The Yogini from Manila

Wellness in mind, body and spirit

January 9, 2016
by jane
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Ambient Zone 2: Ambient music for yoga and meditation (and I have download codes to give out!)

If you’re looking for yoga or meditation music, try ambient music. It is a genre that is tonal and continuous, usually evoking dreamy and calming emotions. Recognized as a pioneer of ambient music is Brian Eno whose album, Ambient 1: Music for Airports I have among my playlists. He designed the music by looping a short melody and slowing down the tempo. The result was a continuous stream of calming music that fitted perfectly into the airport atmosphere.

I find certain ambient music perfect for meditating or for yoga practice. In fact, I had already been thinking of a short yin yoga playlist for classes. Then, over the Christmas holidays, I received a surprise email. It was from the label manager of a UK-based record label. He made me listen to a new ambient album they had just released recently – the Ambient Zone 2 — and I loved it!

Ambient Zone 2 cover

Don’t forget to read all the way down because like me, you can have a chance to download the album – for FREE!

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October 19, 2015
by jane
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The Yogini from Manila is a nominee/finalist in Bloggys 2015

omgimnominatedA few days ago, I received an unexpected email with the news that my blog, The Yogini from Manila, “has been nominated by several netizens in #bloggys2015, Philippine Blogging Awards” as a nominee/finalist for its Health and Fitness category.

For many years, blogging awards recognized bloggers in various fields (entertainment, travel, multimedia, lifestyle and even advocacy). Health and wellness was never included as a category. I guess awareness of health and wellness was not as high in consciousness then as it is now. In fact, when I started my yoga blog in 2006, yoga was not yet as widespread as it is now.

I am thankful to Bloggys 2015 for initiating the category on Health and Fitness. It is high time we give wellness the same, if not greater, importance for bloggers and the public in general. Health is always our true wealth.

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September 3, 2015
by jane
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The Yogini from Manila is one of the top 50 yoga blogs in this list

A surprise email dropped into my inbox today. The Yogini from Manila blog is listed as one of the Top 50 Yoga Blogs for 2015 by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Yaaaaaay!!!

My blog as listed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

My blog as listed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

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August 31, 2015
by jane
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Join us at the Global Mala Project Manila, Sept. 26, 2015

Global Mala Project 2015 logoOnce again, the annual Global Mala Project will happen on Sept. 26, 2015. This year it will be held at WhiteSpace Manila and falls on the United Nation’s Day of Peace and the Fall Equinox. Manila will be participating simultaneously with cities that include Los Angeles, New York, London, San Francisco, Tokyo, etc.

Teresa Herrera-Anthony, a well-renowned model, environmentalist, and yoga teacher, brought the Global Mala Project to the Philippines many years ago. I just checked my blog and realized that I had written about Global Mala as far back as 2007! Here is the link to that 2007 post.

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June 13, 2015
by jane
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Join Deepak Chopra’s 2015 Global Meditation, July 11 (July 12 PHT)

If there is one thing sorely lacking in our world these days, it is COMPASSION. We have become too busy, too materialistic, too focused on ourselves — many times we fail to see how others are suffering or feeling lonely.

Deepak Chopra is planning a global online event on July 11, 2015 — a synchronized meditation event that will be live-streamed from Carlsbad, CA, to 500,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world.

Global Meditation for Compassion

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June 13, 2015
by jane
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Celebrate with us the first International Day of Yoga on June 21 (updated)

idayofyoga logoFor the first time ever, the global yoga community will come together on June 21 to celebrate the first International Day of Yoga.

Last Dec. 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga after a call from the Honorable Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, during his address before the UN General Assembly in September 2014. There he said: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition . It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.” 175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution and was reported to have the “highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.”

June 21 was the suggested day because it is the Summer Solstice. Mr. Modi said that “the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

In the website set up for the International Day of Yoga, idayofyoga.org, yogi and mystic Sadhguru explains the significance of June 21. “On the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of humanity.

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April 27, 2015
by jane
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Meditation Tips for Beginners

Meditation helps me a lot during trying times when my mind is just so frazzled and stressed trying to cope with challenges that life throws my way. I’ve taken several meditation courses on different themes given online by Deepak Chopra and Oprah and find that they give me new insights each time. I’ve also been in touch with other people who have sent me their meditation courses to ask for inputs. I’m so humbled and grateful for all these people I come in contact with even if they do not know me at all. And this is where my new story begins.

A few weeks ago, Karl Burton of bettermindbodysoul.com emailed me out of the blue to ask for some beginner tips on meditation. Take note, before that day, I did not know of him. A quick check of his website just to get a feel of what he was writing about and I sent off my tips without really knowing what the final outcome would look like. What I thought would be a simple article from random yogis and yoginis turned out to be more than I expected. Karl not only included my tips in his post but he also created a beautiful infographic that could be readily shared (I am posting it at the bottom).

But…that was not what really blew me away. The other people Karl asked to contribute to his article were names and websites I knew only too well — names like Leo Babauta (author of Focus and The Power of Less, among others), Sadie Nardini (well known yoga teacher), Gaiam TV (I love them!), Elephant Journal (I super love them too!), everythingyoga.com, meditationsociety.com and more. Oh wow, to be quoted alongside these people I consider VIPs is overwhelming! And one that inspires me to do even more with this yoga blog. Please… leave me comments and tell me what you want to see here.

To read the full article with our Meditation Tips for Beginners, click HERE.

Here’s the infographic made by BetterMindBodySoul.com.

 

Meditation tips for beginners by

BetterMindBodySoul.com

 

March 8, 2015
by jane
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10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax and Play

On this Sunday, I thought of just sharing something I came across on the web. I love quotes, especially those that really help me bring more meaning into my life. But these quotes also remind me to take a break from all my yang work (blogging, social media, advocacy work) and just REST, clear my mind, and RELAX. Hope it helps you too!

 

January 20, 2015
by jane
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Yoga for Swimmers

It doesn’t matter what fitness regimen or sports one is into. Yoga can complement and help build on, protect, enhance, minimize injury and do so much more.

Recently, I actually got a pleasant surprise when Amy Hall, Managing Director and Assistant Coach of The Race Club  emailed me. I checked out their website and found out that they began as far back as 2000 when 13 swimmers came together to train for the Sydney Olympic Games. Today, “the Race Club is focused on developing the most advanced swim camps in the world in one of the most beautiful places in the world; the Florida Keys“, it says in their History page. The Race Club’s mission is to train Olympic swimmers.

Amy Hall of The Race Club

Amy Hall

 

To my pleasant surprise, Amy sent me a link showing them doing yoga. The Race Club website further explains why they use yoga in their training program:

“The Race Club has been practicing yoga for swimmers during dryland training for years. Yoga can significantly increase core strength and flexibility while lengthening muscles, creating a more streamlined physique in swimming.”

Here is The Race Club’s yoga sequence for the shoulders and another sequence for the legs.

 

Screengrab taken from The Race Club video, Yoga for Shoulders

Screengrab taken from The Race Club video, Yoga for Shoulders

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