PHILOSOPHY & CLASS THEMES WHILE ON RETREAT
February 26, 2011. I am so excited to lead another Yoga Retreat February 26 through March 5th at Xinalani in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. To be with a small group sharing and growing and relaxing together on our own private island is like a dream come true! Some of my teaching themes next week will include:
Themes for this upcoming week Feb 26 – March 5
M*Engagement, Observation, Participation: How to apply for the best life ever!
M*Staying Curious – Telling our story
T*The Art of Enjoying Life: Hanging out as an art form in Italy "il bel fai niente"
W*What does MATURITY mean?(Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual)
W*The Healing Cycle: How to get out of victim mode/hurt mode and move on
TH*Your true nature is happiness! How to elevate the grumbling mind Pratipaksha Bhavana
TH*The 4th Agreement: Do your Best to Enjoy life
F*Doing Our Best – Full responsibility in becoming our best selves: Shedding the old, becoming something new from the inside
F*Simple but Amazing: Using this as life philosophy
S*Sustaining a Life of Beauty
PS Join me on retreat in 2011 www.alchemytours.com
CLASS THEMES THIS WEEK OF JUNE 7
June 8, 2010: Discipline
June 9, 2010: Persistence and Perseverance, TBY B-day!
June 9, 2010: Mind Body Integration
June 10, 2010: Compassion (Slowing Down)
IN THE FACE OF FEAR: WISDOM FOR CHALLENGING TIMES
April 11th, 2010: This week's book I am basing my classes on is called "In the Face of Fear". This book is described as showing us how to *remain open, joyful and caring, even when life is stressful; *avoid old behavior patterns that only make things worse; *turn difficult time into opportunities for spiritual development; *discover that our true nature is always awake, wise and good - no matter what is happening.
April 11th Theme: How to Keep Ourselves Present (Ezra Bayda)
April 12th Theme: Happiness Training - Joy and Happiness are born out of concentration (Thich Nhat Hahn)
April 13th Theme: Getting the Bottom of Our Stress (John Loori)
April 14th Theme: It would be a pity to waste a good Crisis (John Tarrant)
April 15-18: I'll be conducting a Yoga and Mountain Biking Retreat in Moab, Utah!
THIS WEEKS THEMES INSPIRATIONS
Namaste beautiful friends on the path,
This week I am inspired to focus on lighting up our imagination! Focusing on how we can create images or visualizations for our life. Basically I'm talking about making time on the mat this week with me to delight in your Dreams and Fantasies! As Picasso is famous for saying: "ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE IS REAL."
My personal inspirations for this week came from a article by Sally Kempton, a dear friend traveling the world and a fellow yoga teacher in Chicagoland along with humble bows always to the first dreamer I knew, My father. Love to you and see you on the mat! (When I teach is below)
Monday 6:15pm and 7:30pm
Tuesday 6:15pm and 7:30pm
Wednesday 9:15am and 6:15pm
Thursday 10:45am and 7:30pm
Friday 9:15am and 6pm
Sunday 7:45am, 9:15am and 4:30pm
SUMMARY OF MANTRAS AFFIRMATIONS THIS WEEK
In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox: Focus on Releasing, Reflecting, Receiving
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2009: I AM READY FOR CHANGE
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2009: I AM GROUNDED IN ACCEPTANCE
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2009: I CREATE MY REALITY
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2009: I ATTRACT AMAZING PEOPLE
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2009: I AM OPEN TO RECEIVE LOVE AND HELP
It is never too late to really be here
It is never too late to enjoy the moment
It is never too late to love and be loved
It is never too late to let yourself be helped
It is never too late to be wholly grateful
It is never too late to be who you really are (Jack Kornfield A Path with Heart)
NEWLY HUMBLED BY MY RETURN FROM ITALY!
JUNE 13th, 2009: Oh my goodness! I am so happy to be back with all of you my friends. I loved Italy and all my new friends on the yoga retreat but I also missed and love you too. I must say how deeply honored I was to be such amazing folks: strangers when we started, friends when we departed. It was a fantastic experience I will never forget! I return deeply humbled by the goodness and beauty in life and in people. I can't wait to share this with all of you.
Themes for this upcoming week June 13th to June 20th include:
*Engagement, Observation, Participation: How to apply for the best life ever!
