Sadhanas are back!

They will be in a different format each time depending on my existing schedule.

This Spring Sadhana will be an 11 day practice for releasing the stories we tell ourselves that are just not true, that often stem from our fears.

11 Day Spring Sadhana
June 3 – June 13th
@ 7 – 7.30am CET
75 euros 

We will begin practice with a 5 min meditation, a bit of a warmup and then the Kriya set which happens seated with arm movements and breath work (suitable for all levels).

We will meet online LIVE on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays and on  Wednesdays & Fridays you will practice on your own with the provided recording as I am unable to be present with you on those days.

If you feel the call and our theme ignites a reaction or curiosity within you drop me a line and lets get you signed in.

Looking forward to practicing together again!!
SatNamNamaste
Love
Michelle x

If you are a fan of the sacred mantras, joining together with our voices while sitting and sharing in this meditative state then please do come and join us!

There’s no need to be able to sing, some of us can and most of us can’t :))

We have musicians present to lead the way

All welcome, bring along any instruments along with whatever you may need to be comfy and cosy.

Minimum donation of 5 euros for CheckPoint Malta:

https://www.hivmalta.com/?fbclid=IwAR2iqeccphLzybUyXQmMCpuLH04oxGwDtIYPB7cEPY5f0tI2aP-qKBg1B-k

When: Sunday March 24th

Where: The Ditch at the Citadel

Time: 15.00 – 16.30

If you have any requests please post them here on our FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/172300814106150

 

 

 

Join us live in class here in Gozo or live online for our tradition of 108 Sun Salutes to honour the next shift in season and cleanse our minds & bodies in preparation.

Winter Solstice is often said to be a time of new beginnings; with the changing of the seasons, we say goodbye to a long, stagnant period of self-reflection and welcome the fiery energy of the sun to propel us forward. This very physical changing of the seasons is a powerful time to manifest spiritual transformations as gained through the practice of 108 Sun Salutations.
Why 108?
In the Yogic tradition, 108 is a sacred number. Practicing 108 Sun Salutations is a meditative practice that connects the body, the mind, and the universe specifically when nature is undergoing a change. And coupled with this change in nature, yogis can start once again, fresh, renewed and inspired
When: Friday December 22nd
Time: 7 – 9am CET (Live in class or Live Online)
Invest: 20 euros
Booking is required, upon booking payment can made via Revolut or Direct Bank Transfer (details shared upon booking)
Hope to share this magical practice with you all
We talk a short break after each round of x 20
Modifications are given so you can choose to make it soft and/or strong
Namaste! xx

Our first Sadhana of the year will be a New Year 21 Day Sadhana instead of 40 days this time around

Welcome in the New Year with the commitment to you

We will meet every day except for Wednesdays (you will follow the recording this day as I have a private session I cannot cancel) for 21 days with a practice of 30 minutes working with the theme of Inner Prosperity – to build the characteristics that make us feel wealthy on the inside

We will meditate, warm up and do a few asanas then dip into this kriya set which is both meditative & physical.

The 21-day trial is based on the age-old belief that it takes 21 days to fully form a new habit.

When: January 15th – February 4th

Time: 7 – 7.30am CET (weekly recordings available if timing doesn’t work)

Invest: 150 euros (full payment required upon booking via Revolut or Direct Bank Transfer (details given upon booking)

Hope you can join us!

Here’s an article from Personal Excellence on why 21 days also works….

 

According to research, it takes 21 days to fully form a new habit, as 21 days is the time required for new neuropathways to be fully formed in your brain. From the Aristotle blog (site now defunct):

“Dr Maxwell Maltz wrote the bestseller Psycho-Cybernetics. Originally a Plastic Surgeon, Maltz noticed that it took 21 days for amputees to cease feeling phantom sensations in the amputated limb. From further observations he found it took 21 days to create a new habit. Since then the ’21 Day Habit Theory’ has become an accepted part of self-help programs.

Brain circuits take engrams (memory traces), and produce neuroconnections and neuropathways only if they are bombarded for 21 days in a row. This means that our brain does not accept new data for a change of habit unless it is repeated each day for 21 days (without missing a day).”

While some sources have since tried to disprove this 21-day claim, the point is that 21 days is a comfortable time period to build and maintain a new habit. During the 3 weeks, you learn what it takes to cultivate this habit and whether this is a habit you want to stick with for life.

Why do a trial?

There are 3 reasons why doing a habit trial is great.

