Sept 12, 2017
Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga
Location : The Courtyard, Tagbilaran (city), Bohol (province), Philippines
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I met Jing in Panglao after a mutual friend introduced us online. She held a Vinyasa Yoga class at Oasis Resort which I attended together with two yogis, Raisa and Mae. That was the start of a yoga friendship that continues to this day.
She took off recently on a 40-day yoga immersion in Bali. Now that she's back, her verve and confidence is evident as she formally established her own brand of yoga - Jing Yoga. Since I am already in Tagbilaran, I couldn't pass off the chance to attend her class again and see what she took back with her from her odyssey.
Modified Ashtanga Primary Series
It was a class of about 10 yogis, mostly her friends, at The Courtyard, near the airport. We started off with the usual Surya Namaskar A & B to warm-up. It was all Ashtanga without the technical poses, but nonetheless challenging - Ashtanga in any flavor is always challenging. Her cuing was well-paced and well-thought of - not mechanical. What I liked about the class was her adjustments. She knows how to adjust to intensify the pose without going too deep. It felt like a soothing massage. The thing is, I'm not even a fan of adjustment! The poses became more manageable as I warmed up in the process. Jing's Savassana massage was a spine-lengthening head and leg-pull. Again, I could feel the pureness of volition there, not unlike a chef pouring out all the love as he prepares his dish.
There aren't too many yoga teachers in Tagbilaran. The place is lucky to have one as devoted to her practice as Jing. Thank you Jing!
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Bohol Travel Info/Tips
Bohol FYI / Tips
- the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located within the Alona Beach area
- the tourist attractions in Bohol are far apart and spread-out. It would be difficult to visit them all using public mass transit. Better hire a van (P3500/day) if in a big group, or rent a motorcycle (P400/day + gas)
- Bohol relies on its tourism for revenue. As expected, everything they can capitalize on from tourism is extensively used and developed
Tagbilaran Port to PanglaoYou can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
- don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
- in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)
Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
- Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
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 - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
+63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
- SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
+63 32 233 7000
Things to do, Places to go in Bohol
- Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
- Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
- Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
- Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.
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