The Teacher Appears: 108 Prompts to Power Your Yoga Practice is the third book of Brian Leaf’s that I am reviewing and at the onset, let me tell you that this is NOT a book you read from cover to cover. It is a workbook, life journal, and an on- and off-the-mat partner to one’s yoga practice all rolled into one.
It happened in 2015 and it is jumpstarting my 2017 too. The Yogini from Manila blog is once again on BookYogaRetreats.com‘s recommended list of top yoga blogs to follow in 2017. You can find that list here.
BookYogaRetreats.com, based on its website, is the world’s leading online yoga travel company. Its site collates information from thousands of yoga retreat organizers, with hundreds of destinations worldwide. Yoga teachers and students anywhere in the world have such a wide choice of yoga retreats to go through all year round.
Here is what they wrote about my blog:
Check out also the other 24 yoga blogs on the list. You’ll recognize some established and popular yoga blogs…but don’t stop there! There are new blogs on the top yoga blogs list as well. It’s fun to keep on discovering more and more people who blog about their yoga journey because in 2006 when I first started this yoga blog, there were hardly any yoga bloggers I knew. Now, there’s a global community of yoga bloggers. That is truly amazing.
(Note: Please read the entire article before downloading the app and providing your payment information. You will need to use a promo code in order to avail of the free trial period as well as claim the 4 bonus gifts which are only available till Dec. 31, 2016)
I’ve been a longtime participant in Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s 21-day meditation courses so when I was asked if I wanted to try his Ananda meditation app, I did not hesitate to accept. I am sharing the Ananda meditation app with you because not only can you get to try out the Ananda meditation app with a free trial period but you also get free gifts and a bonus meditation just for trying!
The beautiful thing about technology is that it allows the ancient practice of meditation to be available in the palm of your hand. There are actually several meditation apps available for mobile devices but I am particularly interested to try out Ananda because it was developed with the help of Deepak Chopra whose meditations I have listened to and used for some time now.
The Ananda meditation app contains guided meditations from Deepak Chopra and other wellness leaders. It can be downloaded by iOS and Android devices and will require a Chopra account to log in (you can create an account with your Google+ credentials).
Are December 2016 energies throwing you out of whack?
I thought it was just me until a few other people I know also shared how they had difficulty feeling the Christmas spirit. Their feelings resonated totally with me because on the outside, I was trying to act like all was normal but inside, I was not feeling Christmas at all.
The first half of December was not too bad but as soon as the second half hit, I suddenly felt a drastic shift in my energies. My energy levels dropped and so did my tolerance for stress. All of a sudden, I did not feel like engaging people on social media. I went into a semi-social media detox. I had very little appetite, felt bloated all the time, had an irregular elimination schedule, and experienced shorter and shallower sleep. I would watch TV and tear up whenever a story or a quotation touched me. I’ve also become even more of an introvert these days, choosing to enjoy solitude and just being content reading a book or blogging. Sobra akong affected! (I am too affected!)
This was supposed to end October 31 but the goodness of the people behind The Sacred Science prompted them to extend The Sacred Science film, plus other video interviews, to Friday, November 4, 2016.
The Sacred Science is a site devoted to holistic and alternative modalities. There are online courses as well as articles that cover amazing healing plants (largely found in the Amazon rainforest), and even a cookbook. The site is a treasure trove for those who, like me, realize that at least 25% of the ingredients found nowadays in pharmaceutical drugs, actually come from these plants.
Women thrive among women friends. It is how we are wired. When we have concerns and problems, it helps to pour out our emotions and issues to “sisters” who can listen and empathize. Many times, just being able to talk is enough to bring down our stress levels several notches. This is something quite alien to the male species who tend to approach their issues by retreating into their caves so they can mull over a possible solution. They will communicate less in order to find an efficient solution to a problem; women become more social — talking a problem through with trusted women, working out finer details, and seeking support.
My yin yoga teacher, Dona, recognizing the importance of women supporting women in all stages of our lives, created a Facebook group called Embodying a Feminine Approach to Wellbeing. This is our “space to share our insights, experiences, resources and practical women’s wisdom that allow us to embody a feminine approach to wellbeing”. Such gatherings are symbolized by circles — wider and wider circles — of women of all ages and life stages. Here we learn how to live according to our natural women’s cycles.
The beautiful circle of wellbeing – so feminine, healthy, nurturing, welcoming….
Wellness was hardly a focus of brands and blogs 10 years ago. It was difficult to find anything organic in malls and restaurants. Today, restaurants offering healthier options, vegetarian menus, halal dishes, and organically-sourced raw ingredients abound. In malls, many brick-and-mortar, as well as standalone, outlets now feature personal care and home products that are organic and natural.
In celebration of its 25th year as a lifestyle destination in the metro, Shangri-la Plaza showcases the best of its beauty and wellness brands in the mall at the East Atrium with “A Heart for Health Beauty and Wellness Fair”,from Aug. 18-21, 2016.
While the author’s background is in business (a freelancer, GMAT instructor and business coach), I understood what compelled her to write this book. She wrote in the preface of her book, “My motivation for writing is very simple: I have seen too many people encounter burnout. The worst part is, it has become accepted as the norm.” I understand burnout. I lived through it.
Here’s the Table of Contents to give you an idea of what’s inside the book. Author Georgieva continues on in the preface, “Since this book is dedicated to us, WOMEN, we will also look into how stress and burnout affect your femininity and self-confidence, and what you can do to get these back.” I flipped through the manuscript pages and noted that Georgieva also included illustrations of some exercises she recommends to help women destress.
Table of contents
You Are Beautiful, Darling!: A First-Aid Kit for Stressed-Out Women‘s Kindle and paperback versions are available on Amazon.
When I wake up in the morning, I head for the bathroom, empty my bladder, then pick up this bottle of oil and spray it 5 times into my mouth.
My oil pulling tonic from Indigobaby
I swish the oil (which mixes slowly with saliva) around my mouth for about 15 minutes as it continues to gain volume from saliva production — working it through my teeth, around the gums, on the sides. While oil pulling, I do other things like readying the clothes to wear, fixing my bed, and even taking a morning shower. After 15 minutes, I spit it out into a bin (not into the sink because it could eventually clog my pipes), rinse my mouth with water, then drink a full glass of water to hydrate my organs. All these before I take breakfast.
An ebook sent to me recently had a very intriguing title – Szen Zone: Reaching a State of Positive Change – a clever spelling variant taken from the name of the author, Gary Szenderski.
Szen Zone is filled with short, inspirational and heartwarming stories that celebrate our inner power to achieve a state of positive change. Books about zen help us “live in the present moment”, especially when difficult moments arise. But the Szen Zone takes it a step further by helping prepare our mindset AHEAD of any challenges happening so that when they do occur, we are better prepared to be in the moment, let go, and make positive changes in our lives by managing our reactions and actions and changing course.