August Newsletter

Aligning with the planetary times as they are back in their natural orbits – we are now supported & set to propel forward with our creative heartfelt instincts & discoveries. During the next 10 weeks we are supported with our ability to co ordinate, put things together & understand the whole in all its parts
Augusts theme is to set the creativity of your hearts sensitive energy into motion by using DISCOVERY – that may be a talent you never knew you had, a truth about a passion that needs to be cultivated , a relationship and/or friendship that no longer serves your growth, courage to let go of what holds you back & knowing you can and/or practicing becoming aware of your actions, reactions & intentions instead of projecting our expectations & inner issues onto others. Make it playful, light & always real to your hearts truth. Be vulnerable in your communication while sharing your innermost insecurities & fears. Give yourself permission to feel what you feel.

I’ve chosen a kriya this month that stirs up our lower three bodies ( your I AM, I FEEL & I DO centres) to be sure our creativity can flow through & that we are learning to digest all aspects of what life may throw our way as creatively & with a sense of discovery  – remember, PLAY LEADS THE WAY! Here’s the Kriya to balance your lower three bodies – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02plOg8Z-vw

This kriya balances the lower three bodies, helps with digestion & all the organs that support it, opens up the lower spine, creativity, courage & confidence. Practice this for 2 mins with steady breath & rhythm. Then do 1 more minute as vigorously as you can. 
To end, take a deep inhale and hold it in – then exhale be still & feel your experience.

Diving into these healing kriyas on a deeper level has an incredibly powerful effect on our mind, body & spirit. If you feel the calling I have some options of Teacher Trainings for the deep free divers, Week Long Retreats for the scuba divers a 4 day Fall Equinox Wellness Retreat for the Snorkelers & ongoing classes, privates  & workshops which are also available online for the ones who wanna dip a toe in –

You can choose the depth you wish to go…. a wee bit of funny for ya 😉
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTK8OJ-hxq0

MBY KriyaAsana 200 hr YTT in Gozo from September – November for the deep free divers – you decide what you want to heal and I put together a practice that guides you there – full days of practice, support, guidance & connection
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/mby-teacher-training/?fbclid=IwAR0WJJLbH1bPEG8dsaeSthoWdgy6_qq0j-c7PlpIzy8AdNMNPJlSwZN5toE

MBY Fall Equinox Wellness Retreat for the Snorkelling kind in my homeland – Oh Canadaaah! – think wilderness, bonfires, hikes, incredible healthy artisan food, great hosts, a wood cabin and some light practice.
All that is happening at the 4 day Fall Equinox Wellness Retreat up at Blue Mountain in Ontario from September 19-22. There are 4 spaces left.
A great time for transitions. Read more here: 
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/blue-mountain-ontario-canada-retreat-house-weekend-yoga-retreat-sept-21-23/

MBY Inside/Out Week Retreat in Gozo for the scuba divers –  from October 5-12th gives you a holiday, rest & revival with a solid practice to take home. We will be staying in a traditional Gozitan farmhouse in the quiet village of Gharb – it’s my favourite 🙂 Blue waters, warm temps, sunrises & sunsets that create lighting that will awe your socks off & lots of peace & quiet on this little island we call home.
More details here:
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/gozo-yoga-retreat/
 
If this year just doesn’t work out for you I’ll be in Ayampe, Ecuador in the new year from Jan 10 – Feb 10th for another MBY 200 hr KriyaAsana YTT at Wild Child Village which is an Eco retreat centre built of bamboo in the lush jungle on a hilltop- a perfect place to cut off and dive into the depths of your hearts desires & creativity & to challenge your rigidity by stepping out of your Western creature comforts to live simply in tune with mother nature. Impressive beyond belief – more details here:
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/ayampe-ecuador/

Feel free to drop me a line anytime – I was so touched last month to receive so many responses to the newsletter – If you need a kriya for anything at all let me know & if you want to share anything about this practice I’m sending you this time please do!

I thank all of you for your readership & I hope you get some value towards your mind, body & spirit in return.

“It takes courage to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives” – Marianne Williamson (she’s running for president in the USA – takin it to the next level -check her out! )

Blessings along your way
SatNamNamaste 
Michelle 



 

MBY June Newsletter

RESISTANCE IS USELESS = EXCUSES ARE ABUSES
That is my favourite quote from the film The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. When I watched it my resistance was high in a number of areas in my life – resistance comes from our fears – excuses also represent our resistances &  fears.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U42wsVF82J4

The definition of resistance is the refusal to accept or comply with something – it’s a feeling that comes on strong – where you start making a gazillion excuses – you can feel your inner walls go up –  it’s most likely old & the way to release it is to grow through it. If you don’t you end up weakening the nervous system & abusing it 

This ties in with this months theme of building the nervous system so we are strong, willing & able enough to accept the SHOCKS of life – adapting to whatever LIFE may throw at us without reacting in a negative way – the stronger our nervous system is  – the easier this practice becomes.

Here’s a kriya that opens up the bladder meridian and strengthens the kidneys which store our fears.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk_j9IroxJk

Feel free to reach out with any comments and/or concerns. If you can do this for the full 3 minutes and would like to do it for 40 days straight with some mentoring  –  i’m here!

