Michelle Alva Blog / 20.11.2012

  I just came back from my first ever water color class called "The Watercolors of Life" taught by Rabbi Shoni Labowitz, an amazing powerhouse of a woman who founded Temple Adath Or. She is an accomplished author, artist and spiritual leader for over 20 years. Rabbi Shoni exudes a powerful presence and uncanny ability to channel divine wisdom from her sharing her life experiences, meditative techniques for how she creates her paintings and sculptures, and insight on how to tap into our creative energy. Her workshops enlighten us with tools for skillful living and bring us back to our experience of our higher power and spirit. Rabbi Shoni began the workshop by saying ‚Äútoday we will use water as the medium, and we will add paint to that medium. I am not going to teach you any specific technique, but I will teach you how to...

Michelle Alva Blog / 23.10.2012

  Did you know that more than 8o% of all diseases are attributed to chronic stress? Add relaxing activities into your daily life, such as in the video above, to counteract the negative side effects of chronic stress and tension. Most of the reasons why we need to calm is because we overuse our minds to think thousands of thoughts which more often than not lead our bodies into fear and flight or fight mode. Too often we allow our thoughts to lead us into states of chronic stress, anxiety or depression. We all know today based on current scientific research that integrating the practice of daily forms of meditation alleviates the negative side effects of chronic stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other conditions. Link here for the researched benefits of meditation. Did you know that the way you live your life can actually BE a form of...

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...