Anton Mackey

Anton Mackey

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Meet Anton Holmes Mackey

We recently chatted with Anton… he’s been in some cool publications lately!  Congrats, Brother…
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WEBSITE/BLOG: www.antonyoga.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Occupation: yogi
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Current Town: Scottsdale, Arizona

Where has yoga taken you?

Yoga has taken me on a journey to get to know my soul. It has taken me around the country and the world. It has been the best guide in my life.

What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?

  1. My very first yoga class August, 14 2008
  2. Getting my very first yoga class on the At One Yoga Schedule
  3. Teaching at Wanderlust
  4. Teaching at every Sedona Yoga Festival

What do you never leave the house without?

Never leave home without CONFIDENCE My lava rock Mala with protective crystal

Where are your favorite places to experience?

Favorite place to experience is Havasupai Falls.

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

Calm
Peaceful
Direct

We want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?

Wake up and lie in bed and think of 5 things I’m grateful, then get up and meditate for a minimum of 7 minutes, then walk my dogs, then off to teach.

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

Everything that is happening to me is coming from me.  And TRUST

Anton upside downHow do you channel your inner 5 year old?

Anything Star Wars channels my inner 5 year old!

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I’m partially def in one ear. Huh!?!?!

What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?

Favorite pose to teach GODDESS! Every class, every time. It channels the strength and softness in all of us.

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

If I’m not on my mat I want to be Traveling.

Anton Mackey

Camella Nair

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Meet Kriya Yogini Camella (Swami Nibhrtananda)

We recently chatted with Camella… Her Aqua Kriya Yoga Certification is super cool!
WEBSITE/BLOG: www.camellanair.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: FacebookTwitterInstagram
Occupation: Yoga educator, Swami, Ayurvedic Health Educator, Home Funeral Doula, Author.
Hometown: Bedford England
Current Town: San Jose, CA

Where has yoga taken you?

Exoterically to India, across America and Mexico. More importantly though, esoterically to a higher plane, transcendent of time and space. Yoga is not the only path to enlightenment, but it is a safe and sure route. You don’t need a suitcase or passport either.

What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?

  1. Becoming ordained as a Swami in an unbroken line of teachers. Several years before Goswami Kriyananda died, he instructed the women of the sanga to reach out and help other women. I hope that I am making some headway in this field as it is much needed in our society today, with women being so busy and stressed.
  2. Teaching amongst a lineup of well-known yoga professionals at the Bermuda Conference. It was a bit intimidating at first until I realized that they are just doing a job they love, and still have a personality of their own. A bit like the rest of us.
  3. Officiating at a friend’s mother’s funeral, which lead to me getting trained in Home Funerals.  I am really focusing on the final klesha of ‘clinging to the physical body’ at this stage of my career as I think it is sadly lacking in the yoga world.
  4. Getting my books published and training programs established. Such an incredible amount of work and sacrifice, but I feel proud that they are perhaps what the male forbearers’ in my lineage would have taught if they were women.

What do you never leave the house without?

I feel lost without a bag with ‘stuff in it’. I don’t know how men do it. It is super though when you dig in there and find something useful in the moment for me, the kids or someone else.

Where are your favorite places to experience?

Anywhere near water, or in Nature generally. Looking out of the window of an aircraft, special days like Christmas, womens’ circle events, Celebrations around the Solstice’s. Yoga retreats.

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

Earth – Saturn – Capricorn

cams14We want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?

If I am not teaching, a walk by the Baylands and meditation is a great start to my day. If not, then a shower and cup of tea before setting off to teach yoga. My practice is my life these days rather than a formal personal asana practice that I used to do for years. I am far less of an evangelical yogi and I think that’s a good thing.

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

Om Nama Shivaya seems to crop up again and again when least expected even though I love the Gayatri.

How do you channel your inner 5 year old?

I try not to be too serious. Being childlike is great as long as it’s not childish. A huge difference in terms of self-awareness.

 

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I have a house rabbit called Fonz that I adore.

What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?

Tadasana or mountain pose because it really is the reference asana for a balanced life. Swamaji used to tell us that the greatest asana is “learning how to stand on your own two feet.” There really are lots of people who like to blame other people for their lot in life and are stuck in fear, greed and anger.

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

Swimming, taking a walk, in the Korean spa (not often enough) or of course in the pool teaching Aqua yoga.camella

 

Anton Mackey

Albert Flynn

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Meet Albert Flynn DeSilver… Writer, speaker, retreat and workshop instructor.

