The Yogini from Manila

Wellness in mind, body and spirit

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

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.

Luckily, I have ONE FREE PASS to the May 6 workshop of Victor Chng, a leading yin yoga teacher in Asia (and my yin yoga teacher!) and I’d like one of you to get it. This will be at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), and with him are my first yin yoga teacher and integrative nutrition counselor, Dona Tumacder-Esteban, and another yin yoga teacher, Dr. Francisco Navarro who is also a specialist in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as head of Complementary Medicine at St. Luke’s BGC. See details below.

So this is what we’ll do.

1. Read my latest post on Victor Chng and yin yoga as an introduction to yin yoga.

2. Just leave a comment below this post to tell me why you’d like to go to Victor’s workshop. I’ll have a yogini friend choose the winner. IMPORTANT: PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME & EMAIL ADDRESS in your comment so I can get in touch with you if you’re the winner.

 3. I will only accept comments until Thursday, May 1, 11:59 PM

4. Please join only if you can physically go to the workshop. This is NON-TRANSFERABLE since winner’s name will be given to Dona.

Don’t miss this wonderful chance to hear from 3 awesome yin yoga teachers. Healing yoga is just a practice away….

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April 18, 2014
by jane

Victor Chng – Up close as he talks about Yin Yoga

Next month (May 2014), my yin yoga teacher from Singapore, Victor Chng, will be coming again to hold a series of workshops in different places.

My first encounter with yin yoga was in 2011, with Dona, the very first yin yoga teacher in the Philippines. Dona had trained with Victor in 2010 and her background as a stress management consultant and integrative nutrition counselor combined very well with her yin yoga practice. While my first introduction to yoga was via the practice of vinyasa in late 2006, I never had a strong urge to share my practice — at least not until yin yoga came into my life. Its healing properties aligned with the Taoist concepts and traditional Chinese medicine that I was beginning to read about more closely around the time my hubby fell ill and we were pursuing naturopath remedies. I had a strong feeling that I had found the practice that I needed for myself, for my loved ones and for the greater community circles I was in.

Read about my first yin yoga experience here.

Victor Chng came to the Philippines for the very first time in 2012 (a year after my first encounter with Dona) and every year since then, around this time, he returns to continue teaching his students (including me!). Of course, in his absence, Dona continues the practice of yoga through her own classes and workshops. But Dona is good for another, separate post that I want to do later.


My first encounter with Victor Chng. After that, there was no turning back from yin yoga.

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April 2, 2014
by jane

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”.

Chelsea Roff was a waiter who had been putting a younger sister through school for years. She overcame an eating disorder and she used that experience to start teaching yoga to help other women with eating disorders. Her car was also one for the dumps with bumps all over it.

Screenshot of Chelsea from Break’s YouTube channel

But look what happens when some wonderful people decide to make her the recipient of their positive prank. I love it when a yogini who has given so much of herself to others gets the best that life has to offer.


Pick Your Yoga Practice book cover

January 15, 2014
by jane

Book review: Pick Your Yoga Practice by Meagan McCrary

“I want to try yoga. Can you suggest what style is best for me?”

It’s pretty tough when you need to face such a question because there is not just one style of yoga nor any one “best” style. Way back in 2006 when I first discovered yoga, there were only very few styles available in Manila – ashtanga, bikram and vinyasa. Maybe one or two more. Nothing else. So we did not really have that many choicesNow there are so many different yoga styles and offerings available and studios are all over the place!

So when I am asked what yoga someone should do, I tend to suggest that they try different yoga styles first before settling into one because really, what I may love is not what another yogi would love. And what my body needs is not what your body would need. The yoga style really depends on the individual and many times, age and medical conditions, as well as psycho-emotional and spiritual needs are factors in which type to go with. So there is my usual dilemma.

But now THIS can help those who are struggling with which style to try and where. Yoga teacher and author Meagan McCrary has written the first encyclopedia of different yoga styles out there for both beginner and experienced yogis — Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Types of Yoga  (New World Library, December 15, 2013). It can be a helpful tool as well for yoga teachers in case similar questions are posed to them by their students.

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Meagan McCrary


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October 24, 2013
by jane

Listen to Integrative Medicine Experts for FREE! (Nov. 21-30, 2013)

I’m giving you a heads-up on this one so you can block your calendars.

From Nov. 21-30, 2013, we can listen to several experts on Integrative Medicine speak about new approaches to healing that combine Western or conventional medicine as we know it these days with other modalities that focus on holistic wellness rather than just treating symptoms of diseases. I plan to make time to listen to as many of these experts as possible because I believe even more than ever now that everything we take into our bodies affect us. Even stress which can come in many forms and is thrown upon us in different situations, wreaks havoc inside the body and produces harmful free radicals that eventually can lead to disease.


Here is an excerpt explaining the concept of Integrative Medicine as taken from the Integrative Medicine Online World Summit website:

“What is Integrative Medicine and META-Health and how can it help me?

Integrative Medicine is an approach to treatment and care that integrates conventional medicine with a broader understanding of illness, healing and wellness and looks at all available methods that may be a value in treating disease and illness.

It takes into account the whole person and all aspects of lifestyle and restores the focus of medicine on health and healing and away from disease symptom management. It’s a practical strategy that puts the patient at the center of care and addresses the full range of mind, body, spirit and environmental influences that affect a person’s health.

