The Yogini from Manila

Wellness in mind, body and spirit

Jertie and Jaq

September 22, 2014
by jane
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Catch Jertie’s Kitchen’s The Green Guide to Eating Right healthy workshops

Sugarleaf events are always great opportunities for people looking to having a healthier lifestyle despite the stress of urban living. It’s been about 2 years now that I’ve been attending events at Sugarleaf whenever I can and there is always something new to learn and apply. I’m giving you a heads-up because here is another one you’d want to calendar.

I recently met sisters Jertie and Jaclyn Abergas, who happen to be vegan and gluten-sensitive resource speakers. I was attending a media preview at Sugarleaf to gain a sneak peek into their upcoming series of workshops over the next several months dubbed The Green Guide to Eating Right.

Jertie and Jaq

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June 15, 2014
by jane
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Toe power – you won’t ignore it after reading this

Let me first tell you a short story.

I took ballet lessons as a young girl under my tita and her daughter in the province. For many years, I wore flat ballet shoes in class as I moved from the beginners to the intermediate class. I’d often look at the advance class pirouette around in toe shoes and long for the day that I would graduate to being a toe dancer. Every summer, tita would sit her intermediate students down to check their feet. She’d examine their ankles and toes. You could not get your toe shoes until she gave the thumbs up. One summer, I was one of those students lined up for the check. I did not pass. She told me to wait another year. I was so disappointed! It took another year of dancing, practicing and working my feet before I finally got her nod of approval. Receiving my Capezio toe shoes all the way from New York was probably one of the happiest moments in my life.

Fast forward to the present.

I’ve long noticed how yin yoga classes put great emphasis on the strength of the toes. In a recent yin yoga workshop with Singapore-based Jo Phee, she began our class on the floor with toe rotations. Taking each toe in turn, we slowly turned them clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Those used to the active and dynamic styles of yoga would probably find this very odd for a yoga class. And in Victor Chng’s yin yoga intensives, he’d have us doing “high-heeled shoes” (his description for poses that have you on your toes, bearing the weight of your body). And fair warning — holding those poses for 3 to 5 minutes was not a walk in the park.

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Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi

May 30, 2014
by jane
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Book Review: Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi by Brian Leaf

The first time I encountered Brian Leaf’s humorous, candid writing style was when I reviewed his first book, Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi. So when I was asked if I wanted to do one on his second book, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi, I did not hesitate one second, knowing that I’d be treated to another round of humor and entertaining stories from a not-so-typical yogi.

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May 27, 2014
by jane
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My greatest takeaway from Yin Yoga Intensives with Victor Chng

“Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.” ~ Japanese proverb

 

Right after Victor Chng’s Yin Yoga Intensives, my doctor friend Kit posted this on our yin yoga group:

How has the recent visit of Victor Chng, his workshops and teachings impacted your yoga practice?

I did not readily respond because I wanted to think through what my real takeaway from Victor’s weekend with us was.

Truth to tell, there were so many!!! But for me, the most profound words that hit me were simple but deep. TWO. SIMPLE. WORDS.

WHAT FOR?

Just those 2 words. While there was a lot of meridian information I picked up, deeper discussions on the yin-yang symbol, and other insightful stuff Victor shared with us, it was his “What for?” or “What’s the point?” that got me thinking.

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Book cover

May 4, 2014
by jane
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Book Review – Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning of Mantra and Kirtan by Alanna Kaivalya

While I have been into yoga for quite some time now, there is one aspect of it that I have not settled into too comfortably – and that is the matter of the mantra. I’ve been in yoga classes that dive straight into quiet meditation (without the chanting) and asanas. But in a few other classes, mantra chanting precedes the class. My teacher also once invited me to join a kirtan and while I enjoyed the dancing and singing, it was superficial then because I could not relate to it on a deeper level for lack of understanding.

Nada yoga (or the yoga of sound) often gets short shrift in the West because, as I myself experienced, mantras and kirtans are not readily understood. However, its chants are held sacred in all types of Eastern spiritual practice. They are believed to help practitioners bypass the mental chatter constantly going on in the mind in order to reach a higher state of awareness and self-realization.

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Victor-May 6

April 23, 2014
by jane
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Giveaway: A Healing Yin Yoga Practice with Victor Chng (winner announced)

(Update: And the winner is…Nicole Ereneta. Congratulations, Nicole. I hope you enjoy this class with my yin yoga teacher, Victor Chng. May this purposeful journey lead you to better health.)

I really would want more people to get into the yin yoga practice. Whether you already have a dynamic yoga practice or you are a total newbie wondering whether to get into yoga at all, yin yoga will be a great introduction for you.

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Screenshot of Chelsea from Break's YouTube channel

April 2, 2014
by jane
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A Yogini gets the Best “Prank It Fwd” for April Fools Day

I love happy stories and this one deserves a short blog post.

Yesterday being April Fools Day saw a lot of pranks online. Many were harmless and just elicited laughter. There were a few though that were so good that you had to read the articles carefully to spot the prank items. And I also became addicted to Google’s awesome search for the Pokemon Master by having all of us searching through Google Maps for countries where 150 Pokemon were scattered and trying to catch as many of them as you could within 24 hours. And while I haven’t heard of any, some people also like to play not-so-nice pranks sometimes during this day.

But somewhere in the United States, a yogini was getting the best “Prank It Fwd”.

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