Full Moon Yoga Tune / Wednesday October 8th

Hello moonbeamers!

Our next full moon class:

Date: Wednesday October 8th @ 19.30

Location: Chalet Pier, Sliema

*Donation based class

*Please reserve a mat if you need one


Yoga & Wellness Weekend Retreat / November 7-9th, GOZO

I’m happy to announce a weekend retreat up and coming November 7-9th by popular demand.

Your weekend will include yoga, meditation, healthy meals & tranquility. The aim of the weekend is to help you ground again after the summer and set the body up for the winter season ahead.

There will also be plenty of free time for you to book a massage, hike and/or explore the island. Groups are small to ensure proper instruction through the classes, focusing on alignment and safety as well as breath & presence.

Your wellness weekend will include:
* accommodation
* welcome meal
* meditation session upon arrival ( 30 min)
* 4 x Yoga classes of 1.5hrs each, which also include meditation (Blend of Vinyasa & Kundalini Yoga)
* energising breakfasts & healthy light vegetarian dinners (all meals prepared by http://nadisunshine.wordpress.com/ )

* 300euros / single occupancy
* 250euros / shared occupancy

*Full payment is required to secure your space

A wellness retreat will help you impliment some healthy ways of being into your daily life. Through the meditation sessions you will learn how to relate to your mind and notice how your thoughts leave you feeling. Always teaching ourselves that what we put inside through what we say, think and eat all have an effect.

I will also send you home with some healthy recipes that are easy for anyone to make and some simple yoga techniques to help you develop a regular practice.

We can achieve what we wish on the inside, just as we have on the outside.

Building strength, clarity & peace from the Inside Out

Tune In

*For bookings email: info@michellebartoloyoga.com

Photos of our weekend retreat home:

Michelle Bartolo's photo.
Michelle Bartolo's photo.
Michelle Bartolo's photo.
Michelle Bartolo's photo.
Michelle Bartolo's photo.

Full Moon Yoga Tune / Tuesday September 9th

The moon is full again Tuesday September 9th and we’ll be beaming in.

Location: Chalet Pier/Sliema

Time: 20.30

*Class is donation based

*Please bring your own mat & if you need one please let me know

Making waves, opening up & letting go.


Think BIG, ACT small : The Art of Cleansing

The words cleanse, detox and rejuvenate are all consistently being thrown our way, and for a very valid reason as well. Cleansing helps us clean the body from the inside and gives the body the boost you feel it may be needing.

You know the body is due for a cleanse if any of the following symptoms arise:



*Feeling ‘heavy’ in the body & mind

*Lack of positivity

*Lots of illness/dis-ease

*Lack of feeling at ease

There are all sorts of cleanses and detox’s out there so take your time and experiment with the one that works for you. It’s of utmost importance to set your mind strong before you get started. Feeding your body thought’s like ‘I’ll give it a try’, ‘I’ll never be able to do this for a whole week’, ‘It’s going to be so difficult’, is not going to make the cleanse any easier for yourself. Remember that the body listens to what you say and think. Lie to it if need be to make things easier for yourself. This is called the placebo effect. Whatever you believe will work. Your ‘internal pharmacy’ is incredibly powerful!

If you feel you need the support, ask a friend to join in on the cleanse or have a nutritionist guide you through one. Be aware of spending time with people who are NOT supportive of your goal, this will only make things harder. There are also many books and videos you can use to keep you on track (recommended list below).

I’ve experimented with all sorts of cleanses. The intensity of the cleanse really depends on what your diet is like in your everyday life. In my opinion going from eating meat & processed foods regularly to just raw veg could be a bit too drastic on the system. I would advise to gradually cut down on your meat, fish & processed food intake (alcohol,diary products coffee, sweet & savoury snacks) before you do the cleanse. This allows your body to slowly adjust and it won’t feel like you’re letting go of too much all at once, which the body doesn’t respond all that well to.

