Jun 18-28, 2015
Back to Surya Nanda Yoga, Cebu
Location : Advent Business Center, 30 Acacia St, Camputhaw Pob., Cebu City, Philippines
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:
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Cebu City to Camotes Islands
- 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
- 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
- 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
- George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
- Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0918.898.2188
- 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)
- Cebu City South Terminal - take the southbound Ceres bus to Liloan, P200, 5 hours
- Liloan - the bus drops you off at the Liloan Port where you board the Fastcraft to Sibulan, Negros Oriental, P62, 30 mins
- Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
- 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
- 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
- Ocean Jet - Pier 1, departs 6-7-8-9:20-10:40-11:40AM, 1-2-4:20-6:35PM, 2 hours
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Cebu City to Siquijor by Boat, via Tagbilaran
Cebu City to Siquijor, via Tagbilaran
Cebu City to Siquijor by Bus, via Liloan (Santander)(as of Jan 2023)
There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Leaves Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) at 8 pm (Sundays 1 am), heads south to Liloan (Santander), takes the ferry to Larena Port, Siquijor, docks around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City 10 pm.
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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- Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
- Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
- Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
- Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
- Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
- Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
- Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
- Barile Waterfalls - Barile
- Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
- Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market
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