May 12, 2017
Healing Yoga by Nonie Fernando at The Detox Bar
Inclusion: yoga and plant-based buffet dinner
Location: 108 Paseo Aurora, Maria Luisa Estate Park, Cebu City, Philippines
GPS waypoint: 10°20'50.62"N 123°54'16.73"E
Yoga & Fitness Website: YOGA by Gigit
Nonie has been teaching yoga for 40 years. He has been doing it before yoga became a household word in the Philippines. He shared a bit of his history at the recent lunch at The Detox Bar. The sense I got about his yoga was that of evolving. I guess for anyone practising for that length of time, the word evolving is appropriate. I found him to be amicable and friendly.
When Anne invited me to take part in Nonie Fernando's Healing Yoga session at The Detox Bar, my first thought was, 'Healing yoga? Isn't that a tall claim? Yoga, by its very nature is already therapeutic. So how could Nonie's yoga be more healing from yogic tradition?'.
It was a 6pm session but the teacher didn't arrive until 6:20pm and class didn't get underway until about 6:35pm. The rubber-time only added to my skepticism. In fairness, some participants arrived a full hour late. Different cultures, different norms.
There is no yoga studio inside The Detox Bar, so the spacious tiled driveway was used instead. It was refreshing to be doing yoga outside, but not until it started drizzling. Already behind schedule, we had to go inside the house, move all the furniture out of the way and resumed classes. Later, when the drizzling relented, and more students showed up, we had to stop the class again, and go outside to resume it for the bigger space. No, we didn't have a continuous and uninterrupted class. It was classic Murphy's Law at work - what could possibly go wrong, went wrong.
The session wasn't so much a led class but a workshop-style approach with Nonie breaking down the steps on how to go deeper into the pose. It was a very mild and relaxing class that a grandmother can do well with. Anyone looking for intensity was in the wrong place.
Given the late start and all the subsequent transfers and delays, food was already on everybody's mind as we were getting towards the tail-end of the session. It was distracting to concentrate on the pose as the stomach was grumbling.
Plant-Based Dinner Buffet
Plant-based food and health drinks are the main draw of Detox Bar. There was a lot to choose from when dinner was served. Meals are full-flavored, you wouldn't think you're eating vegan food. The assorted colors of the food made up for visual and eye-candy appeal. The play on taste came at every bite. My only comment? The pizza squares, lovely as they are, could have been prepared and served immediately before the actual dining. That would have kept the crunchy texture of the homemade Chiappati bread.
As a general rule, I attend different yoga classes by different yoga teachers from different backgrounds and traditions. I had my zenith in Ubud, Bali when I did just that for the 23 days I stayed there. I met the greatest teachers who up to now humble me. It doesn't always end up that way though, but I stay vigilant that the next magnificent teacher is just around the bend.
Was Healing Yoga any more healing than what tradition offers? I didn't really see it as a departure from tradition - just a different style as any teacher would have put his rubber stamp in his own practice. I think that practice could best be served by simply calling it Back to Basics Yoga.
This labeling has been increasingly on the upswing with different buzzwords - Detox Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, etc. Each time, I expect something different...but so far, I haven't seen anything radically different that would warrant such underscored (albeit redundant) category. To call your yoga, a "healing" yoga, suggests that "regular" yoga is just a workout with no therapeutic properties. One of the participants told me she specifically went there because it was a 'healing' yoga. 'Hydrating' water, anyone?
Cebu City, Philippines
More Information about Cebu City
Cebu City to Camotes Island
- 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
Cebu City to Dumaguete via Liloan
- 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
- 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
Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
+63 932 8734 885 / +63 922 8572 300
- SuperCat (2GO) - Pier 1, departs 08:15-13:30-15:10-18:00-19:40
+63 32 233 7000
- 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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Suggested Destinations in Cebu
- 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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