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Back to Yoga Sep 20, 2010

Back to Yoga

Goodbye Yoga
Shortly before leaving Manila in April, I was conducting regular yoga classes for free to anyone who would offer a clean place. The SIBAT staff would often host that class either on one of the floors or on a volunteer's roof deck. It was all good that way. Why free? Yoga has given me so much. It is only fitting that I give back as well. I figured I could make my money on the web anyway. However, upon my move to Dumaguete, my yoga practice was the first casualty. I didn't have my mat with me, and I had no place to do my practice. Without yoga, I drifted, desensitized from the subtle stimuli that spontaneously strayed in and out of my orbit.

The Nexus
I've always considered yoga as the main hub for everything I do. Whether it be web design, mountain biking, being in a relationship, cooking, skin diving or just a gym workout, yoga kept it all together. It was the thread that tied up all the disparate pieces into a woven fabric. It provided a strong sense of connectivity within myself and the world I interact with. I speculate this is the part of yoga that remains invisible to those who haven't practiced it. I used to think yoga was another workout to provide flexibility and relaxation. While I developed that, an inner metamorphosis also took place. This is the unique component of yoga I haven't seen or felt in any other workout.

The Resumption
With my new place however, the living room was big enough to spread my mat (which I brough with me from my last visit to Manila). It's been over 5 months since my last practice and my body had to get used to it all over again. My muscles and ligaments were stiff and I got winded out early. But I'm just too glad to be doing this again.

Ending Thoughts
Being able to resume my yoga felt in keeping with my return to the default world. Let's just say yoga is the latest element that aligned itself with the new paradigm. With most of the pieces falling into place, I get a better sense of this broad horizon that increasingly reveals itself. Even as I write this, my mind races on other 'forgotten morsels' that just jumped into the foreground for resurrection. Now that I'm back into my practice, there is renewed confidence in braving whatever is up ahead.

--- TheLoneRider

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"Do you know anyone in QC who teaches yoga?" -- Bernz Varona
(Oct 3, 2010) Last time I talked to Allen (of Power Up), she was teaching yoga at a studio near Macro Cubao. Her number is 09198609295.

Bernz Varona
(Oct 3, 2010) Lately I've been doing yoga almost everyday - it gives me the stillness and calmness I need to deal with everyday happenings. I love how it also makes you in tune with your body. Do you know anyone in QC who teaches yoga? I've just been following recommended videos, but I also want to correct some of my postures (in case I've been doing them wrong).

Erica Boucher
(Sep 23, 2010) So glad yoga is finding its way back into your life! You have a beautiful practice. I know, I look at your pictures regularly. Thanks for modeling all of the asanas for the Empath Yoga Training manual. Much love to you brother! I'm hoping to return to the Philippines to do another training. Let's make sure our paths cross then. Big hugs!!

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