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Teaching Yoga May 9, 2014

Teaching Yoga

Location Google Map: Cebu City, Philippines

Back to Teaching
With all the new things I'd been learning from my yoga teacher, Veer, from the readings and pick-your-brains with friends, from candid yoga talks with Jeanne, I deepen my practice. Although I stopped teaching yoga to further my practice, it makes sense to teach yoga again if only to translate into a teaching format, everything I'm learning. By going back into teaching, I feel like a messenger with a new message to convey.

New Weekly Sequence
I prepare a new sequence every week, incorporating whatever I've learned, continuously refining what I want to get across. Without putting effort into a new yoga sequence, it's easy to fall into a yoga teaching rut. Invariably, my yoga evolves into something different from the usual studio offerings. Somehow, I ended up teaching 2 classes a week - Holiday Gym and a private class. The gym setting is more of a Russian Roulette - you don't know who's going to show up. In the private class, I see the same faces, so I can more or less establish a relationship and monitor their practice.

Lesson for the Day
A new addition to my sequence is to add a Lesson for the Day which they can use outside the mat, in their day to day lives. I make the effort to explain. It adds time to the practice so it's hard in a studio setting with only an hour to spare. Example: Why do we keep a calm awareness as we ride the breath while sustaining a difficult pose? Is it just aesthetics? I then have to explain the body's flight or fight response (sympathetic nervous system) and the body's ability to re-engage in relax mode to resume the involuntary processes - recovery, healing, digestion (parasympathetic nervous system). Outside the mat, they should be able to catch themselves in a stressful situation (a pressing deadline, stop-and-go traffic when you're in a rush, etc.), take refuge in their breath and regain control - not to be eaten up by the situation. In today's society where people are immersed in stress 24/7, the body is always on the 'fight or flight' mode - constantly wound with no reprieve. Regaining control is paramount.

Pranayama and Kumbhaka
Pranayama is the practice of regulating the breath to maximize the energetic nutrition (prana) we get from the air we breathe. Kumbhaka is an advanced form of pranayama where you do breath retention. These two things are deceptively simple, but very potent and powerful. I am not an advanced practitioner of these, so I make sure I administer them in small doses. This is a area I read more about and try to practice almost on a daily basis. Why are these important? Just from my own experience, I find them powerful - almost tapping into an unseen reservoir of unfathomable energy. Where is this power coming from? from the food I eat? from the air I breathe? from the goodness of my benevolent universe? I don't know. But it's there for the taking and it works.

Element-Based Sequences
Of course one complete sequence has to have everything - stretches, warm-up, seated poses, standing poses, inversions, arm balances, etc. But realistically, not all poses can fit into 60 minutes. I choose a particular focus. It could be 'backbends'. In an Element-Based sequence consisting of Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Ether, backbends would be my Fire. All the other elements will now be in compliance to it - warming sequence to activate all muscle groups affecting the backbend such as the full anterior front (quads, hips, abdominals, chest, shoulders). The Elements is a new introduction to my learning. I still don't have a clear demarcation line where one element ends and the next one begins. But I continue to read up.

Rite of Passage
I usually push the boundaries, enabling my students to reach their edge - only then can they decide if they want to stay on status quo or level up. But I make sure I give the exercisable option. If I ask them to slowly go down into their chaturanga while keeping their core engaged, it's not for sadistic purpose. I explain to them that they are activating the same exact muscles needed to allow them to do a full push up. And with strong shoulders, they can level up to arm balances and inversions. That way, they don't see chaturanga as a difficult pose, but a rite of passage to a portal of infinite possibilities.

Ending Thoughts
Perhaps I'm getting carried away. Perhaps I'm injecting too much in my students what I expect from my own practice. But I'm wired with yoga.

The more I read up, the more I practice with Veer, the more I realize there is more to know. If I just consider Ashtanga Yoga, it would be a lot easier - the 8 limbs are already defined, the sequence is already set and the progression from Primary to advanced already has a blueprint. There is no scarcity in the documentation on Ashtanga.

But if I want to learn more about different types of yoga from different castes (Ashtanga is a Brahmin yoga...warriors have their own type, etc.), different yoga from different regions (Tibetan yoga is far different from Indian yoga), different yoga philosophies (Patanjali has 8 limbs, Sadhang Yoga has 6 limbs, etc.), then I'm just beginning to see a glimpse of the bigger yoga. And I still cannot see how the smaller pieces fit into the bigger picture. It's a journey with no end. But then again, it's all about the journey...not the destination.

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Jade LazagaJade Lazaga
(May 13, 2014) Just dropping by! Had a blast tonight. Thank you Gigit. You are very inspiring. See you around!


