Michelle Alva Blog / 01.03.2017

Watch Video Below "HOW TO REALLY Forgive" with Michelle Alva Did you know resentment and holding grudges elevates your blood pressure and causes you to live in chronic stress mode? FORGIVENESS is a form of release, it calms us and elevates our inner connection and allows us to feel more and experience a deeper love. FORGIVE TO LIVE...

Michelle Alva Blog / 27.09.2016

In my past, it has been a struggle to be able to trust someone and accept myself completely. Growing up with two brothers, somehow the message I got growing up was that girls were supposed to be "nice" and this taught me to be quiet and not stand up for myself and say what I really wanted to say. Later on this translated over into my first sexual experience in my early teens. I was petrified at how this older boy took an interest in me and I actually did not want it to happen, however I froze and didn't say anything. I later on felt so angry, sad, terror and disgust--- for not running away, kicking or screaming for him to not touch me and also for what had happened-that I allowed to happen. This incident caused me to lose trust in myself, that I would discover...

Michelle Alva Blog / 16.12.2013

DO YOU FEEL STRESSED OUT DURING THE HOLIDAYS? A recent survey of more than 14,000 people by TripAdvisor revealed that about 40% of people will travel during the holidays? People are driving, flying and making plans for family from out of town to join. This means added stress for many of us on many different levels. There is much we can do to make sure this holiday season is pleasurable and peaceful, regardless of what we are doing this holiday season. 5 Tips On How To Reduce Stress Throughout Your Holiday Season 1. Practice Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness AKA non-judgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment. According to a recent study published in Health Psychology, Mindfulness Meditation literally lowers the stress hormone, it helps us process our emotions in a more healthy way, and it helps us feel more compassionate towards others. All these come in healthy when...

Michelle Alva Blog / 10.08.2012

LET GO AND GROW Have you ever thought, “What if a tree were to keep all of it’s dried up leaves every fall season? Can you imagine what that would look like during the winter time? It would take a lot of extra energy from that tree for it to hold on to all of it’s dead leaves, for it’s nature is to shed, it’s nature is to allow those dried up leaves to detach and fall as the wind is so perfectly designed to assist in it’s shedding process. Nature is so perfect. The weather, the magnetic pulls, the birds that fly onto it’s branches to excite those leaves and help them along their shedding process. Nature supports the death process just as it support the re-birth process. Dead leaves are a sign of transition, new life is about to take place. How possible could it...

Michelle Alva Blog / 01.08.2012

Free Your Mind and Body with Aqua-Savasana- Mindful floating on water. Summer is the perfect time to practice yoga in the water and experience the magic of the ocean. A wonderful spiritual practice is when we experience and surrender the different sensations that mindful floating brings. I skipped along into the ocean this morning, and laid my body on it’s waters. I floated with a big smile on my face. I felt my heart swell up with gratitude as I felt the sun’s rays above and the rhythmical waters down below. I felt cradled by the warm waters and their soft current as it began to take me away from the shore.  I felt safe to let go and trust the gentle morning tides. I knew as I closed my eyes I would be wisped away wherever these gentle tides needed me to flow. I allowed my...

Michelle Alva Blog / 28.06.2012

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel weighed down or stuck without any way out? Too often we become attached to people, places or things and have a hard time letting go. Sometimes we hold on even if we are no longer growing or feeling uplifted. Predictability makes us feel more calm and safe, however, nothing is really ever edged in stone.  We never really know what is going to happen in the future, we only know the NOW...

Michelle Alva Blog / 06.06.2012

If you sit in a chair for more than 6-8 hours a day, you reduce your life span by 33% according a recent report by the National Cancer Society. According to a 2009 study published in Clinical Psychology Review, one out of every five individuals experience some form of sexual abuse. Too often we hold emotional and physical tension, pain and stress without knowing how to let go, heal and increase pleasure in our bodies. When we move, our bodies are happiest and healthiest! Daily exercise ensures optimal mental, emotional and physical health.  Belly Dance is a great way to have fun and exercise. Side to side pelvic and hip movements lubricate your hip joints and the muscles around your hips to help stimulate bone density. These rhythmical movements stimulate circulation of your hip joints, lymph fluid, blood and energy meridians. Your abdominal corset, low back and...

Michelle Alva Blog / 30.05.2012

The Pelvic Floor Muscles are located between your pubic bone and tailbone.  They are hammock shaped. These muscles are very important because they keep our internal organs at an optimal posture inside our pelvis. They prevent incontinence.  A relaxed and strong pelvic floor allows us to feel "uplifted" from the inside out and experience the innate pleasure that sexual intercourse and lovemaking brings. A tight pelvic floor causes sensations of pain during intercourse. These muscles are deep and internal and tend to hold emotions if we were abused sexually or touched in a way we did not approve of. Sometimes we carry tension and pain in this area for years because of suppressed emotions like shame, guilt or humiliation from these past traumas.  The posture that you assume if you work at a desk 6-8 hours a day, may cause these muscles to be tight or chronically...

Michelle Alva Blog / 15.05.2012

If you hold tension, pain and stress in your shoulders, neck or jaw you might be stressed out or in need of improving your posture throughout the day. Some of us accept tension and chronic stress as normal. Many of us walk around carrying a lot of physical and emotional stress with no idea how to let it go. Your body is so powerful, it can clear tension, it just takes practice and the right techniques. Your body is actually very capable of releasing tension and stress. Here are 4 tips to begin the process: 1. Align your spine.           When your spine is in a neutral posture, you avoid strain and tension. Your muscles feel the most ease when you are with an erect spinal posture. Make sure your ears stack on top of your shoulders, and over your hips. Maintain the natural curves of your spine. Too often we...