June 18, 2017
Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort
Location: Oasis Resort, Alona Beach, Panglao (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines
GPS waypoint: 9°32'57.2"N 123°46'22.0"E
Yoga & Fitness Website: YOGA by Gigit
Ron, a yoga teacher in Cebu, hooked me up with his yogini friends in Bohol, Geraldine and Raisa - hard-core Ashtangis! After planning things out in social media, we finally arranged to meet up at my digs at Oasis Resort to do our asanas. That started a beautiful friendship and a deepening yoga practice.
Full Primary Ashtanga Yoga by Raisa
(June 14, 2017) Raisa led this class, true to Ashtanga tradition. It was the 90-min Full Primary - left and right Vinyasa and jump-back plus all the body pretzel contortions that defy skeletal framework. I maintain that Ashtanga has one of the most elegantly articulated set of asanas ever woven into a meditative vinyasa. I take it as my therapeutic refuge if and when my body aches for it. Raisa rebooted my system bringing it back to optimum efficiency.
(June 17, 2017) SeaQuest dive manager, Ben and Oasis / SeaQuest reservations manager, Mae joined us. My yoga has continued to evolve amalgamating lessons gleaned from Vipassana, Thich Nhat Hanh's Mindfulness Meditation and other morsels stumbled-upon on the open road. I conducted my Point-of-Failure Yoga where the breath and mental focus are challenged while holding an increasingly difficult asana. This was followed by Pranayama and Meditation. I find synergy in integrating all three in one session - asana, pranayama and meditation.
Vinyasa Yoga by Geraldine
(June 18, 2017) We were joined by Mae and resort guest, Evi. Geraldine started slow and sustained the pace with increasing intensity. The full 90-min session opened-up all the major body groups from shoulders, chest to hips leaving us kneaded like a break dough. Our sweat trickled profusely leaving us with a surgical smile no one could wipe away.
Breakfast at Oasis Resort
It was perhaps the eager anticipation of a sumptuous breakfast following the practice that gave us the energy to go the whole 9 yards with our asanas. Good food, awesome alfresco garden setting and great company! What more could I ask for?
What better way to start the day than do yoga? Everything else that follows is simply gravy. Big thanks to Ging and Rai for sharing their practice.
ps - If you want me to participate and write about your yoga studio or your yoga practice, email me. For my complete yoga profile, you can visit this page: YOGA by Gigit
Bohol FYI / Tips
- the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located within the Alona Beach area
- the tourist attractions in Bohol are far apart and spread-out. It would be difficult to visit them all using public mass transit. Better hire a van (P3500/day) if in a big group, or rent a motorcycle (P400/day + gas)
- Bohol relies on its tourism for revenue. As expected, everything they can capitalize on from tourism is extensively used and developed
Tagbilaran Port to PanglaoYou can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
- don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
- in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)
Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
- Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
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 - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
+63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
- SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
+63 32 233 7000
Things to do, Places to go in Bohol
- Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
- Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
- Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
- Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.
Carlos P. Garcia Island
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