Private Yoga Gift Vouchers / Xmas 2018

Give the gift of inner connection to a loved one this Christmas

75 min sessions for 60 euros
Time & place arranged privately

Valid for 6 months from date of purchase

SatNamNamaste

Protection & Projection of the Heart Space Workshop / MALTA

MBY and Celine Cervi have pulled together their collaborative kriya/asana forces to bring you an end of the year Protection & Projection of the Heart Workshop through detoxing kriyas and heart opening asanas.

Celine will be leading a kriya set which will detoxify our minds & bodies.

We continuously detoxify throughout life. We process food, thoughts, and all forms of energy. When that flow is continuous and clear, we are steady and flexible. The trouble is that we accumulate more than we process. We become weighted down under the ash of metabolism and the remnants of old emotions. – 3HO

MBY will then be leading you through a kriya set for manifestation. Do you have a vision of your future? The future of the world? It’s one big thing to get clear about your goals and your mission in this life. Then what? How do we stay focused and make it happen?

The Agni Tattva is the Fire Element. It is the fire of the Kundalini energy. It gives us the strength of commitment, discipline, will-power, and the ability to carry out our intentions. The Third Chakra is dominated by the Agni Tattva. It is associated with the archetype of the spiritual warrior: one who is able to know one’s mission and to act consistently in higher consciousness to complete it. – 3H0

MBY will then lead you through a sequence of heart opening asanas. An open heart radiates 9 feet around you creating your auric field which is your protection field.

Celine will then close off our workshop with a Protection & Projection Mediation from the Heart .This meditation gives you an enchanting, magnetic personality and many unexpected friends 🙂 This mediation surrounds the magnetic field with protective light.

Celine will also offer a group Reiki healing after the meditation.

We will systematically move the energy of the body and mind to leave you feeling light and vitalised.

Date: Sunday December 30th
Time: 14.00 – 17.00
Location: 54 Cathedral Street Sliema / Lily Agius Gallery
Investment: 50 euros

*Full payment secures your spot
*Space is limited to 15 people.
*Payment can be made directly into MBY’s BOV account

Details:
Michelle Bartolo
BOV
IBAN & Account #: MT 02VALL220130000000 16606250015

About your Guides

Celine Cervi:

Céline is French and has lived in Brussels, New York, Malta, Manila and now Ankara. She has worked for the United Nations, the EU and several non-governmental organisations. She is currently supporting Syrian women refugees in accessing the psycho-sociological support they need as they slowly rebuild their lives in Turkey.

Céline is a peace-seeker, knowing all too well that Peace starts within. She discovered Kundalini yoga in the Philippines after the birth of her third boy. She is now a certified 3H0 teacher. She is also a Reiki Master who writes poetry. She is inspired by the books she reads, the healers she meets, the beauty of the corners of the world her feet have been blessed to walk and yoga on, and all the courageous women she calls her sisters

Michelle Bartolo – MBY:

Michelle is Maltese/Canadian and has lived in Toronto, Ireland, Malta, Morocco & LA and is currently residing in Gozo. She certified 14 years ago in an ashram in India with a 500 hr certification in Transformational Yoga by Yoga Alliance International.

She has been guiding yoga classes, retreats and privates for 14 years. In the past 7 years she has added Kundalini to her Asana practice. She has supported refugee women through the Red Cross in Malta guiding them through healing yoga sessions. In Morocco she taught a group of homeless children and loves the dynamic healing that happens through the practices. MBY is currently guiding 200 hr YTT’s under her own hood of MBY KriyaAsana trainings. She is inspired by the deep healing these practices provided for her own traumas and how the students who are drawn to her suffer from similar traumas. She is continuously awed by the incredible beings who are willing to do this work and to witness the transformations, she loves to travel and be open to the fluid flow of life.

SatNamNamaste

Fear for Human Shift – Kate Shela

An article on Fear for Human Shift Magazine: Kate Shela
With love,

My name is Kate Shela, a Londoner living in LA. I come from an Eastern European immigrant working class lineage, straight from hip and hilarious survivors. I am a movement architect and shamanic practitioner. I guide people through workshops designed to pass on the knowledge I’ve gathered, to help people become more comfortable in their human suits.

Every class I teach, I’m scared in anticipation. Over 20 years of this shit and it’s still the same! That fear is lightning, not something you wield, but something you receive. The more terrified I am, the more powerful the bolt I conduct. Once the first song starts, the first step of the first dance, the fear is gone. I become present. All my attention is on the dancers. I enter my passion, my purpose. There’s no room for fear.

