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Yoga Talk at Hostel 7 Cebu Nov 19, 2022

Yoga Talk at Hostel 7 Cebu

Location Google Map: Hostel 7 Cebu, Cebu City, Philippines
Event Webpage: LIFE HACKING using the principles of YOGA

The Other Side of Yoga
I could have just taught another Upward Dog yoga (my metaphor for asanas) or signed up with any of Cebu's yoga studios to teach yoga, but I sensed a growing thirst for the other side of yoga nobody knows - there are 8 limbs of yoga and asana is just one of them. There was a void. Additionally, I also wanted to share yogic life-hacking measures to find acceptance, peace and contentment despite the imperfections. So this presentation/workshop is open to everyone, yogis or non-yogis.

It would help to think that yoga is not Upward Dog/Downward Dog. Think of yoga as a life-hacking philosophy.

Yoga Talk at Hostel 7 Cebu
(R) Alasdair, Marky, Sharmaine, Jason, Mikko, Riva, Yula
(F) Ellen, Gigit, Eirel, Klaudette, Jeanette

Class Flow

Introduction

Demo

Guru? In this day and age of 'consciousness glut', anyone who learned an Upward Dog on Youtube passes himself off as 'guru' or 'swami'. So allow me to dispel that doubt by showing you that what I am about to share with you is my private practice and that I am the perfect embodiment of that practice - with all its flaws and merits.

Lolasana / L-sit / 2 knuckle handstand

Benefits: I'm older than your Dad. But I'm strong, sometimes crazy strong. I don't get sick anymore. It's been almost 20 years since I got sick. No diet restriction except chili. No supplements - not even vitamin C. No maintenance pills. I have the bounce of a hormonal 18-year old and I am harmonized with my benevolent universe. That is yoga as I practice it. And this session is to share with you some of my insights and protocols.

Credentials

Becoming the Teacher: If I am going to inspire you with what yoga can do to enhance your life, let me tell you more about myself. What's my credibility to be giving such a talk? I'd been practicing yoga for 22 years now. In the first 10 years, I thought yoga was just Upward Dog / Downward Dog. The whole time, I was telling myself, "Sure, yoga gives me benefits, but is that all there is to it?". I had to stumble upon a yoga book to realize that yoga is unfathomable. It ignited my thirst for knowledge. I wanted to take yoga as far as I can take it. Walking on water? Sure, if that's at all possible, I'd like to know how! But where do you find such a teacher? I found one here in Cebu - a gifted Indian guy. But it was short-lived as he had to leave for India. I haven't found another teacher after him. Not in Ubud Bali, not in Chiang Mai and not in India. Ultimately, I found them. Not just one. Most of them are dead. But they left their legacies - books, sacred texts, and more books written by their students. To cut the long story short, I had to become the teacher I was looking for.

Nomadic Life

Corporate World: I used to be in the corporate world, subscribing to what we all considered the template - work 9-5, get the paycheck, loan to buy a car and house and work the rest of your life paying off that loan. Money was ok, but I wasn't happy...like most people in the corporate world.

I left the corporate world, I left home and traveled with no money, no steady job, no property and nothing to my name. Everything I owned fit into my backpack. I was homeless, poor and nomadic. But in a nurturing twist of fate, I always end up in amazing hotels and resorts, I meet magnificent lives, I eat good food and I feel looked after.

Burningman: A few cathartic events happened that helped shape my thinking. I attended Burningman where you can run around naked in the middle of the desert, giving free hugs. And that transforms you fundamentally and forever. I wasn't the same person after Burningman.

Divorce: I also got divorced. This shattered me into a million bits. I realized that the future never existed. I just bought into it for my psychological well-being and emotional solace. With that realization, I threw the past and the future to the wind and lived in the present - as this talk is happening. The present is the only thing we can work with. The past cannot be undone and the future does not exist.

Red Pill: When you take the red pill to remain authentic, and your heart is in the right place, the planets align to protect you, to nurture you and to look after your well-being. But for that to happen, you have to acknowledge that it exists and that its reason for being is to actually look after you.

