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My July Yoga Practice: a Journal July 1-30, 2023

My July Yoga Practice: a Journal

Location Google Map: Lazi, Siquijor Island, Philippines

Juggling Yoga

  1. Hatha Yoga Pradipika - July, I should finish Chapter 4, Samadhi and go back to Asana to finish what I didn't cover. I will continue my freestyle yoga...that seems to work, as long as I get on my mat even if I'm lazy. When I'm on the mat, the energy changes and I get to finish with something good. I hope to finish HYP this July. I still don't know what book to follow. Maybe an Autobiography of a Yogi.
  2. Personal practice - I thought I would OBE in June through repeated sessions in my daily practice, but it didn't happen. Even so, it made me proficient in my meditation. This doesn't dampen my resolve. I will continue Hemi-Sync into my practice when I can squeeze it in.

    Where I am now, the perfect yoga session would have these elements in its core. The others can take rotation.

    1. Nauli, ABS, Push-up, Headstand, Big3M, Trataka
    2. Asana - a Bryan Kest Power Yoga video 1, 2 or 3
    3. Pranayama - I now develop Kriyas that incorporate Pranayama, Kumbhaka, Bandha, Mudra and Asana. It could be Wim Hof - Maha Vedha Kriya or Mandukasana kriya. This list will grow. I find this approach to be more powerful than a stand-alone Pranayama
    4. Meditation - Trataka, as my sight needs some tender loving care

    My July Yoga Practice: a Journal
    Morning practice on the roofdeck

    July 1, 2023 - Saturday

    Keep the momentum going. I already feel my body slowly getting back into shape.

    Somehow, I'm on a new paradigm that works. Before, I would think of all the things I have to do and end up feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed by it and I end up not doing anything. Now, I think of what I can do at the present moment - and not think about anything else until I finish doing it. It's as simple as brushing my teeth (I don't think about the updates I have to do, or the yoga practice). This also keeps me in the here and now and I actually get to do everything I have to do.

    Personal practice
    6 am / bed/roof deck (2.5 hours!)
    Asana + Pranayama:
    Stretching on the bed upon waking up (Setu bandhasana, gluts, hamstring, groin, seated forward bend), Headstand, ABS, Big3M, Wim Hof, Setu bandhasana. Nauli after the 1L water therapy.

    Trataka, right eye tear

    Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    Nada V85-93

    July 2, 2023 - Sunday

    I'm on a roll with newfound stretches on the bed upon waking up.

    Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    I finished Chapter 4. I'll go back to the Asana chapter and complete the missing verses. Then I'll review the entire book summary. Then I'll start Autobiography of a Yogi.

    Focus 23, for those who just left the physical realm

    Personal practice
    6 am / bed, upon waking up
    stretching (this is a lot and should be explored more for a full session before rising up! ): setu bandhasana, superman, bow facing down, clasped hands behind and pulling it (lower back bend), shoulder, seated forward bend, gluts, hamstrings, Upavistha konasana (seated, straight legs as wide apart), hard happy baby, badda konasana (butterfly). Nauli after the 1L water therapy.

    Trataka, 22 mins, no tears

    July 3, 2023 - Monday

    I'm on a roll with the continuity of my practice. This paradigm of "think of one task at a time and do it" really works for me. I'm not inundated by a multitude of tasks that paralyze me at times.

    Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    'tweaked' the format of earlier entries, then developed the missing Asanas. Hopefully, it's all done today and I can begin the final review/practice tomorrow of the entire book.

    Wave 7 Track 5, reception center...but I fell asleep

    Personal practice
    8:10-10:30 am (2 hrs, 20 mins) / roofdeck, terrace
    Shat Kriya:
    Nauli after the 1L water therapy.

    Asana + Pranayama:
    This was a great workout day for me - 2 hrs, 20 mins of only the essentials. This also means I need a min of 2 hrs, 20 mins to finish just to finish my essentials without adding any more of what's out there.
    Stretching, Core (front, side planks, Setu Bandhasana), Headstand, Push ups, Big3M, Mandukasana, Wim Hof

    Trataka, 45 mins, no tears | Sambhavi, 8 mins. The Trataka was done with OM chanting which paves way for any kind of subsequent meditation.

    July 4, 2023 - Tuesday

    I'm still on a roll in optimizing my daily workout. The paradigm works - doing the most urgent thing and not thinking about anything else until it's done.

    Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    Finished all the tweaks and development of chapters 1 and 2. This took all day and ate up on my practice. Next, full and total review of HYP before reading the next book. This may take a week more. Then start "An Autobiography of a Yogi"

    Wave 3 Track 5, rolling like a log, passing through the top of the head, moving back, lifting up. No OBE but good relaxation to start the day.

    Personal practice
    6 am / bed
    eye exercises upon waking up - eye rolls, left/right, up/down

    Trataka, 25 mins, no tears

    July 5, 2023 - Wednesday

    Wasn't able to do yoga yesterday, so today is make-up day. Also, HYP should be finalized soon. Next? Before going on to a new book, I would like to do visit some books I've reviewed - Arahatta Pala, Tibetan Inner Heat.

    Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    I did the final tweaks and recoding and started reviewing and doing the asanas as my practice for the day. I will finish the Asana practice tomorrow.

    Wave 3 Track 5, rolling like a log, passing through the top of the head, moving back, lifting up. No OBE but good relaxation to start the day. I'll stick to this Track until I develop.

    Personal practice
    6 am / bed/terrace
    eye exercises - eye roll, trombone, left/right, up/down, blinking
    Nauli after 1L water
    Asana practice from Chapter 1 of HYP:

    Swastikasana (5 mins): Auspicious Pose
    Gomukhasana (3 mins each): Cow's Face
    Koormasana (3 mins): Tortoise Pose
    xxxx not done xxxxxxxx
    Veerasana (21): Hero's Pose
    Kukkutasana (23): Cockerel Pose (Pindasana substitute)
    Uttan Koormasana (24): Stretching Tortoise Pose Dhanurasana (25): Bow's Pose
    Matsyendrasana (26-27): Spinal Twist's Pose
    Paschimottanasana (28-29): Back Stretching Pose
    Mayurasana (30-31): Peacock's Pose

    7 pm / social hall, Lazi
    Yoga class by Catherine

    11 pm / bed
    Wave 3 Track 5, rolling like a log, passing through the top of the head, moving back, lifting up. No OBE but good relaxation to start the day. I'll stick to this Track until I develop.

    July 6, 2023 - Thursday

    In the last 2 days, I'd been feeling tremors and vibration even while not practicing. This is a good thing and I'd been milking it.

    Wave 3 Track 5, rolling like a log, passing through the top of the head, moving back, lifting up. No OBE but good relaxation to start the day. I will be defaulting to this as this is the start of the 'separation' exercises. I followed this up with binaural beats from a different provider.

    Personal practice
    6-7:15 pm / roofdeck
    Asana + Pranayama:
    Stretches, HIIT, Headstand, Big3M, Push Ups, ABS, Mandukasana, Wim Hof. After a long break from it, it was good doing cardio again. Maybe I can do a five 3-min routine of rope skipping next time.


    July 7, 2023 - Friday

    Even though I didn't do any Asana today, the practice was still full, doing Kumbhaka on the 1-min laptop break and reading up HYP.

    Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    Reviewed the rest of Chapter 1 (Asana), and finished Chapter 2 (Shat kriya and Pranayama). Tomorrow, Chapter 3/4 and that concludes HYP

    Wave 3 Track 5 (twice today), rolling like a log, passing through the top of the head, moving back, lifting up. No OBE but good relaxation to start the day. I will try other Tracks from hereon as I don't seem to progress.

    Shat Kriya
    Every day, I do Neti (nasal cleansing with saline water) and Jihwamula Dhauti (tongue scraping). But in the last 3 days, I clean my eyes (aside from Trataka) by going to Bolo Bolo spring, and open my eyes on the gushing water. I noticed that when I look at my laptop, the small letters are clearer and my eyes don't sting anymore. I'll do this daily and see how this helps further. I'll call this BBC (Bolo Bolo Cleansing).

    Personal practice
    3 pm / home
    Nadi shodan, 10 mins with 3 Bandhas, "2" setting on metronome, 1 click includes breathing and holding.

    July 8, 2023 - Saturday

    I'm still on track, almost spending the entire day on HYP

    Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    Chapter 3 turns out needing a recode to add the 'blockquote' so that ate up time. But I reviewed Chap 3 until Khechari V54. For tomorrow, I'll finish from Bandha (55-60) to Guru and Inner Guru (129-130)

    Personal practice
    8-10 am / roofdeck
    I didn't really feel like doing yoga, but in compliance to my new mandate of simply getting dressed for it and being on the mat, I did. From there, new energy always develops that seem to guide me through the practice. Before I knew it, 2 hours have passed.

