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Vancouver, CA

Co-Founder of My Yoga Online. Producer. Entrepreneur. Yogini. Seeker.

 

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My hobbies/interests are
Yoga, ayurveda, travel, film, music, business, my young son, my young daughter, everything Green. (Definitely have both the right and the left brain in action at the mo' !)

One secret that helps me to stay healthy is
Quell the fluctuations of the mind to allow your full power and true/best self to shine.

My wellness goals are
To find balance. I went from being a yoga teacher and writer with lots of R&R and a very clean slate, to being a working mother with two growing babies who need me all the time, a growing business who needs me all the time - and a daytimer bursting at the seams. Spending more and more time at a desk now - which I never thought would happen..Getting less sleep than now than I ever thought possible. I Love what I do. My children gives me more joy and inspiration that I could ever have imagined. But wow am I ever tired!

I see myself achieving my wellness goals by
Right now, it's about finding balance amidst a new way of life. I will share what I learn. I am sure there are many women out there who are feeling the same way; perhaps we can share.

My inspirations are
Mother Nature. People who achieve success doing great things - and give back.

A little more about me
Latest healthy food loves: Kale and Quinoa

Recent Posts

    • April 9, 2013 at 10:47pm

      Hi De-Tox Challengers,
      Thank-you so much for joining us for the past 8 days, it was great to have you with us.
      There have been so many request to continue with de-tox yoga practice videos that we have decided to launch a De-Tox Daily Practice Guide which will gather relevant videos from this site onto one page. We\'ll announce it in next Tuesday\'s newsletter.
      In addition, this program, and all of it\'s contents will also be available for use anytime.
      p.s. we\'ll be announcing the Challenge prize winner this week.
      Namaste.
      Michelle and the My Yoga team.

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      • @michelletrantina really have enjoyed it and continuing on x

        about a year ago in london, GB

      • @michelletrantina Hi Michelle + My Yoga team ... thank you for the wonderful detox. I've never done anything like it and found wonderful. I nearly caved at Day 4, but stuck it out and now feel amazing. All the readings and informative videos definitely helped to fine tune the ongoing wellness of not just me, but my whole family. I just wanted to mention that as I'm downunder I looked up some alternative videos that were aimed at the Autumn season rather than spring. It would be super if as the year undergoes a full seasonal cycle you have have Spring and Autumn detox programs available so that people from all corners of the globe could have seasonally appropriate practises. Warmest, Tiffany

        about a year ago in NSW, AU

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      • April 5, 2013 at 8:50pm

        Hi De-Tox Challengers,
        Some of our users have been posting some great recipes on this Community feed. Check them out if you want more options!
        Michelle

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          • April 5, 2013 at 8:39pm

            Hi De-Tox Challengers,
            Some of our users have been posting some great recipes on this Community feed. Check them out if you want more options!
            Michelle

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              • April 5, 2013 at 8:33pm

                Hi De-Tox Challengers,
                Some of our users have been posting some great recipes on this Community feed. Check them out if you want more options!
                Michelle

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                  • April 1, 2013 at 11:26pm

                    Hi De-Tox Challengers!
                    Have you seen the prize package that will be awarded to 2 Challenge participants?http://www.myyogaonline.com/community/blog/spring-detox-giveaway

                    p.s. the staff at My Yoga will be participating alongside you during this challenge.

                    See you soon!
                    Michelle and the My Yoga team.

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                      • January 1, 2013 at 1:07pm

                        Hi Get Lean-Healthy Challengers
                        There have been quite a few questions about video practice level.
                        Here are recommended videos for Beginners from Stage 1 of the challenge (and remember, a new stage will arrive in your inbox every 3 days!)
                        For beginners:
                        -Strength and Grace Lotus Flow
                        -Sa Ta Na Ma For New Beginnings
                        -Pilates Booty Workout
                        -Brand Spanking New
                        Check them out (as well as watch the tutorials from the naturopath, holistic nutritionist, and chef)
                        Let me know if you have further questions, @allymarie and @egger29
                        and again, thanks for the feedback!
                        Michelle and the MYO team.

                        • thanks for the great resources...will definitely try to make this a daily practice despite much work blah blah

                          2 years ago in Aix, PF

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                        • What is Wellness? Pt. II - Pills vs. Holisitc Health

                          January 25, 2011 at 1:45pm

                          I recently did an interview where one of the primary topics was using yoga for wellness vs. taking prescription medication. While meds are critical in many cases (and I am not knocking the medical system as a whole - they are doing incredible things!) ; I feel that prescritpion meds are over used (and Abused) to a large degree.

                          Let's face it, pills are very very big business. To me, practicing yoga is a highly effective and integral part of the path in helping us to address the root - the source - of an illness. As we clear and strengthen our bodies-minds in a holistic way, and live with stronger awareness of body and mind; we begin to notice how what we are doing affects our state of being, our breath, our emotions, our posture etc; and how everything is intricately connected.

                          Let's say, for example, that stress is the cause of our digestive disorders, or headaches, or mood swings (which is exceedingly common in today's world). Rather than take a pill for that one particular ailment, which is a manifestation of the way our body/mind has reacted to the prolonged perceived stressor(s), why not address our patterns, our perceptions, our environment, and our diet and lifestyle - to decrease or eliminate the stress. Or simply to handle it in a different way.

