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Free Yoga at People's Park Jan 12, 2013

Free Yoga at People's Park

People's Park
People's Park is Davao City's mecca for fitness training in the morning, and at night, it transforms into a gathering place for people to stroll leisurely and enjoy a quiet evening. It's free, well maintained, secured and of course, safe (like all the rest of Davao).

Yoga Inquiries
I'd usually go to the park to do my fitness training - a few stretches on my yoga mat and rope skipping. While on a stretch, a couple stopped to inquire if I do yoga. I said I'd even teach for free. Another couple inquired and I told them the same thing. They assured me that if I teach free yoga, people will come. Apparently, there aren't too many yoga teachers in Davao - or even a dedicated yoga studio, although the gyms have a yoga offering. I gave them a webpage to provide more details about the free yoga session - schedule, what to bring, yoga etiquette, etc. That way, expectations are managed and we'd all be in the same page during the practice.

Giving Back to the Community
Whenever I'm in a new place, I give back to the community by teaching free yoga. I've done this in Baguio, Quezon City, Gen San, Dumaguete and I'd love to do this in Davao City. Usually, the only hindrance to yoga is finding a suitable place. But here in Davao, there's People's Park.

Ice Breaker
The first class turned out well. A couple turned up. Again 2 people showed up the following day, Sunday. Doing it in a public park with an audience was a first for me but it was all good. I was hoping the curious onlookers would inquire and eventually join the weekend yoga class. It's a excellent way to gain friends too, specially for a drifting traveller like me.

Packing Up Again
Unfortunately, before we could even gain momentum, my plans to sustain myself in Davao didn't pan-out. I was constrained to leave and look for greener pasture. This also means the end of free yoga at People's Park. It's just sad that something that holds promise of continued growth would be nipped at the bud. But like I always say, this is only in the here-and-now. Maybe someday things would be more favorable. But for now, I need to pack up again and move.

--- TheLoneRider

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

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Great Things Going for Davao City

  • one of the cleanest potable water in the country
  • smoking is banned from commercial establishments
  • pineapple samurais are endemic here and nowhere else in the country (pineapple vendors who cut-up whole pineapples into chunks with just a few strokes of their carving knives)
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Not So Great Things Going Against Davao City

  • the weighing scale of fruit vendors specially the durian push cart vendors are a blatant cheat - showing almost twice the actual weight

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Reader Comments:

Meliza QuinanolaMeliza Quinanola
(June 14, 2013) Hi! Do you still teach yoga classes here in davao? I've been looking for a gym that has yoga classes but I don't think there's one. Thanks!

"Do you still teach yoga classes here in davao?" -- Meliza Quinanola
(June 14, 2013) Unfortunately, I already left Davao. But two gyms teach yoga in Davao - Holiday Spa is one of them.

Erica BoucherErica USA
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(Jan 22, 2013) LOVE it, Gigit! xoxoxo

"LOVE it, Gigit!" -- Erica Boucher
(Jan 22, 2013) ...would love to have you come back to the Philippines and spread Empath Yoga. You're a great teacher....many students will benefit from what you have to I already have.

Viveca HutchinsonViveca Philippines
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(Jan 22, 2013) Next time, can it be Boracay please?

"Next time, can it be Boracay please?" -- Viveca Hutchinson
(Jan 22, 2013) Happy Birthday Viveca. Find me two trees to put my hammock on and I'll teach free yoga in Boracay.

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