July 28, 2014

The Doctor Does Yoga!

Filed under: Television, Yoga — rvchua @ 10:04 am

Not only does The Doctor do yoga (sukhasana) but in space outside the TARDIS!

July 27, 2014

GOT Season 4 Bloopers

Filed under: Television — rvchua @ 11:38 am

July 24, 2014

Flexibility and Backbends at Dragonfly Yoga Studio

Filed under: Dragonfly Yoga Studio, Yoga — rvchua @ 2:17 am

In yoga I shy away from poses that test one’s flexibility and ever since I hurt my back I have been forgoing intense backbends like wheel pose. However the poses that we avoid are usually the ones that we need the most so with trepidation I joined Phil’s (Pole Dancing Instructor at Gold’s Gym) class at Dragonfly for flexibility and backbends.

The warm ups were intense and just an inch away from real pain. But as I became more loose, I was eager to try anything though I sat out the advance poses and the drop back. Surprisingly after the class I did not feel any pain (though it came back when I was at the office sitting for long periods of time). I felt good and everyone agreed to have Phil again next week to see if there is any improvement in our practice.

Some (Jeanne, Jaya, Anne, Kai, Phil, Gabbie, Kai, Nathan and me) of us went to Miller Hospital for a cheap vegetarian lunch with cold, creamy soyamilk. Thanks to Anne for the treat! Photo from Anne Dala’s Facebook page.

dragonfly yoga studio

July 21, 2014

Yoga Sugbo Joins JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel’s Fit For Change

Filed under: Food, Health, Yoga, Yoga Sugbo — rvchua @ 11:40 am

Yesterday I joined the JCI Cebu-Mactan Channel’s Fit for Change at Archiva Eco House together with the other members of the yoga gang. Jeanne and Jaya were there as teachers for the yoga part of the activity. Anne was invited by Jeanne but Clarisse, J5 and I surreptitiously invited ourselves to the event via Nathan.

The first part was tai chi which I really enjoyed, there was a sequence where we just opened our arms wide but I felt my chest lighten every time we did that. Next was kenjutsu, we did some jabs and blocks. Last was yoga. I was sweating from start to finish despite the rain outside the tree house.

We had a light vegetarian dinner from The Lazy Chef. Then headed to Pizza Republic for of course pizza (vegetarian and meat variety). That turned out to be the first meeting for Yoga Sugbo where everyone was president! Lots of laughter and serious talk that never stopped until the place closed their doors and we had to extend our discussion outside in the cold wind. After a group hug, everyone went home with plans for another hangout this weekend.



July 19, 2014

Zenutrients is Now in Cebu!

Filed under: Shopping — rvchua @ 12:56 am

20140719-085613.jpgSince Zenutrients is now in Cebu (Metro Ayala Department Store and SM City Cebu), I will be able to try their Gugo Strengthening Shampoo and Cooling Tea Tree Deodorant Roll-on. I used the shampoo this morning and will use it for one month to really see if there is an improvement. I still have the Nature’s Gate Biotin shampoo so I will have to set that aside for now.

I will use the deodorant tomorrow when I have a yoga class. I was so disappointed with the Deonat Natural Mineral Deodorant Rollon, there were times I smelled bad so I usually end up using more product. It has been less than a month and I already have used 1/5 of it.

Zenutrients Cooling Tea Tree Deodorant Roll-on (Ingredients: Tea Tree Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Alcohol, P260 for 50ml)

Zenutrients Gugo Strengthening Shampoo (Ingredients: Gugo Bark & Extract, Tea Tree Extract, SLES, Citric Acid, Salt, Purified Spring Water, P234 for 250ml)

July 18, 2014

Kacy Catanzaro of American Ninja Warrior

Filed under: Health — rvchua @ 1:47 pm

All I can say is WOW!!!

July 16, 2014

The Minimalists’ Packing List

Filed under: Minimalism / Simplicity, Travel — rvchua @ 2:30 pm

10 months!!!! So they only have 1 pair of shoes?

July 8, 2014

Light Travel Packing List (Edited and Updated)

Filed under: Travel — rvchua @ 4:14 am

My goal is to always travel light. Last weekend was just an overnighter however I was bringing a lot of things because we had 2 yoga sessions and there was no time to launder any clothes. The upcoming weekend does not have any yoga so here is my packing list for light travelling.