    Asana + Pranayama:
    L-Sit, Headstand, Push up, Handstand, interspersed with Wim Hof breathing and Mandukasana

    OM chanting, 5 mins

    5:30 pm / Bolo Bolo
    I went to Bolo Bolo at 5:30pm to get my eye-bath...a different version of Trataka. I can now open my eyes longer under water. But I didn't notice any visual clarity when I got back to my laptop.

    July 9, 2023 - Sunday

    Personal practice
    My yoga yesterday was long and a little intense from the L-Sit, push up, etc. I'll take it easy today, perhaps more pranayama, trataka and HS.

    6 am / home seawall
    Early morning, Trataka with visiion-care glasses and facemask over. This way, I can't focus my eyes on anything because it's all black, but I can still open my eyes. I'm not sure it worked because my eyes must have been adjusting its focus depending on what my mind was thinking, so it didn't feel too much of a meditation. But I'll try again. Maybe I just need to acclimatize.

    July 10, 2023 - Monday

    No yoga yesterday, so today is make up day

    Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    Finished Chapter 4 from Bandha (55-60) to Guru and Inner Guru (129-130).

    Personal practice
    7 am / roofdeck
    I felt lazy as usual, but true to my newfound tenet of "just being on the mat" and something else will happen, I went up the roofdeck, and after some stretches, I felt like rope skipping.

    Rope skipping, 4 rounds of 3 mins | calf raises | Headstand, Push ups, Big3M, Leg raise, 1 min Wim Hof interspersion with asana, body self-massage with oil
    Bike to Bolo Bolo in the pm

    Trataka, 10 mins only and right tear. The trick is to always focus on the eyes at all times, visualizing the tearing | Sambhavi. In pm, Bolo Bolo for eye bath...the water wasn't clear due to heavy rains.

    July 11, 2023 - Tuesday

    Hatha Yoga Pradipika
    Today, Hatha Yoga Pradipika is finished.

    Wave 3 Track 5, moving forward, back, up.

    Personal practice
    7 am / terrace
    eye calisthenics (roll, up/down, side2side, trombone, near/far, blink, massage)
    Isometric holds:

    1. wall sit (3 mins)
    2. sumo squat (4 mins, Ujjayi 3 bandhas, Kapalbhati)
    3. static lunge (1 min/side)
    4. wall hamstring (1 min/side)
    5. ---- below not done, for tomorrow ------
    6. calf raises (didn't do it since I did it yesterday already)
    7. table top, knees 1' from floor ( mins)
    8. forearm plank ( mins)
    9. side plank ( mins)
    10. glut bridge ( mins)
    11. superman ( mins)
    12. reverse plank ( mins)
    13. Lsit, heel on fl ( mins)
    14. high plank ( mins)
    15. high plank w/ forward lean [plance] ( mins)
    16. bicep plank, fingers pointed back, lowered push up position ( mins)
    17. 1-arm plank w/ wide legs ( mins)
    18. wall cross, forearms pressing on wall ( mins)
    19. bent arm pike ( mins)
    20. hollow body, lying down, chest & legs lifted ( mins)
    21. wall handstand ( mins)
    22. setu bandhasana, gluts ( mins)

    5 pm / terrace
    bike to Bolo Bolo

    Veerasana (21): Hero's Pose
    Kukkutasana (23): Cockerel Pose (Pindasana substitute)
    Uttan Koormasana (24): Stretching Tortoise Pose Dhanurasana (25): Bow's Pose
    Matsyendrasana (26-27): Spinal Twist's Pose
    Paschimottanasana (28-29): Back Stretching Pose
    Mayurasana (30-31): Peacock's Pose
    Siddhasana (33-43): Adept's Pose
    Padmasana (44-49): Lotus Pose
    Simhasana (50-52): Lion's Pose
    Bhadrasana (53-54): Gracious Pose
    This finally completes Hatha Yoga Pradipika

    July 12, 2023 - Wednesday

    Arahattamagga Arahattaphala
    Read my review and summary. I just finished Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and before reading a new book, I'd like to go back into my other reviews and refresh myself.

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Began reading and summarizing. What struck me in my reading is that spiritual devotees who meditate long hours for years make very slow progress, but when initiated by a guru, they transition immediately into Samadhi. My conclusion is that since I don't have a guru and left on my own to deepen my practice, it will take a very long time to make progress into altered states of consciousness.

