse to share information with others – you could say I am a compulsive educator and some say I have “love tourette’s”. I really do love to help people understand things. Some years back while continuing my life-long study of yoga I started learning more about Ayurveda and it struck me as an incredibly logical and intuitive way of looking at our humanness – both physically and emotionally. I have been a student of Ayurveda ever since and continue to expand my knowledge in all ways possible. To me it’s not about living longer, it is about “quality longevity” and living better.
Writing with Movement: Yoga and Journaling
Yoga gives us a way to tap into the present moment of stability. The poses help us quiet the fluctuations of our minds into more gentle wave patterns. Writing our yoga is made more accessible by the clarity we gain from the physical practice of poses and meditation. Yoga also helps us to tap into our creative potential. By practicing with regularity we feel the transformation possible in our bodies.Just like Yoga, journaling is a form of creative expression that gives us deep insight into our own self-observations and learning. Together in this practice we combine the physical practice and the writing practice for even greater transformation. In this workshop learn to explore yourself even beyond yoga philosophy and poses through guided yoga practice and journaling. Yoga stretches our mind muscle and teaches us how to connect with ourselves and accept the sense things make or make sense of things. Journaling gives us insight into the held patterns of behavior, thoughts and feelings that have kept us from experiencing our potentiality or seeing clearly. When we can’t make sense of things we restrict ourselves from uniting with our own true nature, joy!