The Yogini from Manila

Wellness in mind, body and spirit

July 17, 2016
by jane
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Book Review: Szen Zone by Gary Szenderski

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.

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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.

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June 11, 2016
by jane
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Moby is giving away 4 hours of ambient music for yoga, meditation and sleep!

 

Love ambient music? Quick….download these!

One of the iconic ambient music composers, who is a yogi himself, is an American electronica musician — Moby. Recently, Moby made available for free download his entire album stretching into four hours, “Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep.

Moby Ambients1

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June 11, 2016
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Take 2: A blissfully balanced yogini afternoon at the Fort with our RegettaCanoe shoes

“Love is lovelier the second time around…” and when you get a second chance to try on an ergonomic pair of RegettaCanoe shoes that you already love, you do not say no.

For weeks I had already been wearing a pair of RegettaCanoe shoes that Ansel Sy of the Primer Group had me try. And loved the walking experience!

Read about my first experience with RegettaCanoe HERE.

This time though, I was with a group of lifestyle bloggers, and surprise, surprise….two of my yoga teacher-friends, Monica Eleazar-Manzano and Anna Manalastas! This was going to be a fun, fun, differently yogic afternoon!

RegettaCanoe shoes 2

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June 2, 2016
by jane
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The Yogini from Manila is on Healthlisted.com’s Top 25 Yoga Blogs of 2016!

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Healthlisted.com is a site dedicated to natural health and fitness. Armed with a team of writers, this site aims to help its readers make informed decisions about their health. Recently, I received an email from one of their team members informing me that my yoga blog was included among the Top 25 Yoga Blogs of 2016! I am so honored to have even been considered and eventually included!!! A BIG THANK YOU, healthlisted.com!!!

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May 23, 2016
by jane
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Experiencing myofascial release at Polarity Physiotherapy Center

Providence truly happens at just the right time and the Universe showed me just how much it listens and arranges things.

I had received an email out of the blue from Polarity Physiotherapy Center (I found out later that they had just googled and found my blog!) with an invitation to try one of their therapeutic services – myofascial release. Of course, that term made me sit up. My yin yoga practice works with the fascia, among others.

Polarity Physiotherapy Center

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April 4, 2016
by jane
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Review: Walking around the metro in my RegettaCanoe sandals

More than fashion, when I buy footwear nowadays, my foremost priority is foot comfort and support. In my corporate world some decades back, I wore closed, heeled shoes. Fashionable but torture on the feet!!!

Yoga has shown me the importance of freedom and comfort of the feet. In reflexology, massage is concentrated on the soles of the feet. Why? Because all organs can be stimulated and manipulated depending on which pressure points in the soles you depress. Energy channels (meridians) start or end in the toes and run through “highways of energy” all over. But because meridians begin or end in the toes, the feet (often much neglected) actually are very important to our wellness. Our feet need to breathe and our toes must not be constrained by tight-fitting, pointy and very high-heeled shoes that keep our feet for hours in unnatural positions. When the feet are well-supported, it actually contributes to one’s overall well-being. Don’t you automatically feel it all over your body when your feet are painful and tired?

Got this Regetta pair to try out!

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March 31, 2016
by jane
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The Yogini from Manila is #25 in this list of Top 50 Yoga Blogs

I received another surprise this month. My yoga blog was not only listed as one of the Top 50 Yoga Blogs but it was also included in an infographic! Take a look — I’m #25!

This yoga blog has already gone where I never expected it to go. It began as a simple diary of my own yoga journey. Then I began listing the few yoga studios existing in Metro Manila and eventually, provinces (today, I am happy to see  the number of yoga studios continually rising everywhere!). Now, as I approach my 10th blog anniversary this November 2016, I am starting to refocus my posts on wellness and not just yoga. To make wellness a lifestyle due to greater awareness is challenging, especially in our modern, stress-filled world, but we should keep on trying to bring this message to as many people as possible.

Every list of top blogs will always have some subjectivity in it and the author of the article on rebateszone.com says so (“All lists are subjective in the end; and difference of opinion can occur.“). I am just so happy and humbled to be part of several such top yoga blog lists from different sites. It motivates me to try to do even more.

If you want to discover some new yoga bloggers, this list is a place to start. To read the full article, which includes direct links to all 50 yoga blogs, click HERE.

Source: rebateszone

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March 3, 2016
by jane
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A potent superfood drink — Organique Acai Premium Blend

Superfood — it’s a term that is not even in the Merriam-Webster dictionary (yes, I checked!!!) but everyone into health uses the term to refer to foods that contain extra large doses of antioxidants (believed to fight free radicals and shield us from cell damage), healthy fats ( thought to prevent heart disease), fiber (great for digestion), or phytochemicals (those plant chemicals that give them a dark color and smell).

The list of real superfoods is debatable and varies from health site to health site. But I do know that dark berries like cherries and blueberries are very rich in antioxidants. One dark berry that is quite potent is the açai (pronounced ah-SIGH-ee) berry, an exotic berry that comes from the açai palm tree and is native to South America.

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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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