Blogs about Insight on Cebu

Veer (Vaibhav Rana) Blogs
  1. Thank You Cebu, til the Next Time Oct 21, 2013 - May 15, 2014
  2. Leveling Up: Veer-Yoga with the YogiVeers Apr 11, 2014
  3. Yoga Immersion with Veer (Vaibhav Rana) Mar 5, 2014
  4. Hiatus Feb 22, 2014
  5. Demystefying Ashtanga Yoga Feb 13, 2014
  6. Shifting Yoga Paradigm Feb 12, 2014
  7. Abundance in Cebu (Part 2) Feb 11, 2014
  8. Crossroads Jan 20, 2014
  9. Deepening the Yoga Practice in Cebu Jan 12, 2014
  10. Fab People: Vaibhav Rana (Veer) Jan 1, 2014
Blogs about Jeanne
  1. Cebu City Peoplescape Dec 4, 2022
  2. Ashtanga Primary Series Yoga in Cebu May 5, 2017
  3. 3-Night Cebu Stopover Apr 6-9, 2017
  4. Thank You Cebu, til the Next Time Oct 21, 2013 - May 15, 2014
  5. Aqua Yoga with Jeanne Torrefranca at Dragonfly Pool May 4, 2014
  6. SUP Yoga with Jeanne Torrefranca at Plantation Bay Mar 23, 2014
  7. Jeanne's Community Outreach Program Mar 2, 2014
  8. New Year Yoga at Dragonfly Yoga Studio Jan 1, 2014
  9. Fab People: Jeanne Torrefranca (Yogini) Dec 25, 2013
  10. Cebu Yoga Immersion Nov 14, 2013



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  • Cebu City is the 2nd biggest city in the Philippine (next to Manila) - and it continues to build and expand. Traffic is getting bad. Decentralization is being developed with the SM Super Mall in the SRP south and the suburban towns in the north.
  • Boat from the airport to the city center - even without traffic, it takes about 4 rides to reach the city. But with Cebu's increasing traffic congestion, it has become a nightmare. Instead of taking the land route, take the water route - no traffic, fresher air and cheaper. From the airport, take the yellow multi-cab straight to the river port and take the ferry (there's only one destination) to the city. Take the 02B jeep and get off at UC near Jones - you're now on the city's main artery.
  • given its size and increasing congestion, Cebu really needs a mass railway system - something that is conspicuously lacking, but no one seems to complain about
  • Cebu is bursting at the seams on the yoga scene. There are about 20 yoga centers in the city - from yoga studios to gyms offering yoga and hotels jumping on the bandwagon
  • a trendy and safe place in Cebu where you can chillout for coffee and enjoy good eats would be at the Ayala Mall
  • there are other pocket-areas for trendy hangouts - Banila Town Center, Crossroads, Escario Plaza, La Vie, etc.
  • the tourist area where most of the budget hotels and restaurants are, are located within the Mango area, although it has a seedy belly feel. Kids may swarm on you pretending to be begging, but they could be picking your pocket or your backpack pockets - be careful
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  • 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
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    Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City
  • S Hotel Cebu S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
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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
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yoga in Cebu City yoga
  • Love Yoga World Love Yoga World - yoga studio
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  • Yoga Now Yoga Now - first Yoga and Wellness studio in Mactan offering daily Yoga Classes
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Cebu City to Camotes Islands

  1. via Poro - from Pier One in Cebu City, take the Ocean Jet for Poro, 2 hours, daily trip - 6am and 3pm (0936.823.8762 |0956.270.6610 | 0999.889.9999).
  2. 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

  1. 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
  2. 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
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  1. George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
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Cebu City to Dumaguete via Liloan (bus, boat, jeep, tricycle)

  1. Cebu City South Terminal - take the southbound Ceres bus to Liloan, P200, 5 hours
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  3. Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
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  1. 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
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    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63 932 8734 885 / +63 922 8572 300
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    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000
  4. Lite Ferries - Pier 1, departs daily 12:30pm, 10:00pm and 1:00pm (Mon, Wed, Sat)
    Standard (Lying) Php 150, Tourist (Lying Aircon) Php 340
    +63 977.822.5483 / +63 998.999.5483 / +63 925.347.5483 / (032)255-1721 to 26 / (032)414-9001 to 03
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  1. Lite Ferries - Pier 1, departs M/W/SAT at 1:00pm, 10 hours, economy Php 649 (through barkota.com), layover in Tagbilaran 5:45pm-8:00pm, arrives Larena Port, Siquijor at 11:00pm
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Sugbo Urban
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Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because when it reaches Larena Port (Siquijor), it continues its trip around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena. It spares you the cost of hiring a tricycle or habal-habal which charges exhorbitant fares. Besides, it's a long trip to the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.


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