Keeping the tradition alive come join us for 108 Sun Salutations as we honour the change of season with 108 Sun Salutations – cleansing the body mind and spirit for new growth like the flowers that bloom at this time of year.
Date: Sunday March 20th in Gharb and live online via ZOOM
Time: 8.00 am CET
Donation: 10 euros (all proceeds to the Gozo SPCA)
Booking is necessary
Where: Gharb or LIVE ON ZOOM
Typically yogis do 108 Sun Salutations. Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation, is a series of 12 postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Each movement is coordinated with the breath. The Sun Salutation builds strength and increases flexibility.
The 108 ritual is performed 4 times a year, with the start of each season, to acknowledge the changing world around us. It usually takes about 1 1/2 – 2 hours to complete.

Why 108?
The number 108 carries spiritual significance in many cultures:
108 is the number of “Upanishads” comprising Indian philosophy’s “Vedic texts”.
108 is the number of names for Shiva (a really important Hindu god).
108 is the number of names for Buddha.
108 is the Chinese number representing “man”.
108 is the number of beads on a Catholic rosary.
108 is the number of beads on a Tibetan “mala” (prayer beads, analogous to a rosary).
108 is twice the number “54”, which is the number of sounds in Sanskrit (sacred Indian language).
108 is six times the number “18”, which is a Jewish good luck number.
108 is twelve times the number 9, which is the number of vinyasas (movements linked to breath) in a Sun Salutation
108 is the number of Sutras in the Yoga Sutras.
1 stands for Higher Truth, 0 stands for Emptiness and 8 stands for Infinity.
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SaNamNamaste xx

This 6 week course will run two mornings every week
Tuesdays & Fridays LIVE ON ZOOM from 6.30 – 7.30am CET
The practices will include breathwork, movements of kriyas, asanas & meditation.
The course is progressive which is why no drop ins will be allowed.
The full 6 week course will allow us to grow together and progress.

Self-connection is a process of living from within yourself not trying to find yourself externally but always returning home to the life energy inside and making choices that express and manifest your unique Self.

Date: March 8 – April 15th
Days: Tuesdays & Fridays
Time: 6.30 – 7.30 am CET
Where: LIVE ON ZOOM
Invest: 150 euros

* full payment required
* many payment options, once you book you can choose Revolut, direct bank transfer or paypal or cash

Michelle Bartolo Yoga has been guiding yoga classes for 20 years. She has a host of certificates and years full of practice and explorations. This course is designed to give you life long tools to keep you balanced in mind, body & spirit ?
Looking forward to spreading these practices ?
SatNamNamaste

Hi compadres!
I hope you are carrying light in your breath and love in your heart.
I’m excited to announce that my Kundalini Workshops are back in the calendar with the first one happening soon!
Date: Saturday February 12th
Time: 11.00 – 15.30
Where: Gharb, Gozo
Invest: 60 euros
(space limited to 8 people)
*Bookings are confirmed once full payment is made via Revolut, or direct bank transfer – details provided once booking is confirmed
The practice will include Kundalini Kriyas that ease anxiety.
It is a lovely meditative set and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you.
Program:
10.45 – 11.00 – arrivals
11.00 – 13.00 – breath work, meditation, intention setting warmups and the kriya set to Ease Anxiety
13.00 – 14.00 – Vegetarian Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 – Meditation & Soundbath
15.00 – 15.30 – Tea & Cake ?
Anxiety comes from the mind. Thoughts are perceived by observing. Emotions are perceived by feeling.
So the mind so the breath
So the breath so the mind
Wishing you a year full of light & love
SatNamNamaste x

We are happy to announce our new project, Silent Retreats Gozo 

We thought it would be a great idea to offer the opportunity to experience a silent day, weekends or perhaps a private week silent retreat with us on the Island of Joy aka Gozo!

Time to reflect and turn inward as we guide you through mindful activities such as  yoga, meditation, a silent hike, and silent lunch with space and time to just be.

You can also just sit in the garden and journal your thoughts. It’s time that is yours – in peace & silence.

You can have a peak at the website here with all the dates of our Silent Saturdays, A Silent Weekend and the option to book your own private Silent Retreat.

