MBY Malta/Gozo September 2017

Reunited – Full Moon Yoga Tune / Wednesday September 6th

We’re back to bring you another tune under this September’s full moon!

Anchelique and I are happy to reunite & reconnect with all you moon lovers.

We will be leading you through a practise that will give you the push to let go of the things, people and circumstances that no longer serve you.

The focus is to work on your own desires, needs and grounding during this phase.

Full Moons are always a time to practise regurgitating old wounds to forgiveness + newfound strength

We are super excited to be reunited again at our favourite spot and to share our practise of releasing with you all.

Location: Chalet Pier/Sliema
Time: 19.00-20.15
Date: Wednesday September 6th

*Donation based class
*Please bring your own mat or let us know if you need to borrow one.
*All levels welcome

NamasteSatNamShantiShanti

Michelle & Anchelique

MBY Kundalini Kriya Workshop / MALTA – September 24th & GOZO – September 28th

This fall MichelleBartoloYoga will be hosting some classes/workshops while visiting her favourite Island of Malta.

Michelle’s love for Yoga started with Asana and has now moved into Kundalini Kriyas.

Kriyas are a series of postures, breath, and sound that work toward a specific outcome. Practicing a kriya initiates a sequence of physical and mental changes that affect the body, mind, and spirit simultaneously & tend to work on a deeper energetic level especially after having done lots of asana practise.

Its the next level IN.

For any of who have heard the stigma that Kundalini gives you the ‘crazies’,  let us put your mind at rest.

The Kriyas tend to ‘unpack’ any emotional baggage we’ve buried over the years. So yes sometimes things come up that you haven’t thought about in years, but the body has been storing. All we’re doing is unpacking, so you let the emotion rise up and then you let it go. It’s that simple. We tend to choose to suffer way more than need be.

Kundalini unravels any energy that may be blocked at the base of the spine to be sure all energy in your body can flow freely.

But in all cases, kundalini is dormant from birth.

And once awakened, the dormant energy shoots up the spine, causing many important changes. Perhaps the most important of these is opening of the chakras, the energy centres that govern our energetic body. All seven must be open in order for the Kundalini to rise.

Kundalini also refers to a form of primal energy (or shakti) said to be located at the base of the spine. It is often referred to as the ‘serpent energy’ that resides in us all.  It is the evolutionary energy residing in the human body.

An Opportunity to Transform Yourself and the World

Thousands of years ago, in various parts of the world, a major discovery was made – an intelligent mechanism in the body responsible for the process of spiritual awakening itself. In India, the name used for this discovery was “Kundalini.” On the physical level, Kundalini exists as a metabolic system whose purpose is to upgrade the brain and to elevate it to higher forms of consciousness. There is overwhelming evidence that ancient cultures knew about Kundalini and the methods to accelerate it, which can result in profound physical and psychological effects. Due to these effects, and since it is a natural process, Kundalini can be studied and measured just as any other area of science. Learn more about how the Kundalini Experimental Project works and how it will assist in your own process of personal growth – Emerging Sciences

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MBY has been practising Kundalini now for 8 years and finds the Kriyas incredibly powerful at:

  • releasing addictions
  • restoring hormonal imbalances
  • calming the nervous system
  • healing trauma
  • mental stagnation
  • creating more vitality
  • boosting the lymphatic system
  • strengthening immunity
  • Feeling more at peace and bliss
  • Increase in IQ level
  • Much better sense of sound, color and sight
  • A feeling of purification
  • Psychic abilities are enhanced
  • More compassion and empathy
  • Slowed down aging and increase in creativity
  • Blissful vibration of energy perceived inside the ears as sound (om)
  • You become more magnetic and can attract situations or people into your life with your thoughts
  • Increased spiritual connection

What more could one ask for?

This workshop will give you an understanding of the Kundalini lineage along with some Kriyas to take home and practise!

MALTA:

Date: Sunday September 24th 2017

Time: 16.00-18.30

Location: 54 Cathedral Street / Lily Agius Gallery / Sliema

Cost: 40 euros (booking necessary & full payment necessary)

  • 20 spaces available

GOZO: 

Date: Thursday September 28th 2017

Location: 203 Triq San Blas / Nadur

Cost: 40 euros (booking & payment necessary)

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MBY is looking forward to sharing her Kundalini practise with you all & hopes you’ll enjoy this practise as much as she does!

SatNam (vibration of truth)

MBY Ayampe, Ecuador Yoga/Adventure Retreat 2018

An inspiring retreat location connecting us to nature, yoga, sustainability, permaculture, peace & BLISS:

While in Ayampe, Ecuador this past spring I found a tribe that is doing some incredibly progressive work.

