Where are you laying down your roots?
Michelle Bartolo shares how working on our hips, our root chakra (aka Mulhadhara Chakra) is purposeful and necessary practice.
Have you ever paid attention to the base of your tailbone? As you sit on the earth can you sense your connection to the earth from your roots as if you are part of the earth? This area of the body represents our need for safety, security and survival. In what ways do you provide these aspects of your roots for yourself?

From Our Roots We Rise Gozo in the House
When we feel fear, insecurity, doubt or perhaps a loss of purpose our roots are compromised. We are feeling ungrounded in our being as these aspects of ourselves are what brings our root chakra off balance.

The mantra ‘I am grounded, I am safe, I am supported’ is the light aspect of this energy centre. Touching the earth in any way will help one feel the grounding energy that the earth provides when we are feeling off balance.

This month’s practices are all hip-focused. We call it a Hip Fix. Every asana aims at the outside and inside of the hips as we stay grounded, close to the earth to sense the centre of our body. When this centre is off balance we often reach out for a stimulant to help our sluggishness or to ease our fears, insecurities or doubts.

Yet what we really need to do is move our hips to be sure our ‘Apana Vayu’ which is responsible for eliminating what is no longer needed. This energy is most active in the pelvis and lower abdomen which governs our eliminative functions (excretion, urination, menstruation).

When Apana is weak we become susceptible to illness, fear, doubt, confusion & insecurity. When Apana is strong and balanced we feel grounded, ROOTED, providing the foundation for a healthy body and a flexible positive outlook on life. Reaching out for stimulants will create blockages. We need to move the energy in our hips, our roots. We need to reach inside instead of outside.

“Fear is a belief that something awful might happen, while faith is a belief that something good will happen. Although the results are different, the causes are the same – both are beliefs that govern our behaviour and influence the way we feel. If we can replace unreasonable fear with reasonable faith, then we have a natural remedy to our first chakras demon”

ANODEA JUDITH
From Our Roots We Rise Gozo in the House
FROM OUR ROOTS WE RISE
When fear strikes we have a tendency to reach out instead of sit and look within. Fear is the demon of our root chakra. Our fear has much to teach us. Fear teaches us of our own importance and the need to take care of ourselves. Only when we acknowledge this demon as an ally can it be truly mastered.

Fear engages our survival instincts by getting us ready to respond. If that becomes constant we lose our ability to respond appropriately. So we loosen up those hips! We consider the hips the junk drawer of the body, when we open the hips we clear out the junk that we’ve chosen to bury and pretend it’s not there.

Guess what? It doesn’t go away. Just like your junk drawer at home, the more you stuff in there the fuller it becomes.

Michelle. X

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From Our Roots We Rise Gozo in the House
Author: Michelle Bartolo
Michelle Bartolo is a Yoga Guide based in Gozo. Blending the styles of Vinyasa & Kundalini with Pranayama Practices, Mindful Meditation and Quantum Physics, she offers holistic classes, private sessions, retreats and training using yoga tools to heal the emotional, mental and physical bodies.

Inspiration struck me to share such a potent practice with you all. The inspiration came to me through many students feedback stating they just didn’t have the discipline to stick to a consistent practice. I know how much I LOVE these 40 day Sadhanas and the beginning of the year is when I always do one so this year I offered it up and out and our first Sadhana was a great success.
I am now running 3 Sadhanas a year and next one begins October 3 – November 11th

I also realise the importance of having a daily practice and how much better I feel for it.

