These mediation and sound baths are recorded live from our home studio every month .

Fire Earth & Ether usually takes place in Gozo, Malta every two weeks and we hope to get that going once restrictions loosen a bit more.

Under the current circumstances (Covid-19) we decided to record and share it virtually in hope that it can stimulate, inspire & help you find your centre amidst whatever you are going through.

Meditation by Michelle Bartolo Yoga (www.michellebartoloyoga.com)

Music by Mawk Phoenix (www.mawkpoenix.com, https://www.youtube.com/c/mawkphoenix)

We do hope you enjoy it! Feel free to let us know what you need in a comment below that falls in line with these practices as we plan to record a session every month to share.

Thanks for listening

Peace

M&M

Resistance & Avoidance 

Hi there compadres – I hope you are taking good care of yourselves whichever situation this pandemic may have you in.

I’m a bit tardy in my newsletter sending this month – believe it or not it’s one thing I resist and avoid yet when I get it done I always feel better . This year I vowed to myself that my practice would be to dive into what I avoid & resist – making this commitment to myself made me feel anxious and a wee bit fearful in all honesty, yet I know things don’t go away by ignoring them either. Courage dear heart.

So YES is my answer this year more than NO is.
Since deciding that I’ve said yes to things I wanted to say no to, things I’ve been avoiding that keep creeping up all the same (what we resist persists as the cliche goes)

In return of my YES’s my energy  has expanded and new opportunities and inspiration have come my way. When we look at ourselves in terms of energy the YES path is open and the NO path is not. I was comfortable with the way things were yet I wasn’t being challenged enough. Every now and again our comfort zones need challenge to grow and to not become rigid and boxed in. The YES path has paved ways of opportunity and in return I feel more open, expanded & free.

Now I’m in no way advocating being like Jim Carrey in the film, Yes Man (it’s hilarious if you haven’t seen it check out the clip below) yet his life transforms in a marvellous way when YES enters his life more…

Here are my shares of what I avoid and/or resist:
I resist and avoid saving as my narrative is, I could die tomorrow – yet as a wise friend pointed out – I could not die tomorrow too 🙂
I resist and avoid being in front of a camera which is why I’m doing it more often this year 🙂 (stay tuned for online pre recorded courses)
I resist and/or avoid sharing myself in these newsletters yet the more I do it the easier it becomes and the more feedback I get from you readers as we connect our practices

Dare to Share and/or Reflect:
What do you resist and/or avoid?
What does it feel like to dive into what you resist and/or avoid?
What does it feel like to internally inquire everything you resist and/or avoid, ‘What would someone who loved themselves do?’

I’d love to hear your reflections if you’re willing to share or just use this as a journal entry to let it come up and out of you

If you are going to believe your mind every time resistance comes
You are going to be in a long standing relationship with avoidance & suffering – Mooji

MBY KriyaAsana classes blend the styles of Kundalini & Vinyasa with focus on breath & feeling your experience.
With requests from many to host a zoom public class regularly I’ve decided to get it together

When:

Commencing Tuesday March 2nd & every Tuesday there on

18.30-19.45 (C.E.T.)

Invest:

10 euros/class

10 x classes = 90 euros (valid 3 months)

Set yourself up a nice cozy private space, light a candle and have a blanket and a block and/or cushion

I will send a ZOOM link once you have signed up for class.
Looking forward to seeing all your faces then ?
The mind is where the soul goes to hide from the heart – Michael Singer
SatNamNamaste