We recently chatted with writer/speaker Albert Flynn DeSilver to get the inside scoop.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: Albert_Flynn_DeSilver
Occupation: Writer, Mindfulness Teacher
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Current Town: Woodacre, CA

Where has yoga taken you?

Deep within to inspiration, divine creativity, practical realization, kindness, generosity and the heart of love.

What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?

  1. Getting sober (long story).
  2. My first silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with the Thai master Ajahn Jumnian
  3. Reading Poetry in Paris with the great American poet Alice Notley
  4. Leading a mindfulness and writing retreat in Maui, Hawaii with Cheryl Strayed.

What do you never leave the house without?

a good book and a pen

Where are your favorite places to experience?

Freedom and flow on a mountain bike in Lake Tahoe in late July, lying in an Aspen grove above 10,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies in early October. Walking the streets of Paris in the rain.

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

Mountain, being, love.

Albert Flynn DeSilver mtn bikeWe want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?

Wake and drink tea, read 30 mins, write 30 mins to 4 hours, sit in meditation 30-60 minz, stretch (yoga), hike with Audrey-the-dog, get to work, eat, work some more, go for a mountain bike ride, eat, read, sleep, rinse repeat.

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

“To see that I am nothing, that is wisdom. To see that I am everything, that is love. Between the two, my life flows.”

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Simply “I am”

How do you channel your inner 5 year old?

Breathe, go for a hike in the hills.

Albert and Dog

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I failed my year end review in graduate art school as a photographer, so I switched departments and eventually  graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in “New Genres,” which meant I could go out in the world and create anything. . .photographs, paintings, sculptures, videos, installations, even words. After graduation and flailing around from gallery to gallery, I switched again and became a poet and writer.

What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?

A standing meditation/skeleton scan because it guides you into experiencing your body in a primal, elemental way that breaks down perceived separation between self and earth, self and air, self and fire, self and water. You are left with just self as self, that which makes self possible!

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

Reading or writing under a Madrone Tree working on my next book.  On a mountain bike cruising singletrack trails, perhaps on a SUP paddling along in Tomales Bay, or hiking the hills of West Marin with my scrappy little angelic rescue dog Audrey.

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Isabella Greene

Isabella Greene

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Meet Isabella Greene, Ze Happinator. Remote Spiritual Healer, Happiness Coach, Mystic and Teacher

We recently chatted with Remote Spiritual Healer, Isabella Greene. Recent expansions and up-leveling have been keeping her happily… busy.  She is constantly asking the Universe for more.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook
Occupation: Life & Happiness Coach, Energy Healer, Remote Spiritual Soul Healer, Mystic, Teacher
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia; New York, NY
Current Town: Sedona, AZ

Where has yoga taken you?

Yoga has opened the door into my journey back to self. It was during yoga practice that I first started experiencing the depth of meditation and most profound visions. Yoga helped me calm my mind and find balance between my body and my soul. It helped me build a strong connection between my body and my mind, something that was missing for me throughout my entire pre-yoga life. It also showed me peacefulness that I was unable to find anywhere else and it led me to finding my life’s passion. It also helped me calm my “edges”. When I first started doing yoga in 2006 I was in a very aggressive Karate training, but shortly thereafter I was no longer able to enjoy it. I no longer had the drive to spar and to fight people: the anger and the edge that originally brought me to taking Karate was no longer there. I dropped Karate and stayed with yoga.

What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?

  1. I worked in Financial Services Industry for over 10 years. I didn’t enjoy it much, but I didn’t have the guts to leave: it was comfortable and I didn’t know what else I could do with myself. One day in 2009 they laid me off with a year of “free” pay: that was the best thing that happened to me. In that year I had time to really look at my life and make better, more coherent choices.
  2. One day coming from yoga practice I had a strong feeling to walk home instead of taking a New York City subway. The practice that day was outstanding for me, I was quite “in the zone” on my long walk. Suddenly I had a feeling to stop at a place I barely knew, but the “inner voice” was so strong I followed. As I walked in, there was only one other person there, someone who turned out to be the kind of person I’ve never met before: spiritual healer. The conversation that resulted had me on the plain to Life Coaching School less than a week later and two month after that I took a call from my very first client. This is how my coaching and healing practice started. And I am forever grateful to yoga for that.
  3. 017_sm.1-2My visit to Sedona came together “quite unexpectedly” in 2012. Three days there and I knew I was moving. After I moved to Sedona I focused on my spiritual practice and mediations with all my might and two months into it remembered that I had remote viewing ability since I was a teen. Excited, I started playing with it, it was so much fun! Then the crisis hit: my Mother was very ill and I wanted to help her, but she was all the way across the world! I went to “remote view” her in the hospital and something incredible happened: something I had no explanation for at that time. I had the most profound vision during which my Mom suddenly recovered! This is how I learned to do what I do now. Helping my Mom was my very first remote healing session.
  4. My meditation practice is really intense; it led me into Kundalini and pineal gland activation. This resulted in my being guided to and “teaching myself” how to do really advanced remote Soul Healing work and also in person sessions. Due to this new knowing, my practice has expanded dramatically; I now have clients all over the world, doing my work for the Planet one person at a time. And I am forever grateful to that life changing walk after yoga