The Retreat Centre is called Wild Child Village, founded by Brett Mazurek: dj, director, editor, photographer,  (notably Future of Energy & surfer. Brett’s partner in WILD is Kylie Ann Love who is a goddess of all things; especially healthful FOOD.

Kylie will be our own personal Chef, preparing all the tastefully fresh local food so if you have any specific dietary needs please share.

Kylie & Brett will be hosting you to make sure you’re stay here is a memory you’ll want to share.

An incredible couple making a difference, living with passion & keeping it simple.

I had the opportunity to go to Wild Child Village while it was still under construction and I was pretty blown away at the whole vision:

Wild Child Village is a conscious community grounded in permaculture, artistic expression, traditional and modern spiritual practice, and a commitment to co-create new understandings of self and tribe.

The foundation of our ethos is based on non-linear self-organizing systems – Nature. We are continually in progress, sculpting and creating our village so we may resonate, revise, harmonise, help and heal people’s lives.

Wild Child Village believes and operates on the ancient system of cooperation and communal evolution. Our tribe lives within the harmonic hierarchies of resonance with family and the family of nature — Brett Mazurek

The site is set up on a hill in the jungle with great views of the Pacific Ocean. Ayampe’s town is only a 20 minute walk away, and so is the beach which attracts a lot of surfers. Wild Child Village will provide a shuttle up & down the hill at specific times.

This particular town really drew me in.

I found out that there is a strong community of locals & foreigners here who are protecting this community in relation to keeping it ethical and community based. I was also impressed that considering it’s a surf spot there’s only 1 bar in the town.

Ayampe sits just off the Route of the Sun, or Ruta del Sol, with the Pacific Ocean on the west and rain-forested mountains on the east.  Most of the Ecuador beaches on the southern coast are very dry.

But Ayampe is in the middle of a micro-climate where the rainforest comes down to the ocean.  This gives it a unique climate not found anywhere else on the southern Ecuador beach coast.

They stand for Nature & Community. Yoga supports that.

MBY YOGA/ADVENTURE RETREAT @ WILD CHILD VILLAGE  / AYAMPE, ECUADOR 

10 DAYS : MAY 5-14TH / 2018

Your Retreat will include:

  • A Vegetarian Welcome Dinner on arrival day
  • 2 hour Morning Yoga/Meditation class (energy & heat building pranayama, chanting, vinyasa flow, kriyas & meditation)
  • 2 hour Evening Yoga/ Meditation class (restorative asanas & kriyas & a 30 minute guided meditation)
  • 10 days/9 nights accommodation at Wild Child Village
  • 3 pescetarian and/or vegetarian meals/day
  • Daily shuttles to and from Ayampe Beach
  • Community and private compost toilets & jungle showers
  • Los Frailes & Ayampe River Basin Hike

Cost:

$ 1500 US – Single

$ 1300 US – Sharing

  • 50% non refundable deposit secures your place
  • Balance due March 4th / 2018

MichelleBartoloYoga & Wild Child Village are pairing up to design a Yoga/Adventure retreat in the outmost of natural enviornments with forward thinkers & visionaries for a journey that will be memorable, healthy, educational, FUNNNNN & relaxing, all in one.

If you’re eager to learn more about Wild Child Village : Facebook  Instagram: 

Please Note:

This retreat is limited to 12 guests, so if this retreat creates faster beats in your heart space drop me a message and I’ll book you in asap!

FindYourTribe

NamasteSatNamShantiShanti

MichelleBartoloYoga

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A Yoga Teacher Explains What Yoga is all About

“Yoga provides a pose for most ailments and moods. It’s helped me and many others cure numerous issues in body and mind. It helps one to make wiser choices that are in line with what one wants to create in their life.”

  • No flexibility required

You don’t have to be vegetarian, earthy, wear beads or tight leggings, bandanas or tattoos. You can drink, smoke and still practise yoga. What yoga tries to teach us is balance and to do more of what makes us feel good. Most people who are attracted to yoga are looking for some kind of balance or change in their lives, to feel more connected to themselves. Yoga will provide all of this and more with some effort.

  • Why practise yoga?

The benefits of the practice are numerous. You must feel them to believe them and for that to happen you must practise. The connection you create to yourself becomes strong and true and you enjoy being you – with all your quirks, strengths, weaknesses and all that inflexibility. Self love is served ‘a la carte.’

  • Mind is the arrow, Body is the bow, Breath points you back to the soul.

If you’re feeling depressed, insecure, disconnected, inflexible and/or physically and mentally weak and you’re looking for an escape route that simultaneously digs deeper to your true connection, then DO YOGA. COME BACK TO YOU!

