Donation-based yoga classes with Oms Giving & Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific

Be kind, live your truth, and for sure, you will attract those whose paths run parallel to yours.

We at Oms Giving are very happy to share that we are partnering with the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP). We will be offering donation-based yoga classes at the end of every month, where 100% of the proceeds will go to CATW-AP and their programs.

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Yoga studios outside Manila: Laguna, Batangas, Palawan, Baguio, Davao, Bohol, Boracay

Yoga is as wide spread as our archipelago of a country is. It’s absolutely everywhere so wherever you find yourself, there’s always going to be a place for you to practice.

Here are a few studios I found that offer a yoga sanctuary outside of the the Philippines’ capital, Manila. I’m hoping to be able to visit and explore all of these places in the future to meet more Filipino yogis and, if I’m lucky, share my practice as well. If you know any more, just let me know in the comments below 🙂
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Help out, work out with the yogis of Oms Giving

What makes me most sad about yoga is how people see it as a hobby for the rich. Here in the Philippines, studio rates can get pricey and for the general population, that’s all they know.

Randomly and through doing my barter classes, I’ve met people who tried yoga once using a beginner’s trial and never got to go back to it because of a lack of funds – I was one of these people up until over a year ago. Some people don’t even want to go near it, writing it off as “expensive stretching.”

Yoga is much more than that and ultimately, for me, it’s such a life-giving practice. Once they get off the mat, I see yogis who are all about striving to be kind in whatever way they can – be it in a small personal way, or a huge service to people they don’t even know.

To share this beautiful people-oriented side of yoga, my fellow White Space Yoga teacher training graduates and I are starting Oms Giving. It’s our way of reconciling our love of yoga, our desire to teach and spread the practice, and to just be helpful human beings.

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Yoga studios in Manila: Where, how much, what kind

Okay, so this table is really long 🙂 Mostly because there are plenty of yoga studios to choose from in Metro Manila.

All of them offer their own style of teaching, their own values, and their own services and classes outside of yoga. Choosing the studio for you will probably be an experience of trying this and that, but you don’t have to pick blindly.  It’s best to make an informed decision so I thought I’d make a list and hopefully it will be helpful.

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What kind of yoga is for me? A daily step-by-step survey

What kind of yoga is for me? I ask myself this question every single day 🙂

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a true blue newbie, your yoga practice is there to serve your needs on that particular day and at that particular time.  It’s different everyday and the question of what your yoga practice will be like is up to you.

Here’s a quick guide I use that might help you out. I definitely am not the guru on this but it works for me, so you can try it out too. After practicing for a while, you’ll eventually have your own gauges or, maybe you already do. Feel free to share them, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Click on the image to get to the guide.

I hope this was helpful to you. If you’re a beginner and you want to know more, check out my fellow White Space graduate Kim Espiritu’s Yoga FAQ’s.

If you’re interested in doing classes with me, click here 🙂


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The Rolling Stones and the reason I do yoga

Why do yoga?

It’s an easy enough, three word question that has stumped the hell out of me.

Most people will expect an answer that includes toned arms, incredible flexibility, peace of mind, or some combination of all of that. Yes, those are definitely valid reasons why and I’ll eventually write about all that scientific stuff but today, I’ll say, it’s more.

The fact that I’m a new instructor and I struggle to put into words what yoga means to me bothered me, so I soaked in it. And I ended up with this age-old adage from the Rolling Stones, “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well you just might find you get what you need.

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