Inspiration struck me to share such a potent practice with you all. The inspiration came to me through many students feedback stating they just didn’t have the discipline to stick to a consistent practice. I know how much I LOVE these 40 day Sadhanas
Our Fall/Winter Edition will have us introspected, releasing and finding comfort in stillness as we settle into the cooler months. ? The autumn-winter period is a time of drawing inwards, resting, and recuperating.
How will I go about nurturing and nourishing myself over the winter?
Which yoga practices will energise me and help to banish the winter blues?
Which activities nourish me, and which activities deplete me?
How can I increase the nourishing activities and reduce the depleting ones?
This daily practice will give you an inner anchor you can rely on.
The Importance of Self-Discipline by RADIANT BODY YOGA, Kia Miller
‘Sadhana (personal practice) is the cornerstone of the practice of yoga and the process of self-transformation.
There is truly no more valuable thing we can give to ourselves. It is this ritual of centring ourselves within our SELF that enables us to walk through life with an open heart and with grace. Sadhana is a practice of self discipline, which leads to direct experience and an expansion of our awareness.
Our sadhana, our spiritual practice, needs constant vigilance; old habits can be hard to break. Therefore we need to develop the muscle of self-motivation and will. We need to be willing to set aside time and to attend to the inner experience with the same enthusiasm we may attend visiting a new country for the first time.
Awake each morning with time to set up by aligning your energy, attitude and commitment for the day, and keep it up day after day. This consistency gives us steadiness and excellence over time and prevents us from getting swept up in a reactive mode to things around us. This daily practice also allows us to maintain our radiance and impact in life
WHY 40 DAYS?
In the Yogic tradition it’s believed that it takes 40 days to break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through breath, kriya or mantra.
Remember, a habit is a subconscious chain reaction between the mind, the glandular system and the nervous system. We develop habits at a very young age. Some of them serve our highest destiny. Some do not. By doing a 40, 90, 120 or 1000 day special sadhana, you can rewire that chain reaction. You can develop new, deeply ingrained habits that serve your highest good.’
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I personally do a few 40 day practices / year and have done so for many years now. It gives me an anchor, a focus, peace & energy and so much more. I feel balanced and when I’m done I feel so good that I stuck to my commitment for the whole 40 days which is what builds integrity of character – keeping the word we make to ourselves most importantly and the most harmful to break.
We will work with a different practice each week. The practices will consist of small seated movements, pranayama (breathwork) and sometimes sound through using our voices to cleanse and clear our minds, bodies and spirits.
When:
Monday January 30th – Friday March 10th, 2023
7.00 – 7.30 am CET — EVERYDAY
Where:
LIVE ON ZOOM
Invest: 40 euros for 40 days
Payable via: Revolut +356 99670342 OR direct bank transfer

“All sadhana is meant to purify the mind and make the mind one-pointed and inward so it can be directed toward the centre of consciousness within the inner chamber of your being. Physical growth is in the hands of nature; mental growth and spiritual growth are in your hands.” – Swami Rama See less

 

A full day of practice, breath, movement, connection, healthy food and creativity!
Myself and Oana Radu of OR Studio in Victoria, Gozo are excited to bring you a day full of Yoga and Macrame.
Set in a farmhouse in Gharb with a Yoga room like a womb and a garden with TREES, yes TREES!

Our Yoga portion of the day will be meditative as we focus on breathwork, mantras & meditation. We will work with a kriya set called Purifying Breathwork.

Then after our healthy fresh lunch we will be guided into a Macrame Workshop with Oana Radu.
During the macrame workshop you will make your very own yoga strap with beautiful knots.

All materials required to produce your items are supplied ( 100% macrame cotton rope, 2 wooden rings).
When: Sunday November 27th
Where: Gharb, Gozo
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Invest: 80 euros

Itinerary:
11 – 1pm | Breathwork, mantras & meditation
1 – 2pm | Lunch
2 – 5pm | Macrame Workshop

Tea and something sweet will be served before you depart…
Bookings limited to 8 people
Full payment secures your spot
Payments accepted via Revolut or Direct Bank Transfer

We look forward to spending this relaxing, purifying & creative day together!
SatNamNamaste

A Powerful practice that creates a better world for you, me and the collective.

