My vegan weekends at IASIS, Bulacan: What to expect

Before anything else, I’d like to clarify that I’m not vegan. I’m a pescetarian talking about a down-to-earth real personal experience of trying a vegan diet, beautifully provided by IASIS Health and Wholeness Center in Angat, Bulacan :)

In January and early February, I would spend my weekends in IASIS as a yoga teacher, holder of space, and a writer. One of the benefits of that was that I was fed by the wonderful cooks of IASIS’ Nourish Cafe and for those weekends, I was on a vegan diet.

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Yoga teachers of Manila: Andi Bañez

Back when I was on the student’s side of the yoga classroom, teachers always seemed so impenetrable in their calm happiness, and sometimes even, otherworldly. Now that I’m a yoga teacher myself, I can tell you all with full confidence and honesty: we can be just as crazy, unhinged, insecure, uncool, basic, and normal as everyone else on the planet.

And you can bet the teachers in Manila have a lot of the Filipino quirks you can think of too ;)

In an attempt to demystify yoga teachers and the seeming perfection of their practice as seen through social media, I’m starting a series on my blog not-so-creatively entitled “Yoga Teachers of Manila.”

With grace and honesty, yoga teachers share with us their struggles, their funny “un-yogi” moments, and what keeps them on their mat as a teacher and as a student.

For this post, we get to know more about someone I went to high school with and was pleasantly surprised to know also became a teacher:  Andi Bañez

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Why private Yoga classes are a challenge, a joy for teacher and student

The way yoga started, to learn it you had to be welcomed under a teacher’s wing, you had to study it diligently over years, and to pick up “his subtle state, his yogic attainment,” you listened to his authority and observed him in his actions.

Now, the way most of us perceive learning yoga is as attending studio classes of different levels of difficulty, at least once a week, seeing progress over long periods of practicing on and off. With the demands of our lives now, it makes sense to enter the practice that way and keep on practicing like this alongside everything else we do with our lives. Some serious practitioners still keep this practice, especially with Ashtanga for example. Another way that people live this out now is through getting private instruction :)

Since I started my teaching practice over a year ago, I’ve taught quite a few private classes – for some reason I’ve attracted people needing private instruction and I’ve learned to stop questioning it and instead, work with it. (GO TO: Get private classes)

Based on observations, here are the reasons why people get private yoga classes and what makes them continue. On the other side, I’d also like to share why it’s such a pleasure to teach one-on-one’s like this.

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Yoga and Life Coaching: Why they work together well

Part of the things I had to do as I finished my coaching essentials course with The TLC Solution was a research paper – anything to do with coaching. Of course, mine was on yoga :)

I had an inkling already that yoga and coaching would make a beautiful partnership – otherwise I wouldn’t have been so focused in pursuing it. For the practitioners out there, I’m sure we’ve all said at one point or another, “I’m a completely different person now compared to the me before yoga.” The practice is transformative on its own – what more if you add in life coaching to the mix?

My own experience of going through the workshop and being part of a few coaching conversations as a client showed me that it’s a big fat YES! to yoga and coaching :) My hypothesis was correct!

I’m going to write a bit more about what training was like soon but, in this post I’d like to share my research on why and how yoga and coaching work well together by posting a few excerpts from my research paper — in the hope of enlightening coaches, yoga teachers, and even those interested in coaching.

Disclaimer: the last time I wrote a paper was in college so the citations etc might just suck :)

Screenshot of my presentation. All pictures are from White Space Mind and Body Wellness

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Yoga teachers of Manila: Anna Manalastas

Back when I was on the student’s side of the yoga classroom, teachers always seemed so impenetrable in their calm happiness, and sometimes even, otherworldly. Now that I’m a yoga teacher myself, I can tell you all with full confidence and honesty: we can be just as crazy, unhinged, insecure, uncool, basic, and normal as everyone else on the planet.

And you can bet the teachers in Manila have a lot of the Filipino quirks you can think of too ;)

In an attempt to demystify yoga teachers and the seeming perfection of their practice as seen through social media, I’m starting a series on my blog not-so-creatively entitled “Yoga Teachers of Manila.”

With grace and honesty, yoga teachers share with us their struggles, their funny “un-yogi” moments, and what keeps them on their mat as a teacher and as a student.

For this post, we get to know more about teacher and incredibly strong yogi Anna Cristina Manalastas.

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Yoga teachers of Manila: Monica Suarez

Back when I was on the student’s side of the yoga classroom, teachers always seemed so impenetrable in their calm happiness, and sometimes even, otherworldly. Now that I’m a yoga teacher myself, I can tell you all with full confidence and honesty: we can be just as crazy, unhinged, insecure, uncool, basic, and normal as everyone else on the planet.

And you can bet the teachers in Manila have a lot of the Filipino quirks you can think of too ;)

In an attempt to demystify yoga teachers and the seeming perfection of their practice as seen through social media, I’m starting a series on my blog not-so-creatively entitled “Yoga Teachers of Manila.”

With grace and honesty, yoga teachers share with us their struggles, their funny “un-yogi” moments, and what keeps them on their mat as a teacher and as a student.

For this post, teacher Monica Suarez shares with us her yoga journey.

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Listen/Download: FILIPINO Guided Meditation for accepting emotions, pain, joy

My second recording of a guided meditation in Filipino.  (Here’s the first one : Listen/download FREE: Guided meditation intro in Filipino)

If the first one was an introduction on how to sit and be quiet, this one is about recognizing your emotions, honoring them, and accepting them as friends and teachers.

It’s a beautiful technique for growing in self-love that I read about from Chris Gosso who, in turn, translated it from Thich Nhat Hanh.

For any Filipinos/Filipino speakers who want to start meditating and want to listen to it in the Philippine language. Meditation is for everyone though, so here’s an effort to bring the practice to people more comfortable in the Filipino language :)

  • Made especially for newbies, communities, NGOs, social enterprises, charities, and other similar groups based in the country
  • Can be used in meetings, team buildings, nightly or morning rituals, or at any time needed

Please do share with anyone who you think might find it useful :) If you want to get hold of the words and lead your own Filipino meditation, please see the text below.

Enjoy and if you have any feedback, I’d love to hear it. Hoping to do more of these soon so I can have more content and goodness to share in my Guided Meditations page ♥

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