 

Michelle Bartolo (www.michellebartoloyoga.com) is a Canadian yoga teacher who is currently travelling around South America. She discovered yoga 17 years ago, when her life was a blur of work and partying. Yoga allowed her to let go of many unhealthy addictions and relationships and she decided to make a career out if it almost immediately. She did her teacher training in India and has since taught all over the world, hosting retreats in Morocco, Malta and Mexico. 

Her next retreat will be held in Gozo from 9 – 16 September. It includes 12 classes, accommodation and healthy breakfasts. An additional retreat will be held in Gozo from 29 September – 1 October.

Bye for now Malta

Thanks to all of you on Malta & Gozo for supporting my love and practise of yoga over the past 10 years.

My next ‘plan’ is to practise my preach of fluid flow as I leap into the great unknown to see what’s in store for this soul in me that is craving more growth & big change.

I have now left the islands for an indefinate amount of time hoping to resettle on the West coast of Canada at some stage.

No plan is my new plan 😉

I will always come back to Malta and when I do I will be hosting some retreats and/or classes so feel free to stay connected.

Wishing you all a beautiful journey into your self

Sat Nam

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108 Sun Salutations for Spring Equinox / Sunday March 20th / Malta

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The changing of the seasons – time to plant new seeds in fertile soil 😉 So here we have 108 Sun Salutations to open us up for new growth. Divine Sound will be filling the air with some bhakti beats.

The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north and vice versa in September

The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” All over the world, days and nights are approximately equal. Today, the Sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west.

At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (However, the tilt of Earth relative to its plane of orbit, called the ecliptic plane, is always about 23.5 degrees.)

Enjoy the increasing daylight! See how your day “grows”

Why 108 Sun Salutations?

* To find FLUIDITY in repetitive movement without having to pay too much attention to instruction which allows us to draw inwards more
*MENTALLY you will feel more focused, disciplined, resilient, and committed to your yoga practice & self development
*PHYSICALLY you will feel stronger, more capable, more fluid and the connection to your body & mind will be much stronger
*ANAHATA (HEART) CHAKRA: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.
*DANCE: There are 108 forms of dance in the Indian traditions.

( for more information read this article: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/02/why-108-sun-salutations/ )

I will be guiding the sun salutes and keeping count as we all tune into the same rhythm. We will begin with a warmup and then dive into the salutes. The ‘class’ will end with a bit of a cool down and a restorative meditation session.

SUGGESTED TRAINING PRIOR TO EVENT:

********DAY 1*****2 **** 3 **** 4 *** 5******6

WK 1: *4sets*****8 *****12****16 ***20****24

WK 2: *24 ******24 ****24 ***24****24 ***24

WK 3: *36 ******36 ****36 ***36 ***36 ***36

WK 4: *48******48 **REST **4 ****54 ***54

***DAY 7 : REST WEEK 1, 2 & 3. WEEK 4 do *54 Salutes.
( I can’t seem to get the chart straight so hope you can make it out ok!)

Cost: 15 euros payable in advance to secure space and numbers.

Location:
*Buskett Forest
-park in the main parking area and walk straight through, past the orange trees and you will see a big open space with grass on the left. We will be there. I will post some signs to lead the way.

Date:
*Sunday March 20th/ 2016

Time:
*13.00 – 15.00

*THIS EVENT IS WEATHER PERMITTING SO PLEASE CHECK HERE IF UNSURE. WILL POST CONFIRMATION BY 11AM ON SUNDAY MORNING.

*Please bring your own mat. If you don’t have one please let us know and we will bring one for you.
*This event is best suitable for those with an intermediate level of practice, not suitable for beginners.

Be sure to bring some cosy clothes to relax and feel warm in. Once we start moving the heat will build up. We’ll be surrounded by GREEN once again, hitting the heart chakra.

1 = Higher Truth
0 = emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice,
8 = infinity or eternity

Yoga Weekend Retreat // November 27-29th // GOZO

Refresh your body & mind before the festive season kicks into action. A weekend Yoga retreat in a beautiful farmhouse in Gharb/Gozo.