 

Silent Retreats Gozo

We look forward to welcoming you for our next Silent Saturday on Saturday July 2nd in Gozo
Check into the website link above for more details or drop me an email 🙂

 

Matri Mater Omm is hosting the First Yoga and Art conference for Malta seeking to support the global Yoga and Sacred Art community and to connect with like-minded souls who share the same intention.
This conference will bring together experts from diverse fields: Business, Yoga, Science, Philosophy, Health and more…
The vision statement is:
The Key to Planetary Health is Human Health!
Can the planet be healthy if the individual is not??
This event will be held online and will feature plenty of inspiring and experienced people including Marius Govinda Zammit, Nik Keter, Claire Mangion, Jennifer Cortis, Svetlana Abela, Michelle Bartolo Yoga, @Gilbert Ross, Godwin Genovese and more.
Visit www.matrimateromm.com for more information.
Order your tickets NOW at https://matrimateromm.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0VwKGVbuwc
A day to turn inward with a small group of people. A day to meditate, do yoga, a day to reflect, hike and all of that in silence. Weather permitted some activities will be outdoors to enjoy a bit of sunshine too.
You will be guided by Monique and Michelle, yoga and meditation teachers in Gozo.
We will enjoy a vegan lunch together in silence too and at the end of the day we will break the silence with some tea, nibbles and sharing.
Michelle and Monique intend to offer silent retreats for one day or for a weekend at least once every three months. Both teachers also offer retreats for a long weekend or for a week, so feel free to reach out if you cannot make it this time, but if you would like to do a silent retreat some other time.
Our program for the 15th of January:
9:00 – 10:30 KriyaAsana Class with Michelle
10:30 – 11:00 Tea break
11:00 – 12:00 Meditation and Journalling
12:00 – 13:00 Silent Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 Silent Hike
15:00 – 16:15 Restorative Yin with Monique
16:15 – 17:00 Tea & Sharing Circle
To book, please send 90 euros to Monique or Michelle through Revolut. Message one of us for payment details. Yellow Rock Yoga Members and members of Michelle Bartolo Yoga will enjoy a discount and pay 75 euros.
Closing date for registration is 8 January 2022.

Welcome to my words, worldly creatures of the human kind….

December has begun – Is it just me or does it feel like the years fly by faster the older/wiser we become? heheee

At the end of each year we like to sit and reflect on what the past year was like for us – here’s some questions to instigate your mental rewind into 2021

* How did the year feel when it started ?
* What were your intentions & goals at the beginning of 2021?
* Did you follow through with them?
* Where did you do well and where could you have done better?
* What new things have you learned this year?
* How do you feel about the past year in general?

Let’s acknowledge ourselves for what deserves ‘a pat on the back’. On the other side of that coin we learn to  accept & send love into our shortcomings and be more aware of feeding them what they need next year.

The practice that gives me the most stability and teaches me to stick to the commitments I make is a morning practice, everyday – NO MATTER WHAT – it could be 5 minutes or 1 hour depending on the amount of time available.
Let’s create an anchor of stability, presence and balance.

As a special new year treat I’ve decided to invite all of you to my next 40 day Sadhana 

What is Sadhana?
It’s a practice of breath, movement and/or sound, meditation & kriyas. It can be just one of these elements or all of them.
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.

These practices can be done at any time of day but it’s important to choose the same time of day. These sessions will be recorded so if you are in a different time zone and would like to join you can. You can also do them at the time that suits your schedule.

As a special gift for the holiday season I will be running this 40 Day Sadhana live on ZOOM as an Introduction to Sadhana for this one time special offering of 40 euros.

I will continue to run a few of these throughout the year – this one is for you to experience the beauty of these practices as a part of your everyday life. The practices will change weekly with breath, sound and movement practices that are all seated & suit all levels, meeting you where you’re at.

WhenJanuary 17 – February 25th
7.00 – 7.30am CET EVERYDAY

https://michellebartoloyoga.com/news/40-day-guided-online-sadhana-january-17-february-25th-2022/

“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

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With a hand to my heart I wish you all a season full of love from the inside out – spread it thick to those that need it and remember the higher way of service, love & forgiveness – all the best to you and your loved ones and out into the world 

Highlights:
Fire Earth & Ether are back with our FREE Soundbath Meditations
Here is Decembers practice for your relaxing pleasure – we will be sending one out each month for the winter season – enjoy 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFAUTUFWh-g&t=6s

My partner in life Marc Dold aka Mawk Phoenix has just launched a course on Udemy for Music Production – he’s professional, wise, experienced and makes it fun to learn & it’s incredibly affordable if you or anyone you know maybe interested
https://www.udemy.com/course/musical-architects/

