I decided to create a new category for this blog. I’m calling it “Off the Mat”. The reason for this decision is because every day, I am reminded that yoga is not just asana, and it doesn’t just happen in the four corners of my mat. As such, I am making a conscious effort to be mindful of my habits. For example, today I was browsing through zooprinting.com for cheap brochures and I considered coming up with a brochure for my upcoming summer kids yoga plans, but then I realized that I can settle for an online brochure and just use smaller flyers. Or if I do decide to still print some brochures, maybe I can choose those made with recycled paper and biodegradable inks, instead. Little things like this can make me take my yoga practice off of the mat, yes? What do you think?

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In just a few more days, one of the world’s leading yin yoga teachers will finally be here in Manila to lead a series of workshops. I am so very, very excited. Yes, it needed the redundancy of words. Haha.

Seriously though, in the three days, she will talk about cultivating the subtle body through the yin practice, how to integrate the yin-yang practices on the body (on and off the mat, I assume), and share with participants the principles of meditation. As I hear, two important themes she will be integrating in the sessions are maitri and karuna, or kindness and compassion.

So excited. I’ve got my Sarah Power’s Insight Yoga book all ready, my outfits picked out, my schedule cleared up as well. The only thing left to do is to get the best yoga bolster possible. Okay, okay, that’s not really necessary, but lovely, wouldn’t you think??? Haha. Seriously, though, there are a few slots left, I gather, so if you’re interested, please do check out www.igobeyondyoga.com. The workshops run from February 22-24, 2013.

 

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Oh joy.

I love being able to share my yoga practice. Whether it is with friends, people I have just met, or whoever else is ready and willing, sharing the yoga love to them makes me super, duper happy :)

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Heeeeelp! I was teaching an outdoor yoga class recently and to ward off mosquitoes and flies, I decided to light one of my rose candles. Well, it wasn’t really a rose candle, per se, but it was one of those decorative candles that were given to me as a wedding souvenir. Anyway, that’s not the point. By the time the class ended, I had a nice pool of melted wax in the little container, right? But, yeah, clumsy me accidentally tipped the container over and spilled the wax ALL OVER MY MAT!!! Waaaaah! Even days later, there’s still bits and pieces of candle wax on my mat :( Boo. What should I do???

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