What do you never leave the house without?

My purse. It’s a girl thing. Also water, I always have water with me.

Where are your favorite places to experience?

Nature. Middle of nowhere – the more remote the better. This is relatively new for me as I was very much a big city girl and traveler before Sedona. But now all I want to do it camp in the wilderness.

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

Balance, peace, harmony

We want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?

 I do my 1,5 hr long meditations at 3:30AM, then take a couple of hours of lucid dreaming, then up around 7:30 or 8 and right into remote healing sessions. Clearing practice after that, then coaching clients and in person sessions in the afternoon. I don’t have breakfast till about 11AM usually.

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

“All in Divine Order” and also “Following the invisible into the unknown”

How do you channel your inner 5 year old?

I AM a 5 year old! Just ask my boyfriend!

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

009_SYFI loooove motorcycles! Nothing like a nice solid loud Harley ride, especially on an empty road with magnificent nature views!

What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?

I do not teach yoga, but my favorite pose is reclining hero. I can stay in it forever! Took me a long time to get there and I just love how it feels on my knees!

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

In my Sacred space, most likely, which is my house and garden: writing, reading, doing research, listening to workshops on line, dancing, blissing out, doing nothing.

Anton Mackey

Denise Thompson

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Meet Denise Thompson, aka Yogirunner, Teacher and Vice President of Group Fitness at Mountainside Fitness

We recently chatted with yogi, teacher and corporate exec, Denise Thompson – AKA Yogirunner, to find out just how she keeps it all together in a fast-paced life…
WEBSITE/BLOG: www.yogirunner.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Find me as Yogirunner on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
PINTEREST: Yogirunner
Occupation: Vice President of Group Fitness – Mountainside Fitness & Fit Republic
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM
Current Town: Phoenix, AZ

Where has yoga taken you?

Yoga has taken me to the real me! I finally realize, understand, accept and appreciate exactly who I am. I honor and respect that person.

What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?

  1. Jumping from Corporate Wellness to Pharmaceutical Sales (chasing the almighty dollar)
  2. Realizing it was more important to do what I love than focusing on the dollar – LEAVING pharma sales
  3. Moving from a fitness focus to a Mind/Body focus
  4. Making Yoga part of my personal and professional life.

What do you never leave the house without?

I never leave the house without my phone and my Yoga mat.

Where are your favorite places to experience?

Sedona and Kauai are among my two favorite spots on this earth.

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

Truth, Consciousness, One

Denise Thompson upside down buddhaWe want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?

I wake up at 5A everyday. I grab a cup of coffee and check email/social media. By 5:45A I start my daily practice in my Buddha Lounge. I get the kids up at 6:45A, make breakfast and have them to school by 8A. My workday THEN begins.

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

To Thine Own Self Be True

How do you channel your inner 5 year old?

I dance, sing, run and practice Yoga with my children ages 6 and 11.

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I am incredibly Type A and a Black and White thinker. Yoga has opened the door to shades of gray.

What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?

I love teaching Bakasana. It brings me so much joy to witness people putting trust in themselves and learning to fly. It’s like witnessing a toddler walk for the first time.

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

Running! That’s why they call me YogiRunner.

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Anton Mackey

Silvia Mordini

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Meet Silvia Mordini Founder LIFE Inspired: Alchemy of Yoga, Alchemy Tours, Prescriptions for Happiness

We recently chatted with Teacher, Healer, Happiness Coach, Silvia Mordini, to find out more about what drives her creativity and stokes her joy. Silvia shares from her heart on how you can stand behind your own, true voice and make today the best day ever.