MBY Offerings 2021/2022

KriyaAsana Classes LIVE ON ZOOM
Tuesdays 18.30 CET
Booking necessary
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/product/one-one-online-yoga/

Private Classes LIVE ON ZOOM 
in your space and at your designed for your individual needs
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/product/one-one-online-yoga/

Yoga, Art & Sound Workshop
Saturday December 11th | GOZO
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/news/yoga-art-sound-workshop-saturday-december-11th-gozo/

108 Sun Salutations for Winter Solstice
In person & LIVE ONLINE 
Tuesday December 21st
8 – 10 am CET
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/news/108-sun-salutations-for-winter-solstice-tuesday-december-21st-gozo/

A Day of Silence | 2022
January 15th | GOZO
9 – 5pm (lunch included)
email: info@michellebartoloyoga.com for more information

40 Day Sadhana | LIVE ONLINE
January 17 – February 25th  
7.00 – 7.30am CET
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/news/40-day-guided-online-sadhana-january-17-february-25th-2022/

MBY KriyaAsana 200 hr YTT 
Spring & Fall
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/news/40-day-guided-online-sadhana-january-17-february-25th-2022/

There’s a lot a person can learn by understanding the meaning and concepts of the unconscious and subconscious. In the best practices of diversity and inclusion, it will benefit us when we understand how our mind model work consciously, unconsciously, and subconsciously. Psychologists believe we’re able to navigate our emotions and reactions better when we’re able to understand the unconscious bias vs. subconscious bias.

Three main levels of mind models

There are three levels of the mind model – conscious, subconscious, and unconscious.

Briefly, consciousness defines our thoughts, actions, and awareness.

Subconscious is defined as the reactions and actions we realised when we think of it.

Unconscious is defined as the deep recesses of our past and memories.

What is Unconscious?

Contrary to the conscious mind, where we can and readily acknowledge feelings and cognition, we define unconscious as a deeper mental process. Scientists have agreed that it’s difficult and almost impossible to measure unconscious mind events because it’s not a neuroanatomical structure.

The unconscious is a process that happens automatically. Human’s conscious thoughts can’t examine this process because it occurs underneath the conscious awareness. However, researchers have hypothesised that the unconscious affects human behaviour.

According to Freud, the unconscious stores all repressed thoughts and feelings. These thoughts and feelings can manifest in both everyday and unexpected situations, often caused by a trigger. For instance, suppressed hatred towards one’s father’s alcoholism can be triggered by the smell of liquor.

It’s theorised that it’s difficult to measure the unconscious mind, but Freud believed we could access it through psychoanalytic therapy. Through psychoanalysis, the unconscious can be “lured” out because it’s thought to that repressed thoughts and feelings are the sources of many psychological issues.

Unconscious Behaviour examples

Examples of unconscious events include suppressed feelings, auto reactions, complexes, and concealed phobias. Historically, feelings, thoughts, and responses that are outside of a human’s consciousness were attributed to a divine’s role in dictating a motive or action.

The most common example of unconscious behavior is the Freudian Slip. It’s a phenomenon where a person makes a memory or a verbal mistake e.g. calling a spouse’s name by the ex’s name or using the wrong word for something.

Listeners often interpret these mistakes as the speaker’s hidden emotions. Even though they are seen as accidental, Freud believed it reveals more than what it seems. Supposedly, the slips show a much deeper and more real secret thoughts and feelings a person holds.

There have been some studies conducted to find the correlation between these verbal and memory mistakes to the unconscious. It’s theorised that the more suppressed thoughts and feelings a person has, the more likely he or she to commit verbal errors.

Another example, though more complex than a Freudian slip, is internalised racism. Psychologists and mental health professionals believe that even if we’re consciously against racist ideology, everyone is likely to have some conditioned  internalised racism.

It’s an unsettling thought, but by understanding and exploring our cultural make-up and upbringing, we might be able to confront racist conditioning. Conditioning is an essential factor in analysing to know where our unconscious behaviours stem from.

What is Subconscious?

The subconscious mind is a secondary mind system that regulates everything in our life. In psychological terms, we define subconscious as the part of our mind that is not currently in focal awareness. In simpler terms, it’s the barrier our mind makes because the brain is continually receiving information through our senses.

However, this barrier is not blocking everything. It stores the information in the brain for later retrieval. You may have heard the saying that our mind forgets nothing. The subconscious acts as a filter, so we’re not overloaded with stimuli from our environment.

