The Yogini from Manila

Sweet and Sweaty Yoga Class


It almost seemed like ages since I did yoga at my yoga center with my teacher, Pio Baquiran.

I had been caught up in so much work that did not allow me to leave the office in time to get to Ortigas. Many times, I ended up taking classes at Yoga Manila, which was not really a bad alternative as I could do either basic Ashtanga or Mysore. Yoga Manila was just behind my office building.

Last week, even this was not feasible due to my work load so I found myself doing self yoga at home. Today, I realized I was missing out on the energies of my yogini friends and tell the truth, I kind of missed my teacher’s instructions and adjustments.

So with time to spare today, I gave Chona a call and we agreed to meet up earlier, then do a 7pm class.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at Vinyasa Yoga Center are intermediate classes. People coming to this class should expect nothing less than a sweaty class filled with deepening poses.

Yes, true to its word, this was indeed a sweaty, deepening, gruelling class. But I was surprised that despite my long absence and not-so-tiring self yoga, I managed to pace myself in class today. Pio has already been introducing new and deeper poses. And tonight’s pace was FAST!

But what I liked about class today was the fact that he would come over to me frequently to adjust and deepen my asanas. Thank you, my dear teacher, for welcoming me back into the fold and assisting me with the poses which you still remember cause me great difficulty.

In our previous yoga event for bloggers, Francis told me in a video interview we did that he found the class sweet and sweaty. That is how I describe tonight’s class. SWEET and SWEATY!

Here are some pictures of the more difficult stuff we tried out today:

Salabhasana (Full Locust)

Matsyasana (Fish pose - deeper variation)

Parivritta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle)

Tittibhasana (Firefly, variation C)

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee)

Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose)

Urdvha Mukha Paschimottanasana (Upward Facing Seated Forward Bend)

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Lunge Twist)

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  1. Hi Gel and Jane! I’d say that Teacher Pio’s intermediate class is like durian–it’s for the brave soul who is willing to transcend everything not appealing to the senses… only to fall in love with it after having a bite. Some do after 20 bites or so, parang yoga. Sabi nga nila, durian smells like hell but tastes like heaven…para talagang intermediate class, mwahaha! >;-)

    Jane: Chon, I so agree with the durian analogy. YES!

  2. hi jane!

    sweaty and strenuous – that’s how i describe last Tuesday’s class, my second (brave and daring) attempt at an Intermediate Teacher Pio class at VYC. To be face to face with my limitations, yet somehow slowly getting in touch with something deep inside that i feel will be a source of strength i never knew i had, has been truly humbling but truly reassuring as well… thank you to you and chona for your kind and encouraging words before and after the class. And thank you for the energy you contributed to the session! i surprised even myself at the poses I managed to do more deeply, and at the fact that i managed to somehow keep up with the pace!

    Hope to see you more often! Peace!

    Jane:So happy to bump into you again, Gel. And kudos for taking the brave step towards attending this class. The only way for us to make real progress in our yoga journey is to take a deep breath and plunge right in. See you again soon!

  3. Oh WOW! Those are intense! Sun salutations palang i teeter na. hehe

    Jane: Chats, baby steps lang!!!!

  4. I know what you mean about the difference between self-practice and attending a class. Although I do Ashtanga even at home so the poses are the same, I always feel like I can do more when I’m in a class with my favorite teacher. 🙂

    Namaste, Jane!

    Jane: Avril, the secret is in the shared energies, including that of your favorite teacher. 🙂

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