–       Black pants (updated: this was changed to blue jeans with belt)
–       Blue Basic House shirt
–       Green Basic House shirt
–       Penshoppe button up (updated: I brought this in case and did not use it)
–       Shorts (for sleeping)
–       Island Souvenirs shirt (for sleeping)
–       Bra (updated: I also brought a sports bra which I did not use)
–       Socks (updated: I had on foot socks while travelling and never used this)
–       Face towel
–       3 underwear
–        Hush Puppies mary janes

–       Sunflower Oil
–       Toothbrush and Toothpaste
–       Deodorant
–       Sunblock
–       Lipbalm
–       Pressed Powder
–       Eye Drops

–       Cellphone
–       iPad Mini
–       Sunglasses
–       Debit Card, Credit Card, 3 IDs, insurance Card
–       Coin purse with keys
–       Ballpen and scrap papers
–       Tissue and wet tissues
–       2 pcs Hair Ties
–       Plastic Bags for dirty clothes, etc.
–       Bottle of Water
–       Nike Backpack
–       Travel itinerary

I need to bring an umbrella but it is not allowed as handcarry so I will have to skip that.

July 7, 2014

Yoga Retreat at Ruth’s Place, Moalboal, Cebu

Filed under: Food, Thank You, Yoga — rvchua @ 6:24 am

I spent the weekend at Moalboal in a private resort for an informal yoga retreat. Our group was composed of 8 women (Jeanne, Jackie, Gabbie, Regina, Anne, Janeth, Clarisse, Josh and me) and 5 guys (Jaya, Jason, Kai, J5 and Nathan). We stayed overnight in a house and shared the amenities that included 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen and our own beach. The place is owned by Katharina Schmidt, a half-Filipina and half-German clothing entrepreneur mostly based in Manila. The place is named after her mom Ruth.

When Jeanne told me that there would be no food there, I thought we would end up fasting but everyone contributed some sort of food that we ended up eating most of the time. The eating started early when we were inside the van and around 10AM at Carcar we had lunch at a roadside carenderia. Then at Barili we ate piping hot bibingka. When we arrived at the place, we had Gabbie’s rice krispies and bought ice cream from a peddler along the beach. After that I lost track how many times we ate. Before breakfast, I think I ate twice and was worried that something will spill out when I go into Downward Facing Dog. Whatever food that could be cooked was cooked, a leftover ampalaya was simply fried since all the eggs ran out. When the calamansi were used up, the squeezed rinds was combined with the chili sauce. The cooking was mostly done by Jeanne, Jackie and Anne, I was part of the cleanup crew. Our last group eating was at the milk station in Barili, most of us ate the carabao ice cream. I also tried the silvanas, the others drank carabao milk and ate ngohiong.

The common denominator for everyone was yoga so we did sunset yoga and early morning yoga eventhough everyone wanted to just laze around. We also handed out goodies to local kids and even taught them a few yoga moves. In the evening we had a bonfire, sang kirtan and even had an impromptu mini yoga dance which wiped me out. The next day I was up early listening to the wind and enjoying my hot white chocolate drink. After breakfast we walked on the beach and went to Club Serena to check out the place. I was impressed with the suite’s roofless shower and bathtub! In the other end of the beach, the others tried skim boarding and did some yoga poses on the sand.

I would like to thank Katharina for sharing the place to us, Jeanne for organizing the whole thing, Nathan and Jojo for providing transportation and for everyone for sharing their energies. Namaste!


Yoga Retreat

Photo from Regina Malabago’s Facebook. Left to Right: Jaya, J5, Jojo, Regina, Me, Kai, Janeth, Gabbie, Jackie, Katharina, Jeanne, Josh, Jason, Clarisse.

July 4, 2014

Ashtanga Primary Series at Dragonfly Yoga Studio

Filed under: Dragonfly Yoga Studio, Yoga — rvchua @ 7:52 am

Wednesday’s yoga class at Dragonfly Yoga Studio was a full Ashtanga Primary Series with Arlien Alcoseba. Actually the class was not full primary, there were no vinyasa for each side of the seated asanas, vinyasas were done selectively though there was still a lot. The Ashtanga classes I joined before are shortened ones, with the difficult poses taken out (like kukkutasana). Although we went through the ‘full’ primary, I skipped a lot of the poses and had to modify my chaturangas because my upper arms hurt and I only did one pathetic wheel. There were poses wherein I could feel my body creak especially my upper back during seated forward bends. I was struggling most of the time from beginning to end.

Since I knew that Arlien would be leading the class, I made sure I was more prepared than usual. I didn’t do any yoga the night before, I had a more filling breakfast than usual (which is pancakes and coffee) and used my yoga mat towel. During the class, I paced myself so that I won’t tire out and didn’t go deep into the pose to protect my back and hips.

One highlight of the class was saying the opening and closing mantras. Again a first for me though I memorized the opening mantra a few months ago. Now I am trying to memorize the closing mantra.

After the class there was eating, chatting and hanging out with the other yogis and teachers. Jeanne hired a couple of masseuse who gave mini massages to everyone. I opted for a back massage with oil, I wanted to hog the mattress but everyone wanted to have a massage.

This is now my second Ashtanga class since I hurt my back. So maybe a couple of times each month when I feel strong, I can start integrating Ashtanga back into my practice.

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