November 27, 2014


Filed under: Health, Studio 108 Fitness and Wellness Center, Yoga — rvchua @ 4:43 am

I thought that for the whole month of November, I would be doing yoga every day. I was doing swimmingly for more than 2 weeks when suddenly last Wednesday the class was cancelled since the teacher did not arrive. Then the next 2 days I had to skip yoga since I had whole day trainings which left me exhausted and I still had to do overtime to catch up on the work I missed while I wasn’t on my desk. Also, it was the Lapu Lapu City fiesta so traffic was horrible.

On Saturday morning I had a short yoga class since the original teacher did not arrive and someone had to hurriedly come over to sub. In the afternoon, I enjoyed the Deep Stretch class but then had to go to Studio 108 for taichi. It was already 11PM when I arrived home but then was back at the studio early the next day for charity yoga. Then I got dragged to join Contemporary Dance where everyone was dripping in sweat just a few minutes in. We managed to escape and had lunch at Café Saree at Rustan’s Ayala (not impressed) and coffee at Krispy Kreme. It was late afternoon before I finally was back home.

Monday at work was hectic. I couldn’t leave early to catch the 5:30PM vinyasa class at YogaHub. Besides I had a headache and I wanted to recover from the weekend so I headed home early. The next two days I felt strong during yoga class but now I need a break. I am suffering from menstrual cramps and the rainy weather (Typhoon Queenie) makes me want to huddle in a ball. I have taken a day off tomorrow but I will be attending hopefully 2 yoga classes and perhaps squeeze in a nap!

In a few weeks, it would be Christmas vacation but my schedule is not letting up. I think it is time to let go of commitments and obligations.

November 25, 2014

Learning Taichi

Filed under: Health, Studio 108 Fitness and Wellness Center — rvchua @ 3:17 am

1507211_394191940733092_4300954909215459165_nI had my first introduction to Taichi early this year and was immediately hooked. Then finally last Saturday I had my first real Taichi Class at Studio 108 Fitness and Wellness Center. With only 3 students, there was more opportunities for Benny (the teacher) to adjust our alignment and form. In yoga, sometimes you need to tighten parts of your body but in Taichi, the body needs to be relaxed including the wrists. Since the movements are very slow, I am more aware of each inhale and exhale.

With just one class, I still have a lot to learn from how to move and how to be fluid. I am planning to regularly attend Taichi but I am worried that I may have too much on my plate by January next year.

Taichi classes at Studio 108 are Mondays and Wednesdays 7:30-8:30AM and Saturdays 5:15-6:15PM.

The photo on the left shows a sneak peak during Benny’s class (not the one I joined). Photo from Studio 108 Facebook Page.

November 22, 2014

The Hanging Tree

Filed under: Film, Music — rvchua @ 2:23 am

This was not my week. Need to relax and sleep and forget! Mockingjay Part 1 now showing.


November 11, 2014

Studio 108 New Classes

Filed under: Studio 108 Fitness and Wellness Center, Yoga — rvchua @ 5:55 am

IMG_0182Studio 108 Fitness and Wellness Center located at 2/F Paseo Arcenas, Banawa, Cebu City will be offering new classes at their studio.

Here are the current rates:

DROP-IN RATE : P180.00

All In and Unlimited (maximum of 2 classes/day)

Monthly = P3,540 — P118/session
Semi-Annual = P18,000 — P100/session
Annual = P28,000 — P77/session


P2,400 (15 sessions) — P160/session — Validity: 60 days
P4,500 (30 sessions) — P150/session — Validity: 120 days



P1,800 (15 sessions) — P120/session — Validity : 45 days
P3,000 (30 sessions) — P100/session — Validity : 90 days

FREE use of shower
10% OFF on Food & Drinks
10% OFF on Merchandise
10% OFF on Workshops & Events

For more details or queries, leave a comment or call the studio at 032-511-3642 / 0943-8187783.

Sweating, Adjustments and Questions in Yoga

Filed under: Yoga — rvchua @ 4:48 am

When I practice yoga, I sweat, a lot. Most of the dripping perspiration falls nonstop from my face which then accumulates in front of my mat. I sweat everywhere and my cotton shirt instantly becomes sopping wet. When I lie down the sweat transfers to my mat so that when I go back to a standing pose, my feet can’t find any traction on my mat. I can blame a lot of things; the weather, the sunblock on my face or the lack of ventilation. However the bottom line remains the same, I sweat more than normal people. Last night, I was a leaky faucet and I perspired more than guys in the class!

Much as I want to have a new mat (Lululemon maybe?), I don’t think there is any available mat that can withstand the amount of perspiration I excrete. So the only option remains is to use a yoga towel. I used to have two but I gave one away, I wonder I can take it back. Is there anything else I can do? Will the puddle scare the people beside me? I am terrified to ask.

Every time I encounter a new yoga teacher, they always love to adjust me. When the teacher adjusts my chest in trikonasana, why is he/she not adjusting the newbie whose chest has collapsed in trying to reach his/her toes? These kind of things makes me wonder what I still need to improve. The only time I really like adjustments is when the teacher tries to help deepen the pose like in paschimottanasa wherein I tend to hunch over instead of lengthening the spine. I wish there was one teacher who can say what I need to do to strengthen my left hips, be able to do advance poses while considering my limitations (is that possible?) or a long term suggestion for my overall practice. So far, I have tried reading yoga books and online articles. Every bit of information helps but maybe it is now time to have a guru.

November 9, 2014

Tres Chic!

Filed under: Minimalism / Simplicity — rvchua @ 1:29 pm


November 7, 2014

Yoga in October 2014

Filed under: Yoga, Yoga Sugbo — rvchua @ 2:36 am

yoga oct 2014

November 4, 2014

Chaturunga Dandasana

Filed under: Yoga — rvchua @ 2:11 pm

Clayton Horton explains the correct way of lowering down of Chaturunga Dandasana.


Back at YogaHub

Filed under: Yoga — rvchua @ 1:03 am

1017487_474553219295505_235864654_nYes, I am back at YogaHub. I had my first class yesterday with Hannah who subbed for Pascale’s Vinyasa class. I know that I have mentioned a few times that I want to focus on my Gold’s Gym membership until it expires by mid-February 2015 but my plans changed last Saturday. I think it is a perfect way to shake up my practice since it has gone stale somehow. I have no desire to learn crazy inversions or arm balances, I just needed a change, a new perspective!

Going back to YogaHub presents a lot of challenges and opportunities that I have listed down:


  • Variety of teachers and classes including deep stretch!
  • I don’t have to wait until 7:30PM for a yoga class.
  • Yoga every single day (except major holidays when they are closed). I can even take two classes in one day if I want to.
  • No need to bring bulky workout shoes.


  • Adjusting my work schedule so I can join specific classes.
  • An additional jeepney ride. It doesn’t help that A.S. Fortuna St. is still under repair after all these months.
  • At J Centre Mall, the Country Mall jeepneys have to fill up before they leave. A 10-minute ride sometimes stretches out to a 30-minute commute.
  • I need to always bring my mat. However there are mats for rent but that is an additional expense.
  • I don’t like the toilets at BTC so I need to bring tissue paper and alcohol (or wet wipes)..
  • No drinking fountains so I have to bring my own water.
  • I need extra shirts and sports bra.

There are a lot of adjustments to be made but I am excited. Being a burr in the Lululemon crowd or among advanced yogis will not deter me!

November 2, 2014

Books I Have Read (October 2014)

Filed under: Books — rvchua @ 11:37 am

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer

3. Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

4. Asanas: 608 Yoga Postures by Dharma Mittra

5. Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

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