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

Navel-gazing: Understanding Bodies Through Yoga

 

Navel-gazing: Understanding Bodies Through Yoga

 Aside from being a meditative practice good for the mind and soul, yoga is an equally highly physical activity. Asanas are carried out as a means of improving the body’s capability of sitting in long poses of concentration. The strength and flexibility that are gradually built overtime make the body more enduring and open to higher levels of meditation. Through each movement, a yogi also develops a heightened sense of awareness of their body and a deeper understanding of themselves.

In Patanjali’s yoga sutra 3.30 he says, “By samyama on the navel centre, knowledge of the arrangement of the systems of the body can be known.” Quite literally, many take the wise sage’s words to mean focusing on the navel region and strengthening it. By doing so, Shape Magazine explains that building core strength is just like laying the foundations of a house. It’s intricately connected to the major muscular regions of the body and acts as a baseline fitness for most of the movements that you do. You can’t fly into a crow pose or flip into a handstand without having stability in your midsection.

The core also plays an important role in the different planes of movement which are sagittal (forward and backward), coronal (left and right), and transverse (rotational). Yoga Journal states that these three anatomical planes teach a person the ways the body can move, as well as signal the imbalances in the body which is really important for creating body awareness. When you mirror Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), which moves along the coronal plane, you might find that one side is more stable or more flexible than the other. This information tells you to make a more conscious effort of building up the weaker side of your body so you can ultimately introduce more balance. People tend to favour practicing on their dominant side. Knowing where you move in space also keeps you centred and prevents running the risk of injuries.

That being said, body awareness doesn’t just apply to your own. Michelle Bartolo Yoga previously mentioned that teachers must practice what they preach. They need to develop their own personal practice in order to effectively teach their understanding to the class. Part of an instructor’s training is to adjust their students which will not be possible if one does not have a proper understanding of the body’s capabilities. It is not good custom for a teacher to force your arm into a twist if your face is already showing signs of extreme discomfort.


The same concept can be applied to the increasingly popular practice of partner yoga which has different styles of its own such as acroyoga. San Diego-based instructor Abby Vernon says that it really helps couples connect physically and on a deeper level. In this style, two people can embody the primary goal of yoga which is union. Both bodies need to touch and communicate in order to be in sync. Foxy Bingo recommends massaging each other as well, which you can do after each class as a way to strengthen the bond even more. Think of it as a trust-building exercise where you surrender yourself to your partner and let them attend to your needs. In partner yoga, you have to employ the same trust especially in weight-bearing poses.

Lastly, remember that navel-gazing has other connotations, too. One of those is about the subtle body or the nadis where the energy flows. Patanjali was also speaking of navel-gazing as a mode of introspection in which you try to quiet the mind, rid it of unnecessary thoughts, and reach a place of calmness.

 

Post written by: Ismael Boaz

 

 

MBY KriyaAsana Classes via Subscription Channel / Coming soon!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you’re all finding time for being amidst our world of doing.

I’ve been struggling with putting a yoga video out for some time now. I was never quite happy with the outcome for oh so many reasons up until now. I’ve dropped my idealistic way of what it should look like and have accepted what has become a great collaboration with a tribe of generous & talented folks supporting what I’m here to give.

This is the very first MBY KriyaAsana video of its kind and I do hope you find it easy to follow, challenging enough to work to your edge & calm enough to help you find more peace. I’d love to hear your feedback or special requests.

These online classes will be available to you mid June when you can subscribe monthly for an exchange of $20 USD which will give you unlimited classes. Each month I will be adding more classes to my library for you to follow & each class will have a different theme.

This first full class is 52 min with meditation at the beginning & at the end, along with kriyas & vinyasa to hit every corner of your mind & body for a full tune in.

I’m looking so forward to sharing my practices with you all 🙂

Please email MBY: info@michellebartoloyoga.com to find out how to subscribe

SatNamNamasteShantiShanti

Practise makes the Teacher & Student ONE

I’m finally sitting down to start writing about a hot topic that’s been brewing in my head & heart for many years.