    Personal practice
    4:30 am / bed
    Vipassana (full)

    5 pm / Bolo Bolo
    bike to Bolo Bolo and back

    7 pm / Social Hall, Lazi
    \ group yoga with Catherine

    July 13, 2023 - Thursday

    Continue with the balance of the calisthenics program

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Read and summarized from start to Chapter 8 - PY having this insatiable desire to meet his guru in the Himalayas and him meeting magnificent lives in Calcutta.

    Personal practice
    8:30 - 10:15 am / terrace
    Asana + Pranayama:
    A good hack today was doing Wim Hof on Padmasana and transitioning immediately to Maha vedha.

    1. calf raises (40 counts/leg)
    2. table top, knees 1' from floor (1 min/rd, 3 rds)
    3. forearm plank (3 mins)
    4. side plank (1.5 mins/side) + 1 min Wim Hof
    5. glut bridge (3 mins) + 3 mins Wim Hof
    6. superman (2 mins) + 3 mins Wim Hof/Mandukasana
    7. headstand (1 mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    8. maha mudra + 1 min Wim Hof/Maha vedha
    9. push up (1 min) + 1 min Wim Hof/Maha vedha
    10. Maha bandha (10 mins) + Maha vedha
    11. Shambhavi (5 mins)

    July 14, 2023 - Friday

    I'd been going to Bolo Bolo on my bike almost daily. I can feel my stamina getting back.

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Finished Chap 9-12, PY and his time with Bhaduri Mahasaya, the levitating saint, staying in Varanasi where he met his real guru, Sri Yukteswar Giri, how he won in his wager with his brother about 'surviving' Brindaraban and having his older brother as his disciple, moving to his guru's ashram in Serampore and being under his tutelage.

    Wave 3 Track 5, moving up, back and rolling. I continued this with another non-Monroe audio file on guided astral projection.

    Personal practice
    6 am / home seawall
    bike to Bolo Bolo and back

    Eye bath at Bolo Bolo (Trataka alternative)

    11 pm / bed
    20 mins, Nadi Shodhana, Wim Hof style, no bandha, no kumbhaka

    July 15, 2023 - Saturday

    No yoga yesterday so I have to catch up

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Finished Chapter 13-15, meeting the sleepless saint, Ram Gopal Babu, experiencing Samadhi, communication by mental transmission of messages.

    Personal practice
    6 pm / home
    As a continuation of my Isometric Hold series:????

    1. reverse plank (3 mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    2. Lsit, full/heel on fl (2 mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    3. high plank (2 mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    4. high plank w/ forward lean [plance] (2 mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    5. bicep plank, fingers pointed back, lowered push up position (1 mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    6. wall cross, forearms pressing on wall (1 mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    7. -------- below not done -----------
    8. 1-arm plank w/ wide legs ( mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    9. bent arm pike ( mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    10. hollow body, lying down, chest & legs lifted ( mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    11. wall handstand ( mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    12. setu bandhasana, gluts ( mins) + 1 min Wim Hof
    13. clasped hands on side for pecs ( mins) + 1 min Wim Hof

    On 1 min laptop break, antara kumbhaka, no bandha

    July 16, 2023 - Sunday

    No yoga, Sunday market, lunch eats at Marlon's neighbor for being a cop, sleep over Fundador effect. But I made grounds with Autobiography of a Yogi.

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Covered Chap 17-26, Sasi, the fakir, bi-location, visit to Kashmir, reforming the brother in law, graduating university, becoming a swami, Ananta/Nalini, Kriya Yoga

    July 17, 2023 - Monday

    I haven't done a full asana session in a long while so I planned on Bryan Kest. But the energies took me on another flow. Then continue with Yogi book, maybe group yoga in the pm

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Covered Chap 26-30, Kriya Yoga, Founding A Yoga School At Ranchi, Kashi, Rabindranath Tagore, Law Of Miracles. On hard-to-read chapters, I asked GPT4 for plain English translation - it's uncanny how much I would have missed if I didn't.

    Wave 3 Track 5, moving up, back, etc.