*Life is Beauty! Beauty is love, love is everywhere
*Eating as Meditation: take pleasure in the rasa of food
*The Healing Cycle: How to get out of victim mode/hurt mode and move on
*The Universality of Love: What I learned about love in Italy
*Simple by Amazing: Using this as life philosophy
*The Art of Enjoying Life: Hanging out as an art form in Italy "il bel fai niente"
*Kissing & Hugging: Tuning Into Your Hearts Desires
*Happiness is Delicious: it just tastes good!
LETTER FROM SILVIA MAY 21ST
Happy Day Beautiful Friends,
I love this practice of yoga! Time and again it has saved my life. It reminds me on a daily basis to flow with the current because fighting what life puts in front of me won't help me experience greater peace. Fighting and going against the tide just makes me tired & a little cranky. So I let go of the external stuff and go inside myself. Getting on the mat and breathing in my body speaks to me like the inspiring words of Rumi, "In your body there lies a priceless jewel, Seek That; If you want to find the greatest treasure, don't look outside, Look within, and SEEK THAT."
By looking inside the practice pushes my buttons and very often makes me uncomfortable. It clearly shows me what my reactions are to discomforts like frustration, fear, and self-doubt. But by experiencing this on the mat I see myself as I truly am and begin to realize my potential for more. As I face my limitations on the mat mentally and emotionally I feel cleansed and go out into the world with more confidence and love. I learn how to respond and not overreact. Not to say that I am not afraid of the unknown or don't get upset of course that's part of my humanness. But as I mature spiritually I don't let frustration define me. I choose love.
Tony Robbins says it like this, "People who fail to achieve their goals usually get stopped by frustration. They allow frustration to keep them from taking the necessary actions that would support them in achieving their desire. You get through this roadblock by plowing through frustration, taking each setback as feedback you can learn from, and pushing ahead. I doubt you'll find many successful people who have not experienced this. All successful people learn that success is buried on the other side of frustration."
So join me on the mat no matter rain or shine or busy or not busy. Do not defer your dreams! If you invest in yourself by facing your discomforts & frustrations I promise your outer world will blossom! Peace and happiness are yours. You will be FREE!
Love in all ways,
THEMES FOR CLASS THIS WEEK
Monday May 18 How to Accept Support
Tuesday May 19 7:30pm Bump & Grind: Arm Balance Extravaganza!
Wednesday May 20 Letting Go
Thursday May 21 Decisiveness
Friday May 22 Resistance and Renewal
Sunday May 24 Waking Up to our Potential!!!
THEMES FOR CLASS THIS WEEK
MONDAY, MAY 11TH: ARE YOU GOING FORWARD OR BACKWARDS IN LIFE?
TUESDAY, MAY 12TH: STOP THE NOISE - COURAGE TO CHANGE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13TH: GREEN LIGHT YOUR LIFE
THURSDAY, MAY 14TH: RESISTANCE IS FUTILE (ALSO STAR TREK JUST OPENED THIS WEEK)
FRIDAY, MAY 15TH: KEEPING YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH LIFE
SATURDAY, MAY 16TH: APPRECIATION MEDITATION - BOOST YOUR GOOD ENERGY
SUNDAY, MAY 17TH: VOICE YOUR DHARMA CHOICE
LETTER FROM SILVIA MAY 8TH
Namaste Dear Friends!
On this beautiful Mother's Day weekend, where we honor the power of creation itself, I feel deeply inspired by all of the Mom's that practice yoga with us at TBY. I see their strength and quiet courage in making time for their own nourishment on the yoga mat so that they have more to give their children and partners. You are all amazing in that you are modeling such healthy choices for your families! Keep shining out for you are making the world better not only for your kids but for the children of your children. This ripple of self-love lasts forever!
And I'd like to especially recognize all the current pregnant goddesses practicing with us in almost every single class. What a humbling expression of love to be in the practice with such a powerful being growing inside.
Finally I bow in gratitude to one of the most powerful women I know, my mentor Shiva Rea, who inspires me with such infinite goddess energy to be a better person and teacher each and every day. Yesterday she wrote these words that I totally embrace and want to share with you, "All praises to the men who love women and the women who love men...Ah Shiva-Shakti!"