Lecture

Tripod Analogy

In the execution of any yoga pose, 3 elements must come into play. Imagine these 3 elements as legs of a tripod. If any of the legs aren't there, the tripod fails. Same thing with yoga. If any of these 3 elements are not there, perhaps it's not yoga anymore but just stretching.

  1. Movement - this is the physical part. It can be an actual yoga pose or even a gym workout or even walking inside the mall. Whenever appropriate, the physical part should be taken to your safety edge with proper form.
  2. Breath - this is more important than the physical component. The physical part is simply to get established in the breath - slow, deep and steady breathing
  3. Awareness - this is the mental component. This is much more important than breath. The breath is simply to get established in mental stillness

Forward Bend Exercise:
a) Movement: on Mountain Pose, without being mindful of the breath (just normal breathing), lift your arms up and bend forward with a straight back. Hold for 2 seconds and breathe normally. Come back up to Mountain Pose.

b) Breath + Pose: this time, empty your lungs and on the next full inhale, lift your arms up. Exhale fully as you bend forward, ensuring that your lungs are empty when you're fully stretched. Hold for 2 deep breaths, on the next inhale, with a flat back, lift your arms up and exhale coming back into Mountain Pose

c) Awareness + Breath + Pose: shut the doors to the outside world and bring your attention within you. At this point, the outside world no longer exists. With empty lungs, inhale fully as you imagine ingesting the full power that created the Big Bang, as you raise your arms up. On the exhale, come down into a forward bend while visualizing the body releasing all the toxins and all the negativities as you come down. Hold the pose while continuing the breath - long deep and steady breathing. Bring your awareness to where you feel the stretch. Where do you feel the stretch most intense? Behind the knee? On your hamstring? Or on your butt cheeks? Observe that stretching sensation with no judgment. Make 3 full breaths. On empty lungs, inhale fully again ingesting all the power that permeates within this universe as you come up with your arms up. Exhale fully as you take your arms down, reverting back into Mountain Pose, letting go as you exhale.

Homework: when you go to the gym, or climb the stairs or stroll inside the mall, be aware to incorporate breathing and awareness

Awareness

Do we have free will? When we go into auto-pilot, there is no free will. The only time we can exercise free will is When we are aware, Only then are we mindful of other exercisable options we can make. But how do we develop awareness? Here's the hack as practiced at the Plum Village Center.

Life Hack: Set the timer for 15 mins. When the alarm sounds, stop everything you are doing, mindfully do a slow, steady and deep inhale. Hold for 2 seconds. Slowly and mindfully exhale. When the lungs are empty, resume normal breathing and resume whatever activity you were doing. This will develop awareness, reminding you to stay in the here-and-now.

Homework: set your timer every hour and try to stay aware after you resume your activities. Notice if you're sense of awareness extends from the previous.

Water Therapy

We are 70% water. By hydrating with more water than we need first thing in the morning, we flush our system. Toxins are washed away. Doctors say that if people drank enough water, 50% of the world's illness will be gone.

Life Hack: take out your 1 liter water and calamansi and let's make it alkaline.

Homework: first thing in the morning, put calamansi + pinch of salt to your 1 liter of water. Drink up and do the stomach churning

Stomach Cleansing

Stomach cleansing (nauli) is so powerful that in Hatha Yoga Pradipika (one of the bibles of yoga), it is one of the 6 purification processes. The stomach lining is cleansed, allowing for a greater surface area to absorb nutrients. Food debris is flushed away. Intestinal muscles are activated. Digestive metabolism increases. Nearly all diseases stem from the gut. If you gut is clean and optimally functional, you are far from any illness.

Life Hack: Phase 1, with a belly full of water, empty your lungs, hold breath, bend knees, hands on knees, suction the belly and hold until cannot, 3 rounds. Phase 2, same, but while holding breath, suction and release belly until breath runs out. 3 rounds. Phase 3, same but while suctioning belly, protrude the abdomus rectus (abs) until breath runs out, then 3 rounds. Phase 4, same as phase 3, but wave the abs sideways.

