Well, lookit here, August is right around the corner and with that, there are but thirty days left till the beginning of the rest of my life! My yoga teacher training with Beyond Yoga is fast approaching and I, for one, cannot wait!

I am looking forward to what will unfold in the next three months (the training is divided into three modules). By the end of August, I will be certified to teach Kids and Family yoga and that is just such a great deal for me! I have missed teaching preschool very, very much and to be able to go back to my roots, albeit in a different function, brings me much joy :) At the end of November, I will be certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga. Yey.

Yoga has changed my life completely and in such amazing ways and I am really looking forward to not only taking my practice deeper, but to also be able to share this with others as a yoga teacher. It’s gonna be an exciting albeit challenging next few months!

Before I get down and dirty with it, I just want to thank everyone who have led me to this path, contributed to my growth, and continue to pray for me as I do this :) Thank you too to all those who have helped me raise funds, get together my gear, and have made allowances to accommodate and allow me to be part of this. I have been so blessed that the program happens to begin during term break, so I don’t need to miss classes, and that much of the financing for this has come together unexpectedly. However, I still am a little short on the funds, but I believe, as Paulo Coelho once said, that if you really want something badly and that if it is meant to be, the Universe will conspire to make it happen.

I do recognize I have to put in my own work, and so I have decided to, after resisting for so long, sell my art :) Well, replicas, that is. Some time ago, I worked on a mandala series and many have asked me if they could get copies, but I declined. I think, however, it is time to share it, yes? One of my pieces was submitted to Art in Site, a magazine that featured Filipino artists around three years ago or so.

And so….if you’d like to contribute to my journey towards becoming a yoga teacher by purchasing a framed reproduction of my mandalas, please do drop me a note :) I’m open to making originals too, if you’d like :) For a complete look at my mandalas, please click here :) Your support will be greatly appreciated.

More than anything, however, I ask that you keep me in your prayers always :) Thank you!

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This morning I found myself entertaining the thought of sleeping in and skipping my yoga practice because I was just sooooo darned sleepy (serves me right, I guess, since I spent half the night scouring through the app store and downloading stuff to my iPad. Oh, did I mention that was after spending over two hours “window” shopping for a red jade yoga travel mat and some ipod accessories online!).¬† I came close to giving in to the urge but I decided to suck it up and get dressed and headed off to Urban Ashram in Bonifacio High Street for the Flexibility Not Required (FNR) class I had signed up for during their Open House.

In class, I found myself being adjusted by the teacher a lot. Repeatedly. I thought I’d get frustrated by it, like I used to in the beginning of my practice, but surprisingly, I appreciated every single adjustment thrown my way. Why do I say surprisingly? Well, because in the beginning, when I was still a yoga newbie, I hated adjustments like crazy. I felt like I was such an inept practitioner whenever the teacher would adjust me and remind me to flatten my hands on the ground etc, etc. I guess it was also because I tend to get defensive about a lot of things, especially things when I feel like I am being criticized or that I am not doing a good job. The only adjustment I used to appreciate was having my teacher push back my hips in downward facing dog because it felt good. Har.More so, I used to be super duper self-conscious and I would really have lots of difficulty letting go and allowing people into my personal space. In adjustments, well, there’s really a sharing of personal space there, right? With lots of sweat and other stuff going on. Haaaar. Yeah, yeah…I know it was just my ego getting in the way back then! In the session this morning, however, I found myself understanding my body and how it moves much better. I also got to see things in a new way, which was amazing :) Today I learned to appreciate the adjustment process. It made me realize that it is an essential part, not just of the practice, but of life in general. After all, you can’t just keep living life the way you know it, right? You have to make those micro adjustments that make you more efficient, take care and protect you, and provide you a better sense of balance. And with this knowledge, you come away as a much better practitioner whether this be of yoga, or of life :)

 

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For those like me who can’t take time off to join the Flow SurfYogaSamba retreats, here’s a great way to take that long-deserved time out without having to leave Manila!

The lovely ladies of Flow, along with other amazing guests and teachers, are bringing Flow to the city once again on August 4, 2012 at Beyond Yoga, Quezon City. Expect an afternoon of fun, learning, and great company with various workshops, activities, and talks that will definitely give you that boost  you need to make it through the rest of the busy-ness 2012 is bound to bring :)

Here are some of the things you can expect from Flow in the City:

  • an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) workshop for Better Communication and Motivation by guest speaker PJ Lanot. NLP is said to be the art and science of how people can will themselves and inspire others to excellence through proper encoding of information and communication.
  • A super fun Anti-Gravity FUNdamentals class with certified AGY teacher Monica Eleazar-Manzano. Fly, laugh and bring out your inner child as you learn to hold and balance in challenging yoga poses, develop better kinesthetic awareness and build cardiovascular and muscular strength, while increasing flexibility and joint mobility. AGY also is a great way to decompress the vertebrae of the spine as you hang upside and give yourselves a chance to see things from a whole new perspective :)
  • A heart pumping and calorie burning Zumba session with Zumba Academy certified Dance and Toning instructor, Sharon Yu
  • An exploration Inner Dance with the FLOW group. (This is something I have never tried and am quite curious about :) )
  • A seminar on how to make your own Green Smoothies with by the folks from Sunshine Daydream and Rawlicious
  • A yummy vegetarian potluck dinner with kindred-spirits to cap off the day

Sounds like fun, yes? A full-day package costs P1,999 which includes a tote bag with goodies from sponsors. You may also just choose your own preferred activities with a minimum of two classes to join.

To register please log onto www.flowsurfyogasamba.multiply.com or send an email to flowsurfyogasamba@gmail.com.

For more details check out Flow SurfYogaSamba at the following sites:

Website www.flowsurfyogasamba.multiply.com

Blog: www.flowsurfyogasamba.blogspot.com

Email flowsurfyogasamba@gmail.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/flowsurfyogasamba

Twitter www.twitter.com/surfyogasamba

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The other day, I was browsing online for Harry Potter and Avengers gift ideas for my brother. Random, I know, and you might be wondering what this has got to do with yoga, haha. Anyway, while Googling and looking around, I came across a poster of Star Wars characters doing yoga. There were also superheroes and all sorts of other characters. They were so cute! Check them out here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98220122/superhero-yoga-super-pop-art-print-11×17

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Although I have been doing Antigravity yoga for quite some time now, I more often than not end up in one of the AGY FUNdamentals classes at Beyond Yoga, mainly because of my schedule. Lately, however, I have been able to catch some of the more advanced classes called Flying Fitness. I did get a chance to try that already before but for the most part, I’ve been doing the FUNdamentals. I have enjoyed the FUNdamentals very much and each class is still exciting and quite different. However, the Flying Fitness class takes AGY to another level. It almost is like suspension training! Imagine: flying crunches, swinging side oblique crunches (well…you’re not supposed to swing but its the only way I manage mwahahaha!), and suspended planks and push-ups, and suspended pikes and tucks. Whew! Most of the Flying Fitness classes I got to attend were with Teacher Nik and my golly! He always gives us a challenging workout!

Today was my last Flying Fitness class (at least for now, while I do more mat yoga to prepare for Teacher Training) and although I still have a hard time keeping up with the class, I’m glad I finally survived a whole set of suspended push-ups and flying crunches! I still couldn’t to the tugs much though, boo :( I am determined, however, to be able to do them soon!

Have you tried AntiGravity Yoga? Do leave a comment and share your experience with me!

 

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