(July 8, 2017) Judith placed #1 and is now the new champion of the Philippine Open Dance Festival held at the Manila Marriott Hotel
Life Coaching for a Competition Dancer
Location: S Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines
Google Map: 10°19'00.4"N 123°53'17.1"E
A competition dancer in Cebu asked around the yoga community who could help her meditate to develop stillness of the mind to gain competitive advantage in the upcoming major dance contest in Manila. Given my background in meditation and the meditation classes I conducted in Cebu, my name popped-up 3 times from different sources. I received a message from her when I was in Bohol asking me to come to Cebu to hold that space for her. I cut my Bohol adventure short and said yes. Her name is Judith.
Judith is your typical alpha-type personality. She is strong, determined and has a single-minded focus about winning. She is objective-driven and will utilize all avenues to get that competitive edge. Mediocrity and compromise do not exist in her vocabulary.
For this event, she flew-in to Davao to sharpen her skills in a dance camp. In Cebu, she does a one-on-one yoga class a minimum of 3x/week. On the dance floor, she spends countless hours perfecting her routine. She's pouring-in money, time and effort to make this event happen for her. I admire such single-minded focus and dedication.
Her one stumbling block was her mind. Even though she is focused on winning, her mind is constantly racing, often getting ahead of herself. This is typical of alpha-types who are obsessed with winning. This is where I come in.
S Hotel and Residences
Within city limits, I couldn't have gotten a better place at S Hotel. We held the workshop in one of their spacious function rooms. It was clean, well vented for cross wind and lots of natural light. It was big enough for a business conference, but Judith and I had all that space for ourselves.
The best way to calm the mind and regain perspective is through meditation. But it wasn't enough for me to simply conduct a meditation session with Judith. What's more important was for me to lay down the ground work for a conceptual cornerstone. I talked about taking refuge in the breath, mindfulness about body sensation, and about catching herself and observing thought processes without generating any reaction. My point-of-failure yoga applied all these concepts to sustain mental equanimity in the face of an increasingly difficult asana. The pranayama provided balance between the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous system. I employed a holistic approach.
I've done life coaching many times in the past amongst friends in informal conversations, but this is the first time I've done it as an integral part of a session. It is one thing to talk about concepts and do asanas to apply the concept, and another thing to add a flesh-and-blood dimension to all these concepts through life coaching. My insight is unique because my nomadic life is unique. I've stumbled upon many life morsels on the open road that remain unknown to people who live traditional lives. I see life along the lines of black-and-white with very little gray area. I enjoy that clarity and share that insight.
The life coaching extended well beyond our breakfast. We started at 7am and finished close to 12 noon. It took nearly 5 hours but no one was in a rush. I dedicated my entire morning for the session (which resembled more a workshop).
To a lesser extent, I already integrate life coaching when I conduct even a 1-hour class. Life coaching weaves life experience into the fabric of yoga/pranayama/meditation for a seamless singularity that adds depth and perception in how we see ourselves and the role we play in this social fabric. It presents a navigable blueprint to what could be a confusing maze.
Next stop: Karma Yoga at S Hotel
(July 9, 2017) Thank you Gigit. Please let me know when you're back in Cebu. Excited to tell you everything. It was amazing. Such honor to have ever met you and I thank God for you. See you soon ❤❤❤
Cebu City, Philippines
More Information about Cebu City
Cebu City to Camotes Island
- via Consuelo - from Cebu City, take the northbound bus passing through Danao and get off at the Danao Port. At the Port, take a Jomalia Shipping boat for Consuelo (San Francisco, Camotes), P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only).
Camotes Islands to Cebu City
- Poro - Cebu City (fastest and most direct) - go to Poro and take the 8am or 5pm Ocean Jet to Pier One in Cebu City, P380/pax/aircon, 2 hours
- Consuelo - Danao - Cebu City - go to Consuelo (San Francisco) and take the Jomalia Shipping boat to Danao, P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only). From Danao, take the Ceres Bus to Cebu City
Cebu City to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental by Boat
- George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
- Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am, email@example.com, 0918.898.2188
- Cokaliong - Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 12pm, 6 hours, (035)225.3599
Cebu City to Dumaguete via Liloan
- Cebu City South Terminal - take the southbound Ceres bus to Liloan, P200, 5 hours
- Liloan - the bus drops you off at the Liloan Port where you board the Fastcraft to Sibulan, Negros Oriental, P62, 30 mins
- Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
- Public Market - at the market, you can take any tricycle to your hotel, P8 for short trips
Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol
- Weesam Express - Pier 4, departs 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 2 hours
one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
- Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs 6-7-8-9:20-10:40-11:40AM, 1-2-4:20-6:35PM, 2 hours
Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
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- SuperCat (2GO) - Pier 1, departs 08:15-13:30-15:10-18:00-19:40
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Suggested Destinations in Cebu
- Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
- Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
- Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
- Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
- Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
- Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
- Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
- Barile Waterfalls - Barile
- Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
- Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market
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