The Yogini from Manila

Wellness in mind, body and spirit

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October 26, 2014
by jane
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Pain relief with Kimochi Aroma Pillows

I’ve been bothered by pain in my right shoulder for some time now. Being a blogger and social media person sure has its disadvantages. Typing on a keyboard for hours is not always ergonomic. I’ve tried yin yoga poses and they help. I do counterposes to stretch out the inner arms and move wrists in the opposite direction. I try to remember to angle my laptop with screen lower than my waist to lessen wrist pressure. But the pain comes and goes. Then a great item came for me recently – a whole set of Kimochi Aroma Pillows! Even with the courier package still well-sealed, I could already smell the strong lavender scent coming out of the pillows. Wow, they sure placed a lot of aromatherapy into these things! Kimochi aroma pillows sealed
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Ayurveda

October 7, 2014
by jane
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Book review: Ayurveda by Kim Inglis (plus a book giveaway!)

I will preface this book review by saying that I am nowhere near an expert on Ayurveda, an ancient Indian holistic healing modality that considers a person’s basic (dosha) constitution based on vatha (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (water). In fact, I consider myself a newbie in this healing realm.

So when I was asked if I wanted to do a book review on an upcoming Ayurveda book by Kim Inglis, I took it as an opportunity to learn more about this holistic therapeutic approach as added knowledge beside my learnings about Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Ayurveda by Kim Inglis

Ayurveda by Kim Inglis

The book is beautifully laid out in easy-to-read style with generous illustrated photos of each Ayurvedic treatment in every chapter. The book is divided into 3 major categories after an introductory chapter: Wellness, Beauty and Balance.

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Mercury retrograde

October 4, 2014
by jane
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How to deal with Mercury retrograde (Oct. 4-25, 2014)

If you believe in Mercury retrograde, then be more mindful and patient these next three weeks (Oct. 4-25, 2014) as Earth goes into Mercury Retrograde again. This is actually the third (and last) one this year. Mercury retrograde happened last Feb. 26-28 and June 7-July 1 of this year. This time we have 3 full weeks of it.

Mercury retrograde

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Jertie and Jaq

September 22, 2014
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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
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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
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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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