Michelle Bartolo shares an insightful story as she witnessed kindness for the greater good.
To stave off the sweats in Gozo recently we travelled north to Norway & Switzerland and oh what a literal breath of fresh air it was in so many ways. There is one particular act of kindness I was lucky to be a witness to that I’d like to share. During one of our flights, I noticed one of the stewards was not in a friendly mood. I couldn’t tell if he was sad or angry, yet I could tell he didn’t want to be there. His demeanour was closed, he was sure not to make eye contact with anyone and walked so fast up and down the aisle that you had no chance of asking him for assistance.

Kindness For The Greater Good Gozo in the House
A few rows down, in the aisle seat on the opposite side, was a big strong looking healthy man with his partner. As the steward flew by him he managed to halt his speed and asked him for some assistance. The steward stopped at this patron’s seat many times throughout our flight & each time they spoke for a little longer and created a deeper connection. Each time the steward went to speak to the patron he walked away a bit lighter. Then (from what my ears could hear) the steward was willing to do this man the favour he asked for (think it was about a connecting flight as the flight we were on was delayed).

They spoke to each other eye to eye, I could feel their connection continue to grow and hold respect even from where I was seated, I was drawn to their exchange of kindness, as it was so real.

The steward had succeeded in helping the patron and the patron dug into his bag and pulled out a patch that represented the police force he was in. He gave the steward this patch and expressed his gratitude for helping him so kindly. He then rolled up his sleeve to show the steward the tattoo on his arm that was the same as the patch he was gifting him.

The steward’s energy heightened instantly. He became soft and sunny & the glow in his eyes was back. He thanked him with his hand on his heart and told the patron that his grandfather was also a police officer and that he was very close to him. They exchanged a few words with the energy between them being full of light & love.

“Helping others is a universal virtue and a very affordable and economic way to benefit others and our own wellbeing. As the saying goes, helping others is helping yourself.”

JILL SUTTIE
Kindness For The Greater Good Gozo in the House
KINDNESS FOR THE GREATER GOOD
It was a heartwarming experience to witness the change in our steward’s disposition in a matter of an hour by the kindness & connection this patron shared. When the steward continued his work he had a lightness that surrounded him and it appeared to me that the clouds around him had let the sun in. He was ready to serve us all with joy and light. He walked up and down the aisle with a different strut, one of a much happier man.

What does kindness mean for you?
Go spread what you wish to grow – wishing you all a great season ahead!

Michelle. X

Kindness For The Greater Good Gozo in the House
KINDNESS FOR THE GREATER GOOD
Michelle.

For more information, more offerings and to book with Michelle: Website | Facebook | Instagram YouTube | Email
Kindness For The Greater Good Gozo in the House
Author: Michelle Bartolo
Michelle Bartolo is a Yoga Guide based in Gozo. Blending the styles of Vinyasa & Kundalini with Pranayama Practices, Mindful Meditation and Quantum Physics, she offers holistic classes, private sessions, retreats and training using yoga tools to heal the emotional, mental and physical bodies.

These monthly workshops are back & I’m looking forward to welcoming you for a day of Kundalini practices, breath work, meditation a healthy lunch
The finale of a healing journey through sound bathing to send you into your weekend with a grounded kind of high.
This month we are working with our digestive system.
Digestion relates not only to what you eat or drink, but also to what you listen to, what you watch & how you digest everything that happens in your daily life.
Working on our digestion can also change our metabolism.
If digestion is slow and imbalanced, disease rejoices. Most colds and influenza come from an energy imbalance that begins in the digestive track. To stimulate good digestion and improve concentration, the Navel Point must be stimulated and the energy distributed through the two main naadis that pass on either side of the Navel Point. All the facets of this Kundalini Set will do that.
When: Saturday September 24th
Where: Gharb, Gozo
Time: 11 – 4pm
Invest: 80 euros
(space limited to 8 guests)
* Full payment secures booking
* Payments accepted via Revolut, Direct Bank Transfer or Cash
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out
SatNamNamaste
Michelle ?