I taught a kids yoga class last week as part of Yoga International Day here in Gozo and noticed how little resistance they have to trying to new things –  the kids asked for more, soooo I’ll be giving KIDS YOGA classes in Gharb, Gozo from July 8-29th  More info here:
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/news/mby-kids-yoga-july-8-29th-gozo/

 
If you’re ready for more join me on a retreat and/or teacher training this fall / winter …. 

 I will be at Blue Mountain, Ontario in Canada for a Fall Equinox Wellness Weekend September 19-22 and we have 2 spaces available – https://michellebartoloyoga.com/blue-mountain-ontario-canada-retreat-house-weekend-yoga-retreat-sept-21-23/

Fancy a week retreating on a small tranquil island in the med?  Check out my Inside/Out KriyaAsana Retreat week in Gozo from Oct 5-12th for more of these practices, good meals, lovely people and Gozo’s chilled – ness
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/gozo-yoga-retreat/

A great way to bring in 2020 is to deeply dive & connect to all you are in a way you never thought possible. I will be guiding two YTT’s – 
Here’s the info for the one in Gozo in October
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/mby-teacher-training/

The second YTT will be in Ecuador in the lush jungle with few distractions in a special location called Ayampe – our YTT venue is Wild Child Village – it’s an incredibly innovative eco boutique bamboo structure that works WITH nature instead of against it. Immersed in jungle life & few distractions – proper YOU time.
 
https://michellebartoloyoga.com/ayampe-ecuador/ 

I’m also available online for privates from my home to yours when time suits you best. I can tailor private retreats to suit your individual and/or groups needs.

Speaking of resistance..here’s my one and only full online FREE class as I’m still working on creating the subscription channel folks..hahha
https://vimeo.com/274382398

Thanks for subscribing, for taking the time to read through this & THANK YOU FOR BEING

SatNamNamaste
xThe idea is for people to be strong and to let them control their weaknesses. When you want to stop water from flowing in one direction, you put up a dike to stop the flow and then open up a channel for it to flow in another direction. Human energy works in exactly the same way. You stop it from flowing to the negative or destructive side and you will have an equal amount of energy to flow in a positive direction. Just remember: there is X amount of energy in you and you are its master. You can use it the way you want and direct it in the way you want it go. Yogi Bhajan 
 

On Summer Solstice & Gozo’s 1st International Yoga Day we held a kids yoga class here in Gozo and we all had a lot of fun. One girl said ” We should do yoga all day instead of going to school!”

Why Yoga for Kids?

  • Refining flexibility and balance. Yoga poses have been shown to build muscle, increase flexibility, and develop balance. …
  • Reducing Stress and Anxiety. …
  • Developing concentration and focus. …
  • Creating Mind-Body Connection. …
  • Encouraging Sense of Self, Community, and Teamwork.

Yoga presented in a child’s language can help counter the stress experienced by little ones living in a hurry-up world

When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.

The physical movements introduce kids to yoga’s true meaning: union, expression, and honor for oneself and one’s part in the delicate web of life

  • Classes will be held in Gharb (contact me for the full address 99670342)
  • Classes will be 40 min in length and will run each Monday @ 10am from July 8th – July 29th
  • The classes will be sold as a course committing to each week which will cost 50 euros / child for the 4 classes
  • Full payment secures your space. Maximum children is 10.
  • Mats & Blocks provided
  • Children aged 6 – 12 yrs old are welcome

Let’s pave the way for the younger generation and pass on the tools that make life a lot more enjoyable, relaxing & present

Namaste 🙂

Gozo had it’s first International Yoga Day up in the Cittadel on Friday June 21st and it was great to be a part of this seed that is being planted.

The day started with a meditation and 108 Sun Salutations as each teacher took their turn and shared their style, we all flowed together as the sun rose over the high limestone walls to greet us on the lightest day of the year.

As the day went on there were numerous classes such as Yin Yoga, Breathwork, Kundalini, Kids Yoga, Hatha Yoga & chanting being offered for a donation of 1 euro which was given to the SPCA here in Gozo (animal protection)

It was a beautiful experience and I’m already looking forward to the next one.

Well done to the organisers for this great initiative!

SatNamNamaste x

I have just come out of running a 3 day silent retreat in Gozo for two sisters and it was a beautiful experience to witness

There were no words – just love, support & a safe space to draw inwards – time to rest- to find their own inner power in their own way – healing one another with pure presence. One of them had mentioned how great it was to have nobody needing anything from you for just a few days – as a mother of 2 small children running her own business she’s needed. We have more to give when we top ourselves up…

They practiced meditation, kriyas, asanas, dancing, laughing, eating meditations and a walking meditation – with ZERO resistance –

They sure did impress me.

If this is something you’d like more information about please write to me to find out how it runs…

SatNamNamaste x

Inspired by a series of parties that take place across the world – we wanted to completely subvert the concept of partying in Malta. We wanted to move away from the negative connotations and associations and completely flip the tables – throwing a party first thing in the morning. Replacing alcohol with fresh juice and healthy breakfasts. Getting people pumped up before work. Leaving people on a natural high to start their day.

