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.



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