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Yoga classes in Siquijor

Country > Philippines > Siquijor Island > Lazi
Date > 2023 > Jul
Activity > Yoga


Practical Yoga
Custom Kriya Compilations

KRIYA Compilations


These kriyas (a set of actions towards a specific goal) are custom-assembled from an assortment of asana, pranayama, bandha and mudra - with a specific intention. The kriya may have come from an Aha Moment, a spontaneous stumble-upon, a thought-through process, etc. They're not in the books - it's my own. Sometimes, I assemble a set of different kriyas for a complete yoga class sequence.

'Forever Young' Yoga Sequence Jul 26, 2023

'Forever Young' Yoga Sequence

Keyword Filtration
I've filtered every instance of the words #aging, young, ageing, degeneration, youthful, old age, wrinkles, grey hair# - on Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Yoga Makaranda. I codified all that's been said into a yoga sequence designed to delay or reverse the aging process.

Fountain of Youth
Yoga is designed for self-realization. But there are specific sequences that result in delaying or reversing the aging process. This class is an amalgamation of all of them to realize the fountain of youth.

The Aging Process
As we go through life, the body undergoes friction. And this friction causes the body to degenerate, wear out and eventually die. The more wear-and-tear, the earlier we die. Think of the body as a car - when the car is not maintained, its useful life is shortened. When you give the car its due maintenance (oil change, tune-up, car wash, etc.), it will last its lifespan according to its planned obsolescense.

Through the practice of yoga (specifically age-specific sequences), not only is aging slowed down, but the quality of life is greatly enhanced - you remain strong, you keep that bounce on your stride, and you remain attractive to people half your age.

'Forever Young' Yoga Sequence
a yoga class/demo/talk/workshop at Dawata Yoga Studio


Yoga has an infinite array of asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha. But in this class, only the components essential to anti-aging are factored in.

  1. Sirsasana - Bindu has the capacity to enlighten the individual consciousness, but for that to occur the consumption of the falling nectar must be reversed through Sirsasana so that it can be assimilated back into the body - the body does not undergo degeneration, decay, and old age. As a result of the assimilation of nectar into the body, cellular preservation and rejuvenation take place. Headstand prevents arterial degeneration by restoring vascular tone and elasticity. Regular practice makes hair black again.
  2. Khechari mudra - When the tongue constantly presses the nasal cavity, fatal diseases, old age are warded off. This can be done together with asana, pranayama or with other mudras. If the practice of Khechari mudra can be perfected, the process of degeneration in the body is reversed. Khechari activates Bindu flow and wards off old age and manifests Siddhis. The yogi who remains with the tongue going upwards for even half a second is freed from toxins, disease, and old age.
  3. Manduka / Nabho Mudra - this is a gentler form of Khechari mudra. The tip of the tongue is pressed against the soft palate (Nabho) or pressed left to right on the soft palate (Manduka). Both prevent aging and will not allow greying of hair.
  4. Moola bandha - with constant practice of moola bandha, prana and apana unite, and even an old person becomes young. If you can reverse the downward flowing tendency of apana vayu (through Moola bandha) and the upward movement of prana vayu (Uddiyana bandha), you can reverse the ageing process. All the practices which unite the two opposite forces, prana and apana, generate and release immense heat in the body which increases the metabolic rate for a short period, and as a result, elimination and degeneration are decreased
  5. Uddiyana bandha - Uddiyana, when it is done regularly, even an old person can become young. Uddiyana can slow down the natural process of degeneration and ageing and make even an old person look young.
  6. Jalandhara bandha - Jalandhara activates Vishuddhi chakra which triggers the secretion of the hormone thyroxine by the thyroid gland. Thyroxine is responsible for tissue ageing. The process overcomes old age.
  7. Maha bandha - When the two opposite poles of energy unite in the navel center, the decaying, degenerating and ageing processes are then checked and every cell of the body is rejuvenated. Raising the apana upward and bringing the prana down from the throat, the yogi becomes free from old age and appears as if sixteen years of age. Engaging the three bandhas, the body is influenced in such a way that degeneration no longer occurs. By contracting the perineum, performing uddiyana and locking ida and pingala with jalandhara, sushumna becomes active. Prana and breath become still. Thus old age and sickness are conquered.
  8. Maha mudra - the symptoms of old age are either annihilated or reduced
  9. Maha vedha - in its practice, wrinkles, grey hair and the trembling of old age are evaded. The symptoms of old age are either annihilated or reduced
  10. Maha mudra, Maha bandha and Maha vedha mudra - the three great secrets which destroy old age, increase the digestive fire and bestow the siddhis
  11. Nauli - bring 1 liter of water. This is one of the shat kriyas and essential in purifying the system
  12. Surya bhedan - prevents old age and increases the body heat and awakens kundalini. (it's interesting that its counter part, Chandra bhedan is not included as an age-defying pranayama)
  13. Kapalbhati - Kapalbhati helps relax facial muscles and nerves. It rejuvenates tired cells and nerves, keeping the face young, shining and wrinkle-free
  14. Neti pot - bring the 'pot' to class. This rids the sinuses of old mucus, but it also makes one attractive and prevents the ageing process from occurring
  15. Citkrama Kapalabhati Kriya - a different version of Neti pot. Take water in through the mouth, swallow it and then expel it out through the nose. This prevents old age, and will give lustre to the body. This is best done on a beach
  16. Jihwamula dhauti - tongue scraping. This is done as a homework, Morning toxins are accummulated in the mouth so best to make this a morning ritual together with water therapy, Nauli and Neti pot
  17. Vajroli mudra - sperm retention. This is very powerful but cannot be done in class. It will be a homework.
  18. Meditation - Trataka (being a shat kriya)
  19. Homework - Vajroli mudra, Neti pot, Jihwamula dhauti