Fear is my signpost, my signal – we are heading towards depth.

Fear is the Great Awakener. Fear is a companion. It keeps knocking at our door to keep us on our toes, to remind us to pay attention, to take action, to breathe deeper, to get the fuck out of a shady situation, to sniff out what needs to be revealed.

For much of my life I didn’t pay attention to the fear. I judged it, without even noticing. I held my breath waiting for the axe to fall. I tried to ignore it, because it felt like my native territory. I was too close to see it. I was numb to it. I thought it was part of my identity. I could only move through it when I realized the fear was separate from me – what I feel is not who I am. My fearful self was the person I judged the most. Now it’s become an ally. It flags up a disowned part of myself. If I can integrate it, the blindfold slips off. Yes, fear is a part of my identity, but I get to choose how big a part.

Scary lives inches from exciting, frightening a hair’s breadth from delicious, their edges lined with healthy boundaries. Fear is a chance to leap into a new perspective. We get to update ourselves. With the right support systems, fear can be a catalyst into sustainable change. Most of our self-talk is negative and it’s rooted in fear. Owning that fear can transform it.

I try to treat myself how I would treat my best friends. And I adore my best friends. It’s obvious stuff, which has taken a while to learn. The way I love others is really the way I love myself and that has been a gorgeous realization. This concept that we cannot love others if we don’t love ourselves can be looked at the other way round: the way we love others is the deep underlying way we can love ourselves. Depending on my day, fear can both hinder and motivate me. I might luxuriate in the terror space to honor my vulnerable victim, then feel the upswing of moving through it, knowing this is just one aspect of me, not the orchestra of my story.

What I fear the most is having too much meat on the bone. I have fears of being too bright, too big. I am a wild stallion with a deer heart. It’s the dance of polarities and the fear of not being accepted for my unique ingredients of power and vulnerability.

My fear wants to be brave. It wants to grow and be challenged so strength can emerge. It wants to have a good time! Fear is a journey of comforting discomfort. It’s the sand that works its way under our shell to create the lustrous pearl.

Taking LA as an example: it took me a long time to take root in this place. I’d lived here in the 1990’s – my twenties – but that was a different time. I was a wardrobe stylist, younger, single. Moving here again in 2007 with my family was way out of my comfort zone, even though it was my choice. I had no friends, no work or extended family. LA felt like a new secret city. Unlike London or Paris or New York, I needed a personal introduction to all its wonders.

The people were the keys. The city’s architecture won’t allow you to just stumble into its magic. You can’t push here. This city is an elusive creature. Being a stranger within it is a strange feeling. It uproots the transplants, shakes us up and shapes us in new ways. It’s not a comfortable experience. It takes time to forge meaningful relationships. Eleven years later, I have a basket of friendship and a container of work that supports me. Now, I can feel my place within the whole.

MBY KriyaAsana Class / MALTA / Dec 10th

Malta Yogi’s

Hope you can join me on Monday December 10th for a class focused on enlivening our energy for the season ahead and releasing what we’d like to leave behind in 2018, entering 2019 with more clarity, peace & strength.

Date: Monday December 10th
Time: 19.00 – 20.30
Location: 54 Cathedral Street/Sliema @ Lily Agius Gallery
Investment: 15 euros.

Please bring your own mat if you have one
No need to book, drop in class
All levels welcome

Yogi Bhajan refers to GOD as a way of principles which we all have

The G is the guiding principle
The O is the organising principle
The D is the destroying principle

See God in All, the Universe in all, whatever language you use we tune into realising that all we need is within us.

SatNamNamaste x

Mawk Phoenix House Concert Series / MALTA / Dec 8th

Mawk Phoenix is a Swiss-born, LA-based music creator and avid world-traveler. He creates a unique blend of acoustic guitars and lush, tribal electronic beats and textures he calls Acoustica.
The former producer of hits for artists like Celine Dion, Enya, Peter Gabriel, Nelly Furtado and many more has left the commercial realm to create a very introspective and authentic collection of songs about transformation.

We would like to invite you all to join us on this special evening sharing Mawk’s journey through life, love and transition.

The event is DONATION based and Mawk will also have his most recently released CD for sale. The concert is also BYOB.