Join us on the island of joy in Gozo, Malta. This is a week long retreat where we will do Yoga twice/day and the rest of the time is yours to explore!
This island is old school with all the modern necessities. We have more space than you can imagine for such a small island and the locals treat everyone as if they are familia.
The sea is a stunning blue and there are many caves to explore, beaches, dives and endless adventures.
When you arrive we will gather for a healthy vegetarian meal with locally sourced organic produce and get to know each other and go over the weeks activities.
Monday morning will be our first class at 8 – 9.30am and will be a more invigorating practice
All morning sessions will be held at the same time
Our evening sessions will be from 5-6.30pm and more restorative & meditative
All classes are suitable for all levels
Investment includes:
* accommodation for 7 nights
* vegetarian welcome meal
* healthy breakfast every morning
* 13 x  yoga/mediation sessions
* guided hike
* sunrise and/or sunset yoga sessions in nature
Cost:
Single 1600 euros
Shared 800 euros/person
* please contact me privately to book and/or for payment options.
* 50% non refundable deposit secures your space (deposit is transferrable)
* Balance is due 1 month before the retreat date
Here are some photos of the farmhouse our retreat will be in:

NEW YEAR BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YE 

Hoping that you all had a creative & light festive season. Many I know had to celebrate this year alone due to the pandemic issues – I hope you found solace & love in your own company and used it as the gift of the day that it is to connect within.

Also THANK YOU to all the lovely souls out there who responded to my last email!!
I got the most responses I’ve ever had by sharing something so personal. That’s why we share, to connect and let others know they are not in this alone. THANK you to those who shared their personal journeys with me – keep em coming to stay OPEN.

The practice this month is working with fear. With all the news related to this pandemic, the US elections and all the upheaval happening in our lives many are becoming consumed with the emotion of fear.
Fear is the opposite of love so my new practice is to send LOVE to any of my FEARS when they arise.
When we change the energy of  fear it no longer closes us up, makes us rigid, controlling, sick & generally not fun to be around. You deserve better conditions than that.

The practice is to visit each fear you have. FEEL it in your body. Then teach it courage by guiding the way & FEEL that in your body. You just became stronger than your fear from that simple practice.

We will always have fears. They come and go. They become dangerous when we allow them to be stronger than we are. By guiding our fear we are showing it LOVE, just as you would a small child who is scared. Transform that emotion into LOVE to keep you open, healthy & free.

Here is the latest recording of our Soundbath & Meditation.
Fire, Earth & Ether will be recording a session for your free relaxing pleasure once/month. Initially it was meant to be every 2 weeks but we couldn’t keep up with that.  The theme is Releasing Fears and we hope you find some comfort through it. Feel free to let us know how it worked for you

Make friends with your fears and offer them love. Offer love to each person you encounter who is feeling fearful. Let us transform and open together.

MBY 2021 Offerings:

Private Online Sessions
Suited to your Individual needs
Zoom or Skype

Kundalini Workshop in Gozo
Saturday Feb 5th
11 – 3pm

MBY KriyaAsana 200hr Yoga Teacher Training
Spring
April 28th – June 12th
Fall
October 20th – December 4th
GOZO

MBY Inside/Out Retreat
October 9 – 16th
GOZO
(more details soon!)

Wishing you all a great inner start to the new year – be kind to yourselves
SatNamNamaste
Michelle xx

MBY Kundalini Kriya Workshop
For those who are seasoned to the practice and equally for those who are not & would like a taster of what this practice is all about.
We will be working with a few specific sequences to help transcend our weaknesses and find more vitality and stamina in our everyday lives.
The morning will consist of meditation & movement practices. We will then break for a healthy vegetarian lunch before we reconvene for the afternoon session which will include chanting, intention practices & meditation.
When:
Saturday Feb 6th
Where:
Gharb, Gozo (will send address once booking is made)
Investment:
60 euros (limited to 8 participants)
Full payment secures space
Payments can be made via Revolut and/or Paypal
Contact me to book your spot.
Details re payment will be forwarded once you book via private message or email: info@michellebartoloyoga.com
Looking forward to spreading the gems of this practice.
Feel free to reach out with any questions and/or concerns
‘Today is the tomorrow you were worried about Yesterday’ – Anthony Hopkins
SatNamNamaste ?

Light a candle. Have a blanket close by and get cosy

Perfect for a Sunday eve in winter

FREE for you recorded live from our home studio

 

Meditation by: Michelle Bartolo

Sounds by: Mawk Phoenix

 

This unique blend has been a favourite of mine for the past 5 years now.