-Early start to your day 5.30am Yoga with MBY
-High energy and a great work out Zumba and Estatic Dance
-Great way to meet like minded individuals
-Breakfast post rave

For more information contact Morning Booster https://morningbooster.org/?fbclid=IwAR0JsEOD32qWxc738aBEYkLna9L4fPMepFn0sYwEJvKPhDAjUuKOK2vSYLo#event

MALTA –

This coming Saturday April 20th from 12.00 – 13.30 I will be giving a KriyaAsana masterclass at Freemyme in Sliema – feel free to book your spot here http://freemyme.com/workshops-and-retreats if you’d like to join us 

This open level class will cover a Kundalini Kriya Set that helps to cleanse your magnetic field so you can become a magnet for all your heart wants to attract. Kriyas involve sound, breath & movement that work closer to our nervous systems to keep them calm and clear.

Our hearts radiate 9 feet – inside to the outside – some wear white during this practice as it gives you one more foot to radiate…

You can begin to think of the seeds you’d like to plant to become a magnet for all you wish for in your life. This set will help cleanse and clear the energy around you so the path is clear for you to become magnetic.

It is advised to not eat at least one hour before our class together.

SatNamNamaste

Spring is in zee air

Are you ready to bloom with a practice that will get your metabolic system in shape and enhance all your ten bodies to leaving you shining from the inside out?

We will be focusing on a Kriya set ( combination of breath sound and movement) that gets our metabolic systems in order and cleanses all 10 Bodies for the Spring & Summer seasons ahead. Followed by a good Vinyasa Flow session to detoxify the winter sludge.

When: Mondays & Wednesdays @ 19.00-20.30

 

Where: Gharb ( exact location will be shared privately when you book)

Time: 19.00 – 20.30

Cost: 10 euros / class  OR 10 x classes for 80 euros (valid 2 months)

* All levels are welcome

* Mats & Blocks are provided

* Booking is necessary as space is limited (+356 99670342)

Here’s a FREE online class of mine you can do from the comfort of your own home or on the road
https://vimeo.com/274382398

Looking forward to sharing my practices with you all 🙂

SatNamNamaste x

I hope you’re all enjoying the fresh smell of Spring in zee air – and the scents of all the flowers in bloom – 

We have now settled back into small island living here in Gozo & to kick spring in action I’ve created some new KriyaAsana courses which I will be running for a duration of 7 weeks running once/week in both Gozo & Malta.

Classes will be held every Monday night in Gozo and every Thursday night in Malta – this will be a closed group hence no drop ins.

We will be focusing on a Kundalini set that prepares our bodies for Spring & Summer, working off the winter slumber. I will then lead you into a Vinyasa Asana sequence to further help the detoxification process followed by a mediation.

As spring arrives, we awaken from our hibernation in winter to plant the seeds of our intentions for the year.

To create a foundation for change, we must first do some ‘spring cleaning’ internally. Spring is the time to clean out all that isn’t you and all that separates you from living the life you love.

“Springtime is when new blood starts coming in. It’s a good time to cleanse.” –Yogi Bhajan

Gozo: Monday April 29th – Monday June 10th

Malta: Thursday April 25th – Thursday May 30th

Time: 19.00 -20.30 (both locations have the same start time)

Location:

  • Gozo location will be in Gharb (will forward address at a later date)
  • Malta location is 54 Cathedral Street, Sliema | Lily Agius Gallery

 

Investment: 90 euros (full payment secures your spot)

* All levels are welcome

* Maximum 10 students

* Payments can be made directly in my BOV account – please message me once payment has been made so I can secure your spot.

Michelle Bartolo
BOV / Savings Account
# 16606250015

If you have any further questions feel free to inbox me on FB

Looking forward to sharing this latest set I’ve been practicing and the benefits that come along with a regular practice. Commit- cause you’re worth it 🙂

SatNamNamaste
Michelle x

Mercury is the planet that represents our Communication. It’s all about information input and output. It is in our best interest to be incredibly mindful of what is coming out of our mouths and also what we are receiving through as what we put out there we receive back in.

Our throat chakra, Vishuddha Chakra is related to our speech. A great cleansing exercise for this area is to stick your tongue out and do Breath of Fire for 1-3 min.

Here is a link to a Communication Kriya which also helps to cleanse speech and shakes the brain around a bit 🙂

Lastly, you can connect the tip of the pinky finger (mercury) with the tip of the thumb (ego), this is called the Buddhi Hand Mudra.

This technique was taught to help us when we don’t know how to communicate something that is bothering us. It works equally well when we are trying to communicate some creative work and we are blocked

We will be in Mercury Retrograde till March 28th/2019 so pay mindful attention of your communication – use these tools to see you through…

‘You should not say anything that you cannot put your totality behind. The total value of you is that whatever you say, you stick with it. When you don’t stick with what you say, you have no value, and your decoration and your jewellery and your sex and your person have no value. Real communication is the faculty of a human that whatever you say, you stick with it.’ – Yogi Bhajan

SatNamNamaste