Silvia Mordini blowing a kissNAME: Silvia Mordini
EMAIL: silvia@silviamordini.com or silvia@alchemytours.com
WEBSITE/BLOG: silviamordini.com and alchemytours.com and alchemyofyoga.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter/Instagram @Inspiredyogagal
PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/silviamordini/

Occupation: Writer, Happiness Coach, Adventure Addict, Spiritual Traveler, Teacher Trainer, Retreat Leader, Yogipreneur, Fashionable Yogi, Travel Junkie, Healer
Hometown: Chicago, IL (previously Quito, Ecuador)
Current Town: Seattle, WA (6 months per year)

Where has yoga taken you?

Yoga has taken me to the heart of my own joy. A place I feel as the beginning of the beginning of love. My practice began with asana as part of my recovery from a hit and run. I didn’t aspire to do wheel pose or handstand, all I hoped for was to be able brush my hair by myself.

From there, my investment in my own healing brought me to various wisdom traditions, all of which I’ve integrated to embody the tantric path. Yoga has taken me to a place of deepest awakening to life as a Bhakti Yogi. I am committed to loving myself, loving my day and loving my life.

And yes, yoga has literally brought me around the world from Costa Rica to Italy to Bali to teach from this place of sweetest devotion to inspire others to their greatest happiness. Happiness to me is the manifestation of love. It is the look of love.

What are the 4 most pivotal occasions in your career both in and outside of Yoga?

  1. Over 20 years ago Iwas in a hit and run that served as the catalyst for waking me up to the power of love to heal.
  2. While at the peak of my corporate career, that I adored, I decided to take an early retirement to focus full time on my already successful Chicagoland Yoga Studio, Total Body Yoga. This action felt incredibly liberating and was one of the most rewarding experiences I enjoyed for 10 years. I went on to turn over the studio to another steward a couple years ago so its legacy continues today!
  3. For the last 10 years I’ve offered an internationally Yoga Alliance recognized RYT 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. My Yoga School is known as Alchemy of Yoga. I had the vision of creating an integrated experience that was a reflection of my personal passion and practice both on and off the mat. The process of having a vision that took 5 years to make happen was love in action.  I’ve now led that program 21 times from Chicago to Costa Rica to Seattle and more!
  4.  On June 23, 2013 I suffered a level 3 Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI) that left me unable to see, write, cook, walk, let alone do downward dog. In a moment I unlearned everything I knew and started again. It was in fact the ultimate reset. I thought I was already awake and then I discovered there was more.

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 and 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 6 months of the year teaching yoga. My favorites are Bali, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Big Island Hawaii, Tuscany, Ischia, Ecuador, and Sedona.

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

Peaceful, Happy, Loved.

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We want to know what your typical morning looks like! What does your daily practice look like?

As soon as I’m awake I practice my daily mantra: “I love myself, I am love, I offer love, I receive love. May I be empty so love flows through me.” Before leaving bed I sit up and silently meditate for at least 11 – 30 minutes and then in the evening before bed. Meditation is the anchor to my daily practice.

Then I chant the Venus, Saturn or Moon Mantras to set my energy. I get up do my Ayurvedic morning rituals known as dinacharya and then enjoy a decaf chai tea soy latte, read something inspirational and then practice some asana. While many recommend asana before meditation, I prefer the other way around. In comparison to my meditation routine, my asana practice is organic, different every day based on how my heart and body need to be nourished.

In the morning I usually prepare my class for that day (theming, playlist and sequencing) when I feel the most creative. Then I make progress on the many articles I’m writing simultaneously for weekly publication like Mantra Magazine, Do You Yoga, MindBodyGreen, 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 where I do my mantra practice with my malas. My favorite mantra is Aham Prema.

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.

How 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 after 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 kid safety scissors. I’m pretty much the worst at cutting straight lines.

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. This is how people could tell I was a girl. Also I have no tattoos. I love them, just can’t commit to any one so keep waiting.

What is your favorite pose to teach in your classes? And why?

Silvia Mordini - pigeonThe hardest poses aren’t asanas. The hardest pose of all is being ourselves. Without awareness and knowledge of self-identity you will always feel internally chaotic. Knowing the answer to “Who Am I” brings internal and eternal peace. There are also my other two favorite poses: Loving Yourself and Accepting others. I love teaching these in every class so that the way we make yoga can become the way we live our lives.

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

Either on my laptop on the couch when I’m at home (by the beach if I’m traveling) or going for really long walks 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. I should also mention you will find me shopping small boutiques for that one magical dress.

 

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