I’m Jane Uymatiao, a Filipina yogini from Manila, Philippines.
I initially began this blog to chronicle my own journey as a yogini. At that time, there were only a few people practicing yoga in the Philippines and you could count the number of yoga styles on one hand. Today, there are yoga studios from north to south of Metro Manila offering a wide range of yoga styles, including hybrid ones like antigravity yoga and yogilates.
My first experience of yoga was vinyasa and I loved it for many years. However, I took a yin yoga class in 2011 with Dona Tumacder-Esteban who is now the founder of Yin Yoga Philippines and that set me on a different direction in my practice. When Yin Yoga in Asia founder Victor Chng began visiting Manila to conduct workshops in 2012, my love for its healing effects deepened. 2014 marks the year I got my certification as a yin yoga teacher, having trained under Victor Chng. While I will try to write about yoga in general you will find that a lot of my personal insights will come from my yin yoga experience, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), nutrition and body energy.
In this blog you will find a list of yoga studios, not just in Metro Manila but in other parts of the country, to help yogis find places to practice wherever they are. My blog has also branched out beyond just my journey. Publishers of yoga and wellness books have been sending me upcoming book titles for review and whenever I come across healthy products, I feature those as well.
My teacher Victor says that transformation can happen only when you are willing to break open your old self to make way for the new one to emerge. My yoga journey is helping me with this transformation, starting from the inside out.
I hope through my writings, I can also inspire you on the path to a longer, healthier and more meaningful life.
Love, light, and health…
You can reach me through the Contact Me form.