Retreat program:

Friday:
* 15.00 – Arrivals
* 18.30 – Welcome vegetarian dinner
* 20.00 – 30 minute guided mindful meditation

Saturday:
* 8-9.30 – Kundalini & Vinyasa Yoga
* 10.00 – Healthy Buffet Breakfast
* 11.00-14.00 Free time for relaxing, walking, exploring or perhaps book in a massage and/or spa treatment (must book in advance)
* 14.00 – Healthy Vegetarian Lunch
* 17.00 – 18.30 – Grounded / Restorative Yoga includes 30 minutes of mindful meditation
* 19.30 – Light, healthy vegetarian dinner

Sunday:
* 8-9.30 – Kundalini & Vinyasa Yoga
* 10.00 – Healthy Buffet Breakfast
* 11.00 – 12.00 – Departure

Cost:
*300 euro shared room
*400 euro single room

* The cost includes the whole program: accommodation, yoga, breakfast, lunch & dinner. Towels for showers and the pool area are provided as well as bathrobes.
*Yoga mats & blocks provided

*Retreat is limited to 8 guests only.
* Bookings via email:
info@michellebartoloyoga.com.
*Full payment required to secure your space.

*If you have any further questions please email me and ask ask ask….

CONDUCT:
*Please note there will be NO WIFI in the home. Mobile phones are not allowed to be used in the retreat home. Finding the real connection to yourself.
*No alcohol and/or smoking within the retreat home

PRACTISING PRESENCE
‘In modern Yoga retreat means to leave everyday business for a few days (weekend-retreat) up to weeks. The goal is to let go of daily stress and problems, which is for some people more easy when concentrating on yoga-practice & meditation. Retreats are also good places to meet others who are interested in Yoga.’

Namaste 🙂

How does Meditation = Happiness?

How does Meditation = Happiness?
That big H word is all the hype these days. I’ve read copious amounts of articles with various titles such as:
How to achieve Happiness
What happy people do everyday
Do these 10 things and you will be happy….. Really? It’s that easy? Happiness these days seems to come with an instruction book!
The word meditation is floating around loads as well, but this one I can vouch for. It’s effective. It deals with what’s real, what’s happening NOW. It strengthens the team effort between your mind & body, the best ‘business’ partners you will ever encounter. When we live in the past it brings on depression, the future brings on feelings of anxiety and stress, the present equates PEACE. I think it’s a no brainer as to where we all want to be….
Happiness is a work in progress, a life long journey that is sometimes present and sometimes not. Meditation teaches us to sit with that. Meditation allows us to sit with whatever we are feeling and to feel that emotion and every layer of it with open arms. I’m big on using visualization techniques, when I ‘sit’ I like to pretend I’m an astronaut discovering my ‘inner space’.
So how can meditation make you feel happier?
I’ve been meditating pretty regularly for 8 years now. On average I do 30 minutes / day. In saying all of this please keep in mind that everyone’s experiences are different. That’s what makes us who we are. That’s what makes us feel happy. Being true to you. Not striving for perfection, but honouring honesty. Connecting with who we are, how we feel and what we believe in. We follow all of those things to be sure we are living a life that sets our soul on fire, that feeds our passion.
Meditation heightens your instincts & helps you find more security within yourself and what you want for yourself. It makes you feel calm because you’ve given the mind & body some time to listen to what they’re saying & how they’re feeling. No distractions. Through meditation we discover ourselves by developing this intimate relationship between your mind & body. The breath is all about that connection. If there’s no breath there’s no relationship.
I was dumbfounded when researching the effects the mind has on our whole lives that Western science has only JUST starting studying the effects of the mind on the body 50 years ago. Ayurveda ( based on the idea Hindu tradition of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing) started their studies with the mind thousands of years ago. These ancient traditions stand strong & wise.
Many people have all of these ideals around the whole subject of meditation. All it’s about is being PRESENT. Sitting & committing to some silence and listening. Listening to all things PRESENT cause that’s where we find PEACE. You listen to the sounds around you, to your breath & to your body. You sit and LISTEN as if you were with your best mate. Ears wide open. This is a mindful meditation technique which is more practical and grounded, it’s very useful in our everyday lives. Most people’s lives have become so busy, so unconnected with the use of social media and the focus on where we’re going as opposed to where we are. The mindful meditation practice allows us to observe where we are and to learn to flow through life’s waves, finding a balance between the action & the stillness. The ironic thing in my experience of teaching meditation is that people find it the hardest thing to do, when all they have to do is NOTHING.
You can do 5 minutes/day, you can do it while waiting in a que. Make your time work for you. It’s part of the self care we need in this day & age. I can’t sell this technique, you have to find the courage to stick through the unravelling of the mind and come out the other end with more space & freedom. It has to be tried & tested.
“There’s so much noise in the world today that we’ve forgotten to hear the beautiful sound of silence”
 Presence brings peace….what are you choosing?
Thanks for taking the time to read, all the knowledge in the world means nuthin without practice….
Shanti, Shanti
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*Meditation mornings will be starting up @Lily Agius Gallery this coming Spring.
 For further information please email me: info@michellebartoloyoga.com

Yoga & Sailing Holiday / Malta to Sicily / May 16-23 // May 23-30th 2015

A Mediterranean adventure: discover the beauty of the Sicilian and Malta coasts! In a week immerse yourself in two countries, hundreds of years of history, blue Mediterranean sea, amazing food and wines and … yoga on the beach every day!

