What I learned from saying goodbye to being a full-time yoga teacher

It’s literally been forever since I’ve written here and when before I used my blog as a tool for sharing information and attracting abundance – I use it now as a space to decompress and know myself again.

Thinking about it now, I’m pretty sure a big part of why I’ve put this blog and my writing to the side is because I feel like it was part of a life that is so different from what I’m living now.

When before I was a full-time teacher, now I teach 3 classes a week – at most 5 to 6. I’m lucky enough to say that those classes are part of a full-time 40-hour job at a nonprofit called the Kaimuki YMCA, where most of my day I’m writing, creating, brainstorming, and serving the staff who work there as their go-to marketing and media person.

When before I was living with my parents and had a little bit of luxury when it came to disposable income and not having to cook or clean or even do my laundry, now I pay the rent, use a fraction of my time making my house a home and spend a good part of an afternoon or an evening making sure I have food to eat.

When before I could do yoga 5 times a week plus go to meditations and be a student, now I practice at most 3 times a week and spend my other time working, enjoying myself in nature, and being in the company of a loving partner.

In some ways, this new life may seem unsavory and filled with personal obligations and adulating, I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy 🙂

That’s not to say that I don’t miss teaching full-time, because I truly do. Being my own boss, being a full-time yogi, having the freedom to dictate where and when I work, being able to share and impact people first-hand – it’s pretty self-explanatory why I would miss it.

But… in the time that I haven’t, I’ve learned a lot.

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Bali Silent Retreat diaries: What silence has taken away and what it has given to my Yoga teaching

So… I had been talking about my going here loads and loads before I actually arrived. In the month before my flight I probably said the words “Bali Silent Retreat” at least thrice or four times every week – and even before then, I said it to myself as part of my work of manifestation.

So it’s a bit funny for me to share that, the reality of the silence only really dawned on me once I stepped foot onto the grounds. And damn, it was an overwhelming dawning.

I’m sitting here in our little teachers’ living space which is a talk-safe, device-safe zone. In a bit, I’ll be walking to the retreat grounds to prepare for my class and practice beforehand. It’s less than 3 minutes walk but the spaces feel like different countries – and in the smallest ways.

On the retreat grounds of Bali Silent Retreat (BSR), there is absolutely no talking. 

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Yoga teachers of Manila: Anna Manalastas

Back when I was on the student’s side of the yoga classroom, teachers always seemed so impenetrable in their calm happiness, and sometimes even, otherworldly. Now that I’m a yoga teacher myself, I can tell you all with full confidence and honesty: we can be just as crazy, unhinged, insecure, uncool, basic, and normal as everyone else on the planet.

And you can bet the teachers in Manila have a lot of the Filipino quirks you can think of too 😉

In an attempt to demystify yoga teachers and the seeming perfection of their practice as seen through social media, I’m starting a series on my blog not-so-creatively entitled “Yoga Teachers of Manila.”

With grace and honesty, yoga teachers share with us their struggles, their funny “un-yogi” moments, and what keeps them on their mat as a teacher and as a student.

For this post, we get to know more about teacher and incredibly strong yogi Anna Cristina Manalastas.

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Yoga teachers of Manila: Monica Suarez

Back when I was on the student’s side of the yoga classroom, teachers always seemed so impenetrable in their calm happiness, and sometimes even, otherworldly. Now that I’m a yoga teacher myself, I can tell you all with full confidence and honesty: we can be just as crazy, unhinged, insecure, uncool, basic, and normal as everyone else on the planet.

And you can bet the teachers in Manila have a lot of the Filipino quirks you can think of too 😉

In an attempt to demystify yoga teachers and the seeming perfection of their practice as seen through social media, I’m starting a series on my blog not-so-creatively entitled “Yoga Teachers of Manila.”

With grace and honesty, yoga teachers share with us their struggles, their funny “un-yogi” moments, and what keeps them on their mat as a teacher and as a student.

For this post, teacher Monica Suarez shares with us her yoga journey.

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Yoga teachers of Manila: Ria Tirazona

Back when I was on the student’s side of the yoga classroom, teachers always seemed so impenetrable in their calm happiness, and sometimes even, otherworldly. Now that I’m a yoga teacher myself, I can tell you all with full confidence and honesty: we can be just as crazy, unhinged, insecure, uncool, basic, and normal as everyone else on the planet.

And you can bet the teachers in Manila have a lot of the Filipino quirks you can think of too 😉

In an attempt to demystify yoga teachers and the seeming perfection of their practice as seen through social media, I’m starting a series on my blog not-so-creatively entitled “Yoga Teachers of Manila.”

With grace and honesty, yoga teachers share with us their struggles, their funny “un-yogi” moments, and what keeps them on their mat as a teacher and as a student.

So happy to be doing this and so happy that teacher Ria Tirazona has agreed to answer our questions for this first post.

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Yoga for team building: How yoga will make you the best team ever

I have a very clear memory of sweating and powering through 108 sun salutations at the start of 2015 thinking, “Wow, I thought this was going to be harder.”

Not that it was a walk in the park cause it wasn’t 🙂 What I expected was muscular pain, crying inside, regular and long breaks, and constantly asking myself, “Are we there yet?!” Instead, I felt myself get stronger and stronger with every single sun salutation. I have no doubt that this strength came from nowhere else but the shared energy and the shared intentions of all the people in the White Space community.

Intangible as it may seem, teacher Julie, one of my most favorite teachers in the world explained it perfectly one sweaty afternoon in an Ashtanga class. I forget what part of the primary series we were in but I remember the feeling of working to regain my breath when she started explaining (not verbatim): when you start really paying attention to your breath, somehow you also notice the breath of the people around you. You begin to breathe as one and when you do that, shared energy flows in and amongst you, keeping you strong and lifted.

Yoga may not be designed specifically to up your sales, navigate workflows, or handle conflict, but what it gives you are life skills to do all of these things mindfully. How ever you are on the mat, that’s the way you are in life. Whatever you learn on a mat, adds to your growth as a person and as a team.

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#YogaPhilippines Retreats, workshops, events: January 2016

Happy new year fellow yogis!

It’s 2016 and if you’re reading this then I’m pretty sure your yoga practice is one of the things you’re bringing with you into this new season.

Our yoga community here in the Philippines definitely does not disappoint. Here are some events for the month of January, most entered around the theme of starting fresh and coming into power.

Plan the weeks ahead, enjoy, and namaste.

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Experiencing reiki with a Reiki Master

The first thing Sarah told me when I sat down for my first session with her was that Reiki essentially meant God’s energy. Reiki is made from two Japanese words. “Rei,” meaning God’s wisdom or higher power, and “Ki,” meaning life force energy. She explained that it meant she was simply a channel through which the energy healing flows, through her hands specifically, and for some reason, that made me feel so much better.

Despite the fact that I’m incredibly open to energy, alternative healing, and even things like inner dance, there’s always apprehension when you’re trying out something new related to your inner life. Who knows what will happen and what it can bring up?

There are many resources out there that can tell you all about what Reiki is and what it isn’t, and what to expect when you try it out for yourself. For this blog, I’m going to talk about it from the standpoint of the one being treated – and perhaps it’ll give you an insight into what it can possibly open up for you if you choose to try it. Other than that, it’s also something I need to process and writing has always done that for me.

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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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