What lesson other people could learn from your life?

Be grateful to everyone who has ever told you No. They are the reason for you to go out and do it yourself. And never deny who you are, what you look like and where you come from. What is always trending is authenticity. Don’t hold back or hide your inteligence. The way the world will change in this new golden age, will be through more people being empowered by the strength of feminine energy that exists in all of us powered by compassion.

What makes you smile?

Travel makes me smile. One could say being a citizen of the world is in my blood. My Father Enrico was an adventurer, my Mother’s parents were serious spiritual seekers. I grew up traveling all over the world with my brother and parents from the time I was an infant. I guess the fact that I love to show other people the beauty of the world shouldn’t surprise anyone since I was born in Ecuador, South America; my Father is from Northern Italy near Modena, and English was my third language. And I learned from my Father, this spirit of Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha, to dream the impossible. I saw with my own eyes, touched and tasted new flavors, experienced new landscapes and as a result I learned about myself. Every time I traveled somewhere I came back different, I was changed and knew that anything was possible. Tapping into my potential to see through the eyes of my heart makes me smile.

Any time in nature offers me a natural high. And honestly, being in Bali makes me smile. The first time I landed there I looked around at all the beautiful Balinese faces all smiling at me. This is an island of smiling people. I knew I had found my tribe. Smiling for no reason.

What are the first 3 words that come to your mind when someone says: “grounded?”

Peaceful, Happy, Loved.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

My ears have been pierced since I was 2 days old. It’s tradition in Ecuador where I was born and it was a good thing too because my hair grew slow. Also I have no tattoes. I love them, just can’t commit to any one so keep waiting. Maybe I’ll get my first one when I’m 95!

What do you never leave the house without?

I-phone, Mala beads (I know it sounds so stereotypical yogi, but it’s true), a pretty scarf or fun hat (you can dress up any outfit before or after yoga with the magic of a scarf and hat!)

Where are your favorite places to experience?

I’m traveling away from home 5-6 months of the year teaching yoga. My favorites are Bali, Tuscany, Ischia, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Big Island Hawaii, Ecuador, and Sedona.

What brought you to Yoga?

It’s funny (not haha, but funny weird) how yoga revealed itself to me. Yoga has been my faithful companion since a car ran me over more than fifteen years ago. My doctor prescribed yoga as part of my recovery routine, and my body and spirit began to transform. From my first class, I dedicated myself to live more fully! It was a wake-up call to stop treating life as a rehearsal.

How long have you been teaching?

Over 11,000 hours of teaching over more than 15 years. But also I’ve been told this is my 11th lifetime.

Who are your Teachers?

Nature. Great Spirit. My Parents. My Pain. My Joy. Love. My Students are some of my best teachers.
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 include in no particular order Gloria Latham, Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Anusara (Sianna Sherman, Noah Maze), Rod Stryker.

Are you a Healer?

I struggled with this for a long time. But yes I do own into it fully now. As a healer this is my dharma. I wake up every day and think “how can I serve people?” And ultimately I have used spiritual practice to heal myself.

We want to know what your typical morning looks like!

As soon as I’m awake I practice my daily mantra: I love myself, I am love, I offer love, I receive love. Before leaving bed I sit up and silently meditate for at least 11 minutes or more. I do my daily Sadhana of Kundalini Yoga Kriyas and Chants.

I get up do my Ayurvedic morning rituals known as dinacharya and then enjoy a decaf chai tea soy latte, read my angel or goddess cards, read something inspirational and then practice some vinyasa asana. I usually prepare my class for that day (theming, playlist and sequencing) in the morning when I feel the most creative. Then I make progress on the many articles I’m writing simultaneously for weekly publication like Do You Yoga, Daily Cup of Yoga, MindBodyGreen, My Yoga Online, and Yoganonymous amongst others. Finally, I start revving up all social media for Alchemy of Yoga and Alchemy Tours and check a gazillion emails until I need a break and go for a walk or take a yoga class.

If you’re not on a yoga mat, where can we find you?

In the water. I try to spend time each day at the beach or in the pool. Otherwise I am doing my art, sitting at my laptop and taking breaks by urban hiking eg walking in the city or walking along the beach finding more shells or special rocks to take home with me. I also love watching movies so you’ll find me at those cool theaters where you can have prosecco during the movie. I love that.