Slow n Steady wins the race.

Once you feel you’ve taken a week or two to ween the body off of meat, fish & processed foods, begin to search for some recipes on salads and soups. Take a trip down to your local health food store and veg shop to stock up.

I personally found that raw food worked best for me, but I have experimented with all sorts so choose something that isn’t too drastic, that you can imagine yourself following. There are HEAPS of great healthy cookbooks, recipes and even youtube videos to help you out, it’s so attainable that there really is no excuse for not finding what you need right at your fingertips.

Also, be sure to implement some yoga & light exercise which will propel your cleanse into an even better space. Be sure to get to sleep at a reasonable hour and wake up just after sunrise. Be supportive of yourself. The gains are well worth the ride. I always feel ‘electric’ during a cleanse, it’s like I can physically feel all the cells in my body booting around to some disco ;). I found that initially I went a bit mushy in the brain while my body was letting go of toxicity buildup, so hang tight. The courage comes in breaking through the barrier. Once that barrier is broken the mind is as sharp as that good knife you love so much. Your body & mind will soon be working at their optimus levelus. You’ll notice your eyes and days grow brighter as the haze fades away. Your friends will notice how awesome you look and how brainy you’ve become 😉

Remember how you feel is not only great for you, but great for everyone else you spend your time with. Energy is contagious.

Think BIG

ACT small

My suggested daily cleanse program:

*When you wake up, head to the kitchen for a nice glass of fresh lemon squeezed in room temperature water.

*Oil Pull (optional but so effective in aiding the release of toxicity)

1 tablespoon of coconut oil swooshing around in your mouth, pulling between your teeth for 20 mins. All the toxins are drawn out of the body, the bacteria is cleared from your mouth, your teeth will feel and look squeaky clean. DON’T SWALLOW! Once you spit out the white foam that’s built up from the ‘pulling’ be sure to rinse your sink with something antibacterial and give your mouth a good rinsing too. For more on oil pulling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaX-TYtI0qw

*Meditation/ Yoga/Light exercise

*BREAKFAST smoothie (ideas for recipes in books below or just google away)

My favourite is:


*1/2 an avocado

*1 stalk celery

*bunch of parsley

*bunch of rucola

* 1/2 grapefruit

* 1 tsp coconut oil

*1 tsp wheatgrass

* 1 cup of water

*Whiz it up in your blender of choice and send it down the hatch. Be ready for a burst of GREEN

*Drink  PLENTY of water throughout the day. Feel free to add in lemon juice, a cucumber slice, a piece of parsley or basil to flavour it a wee bit. Sometimes I throw in some berries too.


*Salad with vegetables in season. You can choose to steam some of those veggies too. My favourite is steamed asparagus and broccoli set on a bed of crispy green leaves. Sprinkle on a bit of shredded coconut and add on this dressing…


1 x teaspoon TAHINI

1 x teaspoon coconut oil

1 x pinch of sea salt

a wee bit of chopped ginger

1 x squeezed lemon

*More and more water. Pamper yourself with a massage, or reflexology during your cleanse as well.


*Raw soup

Choose vegetables of your choice. Chop them up nice and small and place them in your blender with some water and spices. Easy peasy and very filling.


Let your creative side play around with different vegetable combinations for the salads & soups.

On the very last day of your cleanse I suggest preparing a litre of water with the juice of x 1 lemon squeezed into it and 1 x tablespoon of sea salt. Mix it up and drink it within an hour. Be sure to be beside a bathroom for the final release *wink*wink*

S H I N E     O N

Recommended list of videos, books & blogs:

* A documentary on the placebo effect and how important your thoughts are:


* A great book on the food systems and supper foods (this was like a bible for me):


* Healthy Recipe Book


* Healthy food blog with recipes


* CLEAN – a great book on cleansing and why we should do it. Incredibly supportive to read during your cleanse to keep you on track.