Date: Saturday December 8th
Time: 8pm (music starts at 9pm)
Location: 43 Triq ir Rahhala / Manikata @ Lexi Samut Tagliaferro’s                                                                                                 Farmhouse (private residence)

Here are some links to Mawk’s music:

Here is Marc Dolds producer site:
http://marcdold.com/

Here is Mawk Phoenix, Singer/Songwriters site:
http://mawkphoenix.com/

Listen on YouTube & Soundcloud:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vj2cvW7Euko

https://m.soundcloud.com/mawk-phoenix

Mawk Phoenix on FB & Instagram

This is the Sound…..

Fear – Less

The fear is real, right?

As it should be as we are human and it’s a natural way of feeling.

Here’s a practice I’d like to share with y’all to bring you in your power with fear, instead of it powering you.

Sit with your eyes closed and take a few deep long breaths

Then think of your biggest fear. Notice how your body feels as soon as you take your mind towards it. Notice where in your body you feel it the most.

Keep them breaths deep, long & equal.

Sit and listen to it, just observe what it creates within you.

Then, think of how you plan to work with the fear. Placing yourself back in the drivers seat where fear no longer controls you, but you control it.

Now notice how that starts to feel in your body.

Breaths are still long deep & equal directed to where you felt the fear the most.

Next, visualise yourself living your life with that fear no longer immobilising you. You are back in power. Visualise your life without the fear and notice how that feels.

Stay there a good while creating a very detailed landscape of your life in control of your fear and give this practice a go everyday until the voice of your fear has less and less impact on your inner world.

Just Listen.

Kriya for Fear:

Sit with both arms outstretched in front of you at shoulder height.

Make a fist with your thumbs on the inside. Your thumb should press on the base of your pinky finger.

Turn your right wrist to the left & your left wrist to the right.

Both fists will be turning in towards one another.

Take your gaze to the tip of your nose and keep breathing

Do this for 1-3min

40 days straight will give you the best results

 

Send that fear flying 🙂

SatNamNamaste

Retreaters connect into Friends

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I’ve a story to share of these two ladies who met on an MBY Inside/Out Retreat in Gozo 3 years ago.

They were strangers to one another arriving from very different backgrounds and countries. One came from Canada and the other from Germany.

They quickly became travel buddies on our week together always choosing a different excursion to explore.

Over the course of 3 years these ladies kept in touch and through some turbulent times in their lives planned to meet once again on an MBY Retreat in Gozo just this month.

Witnessing the bond they’ve formed and how familiar they seem to one another is special.

One of them shared that she’s not listened to much in her everyday life and really appreciated the fact that she could speak and be listened to. It’s how our relationships grow closer as it’s the highest act of LOVE. So many people have mentioned how they are not listened to, we must all listen MORE.

On the last day of our retreat with one another they both committed to meeting one another once / year on retreat as they both adore Gozo.

I admire their courage, their openness and the sense of adventure they share and I’m looking forward to sharing all I’ve got to give with them on future retreats as these are the stories I live for.

LISTEN cause life moves in magical ways

SatNamNamasteShantiShanti

Inhale, Exhale, REPEAT

Our breath. Our best friend and greatest tool. We wouldn’t be here without it.

Have you befriended your breath?

Give this a go as you Inhale & Exhale from the nose. Allowing each breath to be long, deep & equal in length for a few rounds, then dropping into allowing your breath to be natural.

Have you noticed that incredibly subtle yet sensuous sensation the Inhale creates as it gracefully travels up the nasal cavity, hitting all them fine hairs & fills you up with energy & stimulation? Creating space for all things NEW

Then there’s it’s partner, the Exhale.

Can you pay that much attention to the subtle sensation the exhale creates as it hits the skin under your nostrils and above your lip?

Notice how it relaxes you, frees you & teaches you to let go of the OLD. The exhale is your teacher of relaxation & surrender. Letting go of the old to make room for the new to move in.

Congratulations! You’ve just calmed your nervous system.

Pull your awareness into your breath all day. The breath will be your greatest healer, especially when you feel you are being challenged. Breathe before you respond. Have your experience with your breath and utilise it’s incredible medicine. Clears your mind, opens your heart, grounds you & energises you…

It really does deserve a lot more attention than we give it!

A great practice to implement is to just sit and listen to your breath throughout your day. Be a witness to what happens and how it makes you feel.

‘Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality. Buddha advocated breath-meditation as a way to reach enlightenment.’ Leslie Alderman NYTIMES

 

INHALE STRENGTH, EXHALE FREEDOM

Thanks for reading! MBY

 

Competition is not the way forward – Collaboration IS

The best advice I was given by the great teacher Simon Borg Olivier was to always have 3 or 4 teachers that you practice with regularly.