What is one mantra that is like a remedy for your soul?

Aham Prema. I am love.
I see with love, I think with love, I move in love, I live as love, love is me, I am love.

IMG_3274How do you channel your inner 5 year old?

I color or draw every day. I stay in the practice of it even it means simply creating mandala afer mandala. It keeps me connected to sacred fun and tapped into the pure joy of doing something for pleasure. Did I mention I use crayons too? I also love vision boarding (check out my article on how to) and cutting things up with kids safety scissors. I’m pretty much the worst at cutting straight lines. And no one loves a great #Jumpie more than me! You’ll always see photos of me jumping all over the world.

What do you see as the relationship between yoga and writing?

Yoga and writing are two expressions of the creative source within us. They are remembering to connect through heart with one another while at the same time doing it ourselves. They are universal brother and sister of embodiment.

How do you find that a yoga practice enhances your creativity?

Our old backed up emotions live in our bodies. If you are cluttered up with pent up history you won’t feel as creative as you could be. Yoga, meditation work on the junk drawers of the body to clean them out. As a result, you’ll tap into your most loving creative resources.

Is the reverse true, too? Do you think that writing enhances your yoga? In what ways?

As a writer it is important not to censor yourself. You are the curator of your own life experience and no one can judge your art. You are a choreographer of words. There is an inteligent sequencing to how you choose to organize this word art that arises out of trial and error. The more this comes through in your yoga the more fun it will be as an extension of your creative writing. You stop trying to “do your yoga right.” Instead, you experience it in a more emobodied way. You are free.

Your website says you publish 150 articles a year … what’s the secret to your productivity as a writer?

1. I am constantly stoking the fires of creativity by getting on my mabloglogost everyday to move and breathe in new ways. I never hold back.
2. My meditation practice keeps me authentic. Without it I would forget to stay who I am. I would remain a spiritual amnesiac unable to remember what I know about myself.
3. I travel to change my perspective and challenge what I think I know.
4. I am strategic about who I write for each year and how much I write. I also apply the discipline of tapas and write 4 days per week no matter what. I stay true to my schedule.
5. Through social media I stay connected to my readers. I recruit their questions into my stories. Their comments inspire me to write even more articles.
6. I make time to do nothing. I take a digital detox weekly and monthly.

Interview with Silvia Mordini, Part 1

Ever wonder what brought your teacher to Yoga? Learn about Silvia Mordini’s personal journey with its highs and lows, joys and struggles. If you’ve thought about joining her on a Yoga Retreat, Workshop or Training, get to know her here.

What is your purpose, or mission? What message do you want to share with a broader audience?

My Message: We don’t get to do today over again. This is not a rehearsal. Live your Happiness Fully! Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

My Dharma: I change people’s lives. With laser like focus I serve as a catalyst for students to figure out their purpose/dharma. I save people time in healing their pain. I wake people up to the power of change – their ability to choose to be happy, in order to love themselves, love their day, love their lives.

Some questions covered include:
-What was your first yoga experience?
-What brought you to yoga as an adult?
-Would you consider yourself a healer?

Interview with Silvia Mordini Part 1 from christina russo on Vimeo.

Interview with Silvia Mordini, Part 2

Who are we? ALCHEMY OF YOGA means “Authenticity and joyful self-confidence in living YOUR dharma!”

The mission of Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training is to teach peace. Our immersions and trainings are meant to stoke the transformation possible within you to live a more authentic life as a student, and as a teacher. This program has been offered more than 25 times all over the world. Learn from its founder Silvia Mordini what inspires her to hold space for your joyful growth.

Some key areas covered:
-What does it mean to be a Yoga Student?
-Why did you choose Costa Rica for your destination Teacher Training?
-What is your mission for Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training?

Interview with Silvia Mordini Part 2 from christina russo on Vimeo.

In yoga, Seva, or service is an integrated part of the tradition. Do you work with a non-profit organization or charity?

My sign is Cancer (The Crab) with Moon sign Pisces and Rising Sign Pisces.
every time I take an easy drink of water I am reminded of what a blessing it is. A blessing that a BILLION people don’t have.

Our friends at Charity Water have educated us to know that “Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are of children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation. The great news is that we can all make a difference.” Every $1 invested in improved water access and sanitation yields an average of $12 in economic returns. Even just $20 can provide water for a person.

Water Changes Everything