Full Moon Yoga Tune ~ Sunday August 10th @ 8pm

We hope you can join us this coming Sunday August 10th as Anchelique and I tune you in under the moonlight.

Location: Chalet, Sliema

Time: 20.00

*Class is donation based

*Please bring your own mat and if you need one please let us know in advance and we can bring one for you 😉

Here is this Augusts full moon forecast:


August’s Full Moon Forecast:

We have the opportunity to embrace the wisdom of knowing the difference between pushing the river and going with the flow. The former may be tempting right now but the latter is most definitely what’s called for!
The energies of this Moon strengthen our commitment and staying power to keep us on track. They’re not destined to make it all happen in the blink of an eye…It comes not as a magic wand but as a whole new tool box which we can open up to discover that extra strength we needed, that deeper insight which ensures our understanding, that extra information needed to complete the puzzle. Insights, information, people and experiences which come to us with this moon are influential and we would be wise not to overlook them!

Gozo Sunset Salutes / Friday August 1st @ Fungus Rock

It’s been awhile since our last sunset session fellow Gozo Yogi’s so this coming Friday August 1st I will be leading a class at Dwejra, close to Fungus Rock.

*Class is donation based. Give what you think it’s worth to you.

*Please bring your own mat.

Date: Friday August 1st

Location: Dwejra, (close to Fungus Rock)

Time: 19.00 – 20.15

Looking forward to that majestic blazing red sunset!

Featuring Private Skype Classes from my home to yours

I am happy to announce that I now offer private Skype yoga classes. I know you’re probably thinking…weird, right?

Well I thought so as well until one of my retreat guests really wanted to continue lessons together so I suggested we give it a try. To top it off this client had not even used Skype before! Almost one year later and we will still have our weekly sessions together. She lives in Switzerland with her family and finds it ideal to just pop out of bed and onto her mat as I instruct her through a private session. As she said: ” It feels 85% as if we are in the class together” Thanking technology these days!

The Skype private costs 50 euros for 75 minutes of bliss.

Contact me for further information:


November welcomes Dini Martinez on retreat in Gozo

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Dini and I will be running this retreat together bringing you a full blend of our combined yoga styles with include Kundalini, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga.

Your retreat will include:

*accommodation in a lovely farmhouse set in quaint village

*3 hours of yoga/day (includes meditation)

*healthy breakfasts

*Ayurveda workshops & Yoga philosophy



Single = 850 euros

Sharing = 650 euros each


For any further information please email: info@michellebartoloyoga.com

Full Moon Yoga Tune / Friday July 11th

Calling all moonbeams: we’ll be bathing in the moonlight this coming Friday night!

Myself and Anchelique will be tag teaming a yoga class beneath the moon.

Location: Chalet, Sliema (opposite Preluna Hotel)

Date: Friday July 11th

*Class is donation based. Give what it’s worth to you…

*Please bring your own mats

Make a peace pact with your Body

The body is very wise. The mind is a very late arrival. The body has lived millions of years, it knows what is needed. It is the mind that interferes. Mind is very immature, body is very mature. Listen to the body. And when I say listen to the body, I don’t mean remain confined to the body. If you listen to the body, the body will not have anything to say to you — things will be settled. And when the body is at ease, relaxed, and there is no tension, and the body is not fighting for something, is not trying to attract your attention because you are not fulfilling a need, when the body is calm and quiet, you can float high, you can fly high, you can become a white cloud. But only when body needs are truly looked after. The body is not your enemy, it is your friend. The body is your earth, the body has all your roots. You have to find a bridge between you and your body. If you don’t find that bridge, you will be constantly in conflict with your body — and a person who is fighting with himself is always miserable. The first thing is to come to a peace-pact with your body and never break it. Once you have come to a peace-pact with your body, the body will become very, very friendly. You look after the body, the body will look after you — it becomes a vehicle of tremendous value, it becomes the very temple. One day your body itself is revealed to you as the very shrine of Divine. Osho