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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A Yoga Teacher Explains What Yoga is all About

“Yoga provides a pose for most ailments and moods. It’s helped me and many others cure numerous issues in body and mind. It helps one to make wiser choices that are in line with what one wants to create in their life.”

  • No flexibility required

You don’t have to be vegetarian, earthy, wear beads or tight leggings, bandanas or tattoos. You can drink, smoke and still practise yoga. What yoga tries to teach us is balance and to do more of what makes us feel good. Most people who are attracted to yoga are looking for some kind of balance or change in their lives, to feel more connected to themselves. Yoga will provide all of this and more with some effort.

  • Why practise yoga?

The benefits of the practice are numerous. You must feel them to believe them and for that to happen you must practise. The connection you create to yourself becomes strong and true and you enjoy being you – with all your quirks, strengths, weaknesses and all that inflexibility. Self love is served ‘a la carte.’

  • Mind is the arrow, Body is the bow, Breath points you back to the soul.

If you’re feeling depressed, insecure, disconnected, inflexible and/or physically and mentally weak and you’re looking for an escape route that simultaneously digs deeper to your true connection, then DO YOGA. COME BACK TO YOU!

 

Michelle Bartolo (www.michellebartoloyoga.com) is a Canadian yoga teacher who is currently travelling around South America. She discovered yoga 17 years ago, when her life was a blur of work and partying. Yoga allowed her to let go of many unhealthy addictions and relationships and she decided to make a career out if it almost immediately. She did her teacher training in India and has since taught all over the world, hosting retreats in Morocco, Malta and Mexico. 

Her next retreat will be held in Gozo from 9 – 16 September. It includes 12 classes, accommodation and healthy breakfasts. An additional retreat will be held in Gozo from 29 September – 1 October.

Bye for now Malta

Thanks to all of you on Malta & Gozo for supporting my love and practise of yoga over the past 10 years.

My next ‘plan’ is to practise my preach of fluid flow as I leap into the great unknown to see what’s in store for this soul in me that is craving more growth & big change.

I have now left the islands for an indefinate amount of time hoping to resettle on the West coast of Canada at some stage.

No plan is my new plan 😉

I will always come back to Malta and when I do I will be hosting some retreats and/or classes so feel free to stay connected.

Wishing you all a beautiful journey into your self

Sat Nam

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108 Sun Salutations for Spring Equinox / Sunday March 20th / Malta

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The changing of the seasons – time to plant new seeds in fertile soil 😉 So here we have 108 Sun Salutations to open us up for new growth. Divine Sound will be filling the air with some bhakti beats.

The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north and vice versa in September

The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” All over the world, days and nights are approximately equal. Today, the Sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west.

At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (However, the tilt of Earth relative to its plane of orbit, called the ecliptic plane, is always about 23.5 degrees.)

Enjoy the increasing daylight! See how your day “grows”

Why 108 Sun Salutations?

* To find FLUIDITY in repetitive movement without having to pay too much attention to instruction which allows us to draw inwards more
*MENTALLY you will feel more focused, disciplined, resilient, and committed to your yoga practice & self development
*PHYSICALLY you will feel stronger, more capable, more fluid and the connection to your body & mind will be much stronger
*ANAHATA (HEART) CHAKRA: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.
*DANCE: There are 108 forms of dance in the Indian traditions.

( for more information read this article: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/02/why-108-sun-salutations/ )

I will be guiding the sun salutes and keeping count as we all tune into the same rhythm. We will begin with a warmup and then dive into the salutes. The ‘class’ will end with a bit of a cool down and a restorative meditation session.

SUGGESTED TRAINING PRIOR TO EVENT:

********DAY 1*****2 **** 3 **** 4 *** 5******6

WK 1: *4sets*****8 *****12****16 ***20****24

WK 2: *24 ******24 ****24 ***24****24 ***24

WK 3: *36 ******36 ****36 ***36 ***36 ***36

WK 4: *48******48 **REST **4 ****54 ***54

***DAY 7 : REST WEEK 1, 2 & 3. WEEK 4 do *54 Salutes.
( I can’t seem to get the chart straight so hope you can make it out ok!)

Cost: 15 euros payable in advance to secure space and numbers.

Location:
*Buskett Forest
-park in the main parking area and walk straight through, past the orange trees and you will see a big open space with grass on the left. We will be there. I will post some signs to lead the way.

Date:
*Sunday March 20th/ 2016

Time:
*13.00 – 15.00

*THIS EVENT IS WEATHER PERMITTING SO PLEASE CHECK HERE IF UNSURE. WILL POST CONFIRMATION BY 11AM ON SUNDAY MORNING.

*Please bring your own mat. If you don’t have one please let us know and we will bring one for you.
*This event is best suitable for those with an intermediate level of practice, not suitable for beginners.

Be sure to bring some cosy clothes to relax and feel warm in. Once we start moving the heat will build up. We’ll be surrounded by GREEN once again, hitting the heart chakra.

1 = Higher Truth
0 = emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice,
8 = infinity or eternity

Yoga Weekend Retreat // November 27-29th // GOZO

Refresh your body & mind before the festive season kicks into action. A weekend Yoga retreat in a beautiful farmhouse in Gharb/Gozo.

Retreat program:

Friday:
* 15.00 – Arrivals
* 18.30 – Welcome vegetarian dinner
* 20.00 – 30 minute guided mindful meditation

Saturday:
* 8-9.30 – Kundalini & Vinyasa Yoga
* 10.00 – Healthy Buffet Breakfast
* 11.00-14.00 Free time for relaxing, walking, exploring or perhaps book in a massage and/or spa treatment (must book in advance)
* 14.00 – Healthy Vegetarian Lunch
* 17.00 – 18.30 – Grounded / Restorative Yoga includes 30 minutes of mindful meditation
* 19.30 – Light, healthy vegetarian dinner

Sunday:
* 8-9.30 – Kundalini & Vinyasa Yoga
* 10.00 – Healthy Buffet Breakfast
* 11.00 – 12.00 – Departure

Cost:
*300 euro shared room
*400 euro single room

* The cost includes the whole program: accommodation, yoga, breakfast, lunch & dinner. Towels for showers and the pool area are provided as well as bathrobes.
*Yoga mats & blocks provided

*Retreat is limited to 8 guests only.
* Bookings via email:
info@michellebartoloyoga.com.
*Full payment required to secure your space.

*If you have any further questions please email me and ask ask ask….

CONDUCT:
*Please note there will be NO WIFI in the home. Mobile phones are not allowed to be used in the retreat home. Finding the real connection to yourself.
*No alcohol and/or smoking within the retreat home

PRACTISING PRESENCE
‘In modern Yoga retreat means to leave everyday business for a few days (weekend-retreat) up to weeks. The goal is to let go of daily stress and problems, which is for some people more easy when concentrating on yoga-practice & meditation. Retreats are also good places to meet others who are interested in Yoga.’

Namaste 🙂