Who's On The Mat
From The Heart
When I step onto my Manduka, I am stepping onto my sacred space. The place where my body and mind are free to become one. With each breathe, asana, and drop of sweat I learn to let my heart soar & my spirit blossom...all while on my Manduka.
-Jo Beth Richards
Why Manduka?: Manduka is my inspiration to love my day, love myself, and love my life! I practice yoga to go on an internal adventure, to meet new people and push the boundaries of having new experiences. Manduka stokes my Rebel Spirit! I totally need a mat that can keep up with me. Manduka does that. While teaching in my home studio I love my Black Mat Pro because it supports me as I boldly go to new places while standing still. It is my trusted ally: bolstering my confidence and allowing me space for a portable adult playground. And while on the road leading yoga retreats around the world my Manduka SuperLite Travel Mat is a steady companion, just as important as my passport. I'll gladly give up suitcase space for my travel mat!
What does your Manduka help you #practice?: Sacred fun! The joy of laughing at my own silliness and being engaged in loving who I am.
Yoga Style: Hot Power Yoga, Prana Flow, Vinyasa Flow
Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted!
Being a citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer is in her blood. Born in Ecuador, raised traveling around the world she is an enthusiastic friend gatherer who loves to discuss happiness psychology, poetry, music, books, travel and philosophy. She is a long-time love anthropologist and humble student of life who enjoys meeting interesting people, spiritual seekers, soul surfers and most anyone who makes her laugh.
Silvia currently resides in Seattle where she makes yoga approachable and inspiring for everyone. Her focus is on bringing more fun on the mat with the hope that how we practice our yoga becomes how we live our life. As an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with over 9,000 hours of yoga teaching experience who has been practicing yoga over the last 15 years after being run over by a car and using it to recover physically and emotionally.
Silvia is the creator of Alchemy of Yoga, a nationally recognized RYT200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Self-Study) Program in its 12 cycle. She owned a successful, well-loved Chicagoland yoga studio for 9 years. Silvia writes regularly for mindbodygreen.com along with producing her “Loving Your Day” videos and Love Your Life yoga blog. She proudly offers popular workshops on Hip-Hop Yoga, Chakra Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Journaling, Ayurveda, Meditation and Manifestation. Silvia and her partner also lead Spiritual Adventure Yoga Retreats Nationally and Internationally through Alchemy Tours. Soon look for her book titled Alchemy of Yoga: Love potions and prescriptions for happiness.