    Personal practice
    8-10:30 am (2.5 hours) / roofdeck
    Asana + Pranayama:
    Stretching, Asana interspersed with Wim Hof/Mandukasana: Push up, Leg raise,

    1. headstand (1-2-3 mins) + 1-2-3 min Wim Hof
    2. 1-arm plank w/ wide legs (1 min/side) + 1 min Wim Hof
    3. bent arm pike (1 min) + 1 min Wim Hof
    4. hollow body, facing down, lying down, chest & legs lifted ( 2 mins) + 2 min Wim Hof
    5. wall handstand (1 min) + 1 min Wim Hof
    6. setu bandhasana, gluts (2 mins) + 2 min Wim Hof
    7. clasped hands on side for pecs (1 min/side) + 1 min Wim Hof

    Maha bandha

    Meditation / Chant:
    5 mins, OM with kumbhaka

    7 pm / social hall
    Group yoga with Catherine

    11 pm / bed
    Vipassana. My mental focus lately with Vipassana is spot on. I could scan the entire body with the minimal mental drift. I try to do Vipassana now before going to bed. After all the other techniques I've tried in the last years (OM chanting, Sambhavi, Nada), it's good to go back home to my original mode. I still think it's the hardest to maintain but it's the most powerful.

    Ending Thought

    This has been a very productive day. I wish all days were like this - 2.5 hours of morning yoga, hearty avocado breakfast (lately, I'd been having fruit breakfast and then one full meal in a day), immersion into the book Autobigraphy of a Yogi, trip to beach for my one-man picnic, trip to Bolo Bolo for my dip and meeting people (John and a group whom I intimated about going abroad), group yoga with Catherine and Vipassana meditation before going to bed. Whoa!

    July 18, 2023 -Tuesday

    I hope I can sustain the momentum from yesterday. I think it's key that I go out and just refresh myself - beach, scenic view. I come back rejuvenated to continue the work.

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    I'd been covering a lot of ground with my reading and summary. This is a much easier project than HYP because there is no call-to-action that I have to codiy into my practice. So far, the biggest realization for me here is that having a guru is essential. PY could not have accomplished everything he did without his guru - Samadhi experience, anointment into the Swami Order, healing, requests, etc. What I came away with however, is that if everything is consciousness, including the divine and the universe, then what PY asked his guru, I can also ask the universe as though the universe is my guru. I actually did by asking it to allow me to experience the all-encompassing nature of the universe - transcending time, space and dimension. Essentially, I asked it to let me experience Samadhi. Now, after reading HYP and AY (Autobiography of a Yogi), I have a firmer understanding of Samadhi and how pale the human experience compares to it. Along the same line of inter-connectness, foster an inner dialogue now with my different body parts. E.g. instead of just doing a headstand to make my hair black again, I also meditate and establish a connection with my body to restore my youth and make my hair black. Hair is just the tip of the iceberg. I ask many things now, coupled with meditation, asana and visualization.

    Personal practice
    3 am / awaken during sleep
    Vipassana. It's effective more me to meditate when I'm awaken. Instead of trying hard to fall back to sleep, I just meditate and that takes me to a sleepy mode after. Also, my meditation focus lately has been spot on. I could make a quality full body scan with minimal mental drift.

    7 am / roofdeck
    Trataka, but after 42 minutes, my eyes were still bone dry.

    Ending Thought

    From a giddy start, the day turned out to be one of complete rest from yoga. It seems like the body needed rest from a full yoga day yesterday. The body simply didn't want to react to yoga - I would have dragged my feet. I tried meditator sporadically but nothing long or deep.

    July 19, 2023 - Wednesday

    I hope this day is a comeback to yoga.

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Covered Chapters 31-35: An Interview With The Sacred Mother, Rama Is Raised From The Dead, Babaji, The Yogi-Christ Of Modern India, Materializing A Palace In The Himalayas, The Christlike Life Of Lahiri Mahasaya

    Personal practice
    7-8 pm / Lazi social hall by myself
    Headstand (1-2-3 mins w/ Wim Hof 3 mins), Big3M,

    10 pm / bed
    Vipassana with Antara kumbhaka. This was very effective in maintaining my focus but violates "breath as is".

    12 pm / bed
    Nadi Shodhana 10 mins? since I couldn't go back to sleep

    Ending Thought

    Vipassana with Antara kumbhaka was a new and effective hack - I got to do Pranayama and body scan at the same time. Not sure how effective it is in meeting the objective of Vipassana since I was regulating the breath. However, as far as mental focus on body scanning went, it was dialed-in. The underlying principle I applied is that when the breath is held (Kumbhaka), Prana flows in Sushumna and no longer along Ida / Pingala. When the breath is held, Prana is made steady and consequently the mind is also made still.

    July 24, 2023 - Monday

    After 3 days in Dumaguete, I'm back to resume my practice.

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Covered 41: An Idyl In South India, 42: Last Days With My Guru

    Personal practice
    2 am / bed, awakened
    Vipassana, 30 mins. Next time, one full hour.