Allow  me to delve right into the topic of  the multi billion, multi currency ‘d (I made that up 😉 ) world of Yoga Teacher Training Certifications vs Guides who have been practising for years & love to share their practise & what it did for them. The ‘ones’ who provide you with a toolbox that you can carry wherever you travel to; some may encourage you to stretch it worldwide. There is such high truth in Pattabhi Jois’ quote stating, ‘Yoga is 99% practise and 1% theory.’

Its my matter of opinion as a teacher &  that’s what the student needs you to have. That comes from your self practise. Getting on your mat each day, even when you don’t feel like it and dealing with what arises. Your opinion translates into your experience in the posture, the kriya, the breath.  That is your authentic voice during your classes. We have become such a conditioned society relying on others to tell us how to do things, including how to live our lives. NO one can do this work for you. What’s rewarding is that if you do the work your utmost REAL self will shine through and the only way you’ll be able to live is the way YOU want to.

I’d like to share one of my personal experiences that happened just last week in my Sunday 8am morning class @Bhakti Yoga Shala.

A woman walked into the class and was instantly hesitant as she was expecting to receive the class & teacher listed on the website as it had not yet been updated. I could feel her resistance & hesitation to stay. I lightly reassured her that I could work with where she’s at. She stayed and by the end of the session her body released some intense emotions. This woman was so grateful to me & I do appreciate that gratitude but I also believe I was holding something very similar to her which was currently present in my self practise. In her stance of resistance to love & feelings of fear she taught me just as much as I gave her. It’s a cyclical exchange, I don’t work magic alone.

We are the ONES who believe that if we teach what we practise those students who need to hear our message will come. It’s energy right? It’s Yogi Bhajan who said don’t strive for what you want but do this practise & all is coming. That’s a hard nut to swallow when you come from the age of “decide what you want and go for it, no matter what, keep going for it.”

But that was an outer way.

Yogi B is speaking of an inner way. He used to call himself a garbage man cause he liked to help everyone take their garbage out. He sounded like a very wise & humorous man.

When a teacher teaches from their practise the realness shines through with exactly what they’re here to give. As the student you should be experiencing this sense of ,”Wow, this teacher is saying everything I need to hear”. Then you know you’ve found your teacher.

Anyone can pay for the paper. I’ve heard that some certifications never fail anyone and that many students don’t have a practise before joining. Anyways, the stories go on and on and I don’t want my opinion to be yours. I don’t want to sit here slashing the certs either as they do play a role, but practise plays a bigger one. Search. Try many different teachers with many different styles. You will feel and hear their practise through what they are sharing. This is a journey worth taking.

So my sound advice to all you yoga teachers, yoga teachers in training & yoga practitioners is to practise. Practise and the journey will lead you to what is meant for you. Find your voice. Don’t be an echo. That voice comes through practise. If you are seeking a teacher listen to their voice. It will be real to you through all they say & do. Don’t stop searching till you find the voice that speaks to your heart. You may find that more than one teacher speaks to you. Even better. Yoga is Union. Mix it up. Make it multicultural. Your world grows bigger that way.

Through my practise I’ve come to realise that when this passion stirs up in me it’s a sign to share it out there. The consistency of how often the subject keeps arising & how I get so involved in it guides me.  The physical sensations are also LOUD. I can feel my body shake, other times it’s the beat of my heart on overdrive or the goose pimples riding up from my toes to my nose. So I learn to listen, then follow.

My advice would be to take all that as a sign people. A sign to follow your heart felt voice as it speaks to you in a language that your body reacts to. Serve it up to the greater good. Something IN there is asking for a way OUT of there. This is practise.

*Thanks for reading & please feel free to share!

Sat Nam Shanti Shanti Namaste

 

 

Shivratri Celebrations!

A powerful night to reflect on the Union of That which is Nothing, and This which is Everything.

Let us celebrate in stillness, the ONE who became ONE with existence.

Wishing all yogis a blissful Maha Shivratri!

 Here we celebrate at Monday night kirtan @bhakti yoga shala – Community 

shiva

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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