Homework: after your water therapy, do one round each. Increase no. of rounds as comfort level increases, max of 3 rounds.

Austerity

In yogic tradition, austerity (tapas) falls under the 2nd limb of yoga - niyama. This is best done outside the mat. Between doing things the easy and the hard way, choose to do it the hard way, with no complaints but with a whole-hearted embrace to do it hard. No reaction. When this is mastered, you laugh in t he battlefield of life while others succumb to self-pity or misery.

Life Hack: on the mat????

Homework: for the next 7 days, no hot or warm showers. No use of escalator or elevator.

Strong Determination

We subject the body to increasing discomfort while observing the mind if it's reacting or not - this is a mental exercise as much as a physical exercise. We choose to observe without reacting. Observing discomfort without choosing to suffer. Pain and suffering are 2 very different things.

Life Hack: sit down with no chair, leaning your back on a wall. This becomes increasingly difficult. How long can you stay here and not react? And how long can you hold this pose before the mind gives up? It's the mind that gives up first...not the body.

Homework: when in traffic, instead of being pissed, observe the mind if it can just observe your feeling without reacting.

Breathwork

10% vs 80%: With what I have achieved with breathwork (pranayama), I am drawn to conclude that the normal breath we take only uses up 10% of its potency. But that 10% is enough to keep us alive. Can you just imagine what it might be if you use close to 100% of its potential? But some people don't even know how to breathe. So to begin the program, we learn how to breathe right first and do some established breathwork techniques.

Benefits: With the proper manipulation of the breath, you activate more energy, this energy moves around the body preventing illnesses from even happening. Your strength is amplified.

Nadi Shodan

This is an alternating nostril breathing, designed to unblock the nadi passages. When the nadis are unblocked, prana passes freely, invigorating the entire system. When prana is moving, it's hard to be sick.

Ujjayi Breathing

Spine straight, sit-bones centered and squared. Deep breathing, slow and steady, while restricting the airflow along the throat. You can make a slightly audible sound to keep your awareness into the breath. 5 mins.

Skull Shining Breathing

Do abdominal contractions to push the air out of the lungs. The inhalation happens naturally. It's the exhalation that you have to force out. One minute, then empty the lungs and hold. Inhale and hold. Resume normal breathing. 3 rounds.

Nadi Shodan

This is an alternating nostril breathing, designed to unblock the nadi passages. When the nadis are unblocked, prana passes freely, invigorating the entire system. When prana is moving, it's hard to be sick.

Wim Hof Breathing

From empty lungs, breathe-in fully, exhale fully, breathe-in fully...no pause for 1 minute. Timer will alarm. Empty your lungs, hold the breath, straighten back and completely relax. Hold for 30 seconds. Inhale fully and hold again.

For newbies, just squeeze your butt cheeks and straighten your back. Hold as long as you can and gently exhale.

For advanced yogis, engage mula bandha, uddiyana bandha, straight spine, jalandara bandha on gyana mudra. Keep holding while visualizing the manipuraka consumed by blazing fire. Feel the heat. Feel the heat intensify.

Homework: do a combination of these breathing techniques for 10 minutes before going to bed and when you wake up.

Meditation

The last 4 limbs of yoga is all about the mind. This tells you how important meditation is. When you mind is still, when your mind is clear...insights come. You see synchronicities, you see correlations, you see cause and effect. AHA moments spontaneously happen. You begin to understand the underlying intelligence behind all events, actions, and people. At the end of the day, you realize, the mind is everything. All of yoga actually points to mastery of the mind.

Goal: Should you aim for enlightenment? Emptying the mind? NO! Just aim to bring the mind back into focus when you catch it drifting. Do this and all is coming.

Anapana Meditation

Natural breathing only. No more pranayama. Observing your natural breathing pattern.

