Date > 2023 > Jan
Activity > Yoga
Jan 26, 2023
1:4:2:3 Nadi Shodana
Location : Lazi, Siquijor Island, Philippines
Pushing the Breath Boundary
As I go deeper into my study of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, I learn about the importance of breathing ratios in pranayama. Before, I would simply hold my breath as long as I could while doing bandhas - to me, breath-hold is only a means to be established in bandhas. But now, I wanted to know if I was missing something by not strictly adhering to the ratios.
First, I downloaded a metronome app, then I pushed my Nadi Shodhana limit to a 1:4:2:3 ratio with 5 seconds as one count, with maha bandha mudra engaged - this is as much as I can push it, still maintaining that I don't strain. This means I'm holding one breath for 45 seconds while engaging all the locks before the next breath. I would set my timer to 30 minutes.
Capping at 15 Minutes
When I begin my first round, I'm already on my limit. The more rounds, the more I struggle, keeping in mind that straining means I'm pushing it too far. At 15 minutes, I can't continue anymore. I can't help but gasp for the next breath. Should I shorten my count to 4 seconds instead? Should I simply remove the exhale-hold so that it's only 1:4:2 ratio? Hmmm. I have to find a way to keep the 5-sec count.
Pre/Post Nadi Shodhana
To prolong my sustenance, I resorted to 2 rounds of Wim Hof breathing - 30 full breaths/round. Then I began my Nadi Shodhana. Still, at 15 minutes, I'm gasping for air. Instead of stopping, I simply transitioned the pranayama to a Kapalabhati. Interestingly, when I usually do Kapalabhati, I feel pain before the 1-minute threshold, causing me to stop. However, after doing the Nadi Shodhana, I could almost do Kapalabhati indefinitely. Still, I didn't push my limit.
After all that breathing, especially after the last exhale, I immediately transition into meditation. This is perhaps the best way to commence a meditation practice. I find myself going into emptiness much quicker, as though I'm slipping fast into a drop-off. My meditation isn't very deep or long. It's enough that I can sink into awareness and reboot my system.
The addition of the metronome to my pranayama makes my practice a lot more controlled, disciplined and challenging. There is no room for negotiating. I'm enslaved (in a good way) by the beat, in the same way a musician is enslaved by his beat. If I can uphold the suggested frequency of a pranayama practice (4x/day, 4am, noon, sunset and midnight), I could just imagine my nadis purified in a compressed time frame. Next after that? Hopefully, siddhis! I know, siddhi should never be the goal. But like a child burned by his own curiosity, I'm willing to take the risk.
Furthermore, by reading Hatha Yoga Pradipika, integrating, immersing and internalizing, I get to know and remain aware of yoga's many nuances...little details I didn't know exist, and answers to some sought-after questions. I started reading this book in Sep 2022 and it's already Jan 2023. I don't rush it. I want to make sure I know every chapter and that I've practiced it.
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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More on Lazi:
- Resorts - Lazi has some beach resorts on its west coast but the popular area for tourist resorts are in San Juan
- Transport - Lazi is the junction where the jeeps begin their clockwise route (Lazi-San Juan-Siquijor Port) or the counter clockwise route (Lazi-Maria-Larena Port). Even though Lazi has a port, it's not used for passengers. Because the jeeps are rare with about 2 to 3 trips/day, it's practical to just have a motorcycle here in Siquijor. With its affordability (a brand new Rusi motorbike is as low as P45k), people just buy motorcycles...especially those who live up in the mountains.
- The Boulevard - Lazi's main draw is its seaside cobblestone promenade. When the sun sets, people gather here for eats, drinks, open-air, harbor view and the sunset
More on Siquijor Island:
Siquijor Island Local Info
Jeeps - there are only 2 routes for jeeps within Siquijor Island - and they are rare. Most people have their own motorcycle transport.
- Siquijor Port to Lazi - last trip leaves at 3pm from station near market
- Lazi to Siquijor Port - jeeps depart from the Lazi Port area. 5 jeeps, the last trip at 12:30 pm. Lazi to San Juan, P50.
- Larena Port to Lazi - jeeps are unpredictable. As of this writing, there is only 1 jeep plying the Larena-Lazi route. This jeep leaves Larena for Lazi at 9:50am. After that, no more jeep. You'll have to take a tricycle to Siquijor Pob for jeeps going to Lazi
- Lazi to Larena Port - 6am (daily) and 9 am (M-Th)
Food - these were suggested by a local to me
- Lechon manok & liempo - roasted pork belly and chicken at Joel's in Siquijor Poblacion. I've tried this myself...yummy, even if the chicken was no longer hot
- Bibingka - sweetened rice cake by Fidy's Bibingka (P30) in Sawang, Maria. I've come back for this and I buy for other people as well as 'pasalubong' - they love this
- Siopao - at the Rosita store near Thrifty (P25) in Siquijor Poblacion
- Peanut butter - by Rene. Just ask around in Siquijor Poblacion. It's popular
- Torta - sweet cakish bread at the Thrifty story in Siquijor Poblacion
Siquijor Island Map
Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
- Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle, 7:30am/10:00am/2:00pm/4:30pm/7:30? or 9:00? pm
- Ocean Jet - 40 mins,at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964, www.oceanjet.net, email@example.com, 6:00am/6:00pm, P350/pax (tourist/open air), P580/pax (business class)
- Atlantis Yohan Express - Siquijor Port or Larena Port?
- Aleson Shipping Lines - Siquijor Port, P200/reg, P250/a-c, 6:00 am daily, 1:30 pm & 6:30pm M-Sat
Siquijor - Tagbilaran - Cebu City Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
En route to Cebu City, the ferries usually make a stop-over to Tagbilaran (Bohol) to pick-up more passengers or unload.
- Ocean Jet - 2 hours, 8:20am, at Siquijor Port
To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, P1200/business class
To Cebu: ?
- Lite Ferries - at Larena Port,
To Tagbilaran: T-Th-Sun, P475/standard, 7pm, 3 hours, PHP?
To Cebu: T-Th-Sun, 7pm, 7 hours, PHP 650
Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
- Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, T-Th-Sun, 2:00 am, 5 hours, PHP?
Siquijor - Cebu (Liloan) - Cebu City BUS Trip(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. Larena Port 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 (Sundays at 3 pm) for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) 10 pm.
Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because it goes around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena where it takes the ferry at 1 pm. This saves you the hassle and high transport cost of a tricycle. Besides, it's a long trip from the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.
Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island
These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat
- Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Siquijor. Tourist attractions are Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Monkey, Loboc River Cruise, Beaches of Panglao, whale sharks (recent offering), freediving (recent offering)
- Cebu - Cebu City is the usual gateway into the Visayas. But in Cebu Island itself, there are many offerings - Whale Sharks of Oslob, sardine run at Moalboal,Thresher Shark of Malapascua
- Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
- Dumaguete - Dumaguete is a small charming progressive coastal town in Negros Oriental. Cafe and restaurants line the famous Boulevard Boardwalk. Tourist attractions include Japanese Shrine, Casaroro Falls, snorkeling along the southern coastline (Dauin, Masaplod Norte, etc), Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
- Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
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