90-Minute Class

Since most of the kriya outlined in this sequence are fairly advanced - headstand, bandha, mudra, kumbhaka, this class is suitable to those who have been practicing yoga for at least a year.

  1. Water - 2 min, 1 liter with sea salt and lime (basic yoga class)
  2. Stretching - 10 mins, full body stretching + 1 min shadow boxing
  3. Surya namaskar A&B - 10 mins, 3 rounds each, slow with push up
  4. Sirsasana - 8 min, 3 rounds, 1 min each + streching after every round + Khechari mudra
  5. Maha mudra - 5 min, 3 rounds each + Khechari mudra + Sambhavi mudra
  6. Moola bandha - 5 min, on Siddhasana, 1 min observe, 1 min engage/release, 1 min full engage
  7. Uddiyana bandha - 5 min, + Moola bandha + Khechari, 1 min partial engage, 1 min engage/release, 1 min full engage
  8. Nauli - 8 min, + Moola, + Uddiyana, Nauli 1+2+3+4 (basic yoga class + an expression of Moola + Uddiyana)
  9. Jalandhara bandha - 5 min, 3 mins + Khechari
  10. Karnapidasana - 1 min, + Jalandhara (an expression of Jalandhara)
  11. Sarvangasana - 1 min, + Jalandhara (an expression of Jalandhara)
  12. Maha bandha - 15 min, using all 3 bandha, Siddhasana, Kumbhaka, Khechari. 1:4:2:3 ratio
  13. Maha vedha - 5 min, + Maha bandha
  14. Surya bhedan - 15 mins
  15. Kapalbhati - 3 mins, Mandukasana
  16. Trataka - until tears

Ending Thoughts
How do I know all the above works? Well, because it's also my personal practice. I'm not a spring chicken anymore but I'm strong, resilient from disease, feeling half my age, and harmonized with my surroundings. I have no diet restriction. I can eat anything I want. I don't take any medication - not even Vitamin C.

