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108 Sun Salutations for Typhoon Yolanda Victims Dec 15, 2013

108 Sun Salutations for Typhoon Yolanda Victims

Location: Jaime's Farm, Busay (near Tops), Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines
Fee: donation-based - all proceeds to go to Rebuilding Leyte/Adopt-a-Family
Event: The Power of 108: An Offering of Sun Salutations

Rebuilding Leyte/Adopt-a-Family
To alleviate the hardship of Typhoon Yolanda victims in Leyte, yoga instructors, Arlien Alcoseba Buhain, Jeanne Torrefranca, Anne Dala and Jang Samson, hatched a fund-raising event for the Rebuilding Leyte/Adopt-a-Family programs. There were 9 in attendance, yoga teachers and practitioners coming from different studios and yoga centers in Cebu.

108 Sun Salutations for Typhoon Yolanda Victims

Jaime's Farm
The event was held at the picturesque Jaime's Farm in Busay. Tucked serenely within the rolling hills of Busay, the farm is a landscaping marvel complete with an expansive pond graced by Lotus flowers and Koi. The Bali-style house where the offering took place rests in the middle of the pond. There were orchids of different colors hanging from the beams. The dining table was a solid piece of hardwood, maybe 15 feet long - the longest I've ever seen. The house was tastefully designed.

   We make our daily yoga practice more meaningful by offering this particular intention as we do 108 sun salutations. -- Arlien Alcoseba Buhain   

108 Surya Namaskar A
The intent is to perform 108 sun salutations (Surya Namakaskar A). Why 108? This number has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Mala beads is a string of 108 beads. Doing 108 sun salutations is the same as doing a yoga mala. There are 108 canonical Upanishads and 108 marma points (sacred spaces in the body).

108 Sun Salutations for Typhoon Yolanda Victims

The Challenge
Performing Surya Namaskar A is one of the best warm-ups in yoga. Nearly all the major muscle groups are stretched out, with the Downward Facing Dog where you hold the pose for 5 deep breaths. But to do it repeatedly 108 times? At some point, the shoulder muscles were fatigued. Since I was doing a full push-up from Upward Dog to Downward Dog, a Tricep strand started burning. While enduring the pain, I was thinking...if I push through...would that be resolve or ego? My mind was beginning to toy with me. I had to stop and miss 3 vinyasas to allow my body to recover - only 105 vinyasas for me.

   I'd been teaching yoga for over 10 years now. I realized that unless I devote myself in the service of others, all these asanas and pranayamas are nothing but ego. -- Tana Madrigal (Sep 9, 2007)   

Breakfast Spread
The difficulty was rewarded by a breakfast spread fit for a king and queen - mangoes, home-made tablea, puto maya, oranges, home-made salsa on tortilla, mandarins, rice lugaw, etc. Breaking bread with everyone on the long table by the pond was an experience. We shared our vibe, our smiles and our goodwill while the moment lasted.

Ending Thoughts
108 Surya Namaskar(s) was a first for me. It was physically challenging, but tempered by the a noble intention. Moreover, it was another occasion for me to pursue my practice in the company of people I increasingly feel resonance with. Of course, doing all that within the confines of a Shangrila-like Bali-style house by the pond on top of Busay's rolling hills added dimension to the total experience. In my parlance, the whole experience was another "coming upon a proverbial waterfall".

--- TheLoneRider

Thank you for organizing this, thank you Dr. Jean for finding this wonderful place and thank you everyone for your positive presence in making this event a memorable experience!

some pictures courtesy of Anne Dala
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The following people like this:

Jang Samson
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Jonalyn Lauron Jorolan
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Trixie Ortiz-Renggli
Trixie Ortiz-Renggli
Anne Dala
Anne Dala
Regina Bustamante Malabago
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Brahm Agarwal
Brahm Agarwal
Leila Aseron Castro
Leila Aseron Castro
Cebu City Google Map

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tourist attractions in Cebu City tourist attractions
  • Tops in Cebu City Tops - hilltop offering panoramic view of the city
  • Taoist Temple in Cebu City Taoist Temple - temple on a hillslope in Lahug with panoramic view of the city
hotels in Cebu City hotel
  • Hostel Seven Cebu - newly opened, resto/bar, central location, solo/group travellers
    Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City
  • S Hotel Cebu S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
    827 M. Velez corner Andres Abellana St.
cafes in Cebu City resto / cafe / bar
  • Fujinoya Fujinoya - new and refreshing twists to Western style desserts using Japanese techniques
    Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City - tel. 888.6075
  • Bad Boys Wingz Bad Boys Wingz - Buffalo Wings, unique versions of sauces! Great service, accommodating staff, bad boys vibe
    Kasambagan, Cebu City | (032) 415 4811
yoga in Cebu City yoga
  • Love Yoga World Love Yoga World - yoga studio
    11/fl, Skyrise 2 Tower, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
  • Yoga Now Yoga Now - first Yoga and Wellness studio in Mactan offering daily Yoga Classes
    at The Yacht Club Mactan
mountain biking in Cebu City mountain biking
  • Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure - MTB tours, bike sales and repairs. Bed and Breakfast + Resto Cafe + wifi
    1298-b V.Rama Ave, Guadalupe, Cebu City | 0942.959.7451

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Suggested Destinations in Cebu
  1. Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
  2. Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
  3. Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
  4. Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
  5. Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
  6. Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
  7. Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
  8. Barile Waterfalls - Barile
  9. Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
  10. Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market

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