Examples of Subconscious Behaviour

Subconsciousness allows us to do things we don’t have to think about, but we can alter them if we choose to. A good example of subconscious behaviour is breathing. We don’t have to think to breathe at all, but we can change how we control our breath and its pattern.

Other examples of the subconscious are subconscious memory or automatic skills. Pianists or typists don’t have to look at the piano keys or keyboard to know where the keys are. Automatic skill started as a learned skill, but as we repeat the movement, the executive function fades over time.

Resistance towards change is another example of subconscious behaviours. Survival is wired into our psyche, but sometimes our gut instincts may be harmful to us. Gut instincts are subconscious behaviour that tells us what to do and what not to do. However, gut instincts can be wrong sometimes.

We may assume that finding happiness is good, but the change that we need to make to achieve that happiness may cause us fear and pain. Fear and pain are not necessarily bad, but our subconscious may tell us otherwise and thus deterring us from making that leap.

The difference between unconscious and subconscious

The unconscious and subconscious are two distinct phenomena. The unconscious is a process that happens automatically and is not available for introspection. The subconscious, by contrast, is part of our consciousness process that is not actively in focal awareness.

You can derive the subconscious through introspection that you can likely identify your behaviour subconsciously, motivation, or impulse. The unconscious can’t be, for lack of a better word, “summoned.” For example, it would be much harder to derive or determine the point of origin for your deep-seated phobia, but you can easily alter the way you breathe.

It’s not uncommon for some to use the terms interchangeably because of their subtle differences. One of the easiest ways to understand them is by imagining an iceberg. What is visible is the conscious, while what lies below and deeper are the subconscious and unconscious.

An iceberg is larger than what the naked eyes can see when the entire structure is taken together. However, both the tip and what’s below exist more than what is noticeable. As much as the unconscious is not available to introspection, it’s possible to find its origin with the help of mental health professionals.

Conclusion

The study of the human psyche is interesting, both to professionals and layman. Understanding the unconscious vs subconscious can help us navigate our emotions and reactions better. When we can find the anchor of how we think and behave to what our brain has experienced, it may allow us to have better and healthy consciousness.

In our world of creating a diverse and inclusive society and workplace, it is critical and important for us to understand how we make decisions and judgement consciously, subconsciously, or unconsciously. At the end of the day, you are fully aware that there are too many types of diversity that could affect our decisions. Awareness is our first line of defence against discriminations and prejudice.

Keeping the tradition alive come join us for 108 Sun Salutations as different teachers on Gozo will each host their own event of 108 Sun Salutations on Tuesday December 21st for Winter Solstice in Gharb
Donation: 10 euros (all proceeds to the Gozo SPCA)
Booking is necessary
Typically yogis do 108 Sun Salutations. Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation, is a series of 12 postures performed in a single, graceful flow. Each movement is coordinated with the breath. The Sun Salutation builds strength and increases flexibility.
The 108 ritual is performed 4 times a year, with the start of each season, to acknowledge the changing world around us. It usually takes about 1 1/2 – 2 hours to complete.
What Happens on the Winter Solstice?
On the day of the winter solstice, we are tilted as far away from the Sun as possible, which means that the Sun’s path across the sky is as low in the sky as it can be. Think about the daily path of the Sun: It rises in the east and sets in the west, arcing across the sky overhead. During the summer, the Sun arcs high in the sky, but during the winter, it arcs lower, closer to the horizon.
Why 108?
The number 108 carries spiritual significance in many cultures:
108 is the number of “Upanishads” comprising Indian philosophy’s “Vedic texts”.
108 is the number of names for Shiva (a really important Hindu god).
108 is the number of names for Buddha.
108 is the Chinese number representing “man”.
108 is the number of beads on a Catholic rosary.
108 is the number of beads on a Tibetan “mala” (prayer beads, analogous to a rosary).
108 is twice the number “54”, which is the number of sounds in Sanskrit (sacred Indian language).
108 is six times the number “18”, which is a Jewish good luck number.
108 is twelve times the number 9, which is the number of vinyasas (movements linked to breath) in a Sun Salutation
108 is the number of Sutras in the Yoga Sutras.
1 stands for Higher Truth, 0 stands for Emptiness and 8 stands for Infinity.
***
SaNamNamaste xx
I’m inspired 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 I thought I’d invite you all to join in.

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.

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 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, the most important and the most harmful to break.

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.’

 

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:

January 17th – February 25th

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