Not only is this sequence designed to retard aging, but the kriya represents the purification of Shatkriya (Neti pot, Jihwamula dhauti, Nauli) and the most powerful asana, pranayama, kumbhaka, bandha and mudra in Hatha Yoga - Sirsasana, Manduka / Nabho Mudra, Moola bandha, Uddiyana bandha, Jalandhara bandha, Maha bandha, Maha mudra, Maha vedha, Surya bhedan, and Kapalbhati. This sequence is already as advanced as I can take my practice altogether - anti-aging or not.

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Lazi Local Info
  1. Resorts - Lazi has some beach/dive resorts on its west coast - Gabayan Riviera, Lazi Beach Club, Bahura Dive Resort. However, the popular area for tourist resorts are in San Juan
  2. 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). Because the jeeps are rare with about 2 to 3 trips/day only in the morning, 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.
  3. The Boulevard - Lazi's main draw is its seaside cobblestone promenade. When the sun goes down, people gather here for eats, drinks, open-air, harbor view and the sunset
  4. Lazi Port - Lazi just recently opened up its port with Kho Shipping plying the Iligan, Tagbilaran and Cebu routes.
Lazi >> Iligan City by boat

Lazi to Iligan City route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early April 2023. Before, going to Iligan City meant going to Siquijor Port, 30 km away. This also meant that on the way back, you have to be in Siquijor before 2pm to catch the last jeep to Lazi. With this direct route, there is no 'last trip' to catch.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Iligan City, Tu-Th-Sat, 6 hours, Lazi departure 5 am, arrival in Iligan City Port 11 am, economy P800, tourist P1100, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Iligan City
Lazi >> Cagayan de Oro by boat

Lazi to Cagayan de Oro route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Davao meant going to Iligan first, then bus to CDO and then bus to Davao City. Now, Iligan can be completely bypassed saving about 3 hours on the trip.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Cagayan de Oro, Tu-F-Sun, 6 hours, Lazi departure 6 am, arrival in Cagayan de Oro Port 12 noon, economy P1,100.00, tourist P1,400.00, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Cagayan de Oro
Lazi >> Dumaguete by boat

Lazi to Dumaguete route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Dumaguete meant going to Siquijor Port, 30 km away. This also meant that on the way back, you have to be in Siquijor before 2pm to catch the last jeep to Lazi. With this direct route, there is no 'last trip' to catch.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Dumaguete, M-Th-Sat, 3 hours, Lazi departure 1 am, arrival in Dumaguete Port 4 am, economy P300, tourist P500, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Dumaguete
Lazi >> CDO >> Davao City by boat/bus

Lazi to Cagayan de Oro route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Davao meant going to Iligan first, then bus to CDO and then bus to Davao City. Now, Iligan can be completely bypassed saving about 3 hours on the trip.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Cagayan de Oro, Tu-F-Sun, 6 hours, Lazi departure 6 am, arrival in Cagayan de Oro Port 12 noon, economy P1,100.00, tourist P1,400.00, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Cagayan de Oro

  3. Cagayan de Oro Port - arrival 12 noon. Take a jeep to East Terminal (Agora) to catch the Davao-bound bus
  4. CDO East Terminal (Agora) - take bus going to Davao City, 8 hours, PHP 875. This terminal is open 24 hours and there is always a bus going to Davao - no need to pre-purchase tickets
  5. Davao Bus Terminal - you'll arrive at the Davao Bus Terminal, close to SM City. From there you can take a cab ride to your hotel. There are many jeeps that will also take you to the Poblacion town center, 15 mins, PHP 12
Lazi >> Tagbilaran >> Cebu by boat

Lazi to Cebu entails a stopover at Tagbilaran - you only pay for one ticket (I've broken down the individual trips in case you're boarding from Tagbilaran). From the 5pm boat departure from Lazi, it would cost PHP 1000 (it's odd that it's cheaper to pay for the individual trips rather than paying for both...PHP 845 vs 1000) and take about 10 hours.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Tagbilaran, W-F-Sun, 4 hours, Lazi departure 1 am, arrival in Tagbilaran Port 5 am, economy P475, tourist P750, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Tagbilaran to Cebu

  3. Tagbilaran Port - arrival 5 am, layover 1 hour, departure for Cebu 6am (5 hours), economy P370, tourist P520
  4. Cebu Port - arrival 11 am

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.

