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Getting Deeper into Yoga Jul 12, 2015

Getting Deeper into Yoga

Location Google Map: Cebu City, Philippines
Website: Yoga by Gigit

3 Weeks and Counting
It has been over 3 weeks since I arrived Cebu with a lot of things happening one after the other, defining the yogascape, peoplescape and even the foodscape up ahead. The abundance overflows and the energy resonates. There is no other destination that excites me at this point. Cebu beckons to be explored and experienced. With chock-full-of-yoga on the table, I belong here...for now.

Dragonfly Yoga Studio
Jeanne has given me an address in Cebu - Dragonfly Yoga Studio. With my own room, access to the yoga studio and the swimming pool, and of course its exclusive location in Beverly Hills, it's quite a luxury given my Spartan ways (I've slept on my hammock along a sidewalk). I offered, but she won't take my rent money - I am grateful.

Jeanne
I don't have too many friends (and I don't need too many either), but Jeanne is definitely a good friend, if not my best. Our friendship continues to morph as we engage ourselves in our never-ending discussion of yoga (and all its related topics). We are both impassioned in our belief system, and inevitably, we clash on a few points, leading to heated debates (that was during my last stay in Cebu). Sometimes, I wonder if I am already being rude to my hostess by being too rigid, too insensitive, even too forceful in my discourse. Jeanne is so well-loved in Cebu by everyone that if I find myself at odds with her, I will automatically concede that there must be something wrong with me. I enjoy our conversations and I am more sensitive now on how my argument can come across. There is always something engaging to talk about, with Jeanne. In Cebu, I am lucky to have someone I can be comfortable with, speak my mind, be able to say "yes" or "no" to, and just 'be' under my skin. Thank you, Jeanne!

Personal Yoga
I teach yoga in 3 studios now and subb for some teachers - this is perhaps the most I would like to devote to teaching. For the most part, I'd like to allocate more of my yoga time deepening my practice - digging deeper into the philosophy, knowing more about the founding fathers and the wise sages (Krishnamacharya, BKS Iyengar, Maty Ezrati, etc.), looking at synergies between different disciplines (yoga, Vipassana, nomadic travels, etc.)...and finally, develop an intelligent sequencing that weaves all of that into a flowing vinyasa, each asana, a extension of the previous and a conduit to the next. And that would be the theme of my teaching classes. It will be new, perhaps even radical. But that is my evolving yoga. Every practitioner who deepens the practice, will, at some point, listen to what the body says to accommodate the uniqueness in their body anatomy, their life experience, their philosophy...down to their DNA, into their very own yoga practice that is unique to them. Having said all that, it is still essential to get grounding on the traditions of yoga to get established (Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar, etc.).

Yoga and Financial Pressures
I would consider myself privileged in my yoga practice because I can pursue it with the sole purpose of perfecting my game without any financial pressure whatsoever. It makes no difference to me if I have one student or 10. I'm not saying I'm rich - I'm not. Neither am I saying I don't need money - I do. But I'm a renunciate, practically hovering above poverty level - by choice. As such, my needs are down to the basic core. With no home to maintain, no property to look after, no attachment to anything that may burden my psychological well-being, no dependency on anyone for my emotional solace, I don't need much to sustain me. I am able to bridge that great divide between being a householder and that of a monk - call that, Cyber Monk. With the little I make on the web, I get by. This frees my yoga to remain pure, fueled only by my burning passion to know more and do more - and figure out how I can integrate all that into the big picture.

The Big Picture
The amalgamation of life experience, knowledge base, childlike curiosity about the world we live in, into a practical singularity is what life is all about - not intellectual adventurism, but simply an art of living. Sadly though, not too many people enjoy that privilege - a lot of their time and effort are eaten up by livelihood, sustaining dependents (of course!) and other burdens brought about by ownership (or media hype). Whatever time is left, is mostly used for rest, recovery and a much-needed recreation.

Pursuit of truth? Unlayering the dimensions of life? It seems a privilege of those who have less. But yogis do what they can - some on the mat, some extend it beyond the mat. I am curious where this pursuit takes me. Cebu gives me a sense of urgency to do now instead of tomorrow. When the wind blows me out of Cebu, yoga may no longer be on the table.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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p.s. - the above article is pretty loaded and may rub other people's belief system the wrong way. That is not the intention and I apologize if that is the case. I'm simply thinking aloud - it's my opinion (and resolve). Peace!

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About Cebu City
  • 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
  • many pick-pockets in the Colon area - be careful
Cebu City Google Map

Google Map Cebu City, Philippines

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
Cebu City to Camotes Island

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
Cebu City to Dumaguete

Cebu City to Dumaguete by Boat

  1. George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
  2. Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am, dumticketing@oceanjet.net, 0918.898.2188
  3. Cokaliong - Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 12pm, 6 hours, (035)225.3599

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
  2. Liloan - the bus drops you off at the Liloan Port where you board the Fastcraft to Sibulan, Negros Oriental, P62, 30 mins
  3. Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
  4. Public Market - at the market, you can take any tricycle to your hotel, P8 for short trips
Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol

Cebu City to Tagbilaran, Bohol

  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
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs 6-7-8-9:20-10:40-11:40AM, 1-2-4:20-6:35PM, 2 hours
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63 932 8734 885 / +63 922 8572 300
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - Pier 1, departs 08:15-13:30-15:10-18:00-19:40
    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
    info@liteferries.com / www.liteferries.com

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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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