I often got stopped and asked what the scent was I was wearing so decided to share my custom blend for others to enjoy.

PRAGYA is a sanskrit word meaning WISDOM – may we use what we can to help us grow on 😉

I created this blend when I packed my life up to travel the open road with few plans and no place to call home.

I chose VETIVER for it’s grounding qualities, ROSE for keeping me centred in my heart & BERGAMOT to ease anxiety, create calmness and creativity.

All oils used are sourced from a special apothecary in Boulder, Colorado called Rebecca’s Apothecary.

They grow all their own wild & organic plants and extract their own oils from them.

10ml perfume = 15 euros + shipping costs if applicable.

A great gift idea for the holiday season

SatNamNamaste

2 0 2 0  VISION

Greetings earthlings!
Here it is, the last newsletter of 2020 with gifts for mind & body in hope that all is well and healthy in your worlds.

I’d like to share a personal journey I went through a couple months ago.
A cyst was found in my left ovary that was pretty large (5cm x 4cm) & it had to be removed – it even had hair bones & teeth (embryonic matter) – freaky!

It was a surreal experience initially – 3 gyne’s here in Gozo recommended a TOTAL hysterectomy which I thought was nuts for the issue was only inside one ovary. Luckily my chinese doctor recommended another gyne here who is not for just pulling everything out – whew – she helped ease my worries very much so and left me feeling hopeful – always follow your gut!

For the next 3 months I was on a strict diet prescribed by my Chinese doctor to remove dampness which contributes to cyst growth and repeated daily affirmations AND I managed to shrink this ‘dermoid’ cyst 2cm!! YET it was still recommended to remove my ovary for it could keep shrinking and growing & maybe even burst and create ovarian cancer. Physically the diet suited me greatly as it kept me feeling light & energetic so that’s been a keeper.

Mentally, I began researching what ‘energetic’s’ may have helped create this cyst to grow inside of me. In my studies much of what we suffer from is claimed to be psychosomatic. My partner recommended a great book he grew up with titled ‘The Power of Illness’ by Thorwald Dethlefsen.

I opened to the chapter on ovaries. Read a bit and had to close the book a moment as it was a hard truth to face. Yet it was spot on – my mind had been running a programme I was not aware of. I spent three months doing affirmations to change that programming and can now proudly say that ‘new’ programme is naturally running…

That’s my 2020 vision for this year. A real eye opener.
I feel 2020 is showing us where we need to clear up our vision.
It’s like we have been forced to see what we were not willing to look at all of these years – in ourselves, others & in the world. On both an individual & global scale.

What has 2020 forced you to ‘see’?
What did this year teach you about yourself and/or others?
In what area of your life do you feel you’ve grown through this past year?

In hope that you will share & if not at least reflect…

Some tips on how to LEVEL UP your energy
1. Get Honest – we can’t change what we continue to deny. Be brave, be honest.
2. Get to know Yourself – how do you react? do you shut down/shut off & go into       coping & distraction? Engage in ego battles? Guilt/blame the other?
3. Do what you’re Avoiding – it may seem simple but this is ultimately something outside of our comfort zone which is why we’re avoiding it.
4. Baby steps – no matter how small a step committing to facing instead of avoiding is still a HUGE step forward.
5. Honour the Process – there is one way to do this. You will succeed, avoid and go back and forth through this. It is normal. You do not ‘fail’ just because of a ‘misstep’
6. HYPE YOURSELF UP – no one but you sees your progress, encourage & be proud of yourself through it all 

– by the Ace of Moon

 

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I wish you & your loved ones all a merry season
Let’s remember to be grateful for all we have
In mind, body & spirit
Blessings, Peace & Strength
xxx

 

FIRE EARTH & ETHER is our Soundbath & Meditation group made up of me, Michelle Bartolo and my musically very talented partner Mawk Phoenix (more of him on youtube)

 

We decided to record live sessions from our home studio in Gozo every two weeks to help ease your tension and wash away your worries. We do hope you enjoy them