  1. Siquijor Port to Lazi - last trip leaves at 3pm from station near market
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Lazi to Larena Port - 6am (daily) and 9 am (M-Th)

Food - these were suggested by a local to me

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Siopao - at the Rosita store near Thrifty (P25) in Siquijor Poblacion
  4. Peanut butter - by Rene. Just ask around in Siquijor Poblacion. It's popular
  5. Torta - sweet cakish bread at the Thrifty story in Siquijor Poblacion
Siquijor Island Map
Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
  1. Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle, 7:30am/10:00am/2:00pm/4:30pm

  2. Montenegro Lines, Siquijor to Dumaguete

  3. Aleson Shipping - at Siquijor Port, 6 am and 6 pm daily, 1:30 pm M-Sat, Regular P200.00/pax, Aircon P250.00/pax

  4. Aleson Shipping, Dumaguete to Siquijor

  5. Ocean Jet - 40 mins,at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964,,, 6:00am/6:00pm, P350/pax (tourist/open air), P580/pax (business class)

    Ocean Jet

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.

  1. Ocean Jet - 2 hours, 8:20am, at Siquijor Port
    To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, P1200/business class
    To Cebu: ?
  2. 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)
  1. 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.

Sugbo Urban

Sugbo Urban

Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island

These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat

  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
  4. 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
  5. 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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Siquijor Island
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  3. The Cigarette Talk Sep 1, 2023
  4. Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
  5. The Lost Dogs of Siquijor Aug 27, 2023
  6. Moving to a Bungalow! Aug 22, 2023
  7. Aug Chronicles: CDO produce August 31, 2023
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  10. July Chronicles July 31, 2023
  11. July Snapshots July 1-31, 2023
  12. Learning Cebuano: July July 1-31, 2023
  13. June Chronicles June 31, 2023
  14. June Snapshots June 1-31, 2023
  15. Learning Cebuano: June June 1-31, 2023
  16. May Chronicles May 31, 2023
  17. May Snapshots May 1-31, 2023
  18. Learning Cebuano May 1-31, 2023
  19. In Search of a Cool Climate May 25, 2023
  20. The 64 km Bike Ride May 16, 2023
  21. Lazi Fiesta May 15, 2023
  22. The Boulevard Opening May 5, 2023
  23. April Snapshots April 1-30, 2023
  24. Learning Cebuano...Again! April 1-30, 2023
  25. Kris Visits Siquijor Mar 17 - Apr 15, 2023
  26. Exploring Siquijor with Marky Mar 25 - Apr 11, 2023
  27. Siquijor Healing Festival April 5-8, 2023
  28. The Talk at United Church of Christ April 2, 2023
  29. Mar Snapshots Mar 1-31, 2023
  30. Vigil for the Ghost Ship of Siquijor March 31, 2023
  31. Judging an Essay on Gender Equality Mar 29, 2023
  32. The Thief, the Shaman, the Elves and the Police Mar 20, 2023
  33. Finally Acquiring the Motorbike Mar 18, 2023
  34. Bitcoin Blunder Mar 15, 2023
  35. Maria's Unsung Beaches Mar 11, 2023
  36. Lagaan Falls Mar 9, 2023
  37. Tibhong Spring Water Source Mar 8, 2023
  38. Bolo-Bolo Natural Spring Mar 2, 2023
  39. Reasons to Get a Wife March 1, 2023
  40. Feb Snapshots Feb 28, 2023
  41. Camagung-Ong Natural Spring Feb 28, 2023
  42. Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
  43. Manifesting a Motorbike from Thin Air? Feb 18, 2023
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  45. Amazement from Drivers License Renewal in Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
  46. Locong Falls Feb 9, 2023
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  52. Lazi: A Monthly Stay Jan 21, 2023
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  59. Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
  60. Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
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