Vipassana Meditation

Do heavy intense breathing for one minute. Now relax the breathing...normal breathing. Don't regulate the breath. Bring your awareness on the top of the head. Just observe without creating anything. You are just a passive observer. Observing without judgment. Observing with a calm and equanimous mind. Observing sensation, pleasant or unpleasant with no judgment. Now move your awareness to your.....

Homework: meditate for 10 minutes before going to bed and when you wake up.

Ending Thoughts
After more than 2 hours of talking and demo-ing, I was exhausted but pleased that the participants found it worth their while. It proved more intense than I thought. But it was all good. I was finally able to put into a lecture/workshop format this Yoga Talk that has been fermenting in my head. I find this teaching approach more meaningful than doing another 'typical' yoga class. I hope I was able to provide to the participants a more comprehensive context on how the principles of yoga can be applied to enhance the quality of daily life. The conceptual grounding and understanding must be there before any kind of physical undertaking.

I would still however, continue to tailor-fit private classes to those with specific needs - weight loss, better eyesight, enhanced digestion, cardio-vascular strengthening, etc. Yoga permeates life itself and can be applied in any endeavour. But getting grounded in its principles must first be established.

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Reader Comments:

Kristijonas KlimaitisKris Lithuania
(Nov 20, 2022) I’ve read your Yoga Talk post. The part that resonated the most was when you mentioned that asanas are only for the proper breathing. And breathing is "only" for the stillness of the mind.

Marky MaligmatMarky Philippines
(Nov 20, 2022) Thanks for the event yesterday Gigit :) I really enjoyed it.

Jason RoblesJason Philippines
(Nov 20, 2022) Learned a lot from yesterday Git! You’ve ignited my fire within again! Thank you!

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About Cebu City
  • Cebu City is the 2nd biggest city in the Philippine (next to Manila) - and it continues to build and expand. Traffic is getting bad. Decentralization is being developed with the SM Super Mall in the SRP south and the suburban towns in the north.
  • Boat from the airport to the city center - even without traffic, it takes about 4 rides to reach the city. But with Cebu's increasing traffic congestion, it has become a nightmare. Instead of taking the land route, take the water route - no traffic, fresher air and cheaper. From the airport, take the yellow multi-cab straight to the river port and take the ferry (there's only one destination) to the city. Take the 02B jeep and get off at UC near Jones - you're now on the city's main artery.
  • given its size and increasing congestion, Cebu really needs a mass railway system - something that is conspicuously lacking, but no one seems to complain about
  • Cebu is bursting at the seams on the yoga scene. There are about 20 yoga centers in the city - from yoga studios to gyms offering yoga and hotels jumping on the bandwagon
  • a trendy and safe place in Cebu where you can chillout for coffee and enjoy good eats would be at the Ayala Mall
  • there are other pocket-areas for trendy hangouts - Banila Town Center, Crossroads, Escario Plaza, La Vie, etc.
  • the tourist area where most of the budget hotels and restaurants are, are located within the Mango area, although it has a seedy belly feel. Kids may swarm on you pretending to be begging, but they could be picking your pocket or your backpack pockets - be careful
  • many pick-pockets in the Colon area - be careful
Cebu City Google Map

Google Map Cebu City, Philippines

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
Cebu City to Camotes Island

Cebu City to Camotes Islands

  1. 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).
  2. 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

  1. 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
  2. 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

  1. George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
  2. Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am, dumticketing@oceanjet.net, 0918.898.2188
  3. 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)

  1. Cebu City South Terminal - take the southbound Ceres bus to Liloan, P200, 5 hours
  2. Liloan - the bus drops you off at the Liloan Port where you board the Fastcraft to Sibulan, Negros Oriental, P62, 30 mins
  3. Sibulan - at the Sibulan Port, the jeeps wait for Fastcraft passengers to take them to the public market in Dumaguete, P12, 30 mins.
  4. 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

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - Pier 1, departs 08:15-13:30-15:10-18:00-19:40
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000
  4. 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
    info@liteferries.com / www.liteferries.com

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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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