Michelle Alva Blog / 22.10.2012

  Do you sit for at least 6 hours or more per day? Have you ever noticed how sitting still at a computer for an hour causes your neck, back and hips to feel stiff and tight? Movement is so important for our overall health. Our mind, blood flow, energy and hormones work better when we move. Watch the video above that will teach you these four powerful pelvic movements. It was filmed in Hollywood, Fl at the recent WITI Women In Technology International Networking Event. Michelle Alva, Licensed Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist and Belly dance Teacher has created Nurturing Moves¬Æ, an approach that teaches you safe and healthy pelvic movements to counter act the negative effects of sitting for too long at a computer or desk. No doubt, the advancements of technology have drastically simplified and improved the way we live, work, and manage our daily chores. Television, computers,...

Michelle Alva Blog / 17.10.2012

  Awaken To U Yoga A Therapeutic and Energizing Style of Yoga That Bridges Ancient Wisdom, Quantum Physics and Modern Movement Science of Physical Therapy. Created by Michelle Alva, Licensed Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist Creator Of The Alva Method¬Æ of Empowerment and Quantum Mindset Change Physical Therapy. Yoga is a thousand year old life science and philosophy that is designed to help us focus our body-mind so we may experience our natural energy, interconnectedness and power. Awaken To U Yoga combines the movement science of physical therapy with the spirituality and energetic wisdom of yoga, quantum physics, bio-mechanics, and energy medicine. It is a safe and sound yoga practice that has been created by a physical therapist and yoga teacher for the specific needs of of a modern yogi body living in a high tech world. Today we sit for too long due to computers, tv, cars...

Michelle Alva Blog / 21.09.2012

Men and women both possess qualities that are masculine and feminine. When you balance the feminine and masculine aspects within yourself, regardless if you are male or female, you get to experience the complete and powerful human being you were designed to be. We feel our wholeness and healthiest when we are able to bring out these aspects of ourselves. Being balanced means that we are in touch with all the parts of who we are, and express the whole spectrum of our being. This means that we allow ourselves to be action oriented, firm and logical, but we also allow ourselves to be vulnerable, nurturing and emotional. It is our nature to embody both masculine and feminine qualities, however in our past history and culture, we have witnessed an over-emphasis on the masculine energies which have dominated and brought us off-balance. Some believe that today...

Michelle Alva Blog / 05.09.2012

  [embed]http://www.youtube.com/v/co391PR7eZw[/embed]   Dance and music have been an important part of my life since I was born. I remember my dad would get us ready for kindergarten to the rhythms of samba, salsa and Olivia Newton John. As an adult I still use these to start off the morning right to get my daughter ready for school and for me to feel more energized. Seventeen years ago, I began my career as a physical therapist working with infants and children and realized the power of music and dance to get my young clients motivated to do their physical therapy and have fun with their parents. I also used dance and music as a yoga teacher and chose specific tracks to evoke a certain mood. I loved guiding my yoga students through a rhythmical vinyasa flow with a touch of empowered femininity. I learned how to belly dance about 10...

Michelle Alva Blog / 04.08.2012

  On Sunday, September 9, 2012 The Yoga Aid World Challenge will be held in cities all over the world to raise money for various yoga charities across the globe. Over 500 yoga practitioners and community supporters are expected at South Florida ‚Äòs Yoga Aid World Challenge at the 7th level of the 1111 Lincoln Road Parking Complex, Miami Beach.¬† Doors open at 9am; Yoga begins at 10:30am. The fundraising event will consist of a 2-hour yoga practice of 108 Sun Salutations to benefit Yoga Gangsters, a South Florida non-profit organization founded by Yogini Terri Cooper that serves the community by providing free weekly yoga classes to at-risk youth in inner city schools, hospitals, rehab centers, foster neighborhoods, jails and through other non-profits. Last year, the event attracted more than 500 participants who raised more than $40,000 for Yoga Gangsters, enabling the organization to reach approximately 1,200 underserved kids,...

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...