GPS waypoint:10°38'44.1"N 124°22'58.9"E Location : Baywalk, San Francisco (municipality), Camotes Islands, Cebu (province), Philippines Features: public park with bar workout facility Fees: free Yoga & Fitness Website:YOGA by Gigit
Morning Ritual at Baywalk After being in Camotes Islands over a month now, I've developed my own routine. Workout-wise, I have my morning ritual at Baywalk where I take advantage of their workout-bar features - monkey bars, dipping bar, horizontal bar, etc. I'm still basically a yogi - so my workout is still basic asanas with breath and mindfulness. I just level it up by doing the asanas, to the extent possible, on the bars.
Calisthenics My routine took a radical turn when I stumbled upon a few calisthenics video on Youtube by Chris Heria. Seeing this guy's routine was mind-shifting. All these years, I thought calisthenics was just a series of Jumping Jacks and a few stretching. I was dead wrong. By definition, calisthenics is a body-weight workout for muscle development and strength. So you don't use weights. Also, it is questionable if rope-skipping is considered calisthenics because it doesn't build up muscle and strength.
Bar Goals 3 bar workouts really impressed me. I am highly motivated to perfect them although it may take years - perhaps even never. But whatever marginal gains I make would be an accomplishment unto itself.
Planche body parallel to the ground, hands perfectly straight on the dipping bar, balancing the entire body by moving body weight forward
Human Flag body parallel to the ground sideways, hands on wide grip, both arms straight on the vertical bar
Muscle Up both hands on the horizontal bar, arms straight, body all the way down. Pulling the body up until arms straighten again with body all the way up
Yoga and Calisthenics Should I now abandon yoga for calisthenics, given my charged motivation for the latter? I am stoked by this new calisthenics but yoga is a lifestyle choice for me. It didn't take long before I came to terms with both. What is yoga anyway? Is it about the pose? If so, then the circus people would be the best yogis - but that is not the case. I've always maintained that yoga is a harmonious convergence of pose, breath and mindfulness. Why can't I do all that while attempting to do the Human Flag? That fits into an Asana in my world view. What makes a pose eligible to be an Asana anyway but symmetry, therapeutic factor and being able to hold it into a steady state. And what about Dips where it's a continuous movement? No problem. That is what Kriyas are all about - all within the scope of yoga dynamics.
For as long as I'm compliant to the breath and mindful about what I'm doing, then it doesn't matter if I'm doing a yogic Mayurasana or a Planche. I'll call it Yoga Calisthenics.
Rope Skipping And where does this put rope-skipping? It's neither yoga nor calisthenics. My say? I don't care if doesn't fit either mold! Rope skipping is my cardio and therefore indispensable. As I incorporate rope skipping into my routine, I found out I can do Bastrika/Kapalabhati breathing as I skip to listen through my cardio playlist. It's very challenging. Even if I am able to sustain it, at the back of my head, I remember what Simon Borg Olivier said about doing too many things at the same time - I might fry my nervous system. But I'm always mindful of how my body is reacting to it. So far, no complaints.
Pranayama After the physical workout, I settle down in a comfortable seated pose and do my Pranayama(breath control exercise). Kapalabhati, followed by Anumoma Viloma and capped by combining the first 2 - while squeezing Kumbhaka(breath holds) and Uddiyana Bandha(sucking-in the abdominal muscles) during the breath pause. I cannot underscore the power of Pranayama having toyed with it and experienced a Superman-effect a few years back.
Meditation I am a Vipassana meditator, but I can't seem to fit Vipassana as my post-workout meditation. I default to a mudra meditation - chanting OM while doing a few hand mudras. The 2nd section of my meditation is to visualize on a specific body part that needs healing and chant OM while doing Ujjiyay breath. This is where I let my body do the healing instead of being reliant on medication.
Ending Thoughts Individually, what I'm doing is sound - the breath, the physical workout and the mindfulness. But combined, with pranayama, breath-holds and bandha, I am already winging it into unchartered territory. I wish there is an existing ancient Indian treatise that would validate this experimental thing I'm doing. But in the absence of such, I'll write my own book, guided only by what I find exciting, my instinct and my body-talk.
Two weeks into this program, I get only positive feedback from my body - my muscles are beginning to bulk-up and cover more distance into my bicycling without feeling fatigued. This is all trippy for me and I'm enjoying every minute of it.
Camotes Islands is a group of islands composed of 4 municipalities:
San Francisco - this is the biggest municipality covering the West major island. Its town center is the busiest with the market, eating places, live music and the Baywalk. The beach resort clusters, however, are concentrated in Santiago Bay, Mangodlong and Esperanza
Poro - Poro is on the other big island to the East. It has its own port and the town center is likewise busy
Pilar - this occupies the small north east island
the busy area where most of the social gatherings take place, eating places, is located at the Baywalk area of San Francisco, 30 mins by motorcycle from the Consuelo Port. Travellers usually stay in their resort outside the Baywalk
the resorts in Camotes Island are scattered around the island. There are none around the Baywalk area of San Francisco
perhaps the only downside to Camotes Island is the inescapable deafening sound of karaoke - it is played very loud and it's everywhere. In Baywalk, there are 3 karaoke bars beside each other going full blast all at the same time
Camotes Island Cost Index
(US$1 = Php 49.82 as of Jan 15, 2017)
PHP 100 habal-habal ride from Consuelo Port to San Francisco
PHP 55 Pale Pilsen beer
PHP 10/pax regular fare for habal-habal within San Francisco
PHP 500/tour habal-habal rate for island tour up to 2 pax
PHP 800/tour tricycle rate for island tour up to 4 pax
Cebu City to Camotes Island
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).
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, Negros Oriental by Boat
George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am, email@example.com, 0918.898.2188
Cokaliong - Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 12pm, 6 hours, (035)225.3599
Danao to Camotes Island
via Consuelo - at the Danao 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).
via Poro - at the Danao Port, take the Super Shuttle Ferry for Poro (Camotes), P?/pax, 3 hours, daily trip - 9:00am and 5:00pm (0936.823.8762 |0956.270.6610 | 0999.889.9999).
Camotes Island to Danao
via Consuelo - 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).
via Poro - take the Super Shuttle Ferry in Poro (Camotes) for the Danao Port, P?/pax, 3 hours, daily trip - 5:00am and 1:00pm (0936.823.8762 |0956.270.6610 | 0999.889.9999).