1. Low commitment

Many people procrastinate on developing certain habits, even though these are good habits that will bring significant benefits into their lives. That’s because they are overwhelmed by the thought of doing an activity for life.

When you do a 21-day habit trial, the task becomes much more manageable. 21 days is just 3 weeks — much shorter than the rest of your life. It’s easy to channel your efforts and make something happen for just 21 days vs. forever.

Since it’s a trial, you do not need to commit beyond the 21 days. After the trial, you decide whether your life is better off with or without that habit. If you like this habit, you can continue with it. If you don’t like it, you can revert to what you were doing before. No obligations!

2. Great way to try new things

A 21-day habit trial creates a great experimental ground to try new things — for example, meeting someone new every day, messaging a new stranger on a dating app daily, trying a new diet, or pitching your products to a new company daily. You can easily embark on new, exciting activities with this habit trial. Since you are not committing to this habit beyond 21 days, you can chuck it aside if you don’t like it. It’s as simple as that 🙂

The 21-day trial has helped me try out interesting activities and pick up extremely good habits along the way. I have done 21-day fitness trials, 21-day raw diets, 21-day social media detoxes, and a 21-day fast. Many people often say “This is not for me” before they try something.  The whole point is to experience it for yourself, because you never know what it is like until you try it out. Not only do you get to practice self-discipline, but you try out something new, and you have the evidence to discontinue if it doesn’t turn out well. Again, if you don’t like it, there’s no need to continue beyond the 21 days.

Let’s create on the inside what the world needs.
Love one self to be able to offer love to others and continue to spread the seeds of LOVE, compassion & peace.
We will tune inwards to the inner lightto offer yourself love.
This course will help you clearly see your capacity and creativity as you move through a series of Sun Salutations and strengthening, calming standing postures, including Pyramid, Warrior II, Triangle, and Extended Side Angle. Modifications are offered. Our Kriya set will be for SELF LOVE with a meditation for peace & compassion towards ourselves.
When: Tuesday November 7th – Tuesday February 6th | 2023/24
Time: 7am – 8am CET
Invest: 150 euros (full payment required upon booking)
These classes will run as a 12 week course hence there will be no drop ins.
Each 12 week course will have a theme and I will run a few courses throughout the year. We will be one group for the duration of the 12 weeks so we can grow through it together. This will require your commitment.
If you have to miss a class a recording of the class will be shared for your viewing only upon request.
The Zoom link to this class will remain the same for the 12 week course and will be shared once booking & payment are confirmed.

This year I’ve been invited to teach a few morning yoga classes by the sea for the Liquid Spirit Festival in Gozo.

Here’s a link to the festival if you’re interested in a boogie – ful weekend in different locations around the island.

https://www.liquidspiritfamily.co.uk/liquid-spirit-festival-gozo

The yoga classes will be held:

September 14 th – 18th from 8 – 9 am (location to be confirmed)

Cost: 15 euros/75 min class (registration and pre payment required to reserve your space)

Looking forward to stretching out our dancing bodies then!

Keep Well

Michelle x

It’s that time of the year.

The spiritual new year is soon upon us and it’s time to Clear Space from our bodies, minds & spirits!

Hope you can join our quarterly tradition of 108 Sun Salutations.

We will be doing the classic basic version.

We take a pause after each set of 20. You can pause as much as you need to and you don’t need to do them all, no pressure.

I will be guiding these live from our home in Gharb, Gozo and also live online so you can join from where ever you are.

When: Saturday September 23rd

Time: 8.30am CET (usually takes approx 1.5 hrs)

Where: Live in Gharb or Live online (please email to register info@michellebartoloyoga.com)

Cost: 10 euros minimum donation for NGO Dreams of Horses (horse rescue and therapy) in Gozo

There are many reasons we practice 108 Sun Salutations. Personally I love the cleansing I receive and the recycling of my energy. After my first 20 it feels as if my body has take over and little effort is needed. I like cleansing after each season to prepare for the next one.

In the Yogic tradition, 108 is a sacred number. Practicing 108 Sun Salutations is a meditative practice that connects the body, the mind, and the universe specifically when nature is undergoing a change. And coupled with this change in nature, yogis can start once again, fresh, renewed and inspired

You can also research into the significance of the number 108 if it interests you follow the link below.

We hope you can join us in this beautiful practice

Keep Well

Michelle x

 

 

 

Welcome everyone!