This gives you a toolbox of different styles and theories allowing you to connect to a wider scope of the yogic lifestyle while diversifying your very essence within the practice.

Yoga is not meant to limit you in any way. It represents freedom. Be aware of any practice that is being given that is saying this is the only yoga you have to do, this is the best yoga, this yoga is better than that yoga etc. etc…

Competition is not the way forward – collaboration is.

Weave your web. Observe the teachers who inspire you and whom you admire, we can either listen to the defeatist voice which says ‘I could never do anything like that’; or we can say ‘I’ll have what they’re having’, and learn from them as elders and all the teachers who have taught them.

Dip your stretchy toes into as many styles as you can and you will notice along your journey that you will be attracted to a few different teachers styles depending on what your needs are. Bind them together, yoga is UNION after all.

Allow your practice to be as multi yogi’d as the world is multi cultural.

Don’t listen to the Defeatist Monkeys who may tell you that one style is the way to go.  This stunts your growth. Those who want you to grow will tell you to try different styles, different teachers –  to be an explorer and to have your own experience as opposed to following – the best teachers will not want to keep you small and scared as in truth you are a vast and expansive force of nature with infinite potential.

Embody Yoga as Union on all levels, mind, body & connection to the different styles in all languages and from all sorts of teachers. Mash it up. Be eclectic & notice how you grow.

Collaboration, not Competition

 

SatNamNamasteShantiShanti

 

MBY 200 Hour Teacher Training in Ayampe, Ecuador / August 6 – September 14th , 2018

MBY has been guiding classes and spreading her practice for over 13 years now. She began practicing the art of yoga 19 years ago. Her dedication to her self practice has made her teaching life rich with encounters from students & teachers that ride on the same wave, whether they’re just beginning or are further along on their journey.

MichelleBartoloYoga’s semi private (maximum 8 students) 200hr Teacher Training course provides you with an in depth training to connect to the teacher in you.

Through our union we dive into self discovery with soul, heart & play where you’ll find your inner mystic and then share that with others that come for your message.

MBY will lead you into your own self practice through her teacher training which is where you’re authentic voice will shine through to bring you all the students who need what you are practicing.

MBY’s teacher training will teach you more than how to teach yoga. With a strong intention on personal improvement, psychological flexibility, opening up to allow energy to move through you this course is designed not only to provide students with tools to share the wisdom of yoga with others, yet also to look at their own lives from a spiritual perspective. Each training holds a unique energy, created from like minded souls who join from all over the world.

As we train & embody this approach, we open up to the wisdom and the teacher that is already within us all. We dance, we chant, we sing. We find community with like-minded people and we embrace the stillness within ourselves. We call on our intuition for the answers and we speak from spirit to spirit. We dive deep into the experience, free from unnecessary distractions and allow our authentic connection to emerge.

Each day carries an intention, a spiritual lesson of the day, that we each set for ourselves along with the efforts that need to be made to achieve it.  We begin each morning with a meditation, followed by a 90 minute kriyaasana practice followed by a nourishing yogic breakfast. The days are spent learning yogic theory, yogic practice & healing  through workshops, classes and group discussions. During this time we cover the fundamentals of yogic living, including yogic diet, anatomy, meditation, cleansing practices, pranayama, Ayurveda and the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras. Our trainings also open up to include other methods of healing, calling on not just the physical and mental elements but also the more subtle forms such as energy healing.

We share the Art of Teaching and the Art of Touch, during which students learn to teach a segment of a class in every class we share. We will include Kundalini Kriyas to unravel any blockages in our roots so our serpent energy can rise; a Slow Flow which is a slow, meditative, practice followed by Vinyasa Flow, a more intense, breath-synchronized flow. We also share the fundamentals of intelligent sequencing and explore alignment and adjustment of poses in depth. Each class will end with meditation, kirtan chanting or sacred ceremony.

