The Yogini from Manila

Book Launch: Yoga in the Wild by Ciay Misa


“Talikwas, an unfolding from within, from inside-out. An intimate exploration into primordial energy that underlies all of creation through relaxed breathing, movement, visualization and sounding. Once the source is tapped, the body can move naturally, fluid and graceful, yet powerful and balanced.”

This was the life experience of Lucia “Ciay” Misa whose first experience with yoga began at the age of 20. On February 13, 2012, Ciay will launch her book “Yoga in the Wild” — all about the transformative power of yoga in one’s life. Now a successful businesswoman, mother, yogini and free spirit, Ciay puts inside this book stories about her funniest, wildest and most memorable moments with family and friends around the world. In it she also recounts how yoga as talikwas has changed her life.


Back in the 90s, Ciay introduced the concept of soft belly yoga, mostly in workshops done in Mt. Banahaw. I was so ignorant of yoga then. Though based in Boston, Massachusetts most of the year, she comes to the Philippines as a a host artist from January to April of each year at Talikwas, a healing arts center in El Nido, Palawan.

I was invited to an earlier book launch last year with Ciay but I missed that opportunity. I am not missing this one!

All proceeds of the book sales will go to Roots of Health (Ugat ng Kalusugan), a non-profit organization dedicated to improve reproductive health and to eradicate the malnutrition of women and children in the communities of Palawan.

Lucia Misa teaching yoga (taken from

The public is invited to the launch which will be at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street on Feb. 13, 2012 at 5:00pm. I’ll be there and would love to meet some of you too.


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