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Back to Cebu, Back to Yoga at Surya Nanda Yoga Studio June 18-28, 2015

Back to Cebu, Back to Yoga at Surya Nanda Yoga Studio

Location: Advent Business Center, 30 Acacia St, Camputhaw Pob., Cebu City, Philippines
Website: Yoga by Gigit

Feri and Claire
With teachers Feri and Claire as the new faces of Surya Nanda (in my dealings), it was a fresh start on a clean slate. Tuyen, my Vietnamese traveling buddy whom I was hosting in the Philippines, had her yoga immersion and I also had a chance to get back in the yogic groove by participating in several classes and teaching a beginner class.



Beginner Yoga Class
A beginner class is something I'm not used to but took as a challenge anyway. I had to do my usual research on what issues plague a newbie, the do's and dont's, introducing philosophy and keeping the poses basic. What challenged me was instilling a mindset that would guide them through their long-term practice, to wit:

  1. that at some point, they should start doing their own yoga that is compliant to their unique body anatomy, temperament, life experience, etc. That it's good to start with the yoga of Pattabhi Jois or BKS Iyengar (or any established yoga discipline), to get grounded on the techniques, but at some point, they should gradually integrate their own asanas or sequence to make up their own yoga - not someone else's

  2. that they should see this session as a preparation for a more progressive 'next' session. In short, it's vital to make the most out of what could be learned in the here-and-now by pushing the envelope, paving the way for a progressive yoga practice. I have seen students doing Crow within a month of practice, but still doing Crow (as an Arm Balancing pose) after a year! They seem to stay at certain ceiling without moving forward (unless of course, it's by choice)

One on One
With a 3:45pm class, I had one student. My student was smart. She knows it's a dead time slot so there won't be too many students and she gets quality time with the teacher. For me, with just one student, it became more of a workshop/vinyasa flow, making frequent stops to address compelling asana and philosophical issues. I wasn't even too concerned about finishing my sequence the way I planned it. What mattered to me was laying down a philosophical cornerstone that would anchor her in deepening her practice. Yes, even though my sequence was for beginners, it wasn't designed to be a walk in the park. She was winded and almost paniced - a good opportunity to make her mindful of the sensation, oberving it without reacting to it. She was a fast study. I can only hope it was motivational for her as much as it was a rude awakening.

Handstand Clinic with Michelle and Steve
(Sundays 3:00-5:00pm)
Perhaps the most elusive of all yoga poses for me is the handstand. I had been attempting to hold my handstand into a steady-state for years now. But I still wobble and end up walking on my hands. Michelle's approach is to breakdown the process - repeated tucks, repeated air kicks, etc. She does it effortlessly. Of course, no one can do the handstand after just a clinic. Bottomline is still consistent practice, applying what was learned. Tuyen was fearless in kicking up to vertical and doing wall-assisted headstands. She'll do well.

International Scoliosis Awareness Day
As a community service by Southwestern University Physical Therapy Dept. and the Scoliosis Asso. of the Philippines, a scoliosis awareness event took place at Park Mall where people were given free diagnostic screening if they have scoliosis or not. Alarmingly, up to 10% of women and 5% of men in the US are afflicted with it. Most however, are not severe enough to require medical attention. I took the assessment and they gave me an "11" score meaning I have a mild curvature but any score less than "18" fall within 'normal' range, so no worries.

Core Development
Surya Nanda was one of the sponsors of the event giving a free yoga class in an outdoor setting. Yoga is a tried and true reliever for scoliosis sufferers. With a yoga practice, the core can be developed enough to provide ample support to the spinal column, preventing vertical misalignment. The core muscles take the load-bearing tasks instead of passing it on to other muscle groups that are not designed to carry such load. Balance is attained putting the body in a state of homeostasis, allowing it to heal itself. Yoga perhaps is the most effective general cure-all, or putting it more accurately, the best preventive maintenance in keeping the doctor away.

Conducting the Class
I was asked to handle the 2nd stage of the session focusing on seated and core poses. Since most of them seem to have a strong practice, I opted for the more challenging poses, testing their resolve but constantly reminding them to observe the body sensations instead of reacting to the induced stress. After the class, a few students approached me for a selfie or asked where I teach - a good indicator on how my method resonates with them.

Ending Thoughts
Altogether, it's good to be bridging with Surya Nanda Yoga again. I don't know how this progresses, but it's off to a good start.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: other yoga studios in Cebu

Pictures courtesy of Claire Paredes, Ferilyn and other staff of Surya Nanda Yoga Studio
class picture at Michelle and Steve's handstand clinic. Sundays 3-5pm, Surya Nanda Yoga Studio struggling to nail my Pincha, after a long hiatus Tuyen, all worked-up Tuyen fearlessly banging on the wall to nail her handstand - the Vietnamese resilience is evident
handstand break Tuyen and I attending Eric Jardin Linihan's yogalates class a one-on-one beginner's class with Cara grounding on the philosophical foundations of yoga - a staple for beginners
Mayurasana - a pictorial for the weekly class schedule poster the final weekly class schedule poster conducting the 2nd half of a yoga class featuring core asanas at the International Scoliosis Awareness Day at Park Mall. Surya Nanda Yoga Studio was one of the sponsors downward facing dog - an excellent overall stretch for the whole body
at the event booth with the lovely yoginis of Surya Nanda Yoga Studio with super-bendy yoga teacher, Beni the beautiful yoginis of Surya Nanda Yoga Studio get your Surya Nanda Yoga t-shirt and support your local yoga studio
Surya Nanda Yoga Studio

Surya Nanda Yoga Studio

Advent Business Center, 30 Acacia St, Camputhaw Pob., Cebu City, Philippines
tel: 231.0073
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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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