What you will receive:

Spiritual Immersion
Daily Yoga Practice
In-Depth Meditation Techniques and Practice
Yoga Philosophy
Art of Teaching
Art of Touch
Ayurvedic Diet
Yoga Anatomy & Physiology
Kriya Yogic Cleansing
Kirtan Chanting
Energetic Healing Practices
Cacao & Fire Ceremonies
Chakras & Energy Work
Communal & Sustainable Living
Ethics for Yoga Teachers
Life-long Friendships

MBY Training Includes:

  • MBY’s Teacher Training Manual
  • Work through a process of self-inquiry and personal transformation
  • Learn to teach, guide & create your own unique sequences
  • Live the yogic lifestyle, improve your personal practice and develop your Sadhana, your own spiritual practice
  • Incorporate daily Meditation, Kriyas, Pranayama and Asana
  • Explore the Art of Teaching through interactive daily workshops and learn through regular peer-teaching starting day one & everyday of the training
  • Participate and learn traditional Kirtan chants that are all heart based
  • Participate in traditional ceremony, including Full- and New-Moon Ceremonies
  • Study Yoga Anatomy & Physiology and incorporate these principles into your own teaching and practice
  • Study select Yoga Sutras
  • Learn the foundation and historical background of yoga philosophy
  • Explore Chakras, Bandhas & energetic anatomy in your personal practice and your teaching
  • Study Ayurvedic Philosophy and live the Yogic Diet
  • Practice Advanced Pranayama
  • Experience Kriyas on a deep level which are yogic cleansing techniques
  • Focus on integrating Yoga into your life
  • Discuss ways to bring your Yoga to the marketplace
  • Learn and integrate holistic health modalities such as massage, energy healing, nutrition and other forms

Itinerary:

August 6 – September 14th

Monday – Friday

10am – 3pm

(includes 15 min break)

Pre Requisites

This course is open to people of all yoga abilities. We simply ask that participants set an intention to devote their time and energy to the process of being present and open to becoming. We also suggest, that you work to establish your own personal yoga practice, through attending classes or workshops, or on your own. Set intention, with an open heart and mind, to fully embrace and experience the yogic lifestyle during your training and beyond.

Prior to the training, MBY recommends that students do a regular practice whether that is on their own or attend classes and choose a flow to practice regularly before our training begins. We will cover these flows in detail during the course, and it is great to be familiar with them.

MBY’s intention is to guide students through their own healing journey in order to better prepare them for healing others, letting go of anything that holds them back from what their hearts are truly called to. Together we unveil the essence, learning to taste the sweet nectar of life while flowing in the world with strength and grace.

Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind and enter the enlightened perspective and sacred landscape of your training with an open heart – whatever comes will be exactly what you need.

Required Books:

Yoga Anatomy: https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Anatomy-2nd-Leslie-Kaminoff/dp/1450400248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525983516&sr=8-1&keywords=leslie+kaminoff+yoga+anatomy

Yoga Sutras: https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Sutras-Liberation-Dennis-                        Hill/dp/142514764X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1525983559&sr=1-       1&keywords=dennis+hill+yoga+sutras

Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_9?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=yama+and+niyamas+by+deborah+adele&sprefix=yama+and+%2Cstripbooks%2C339&crid=GXQG30M8LIM9

Location:

Ayampe, Ecuador @ Wild Child Village Eco Retreat Center

Wild Child Village is Ayampe’s first and only boutique eco-retreat center grounded in sustainability + community.
We are a conscious collective rooted deeply in traditional and modern spiritual practice, permaculture, artistic expression, movement, and a commitment to co-create new understandings of self and tribe. Through transformational wellness retreats, educational programs, and adventure, we seek to empower people to explore their passions, find their purpose and help create bold actions to bring forth a sustainable future that works for all.
Wild / adjective: Living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated. Untamed by society, corporations, or religion. Child / noun: A son or daughter of the universe. One who looks upon the world with wonder, amazement, and an open heart.
We’re so excited to welcome you to Wild Child Village! Welcome to the Tribe.
See more on Wild Child Village here:
https://www.wildchildvillage.com/
Getting there:
Fly to Quito then to Guayaquil
From Guayaquil you take a coach bus for approx 3 hours to Montanita and then grab a taxi from there (15 min drive approx $15 USD)

Tuition:

MBY 200hr KriyaAsana Teacher Training Tuition = $2000 USD

Accommodation & Food Offers @ Wild Child Village:

$1200 USD, shared dorm (3 people) single beds and
$1400 USD private double suite for 1 person
$1200 USD additional for a second person in private double suite

Wild Child’s Package Includes:

41 nights accommodation in Ayampes first and only eco boutique retreat village
3 Plant Based Meals / day with locally sourced, organic produce
Free flowing coffee, tea & treats
Shuttle rides to and from the local town & beach

Feel free to write MBY with any further inquiries: info@michellebartoloyoga.com

SatNamNamasteShantiShant