Costs & What’s included:

  • Double en-suite: £1,537 per person
  • Single en-suite: £1,999 per person

What is included in the price

– Accommodation in a double-bedroom cabin with en-suite bathroom. Or single occupancy of a double bedroom.

– All yoga sessions.

– All activities

– All meals in local amazing restaurants to discover the real Mediterranean cuisine (Breakfast on board)

– All drinks: herbal teas, mineral water, when on board.

– All transfers

– Tour manager 24/7

– Professional skipper and crew

– Professional yoga teacher

 

What is not included in the price
– Extra Wines and Drinks during meals

NB: In each yacht there are only 4 en-suite double bedrooms, so it would be easier and cheaper for our guests to have a friend/partner to share the room with. I hope our guests understand that this kind of accommodation is pure luxury and it is for a limited number of people.

Availability and booking

Please give us a ring or drop us an email to check availability and request a booking form.

Please email me on: info@michellebartoloyoga.com for further information.

This is your itinerary:

Saturday

– 1.00pm Airport private transfer service collects you from Catania or (even closer) Comiso airports. Transfer to Marina di Ragusa where the yacht is moored.

– 5.00pm Welcome Meeting with Yoga Instructor and organizers
+ info about activities
– At 7.30pm A delicious, vegetarian Welcome dinner & early night if you need to recover from an early start/flight

– Night tour of the Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla

Sunday
– 1.00am Starting sailing overnight and waking up near Malta!!! Awake to a refreshing, cleansing fresh lemon & ginger tea before the uplifting morning Sun Salutation yoga session.

– 8.00am Yoga session in the Blue Lagoon beach in Malta. Amazing!!
– 9.30am A nourishing breakfast of fresh juices, sun ripened fruits, eggs, cheeses, cereals, yoghurts, bread, croissants and herbal teas.
– 10.30am All day to relax, sun bathing, swimming, snorkelling, meditation, reading…basically feeling that Life is good!!

– 4.00pm Yoga session
– 5.30pm Sailing to La Valletta
– 7.30pm Dinner in one of the typical restaurants of La Valletta

Monday
– 8.00am Each day begins with the morning tea ritual of lemon & fresh ginger tea to help you awaken from your slumbers. Morning tea is always followed by an inspiring, uplifting Sun Salutation and yoga session in one of the beaches nearby.
– 9.30am Breakfast
– 10.30 Sailing back to La Valletta, Full-day sightseeing around this amazing city
– 6.00pm Yoga session on the beach
– 7.30pm Dinner in one of the typical restaurants of La Valletta

Tuesday
– 8.00am Yoga session.
– 9.30am Breakfast.
– 10.00am Sailing to the small island of Comino.

– A dip in Comino fantastic beaches. Time to relax, snorkelling, sea swimming, ….. usual ‘Life is good!’-feeling day!!
– 6.00pm Yoga session on the beach
– 7.30pm Dinner in one of the typical restaurants of Comino

Wednesday

– 8.00am Yoga session.
– 9.30am Breakfast.
– 10.00am Sailing to the island of Gozo.

– A dip in Gozo fantastic beaches. Time to relax, snorkelling, sea swimming, …..usual ‘Life is good!’-feeling day!!

– 2.30pm Visit of Victoria the ancient capital of Gozo
– 6.00pm Yoga session on the beach or on the boat
– 7.30pm Dinner in one of the typical restaurants of Rabat.

Thursday
– 8.00am Yoga session.

– 9.30am Breakfast.
– 10.00am Sailing around the island of Gozo to discover amazing bays, coves and secluded beaches

– A dip in Gozo fantastic beaches. Time to relax, snorkelling, sea swimming, ….. usual ‘Life is good!’-feeling day!!
– 6.00pm Yoga session on the beach
– 7.30pm Dinner in one of the typical restaurants of Gozo

Friday
– 8.00am Yoga session.
– 9.30am Breakfast
– 10.30 Sailing back to Sicily
– 4.30pm Arrival in Marina di Ragusa
– 6.00pm Yoga session on the boat

– A stroll around Marina di Ragusa
– 8.30 Aperitifs and goodbye dinner in a typical Sicilian restaurant

Saturday
– Leaving day: rise & move slowly, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a final wander into this little town before our airport return transfers. Bet you feel fantastic!
– Transfer to Catania/Comiso Airport after breakfast