                          Wouldn't this be wiser than taking a pill that may address the symptom alone? Not to mention that pills may have potential negative side effects running far beyond the gamut of the system of the body that we are trying to heal? Wouldn't it be wiser to look at the source, to address what needs to change within ourselves, so that our Whole self, can heal? If removing the root cause of the ailment - won't our entire self, and entire life, be transformed?

                          I was reading an article in Time Magazine last week about how Medical Plans in the US are starting to include Wellness and Lifestyle as part of annual health benefits, rather than just the old school standard. This is a big step for us all!

                          • I totally agree! I can say that doing yoga and working on my posture is FUNDAMENTAL for my wellbeing!!!! I have neck problems and work all day at the computer, I therefore suffered of terrible headaches before practicing regularly yoga. I am very careful with my posture especially while I work and do yoga almost everyday. Now I feel good and have rare headaches, doing yoga makes me really happy!!!! :)

                            about 3 years ago in Rome, IT

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                          • December 24, 2010 at 3:25pm

                            Welcome to Whole Health Programs!
                            Our official launch is January 1st, 2011. It's been a big undertaking but we are very pleased with the results and hope you will be too.
                            All feedback and comments are very welcome as these programs will continue to grow and evolve with time and your thoughts really help us.
                            Happy Holidays.
                            Michelle

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                              • What is Wellness? Part 1.

                                October 3, 2010 at 4:06pm

                                What is wellness, really?
                                I used to think wellness was a low fat muffin with no margerine, a salad from a semi-fast food restaurant with dressing in the side, a cup of coffee with sweet and low, low fat milk. Ha. And if I was lucky, some cardio on a stairmaster, between the occasional social cigarette. I suppose that was because I was very young at the time (though age may have nothing to do with it), and my primary ‘health’ goal at that point was to be thin.

                                Thin and healthy are certainly not the same thing. Was I not aware of how my energy, my mood was affected? Of the inevitable crash that found me feeling listless and mundane when the sugar and carbs were past their prime? Or that my body was not getting any real nourishment from the food I was consuming, or from the way I was breathing for that matter, as I ate it semi-slouched over at my usual the booth at the restaurant?

                                In so many ways, Yoga has been a profound transformation for me. Not only in terms of getting into ‘shape’, which is just par for the course, but of a gateway to awareness in general. The body-mind awareness that comes from a regular hatha yoga practice extends off of the mat in infinite ways; one of those being that we truly begin to notice how we actually feel, and how what we put into our body, what we surround ourselves with, actually affects us.

                                It just goes hand in hand with being a self aware person. Yoga is the gateway to a deeper level of awareness. The more we practice, the more we know exactly what we need to come back into balance. Whether this is what we consume in terms of food, entertainment, quality of air and water, the people and energies around us, how we hold and carry our body - we become guided by our instincts and intuitions, our source, as if this part of ourselves has been re-awoken after having drifted slowly to sleep as we evolved through childhood and the teenage years.

                                I’ll pass on the muffin.. Pass me some kale salad with a handful of almonds. I will never be able to go back to how I ate food before. If there isn’t a certain amount of nutrient value in a pure (ie no additives, preservatives and other gunk) in what i am eating, I feel it right away.

                                At this point, I am a self proclaimed Prana junkie. Prana being the life force, the balanced energy and clarity that manifests as we find ourselves, find true wellness. Wellness starts from within, and wellness starts, with awareness.

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                                • I used to think that healthy was running 14km a day and the more aerobics classes the merrier... hello burnout! Years later, my yoga practise has lead me down an ever-evolving path and hopefully my body and mind will just keep on getting younger and wiser :-) I remember when yoga started getting relly big and was bit of a fad and a friend complained to me that so many people are doing yoga and it is such a fad and all the spirituality seemed to have been stripped from the original teachings of yoga... but I think, what a great fad and a little bit is better than none, there is only so much you can explore within yourself every session anyway! How great that there has finally been a productive and spiritually and physically beneficial fad as opposed to 'orange diets' or 'protien only' diets... finally a wholistic fad that offers only greater opportunity...

                                  4 years ago in Yaroomba, AU

                                • Yep. There are so many nayayers about how yoga is not 'spiritual enough' etc. Maybe some people just like to be the 'critic'? And are those people being 'spiritual' by being so critical? Maybe they just like to sit on a high horse and think again and again about how knowledgeable they are, how evolved they are as a person, haha.. Then they can jump back in a few minutes later and say "that is not 'Real' yoga". I have seen so many people begin yoga with the hope of attaining something physical - like better abs, or losing 10 lbs - so they head to the nearest gym. But then, they find there is much more to the practice, and notice how they feel on the inside. They begin to become intensely aware of their thoughts, their emotions, what they eat, how they breathe, and how these things are all connected. And there they go, off to practice more yoga, and they end up heading down a completely new path. One with much more awareness on many levels. One that has peeled back a lot of the layers. One that is able to be more present, and to give more to the world around them. One that can innately sense when things are out of balance, and begin to know what to do to find balance again - from within.
                                  Is that 'real' enough for you? Is that 'spiritual' enough?. Whoever says it isn't should probably go practice some more yoga.

                                  3 years ago in Vancouver, CA

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