Inspiration struck me to share such a potent practice with you all. The inspiration came to me through many students feedback stating they just didn’t have the discipline to stick to a consistent practice. I know how much I LOVE these 40 day Sadhanas and the beginning of the year is when I always do one so this year I offered it up and out and our first Sadhana was a great success.
I am now running 3 Sadhanas a year and next one begins October 3 – November 11th

I also realise the importance of having a daily practice and how much better I feel for it.

Inspiration struck me to share such a potent practice with you all. The inspiration came to me through many students feedback stating they just didn’t have the discipline to stick to a consistent practice. I know how much I LOVE these 40 day Sadhanas
Our Fall/Winter Edition will have us introspected, releasing and finding comfort in stillness as we settle into the cooler months. ? The autumn-winter period is a time of drawing inwards, resting, and recuperating.
How will I go about nurturing and nourishing myself over the winter?
Which yoga practices will energise me and help to banish the winter blues?
Which activities nourish me, and which activities deplete me?
How can I increase the nourishing activities and reduce the depleting ones?
This daily practice will give you an inner anchor you can rely on.
The Importance of Self-Discipline by RADIANT BODY YOGA, Kia Miller
‘Sadhana (personal practice) is the cornerstone of the practice of yoga and the process of self-transformation.
There is truly no more valuable thing we can give to ourselves. It is this ritual of centring ourselves within our SELF that enables us to walk through life with an open heart and with grace. Sadhana is a practice of self discipline, which leads to direct experience and an expansion of our awareness.
Our sadhana, our spiritual practice, needs constant vigilance; old habits can be hard to break. Therefore we need to develop the muscle of self-motivation and will. We need to be willing to set aside time and to attend to the inner experience with the same enthusiasm we may attend visiting a new country for the first time.
Awake each morning with time to set up by aligning your energy, attitude and commitment for the day, and keep it up day after day. This consistency gives us steadiness and excellence over time and prevents us from getting swept up in a reactive mode to things around us. This daily practice also allows us to maintain our radiance and impact in life
WHY 40 DAYS?
In the Yogic tradition it’s believed that it takes 40 days to break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through breath, kriya or mantra.
Remember, a habit is a subconscious chain reaction between the mind, the glandular system and the nervous system. We develop habits at a very young age. Some of them serve our highest destiny. Some do not. By doing a 40, 90, 120 or 1000 day special sadhana, you can rewire that chain reaction. You can develop new, deeply ingrained habits that serve your highest good.’
****
I personally do a few 40 day practices / year and have done so for many years now. It gives me an anchor, a focus, peace & energy and so much more. I feel balanced and when I’m done I feel so good that I stuck to my commitment for the whole 40 days which is what builds integrity of character – keeping the word we make to ourselves most importantly and the most harmful to break.
We will work with a different practice each week. The practices will consist of small seated movements, pranayama (breathwork) and sometimes sound through using our voices to cleanse and clear our minds, bodies and spirits.
When:
Saturday October 8th – November 16th
7.00 – 7.30 am CET — EVERYDAY
Where:
LIVE ON ZOOM
Invest: 150 euros for 40 days
Payable via: Revolut +356 99670342 OR direct bank transfer

“All sadhana is meant to purify the mind and make the mind one-pointed and inward so it can be directed toward the centre of consciousness within the inner chamber of your being. Physical growth is in the hands of nature; mental growth and spiritual growth are in your hands.” – Swami Rama See less

