Michelle Alva Blog / 01.08.2015

  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FREE MEDITATION TO AMPLIFY YOUR RELEASE and FLOW ABILITIES. WHAT IS OUR NATURE? It is our nature to love, heal, reproduce, digest, process, and eliminate. It is also our nature to grow, die and transform, just as all the trees and animals do. It is our nature to feel pain and pleasure, to express a wide spectrum of emotions. We are NOT designed to hold, to supress or avoid feeling our emotions. When we are not living aligned with our True Nature, what is natural for us, we cause our stress hormone to be elevated. When we are under chronic stress we actually block the flow of energy, slow down all those natural processes and lower our vitality. Healing is dampened when we go against our nature. Flow IS our nature. Our bodies and minds are happiest and most healthy when we simply ARE present and fully engaged...

Michelle Alva Blog / 19.12.2013

Are you settling for an average and not-so-exciting life or do you feel grateful and get excited about starting your day every morning? Have you noticed that many of us are going thru similar challenges or "upgrades" lately and maybe the fact that the new year is right around the corner has caused us to reflect on where we have been and question our lives and how satisfied we are. It seems we are in a  major growth spurt right now that for some of us feels chaotic at times. Have you noticed there is some major shedding going on? Do you feel more emotional at times, and then feel a surge of energy? The old is making way for the new (some of us are experiencing this with a lot of resistance) and we are realizing that some things we have been doing or...

Michelle Alva Blog / 11.07.2012

Rhythmical movement to music benefits our whole body, mind and spirit. Dance is used in many different cultures as a form of creative self-expression, social interaction and exercise or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. Dance serves as a way of connecting to how you feel and express yourself! Research has shown that exercise is a natural anti-depressant. When you are feeling depressed or stuck, you can use dance as a form of exercise to elevate your mood. During my transition through divorce, I used dance as a healing modality and sometimes even woke up at night to dance and move my emotions. Dance served as an outlet for me to allow my feelings to be expressed, instead of suppressing them. Rhythmical movement stimulates Oxytocin, the healing and pleasure hormone. Dance is such a great way to "pleasure" yourself in a sensual way! Dance helps us to move through...

Michelle Alva Blog / 20.06.2012

Many of us experience pain, distress, and sickness throughout our lives.  How we cope with our suffering affects how much pain we perceive and our overall health.  Sometimes we get upset with what happens to us and we feel angry that we are sick or experiencing pain, this only makes things worse. How we look at pain, distress and suffering is our choice. We can see everything as a blessing and accept it without judgement.  We can also learn to activate our innate self-healing abilities to assist the suffering in flowing and releasing as it wants to.  We give our pain and distress more power when we become frustrated and judge or label our suffering. 3 Ways that Suffering Helps Us To Grow, Heal and Learn:
 1. Suffering makes us feel more and align with our true purpose or heart's desire. Some of us live our daily lives in...

Michelle Alva Blog / 13.06.2012

The human brain produces approximately 70,000 thoughts on an average day. Too often the thoughts we select lead us to experience stress, pain or fear. Singing the Hebrew prayer "Hayotzeir" as played in this video by the music of Rabbi Marc Labowitz and The TAO Orchestra is a way to experience the present moment and focus the mind on the direct experience of Divine Love. Create an intention before you sing and dedicate your prayer to someone or something.  In this video, we sing with the intention of opening our hearts so we all may open ourselves to the love that is flowing through us when we simply allow ourselves to BE present. Sing with us as you watch this video and experience the benefits of this sacred song and hold the intention of unconditional love flowing through you. Notice the benefits. When you sing with the...

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 / 07.05.2012

Many of us feel stressed out, drained and overwhelmed without knowing how to lighten up the load of chronic stress. 5 Ways to Decrease Stress and Free Your Mind NOW: 1. Let go of judgements. Release any negative self-talk about your your body, your thoughts and what you may perceive as “quirky”. You are so beautiful BECAUSE you are unique! Scan your body in the mirror and notice if there are parts that you are not so excited about. Forgive yourself for judging yourself NOW. The more we love the less we stress. Fake it till you make it! Loving your body is great for your overall health. Unconditional love is the healthiest way to reduce stress. It causes you to release tension, pain and stress! If you are overly judgmental of yourself, you are “stressing yourself!”  Let go and love your body now. 2. Acceptance. Accept yourself...