    July 26, 2023 - Wednesday

    I got an Aha Moment to finally codify the Forever Young yoga sequence - that's my project for the day

    Forever Young yoga sequence
    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

    Personal practice
    Asana + Pranayama: Forver Young
    As I was codifying Forever Young, I was concurrently doing the practice to ensure it's viable and sound, incorporating Sirsasana, Manduka / Nabho Mudra, Moola bandha, Uddiyana bandha, Jalandhara bandha, Maha bandha, Maha mudra, Maha vedha, Nauli, Surya bhedan, Kapalbhati, Neti pot, Jihwamula dhauti. All of these asanas/kriya are already part of my ongoing practice, but not together as a unified kriya to delay aging.

    Trataka, which should be part of the Forever Young, but I couldn't focus on Trataka today.

    Ending Thought

    Finally codifying Forever Young means I can teach this unified sequence in a class. Many older people will benefit from this. For me, I can do my own private yoga just with this sequence. Not only is this designed to retard aging, but the kriya represents the most powerful asana, pranayama, kumbhaka, bandha and mudra in Hatha Yoga.

    July 29, 2023 - Saturday

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Finished the entire book covering for today, 45: Ananda Moyi Ma: The Bengali "Joy-Permeated" Mother, 46: Giri Bala: The Woman Yogi Who Never Eats, 48: Self-Realization Fellowship: At Encinitas In California

    Personal practice
    on laptop break
    Asana + Pranayama:
    Maha vedha, Headstand, Maha mudra, ABS

    11 pm / home seawall
    Vipassana (head to foot, untimed)

    Ending Thought

    My actual yoga practice was dismal, but at least I finished Autobiography of a Yogi. Still not sure what to read next. I'd like to read Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, but no free PDF so far. Maybe I settle for Yoga Yajnavalkia.

    July 30, 2023 - Sunday

    Review Autobiography of a Yogi before moving on to another book - Yoga Sutras? Yoga Makaranda (I'd been dipping on this book for the longest time, but not an immersion), Yoga Yajnavalkya? Yoga Upanishad?

    I would also like to resume my cardio. I could be strong and young, but if there is no heart, I still have nothing.

    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Reviewed the entire summary

    July 31, 2023 - Monday

    To start on a new book

    Yoga Yajnavalkya
    Began doing the framework

    Personal practice
    7 am / roof deck
    stretching, headstand, push up, setu bandhasana, Maha vedha, Maha bandha (15 mins), HIIT, rope skipping

    Wim Hof + Mandukasana

    Trataka, 15 mins, tears

    Ending Thought

    Just glad that I finally did cardio HIIT.

    Ending Thoughts (for July)
    July is a mixed bag. I could have done more on the actual practice. But I finished Hatha Yoga Pradipika (HYP) and Hemi-Sync (HS). I learned a lot from HYP, but I didn't really come close to an OBE on the HS. I also started attending yoga classes by Catherine. I was hoping to interact with the community, but they were mostly housewives who had to return back home to their families - not much of a community there. Something new was eye cleansing on Bolo Bolo's crystal clear waters.

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    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 - Kho Shipping, the shipping line operating from Lazi Port, has stopped its service to Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran and Cebu. Passengers can go to Siquijor Port or Larena Port for boat services out of Siquijor Island

    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 - 8:20 am, at Siquijor Port
      To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, 2 hours (arrive 10:20 am), P1200/business class
      To Cebu (Pier 1): P1600/tourist & open air, 4 hours (arrive 12:40 am), P2400/business class
    2. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, no Senior Citizen discount for online ticket purchase
      To Tagbilaran: T-Th-Sun, 3 hours, depart 7 pm - arrive 10 pm, P475/standard (Tourist, PHP 750)
      To Cebu: T-Th-Sun, 10 hours, depart 7 pm - arrive 5 am, PHP 605/standard (Senior P484), Tourist, PHP 770
    3. Apekoptravel - at Larena Port to Tagbilaran: 1:00 pm, xxx hours, P750
      Reserve through call or text: Cleare - 0938 283 4760 | Grace - 0936 534 6564 | Jessel - 0961 759 6711, Pay via G-Cash: +63-917-880-1464, Email:, Facebook messenger: Apekoptravel. Enter your birthday and nationality to get discounts: 0 to 3 years old free, 4 to 9 years old will have 20% discount, 10 years old and above full price, Filipino Senior Citizens will also have 20% discount

    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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