I have written many, many times about my love for Yin Yoga and of my teacher, Dona Tumacder-Esteban. However, this time I’d like you to know more about it from Dona herself :) Check out this video about what Yin yoga is all about.

She will also be doing a second run of her Go Deep WIth Yin Yoga Workshops all Saturdays of May at Beyond Yoga, 3rd Floor, Il Terrazzo Bldg., Tomas Morato, Quezon City


The long wait is over! Today, April 11, 2012, Beyond Yoga, AntiGravity Yoga’s (AGY) exclusive partner here in Manila, formally opens it’s suspension studio for daily flights and adventures on the signature AGY silk hammock.

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Just before the first flight took off this morning with Teacher Rianna, I got to join several other yoga friends in a sneak peak of the studio and it was an amazing experience. Teacher Monica gave us quite a workout and her enthusiasm for the practice was bubbling over! While I have been lucky enough to have taken several AGY classes over the past few months at The Farm at San Benito and in other venues, the excitement and thrill of each class is always different. More »


My love affair with yoga started with the discovery of the practice of Yin Yoga, and though I have found my way through different classes and yoga styles, I always, always find myself coming home to Yin. It truly is love. Every Yin class I go to brings me deeper and deeper in love with the practice. And each time I come out of my practice, I bring with me a deeper awareness of self.

Last Sunday, my dear friend and yoga teacher, Dona Tumacder-Esteban, graciously invited me to sit in and document her workshop on the physical body, yin yang theories and the practice of yin yoga. Although I have been practicing yin with her about fourteen months now, and even if I have been to several of her workshops, being there allowed me to appreciate the practice even more. More »


I began my practice with the discovery of Yin Yoga, and it has truly been the most WONDERFUL experience ever. For a beginning practitioner back then, it was the perfect way to discover and create spaces in my body and to understand what the practice of yoga can really do for one’s body, mind and spirit. Truly, I been so blessed to have found myself deeply in love with Yin  :)

This March, I hope you guys can also explore this beautiful practice with a series of Yin Yoga Workshops with my teacher and friend, Dona Tumacder-Esteban at Beyond Yoga.

Over the past year, I have come to realize the value of continuing my Yin practice, even though I have explored many other practices, from Hatha to Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hot Yoga, Bikram and even Antigravity Yoga. For me, I feel that keeping my Yin practice close to my heart allows me to go full circle in my practice. In a way, it really allows me to find a good balance between strength and flexibility, as well as movement and stillness. Essentially, as Dona always reminds me, it helps me find equanimity. The yin and the yang. Further, it is with my continued Yin practice that I am able to better understand my body more and go deeper into any practice I go into. Do check out the workshops or try out the regular Yin sessions Dona (and Monica) have at Beyond Yoga.

For class schedules and details on the studio, check out www.igobeyondyoga.com. Look them up on Facebook too :)


When I was rather new to the practice of yoga, I decided to do a 30-day yoga challenge. 30 days, 30 yoga practices. Lucky for me I decided to do that last April, which was my summer break from school, thus I was able to accomplish the challenge with relative ease.

On the 30th day, I was blessed to have had the opportunity to attend a workshop on Talikwas Yoga, by Lucia Misa.In the workshop she guided us into exploring a soft belly breath and to releasing to our back bodies. It is in emptying from the inside out, falling into the back body, she said, that our hearts find it’s way to flight. Rooting and rising, opposing forces.


Yeah, that’s how I felt after attending her first workshop back in April. Since then, I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with a teacher who has been under Ciay’s tutelage and I am beginning to see what that means.And yeah, I have fallen in love with the back bend :) Love, in fact, does not begin to describe it!

There is soooo much more, however, that I want to learn and explore with Talikwas.

This weekend, Ciay Misa comes back to Manila (she is based in New Hampshire and El Nido) to share her practice of the Talikwas and  the Art of Back Bending once again. It will be held at Ekagrata Sala in Ayala Alabang on January 28-29.

I am looking forward to participating in the workshop, even though I had to settle for just one day because I have work on Saturday! Another reason why I am especially excited about the practice is because I have found myself captivated by the amazingness of Talikwas, which I discovered from Ciay’s book, Yoga in the Wild. I don’t read much, as my friends very well know, but this book, I literally couldn’t put down. It was just an awesome tale of how the body works and how the inside and the out (I can’t even call it body and mind because that just doesn’t feel right) are really more connected than we know. The book deserves it’s own blog post and I’ve been trying to really get that together since I read the book but it’s just so great, I can’t get the right words to say it. Do watch out for it though :)

In the meantime, for inquiries regarding the back bending workshop, please contact 09178474168. Check out Ciay Misa’s website on Talikwas at http://www.talikwas.com.