Right on! More love for everyone,
THIS WEEKS THEMES: LESSONS
Sunday May 3rd - Discover the Truth of Who You Are
Monday May 4th - How to Nourish Yourself
Tuesday May 5th - LoveFire: Burn off negative emotional baggage - ignite a love letter to yourself
Wednesday May 6th - Release, Remember, Recycle
Thursday May 7th - There are no Disasters
Friday May 8th - Potentiality: More than 1 Right Way in Life
THEMES IN CLASS THIS WEEK: NEW INSPIRATION!
Love to you all dear friends!
Just got back from healing spiritual adventure in Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. I feel newly inspired. Come join me this week for the sweetest rasa of the trip. From my heart to yours. Love your day, love your life! Silvia
Monday April 27th: Get Lost: Why Getting Lost is OK
Tuesday April 28th: Facing the Unknown - stare down the fear monster with fire & laughter
Wednesday April 29th: Drunk on Life
Thursday April 30th: Are you a Serious or Casual Student of Your Life? Yes or No?
Friday May 1st: Delight in New Experience
LETTER FROM SILVIA APRIL 24TH
It started with Aspen in January, my return to snowy outdoor adventure after 13 years. And here I am back again! This time I felt a callling to go further West, all the way to California's Sierra Nevada Mammoth Mountain for spring time skiing. But what I'm really looking for is healing. And if we are all really honest with ourselves we are all looking for more healing in our lives. Yoga reveals our old wounds that need tendered and on a weekly basis life provides plenty of new challenges. The yogic practice is by it's very nature a therapeutic experience. So whether you're healing an old mother wound or trying to mend this weeks broken heart or last weeks job loss, yoga can help us lovingly self-comfort.
So how do we do it? As I travel back to the mountains to be with one of my greatest teachers, nature, I will also do work to decharge negativity back to the earth to make more room in my heart for truth, hope, and of course love. It is our right to live a fearless peaceful life! I firmly believe that.
What stands in our way? Allowing negative influences (stuff like pain, fear, sadness, stress, anxiety), thoughts and people into our lives. These things mask as India Arie sings, "strength, courage and wisdom it's been inside me all along." To heal ourselves we must decharge the negative that blocks our flow towards peace. And the cool thing is when you give the earth element your negative it turns that back into positive energy. So you see as we heal ourselves, we heal the world!
Today get on your mat and meditate on the earth or take a walk in the woods or both. Use mindful yoga to clear the clutter and heal your life.
Love your day,
LETTER FROM SILVIA APRIL 15TH
This week join me in class to focus on a philosophy of living life BIG & BRIGHT, without limitations. Now of course we can't control everything that happens around us or the choices that others make but this need not limit us. You have in a sense a "magic wand' that can transmute even the greatest challenge into an opportunity for greatness. Ghandi said, "be the change you wish to see in the world." Through the energy of your thoughts, which demonstrates your perspective, you can experience your limitless potential for happiness, peace and most of all love.
The thing is you are already choosing moment by moment what you want your life to feel like, be like, look like. No one else is choosing your thoughts for you. Consider it like this, (1) your heart and mind create your reality so you must be able to create other views, (2) if you can create different perspectives (victim, martyr, champion, lover) then you must have more than just one choice so that means you can choose which perspective you want. Well then why not accept responsibility to see your life as limitless in passion, prosperity, and Love?
There are two simple universal laws to better appreciate this: The law of abundance simply put says you can't be resentful and receive abundance at the same time. They can't co-exist, you have to choose one or the other. You either think you're running out of stuff & are being picked on, victimized by the universe or you are grateful for your blessings. You either focus on what you don't have or acknowledge all that you do have. You see and say YES to opportunities surrounding you everywhere or you force limitations on yourself and say no to life at every turn. These are mutually exclusive. The law of attraction says Like attracts like. Positivity draws in more things that are positive. Negativity draws in more things that are negative.
What you put out there to the world comes back to you amplified. You can't look to someone else to manage your dreams or to highlight your potential to the world. You must do it yourself. A boss I had at PwC once said to me, "no one wants to see you promoted more than you do yourself". We can engage in negative self-talk, self-doubt and obsessive worry but these will only create negative energy and won't get you promoted or loved or anything else good. Instead, if you think of yourself as your own "brand" and everyday you have a choice to promote your brand to the world as amazing & brilliant you will attract to you the best life possible.
The world will give you back what you're sending out. So make this Spring a fresh start shift your perspective to one of INFINITE potential so you love yourself more, so you love your day more, so your love your life more! Silvia