After a successful series of workshops last summer they are back by popular demand
A Kundalini workshop to Cleanse & Revitalise body, mind & soul.
This workshop will focus on a Kriya set to cleanse and revive us from the inside so we can be full of light throughout the summer months.
We will detox our digestive system & energise our mind, body & soul.
Date:
Saturday June 18th
Where:
Gharb, Gozo
Time:
11.00 – 15.30
The morning will be deep into practices that help cleanse and energise our systems.
We will break for healthy vegetarian lunch in the garden
After lunch we get back into meditation and a relaxing soundbath followed by tea and a nice healthy dessert.
Invest: 80 euros
Space is limited to 8 people.
Bookings can be made via private message.
Payments accepted via Revolut or Direct Bank Transfer
Looking forward to getting together again!
This KriyaAsana 6 week Yoga course is themed on Empowering our Truth.
To do that we need to connect to it and find out what that truth is so we can release the negativity that prevents us from expressing that truth.
The course will run every Tuesday & Friday morning from 6.30 – 7.30am CET
This course is suitable for all levels as modifications will be offered.
Date:
Tuesday June 14th – Tuesday July 22nd
Time:
6.30 – 7.30 CET
Invest: 150 euros
Payments can be made via Revolut +356 99670342 or via direct bank transfer
Once payment is made you will receive the ZOOM link.
SatNamNamaste

That time of year is coming up, the Summer Solstice where we can welcome in more light, heat & nourishement.

This year the Yoga Community here in Gozo are all getting together at The Citadel in Victoria to do 108 Sun Salutations to cleanse the body in preparation for the next season ahead…

There will be many teachers leading the salutes as we share our different styles and bring our communities together.

10 euros donation to the Gozo SPCA

To register please email:

info@michellebartoloyoga.com

June 21st

Hope to see you all there!

Inspiration struck me to share such a potent practice with you all. The inspiration came to me through many students feedback stating they just didn’t have the discipline to stick to a consistent practice. I know how much I LOVE these 40 day Sadhanas and the beginning of the year is when I always do one so this year I offered it up and out and our first Sadhana was a great success. There will be 2 more Sadhanas this year – the next one begins on April 25th and goes until June 3rd.

I also realise the importance of having a daily practice and how much better I feel for it.
The Importance of Self-Discipline by RADIANT BODY YOGA, Kia Miller
‘Sadhana (personal practice) is the cornerstone of the practice of yoga and the process of self-transformation. There is truly no more valuable thing we can give to ourselves. It is this ritual of centring ourselves within our SELF that enables us to walk through life with an open heart and with grace. Sadhana is a practice of self discipline, which leads to direct experience and an expansion of our awareness.
Our sadhana, our spiritual practice, needs constant vigilance; old habits can be hard to break. Therefore we need to develop the muscle of self-motivation and will. We need to be willing to set aside time and to attend to the inner experience with the same enthusiasm we may attend visiting a new country for the first time.
Get up with time to set up, set up by aligning your energy, attitude and commitment for the day, and keep it up day after day. This consistency gives us steadiness and excellence over time and prevents us from getting swept up in a reactive mode to things around us. This daily practice also allows us to maintain our radiance and impact in life

WHY 40 DAYS?
In the Yogic tradition it’s believed that it takes 40 days to break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through breath, kriya or mantra.
Remember, a habit is a subconscious chain reaction between the mind, the glandular system and the nervous system. We develop habits at a very young age. Some of them serve our highest destiny. Some do not. By doing a 40, 90, 120 or 1000 day special sadhana, you can rewire that chain reaction. You can develop new, deeply ingrained habits that serve your highest good.’
****
I personally do a few 40 day practices / year and have done so for many years now. It gives me an anchor, a focus, peace & energy and so much more. I feel balanced and when I’m done I feel so good that I stuck to my commitment for the whole 40 days which is what builds integrity of character – keeping the word we make to ourselves most importantly and the most harmful to break.
We will work with a different practice each week. The practices will consist of small seated movements, pranayama (breathwork) and sometimes sound through using our voices to cleanse and clear our minds, bodies and spirits.
When:
April 25th – June 3rd
7.00 – 7.30 am CET — EVERYDAY
Where:
LIVE ON ZOOM
Invest: 150 euros
Payable via: Revolut +356 99670342 OR direct bank transfer

“All sadhana is meant to purify the mind and make the mind one-pointed and inward so it can be directed toward the centre of consciousness within the inner chamber of your being. Physical growth is in the hands of nature; mental growth and spiritual growth are in your hands.” – Swami Rama