Integrative Medicine treats both the patients immediate and long-term needs enhancing the ability of patients to not only get well but more importantly stay well.

META-Health is the Art and Science of Self-healing and a branch within the field of integrative medicine. It is revolutionizing holistic diagnosis and therapy by using your body’s healing intelligence and awareness of specific stress triggers, emotions and beliefs that are affecting your organ symptoms. META-Health is using the Organ-Stress-Emotion-Belief-Social Connection and the major 9 Points and Phases of Healing to remove blockages and allow self-healing to happen.”

30 world-renowned experts in Integrative Medicine will be speaking in this summit. Here is a screenshot I got from the same website of the Integrative Medicine Online World Summit showing some of your possible questions that may be covered.


Looks exciting and informative! I can’t wait. By the way, this entire summit is FREE so there is no reason for you not to sign up now and listen to what they have to say. Whenever something goes wrong in our bodies, we should stop just taking medicines to remove the symptoms. We must learn how to treat it at the source of the problem. As my yoga teacher always told us – The body has an innate ability to heal itself.

To sign up for the Integrative Medicine Online World Summit, click HERE


October 18, 2013
by jane
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Free download: Jessica Ortner’s Stress Relief Audios

(NOTE: I do not know how long this FREE download will be available so I suggest you check out the link first to ensure it is still free before you download)

Just recently, after watching several interviews on the Hay House World Summit 2013 with holistic practitioners, I decided to download Nick Ortner’s ebook, The Tapping Solution. I still have not started reading it but I understand that it will teach us to tap different parts of our body in order to relieve stress and even help with the healing process in case of some illnesses.

Read my post about the Hay House World Summit 2013 here.

Learn what tapping is all about through this YouTube video:

But TODAY I got an email from Nick Ortner that his sister, Jessica, who also practices tapping, has stress relief audios that are being made available for download absolutely FREE. I am sharing this link with you. Click HERE to go to the download site.

There are several audio files to download (mp3 format) as well as transcripts of each audio file (PDF format).

Tapping for Stress Relief

- Introduction

- The Science of Tapping

- Morning Clearing Tapping

- Morning Affirmation Tapping

- Evening Clearing Tapping

- Evening Affirmation Tapping

Just right-click each link and save the files on your computer.



Book cover

July 9, 2013
by jane
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Review: Darren Rhodes’ Yoga Resource Practice Manual ebook

One great thing about owning a tablet or a smartphone is the fact that there is a plethora of yoga apps available. I’ve got over a dozen such apps on my ipad and I have quite a few on my Android smartphone. On my Kindle app, I also have quite a few yoga ebooks. Both the apps and the ebooks are great resources for when you can’t make it to a class or when traveling.

But if you need some kind of yoga bible, the Yoga Resource Practice Manual of Darren Rhodes is something to seriously consider.

Book cover

The version of the ebook I reviewed was for the ipad (using the Inkling app) so if you get the Android or web version, there may be some slight format differences.

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June 2, 2013
by jane

Join the Hay House World Summit 2013

This is something exciting going on right now!

From now (I actually forgot and missed Day 1!) till June 10, 2013, we will have FREE access to the talks of 110 speakers who are world-renowned speakers on a wide range of topics on enriching and life-changing conversations on life, healing, happiness and so much more. Hay House, a top publishing house, is hosting the Hay House World Summit 2013.

Here are just some speaker names: Louise Hay, Anita Moorjani, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Suze Orman, Tara Stiles, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, Christiane Northrup and so many more. Listen to their personal stories about their own transformation.

I registered for full access to the summit and all I needed to give out was my full name and email address. Once I was registered, I could listen to the audio conversations of the speakers for each of these 10 days. (Note: You only have 24 hours to listen to the speeches of a particular day. I am not sure if they will be putting up the speeches of past days so I suggest you visit the Hay House website daily so you don’t miss anything.)

To register and catch up with the rest of the conversation, click HERE and fill up the required information on the box on the right sidebar.

To check the list of speakers, click HERE


May 31, 2013
by jane

Wellness afternoon with Juju Eats, Kick-Start Coffee, Lifefactory and Para’Kito

It was an afternoon well spent. An intimate group of women, most of whom are sporty and active, gathered at Juju Eats along Chino Roces Ave. Extension. We were treated to a feast and introduced to several health and wellness products.

But as they say in the Philippines, “Kain muna tayo!” (Let’s eat first!)

Our first experience was the food offerings of Juju Eats. This resto caters to everything healthy. They have a wide variety of classic salads with topping choices of all kinds. The couple behind Juju Eats is Kat and David Azanza. Their family is totally immersed in the world of alternative health since Kat’s parents, Eckard and Perla Rempe, are the founders of the popular wellness resort, The Farm at San Benito.

Great pains were taken to make the preparation as hygienic as possible. The food handlers all had their hair tied behind and secured with headbands. They wore hard plastic mouthguards, which reminded me of what my kids’ pediatric dentist used to use when cleaning my kids’ teeth. It was not a simple disposable face mask. It covered the nose and mouth completely. They also wore disposable gloves on both hands. Each ingredient had a separate container, with its own spoon, scoop or tongs. Somehow, their get-up made me feel so much more comfortable about how the salads and pasta were prepared.

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