The 40 Day Sadhana practice is back if you fancy joining the online community every morning for 40 days to practice a bit of warmup movements followed by a breath practice to balance the heart & mind.

It’s amazing what you can achieve in just 30 minutes.

Dates: September 23 – November 1st

Time: 7 – 7.30am CET (weekly recordings sent to all if timing doesn’t work)

Invest: 150 euros (full payment required via Revolut or Direct Bank Transfer)

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 – trusting ourselves to keep the word we make to ourselves

I am excited to announce this new project and the way it all unfolded
The pieces of the puzzle:
  • I ran a 40 day practice at the beginning of the year on Grief and the shares were profound and I felt called to do more work with this theme
  • I had an astrological reading with @the cosmic navigator and he mentioned that womens circles would be a great thing for me to explore
  • A few months later I receive a call from Ruth Bezzina saying she had contacted me when she was 15 with proposal for a yoga event and that I had entertained her idea and NOW she was calling to propose we collaborate on the topic of womens circles
We have been creating this course over the past few months and now we are ready to present The Still Point Womens Circles to you all
This course is about the remembrance that the balanced valuing of emotions – all emotions – is an act of self-respect. Grief, rage, anger and discernment (good judgment) all have their place and should have a space to be expressed in, in our lives – for they are all great teachers from within.
These global heart centred collaborative gatherings are intimate virtual circles for us to share space, to communicate through deep listening and understanding, to uncover what our heart is really trying to tell us in a facilitated container, designed to establish an infrastructure of safety and freedom.
Indeed these gatherings are all about finding that still point within – finding that place within where we feel balanced, anchored, at peace – a soft circle rather than a hard square. These are spaces for us to settle into balance with our masculine and feminine sides, to pause, explore and reflect on those spaces in-between, so that we come to know and appreciate that whatever chaos is around us we have the power not to be drawn into that – we have the still point within.
These offerings are being created by two women entrepreneurs, living on sister islands (Malta & Gozo) in the middle of the Mediterranean, with a vision to create international communities that explore the balanced valuing of feminine emotion. We believe in the power of coming together, sharing thoughts, feelings, beliefs, intuitions and personal truths. We believe in the power of silence and stillness – and how the unsaid is as important as the said. We know that there is so much potential for healing, creation and expansion when we reclaim and re-connect to our divine feminine – and this is what we will share in.
We’ll be offering a series of “The Heart Speaks” courses, informed by NUSHU Group style engagement and integration, combined with meditation in action. Each series is a journey, whereby an emotional theme and inspiration forms a path for the collective container – some series may be informed by a literary text / extract, but unlike a book club the intention is not to necessarily discuss the content of the pages but rather to integrate the information and the lessons into one’s own consciousness and then weave the wisdom into the fabric of the collective consciousness. In each there will be ample space for reflection and contemplation in silence and stillness.
This is an invitation to strengthen the rest and digest aspects of the feminine within. To find that still point for ourselves, as well as in community.
The Heart Speaks – Live ONLINE
Dates:  October 27th – December 1st
Every Friday eve for 6 weeks from 5.00 – 6.30pm CET | 11.00 – 12.30pm EDT
Invest: 6oo euros / $ 670
Early Bird Offer until May 26th: 500 euros / $ 560
Included:
– 6 live sessions of presentations, discussions, meditations and kriyas
– direct 1:1 feedback and correspondence via email
– a workbook for each session with prompts to record your reflections
– wholesome community connections
– certificate of completion for those who completed the course
We hope you’ll join us on these journeys…
Ruth & Michelle xo
A soothing & cosy Sunday session of Yoga & Sound with Fire, Earth & Ether.
Join us in our Yoga Womb Room where you will be lead through a soft and smooth Yoga session.
We will build that inner fire gently & open our tight inner spaces sensing the earth below us as the fireside burns away whats no longer needed.
The meditation will take you into the Etheral with a live Sound Journey by Mawk Phoenix that will have you floating into space.
All levels of practitioners are welcome.
Booking is necessary
When: Sunday April 23rd
Time: 17.00 – 18.30
Where: 17 Triq L-Isoqf Mikiel Molina Str, Pjazza Praga
GHARB, GOZO
Invest: 25 euros (includes tea and treats after)
Bookings: info@michellebartoloyoga.com
Payments accepted via Revolut +356 99670342 and/or Direct bank deposit
Full payment secures your space
Space is limited to 10 participants