Studio 108 is located at 2F Paseo Arcenas, Banawa.
I joined a therapeutic yoga class with Arlien at Dragonfly Yoga Studio this morning. We went through sun salutations really, really slow which I liked. It gives you time to get into a pose before moving to the next one. Also you feel your body more and gives you a chance to go deeper especially on bends. I wish I didn’t have to leave immediately after the class and head to work. I don’t think I enjoyed any benefits from the class because I have been mostly sitting for hours.
I am always in a lookout for yin yoga classes, Arlien has a Vinyasa Inspired Yin Yoga at Surya Nanda while Pascale and Jason have Deep Stretch classes at YogaHub. I wish more studios offer these type of classes, sometimes our bodies crave for something slower, a chance to recover, an opportunity to be mindful.
Arlien will be offering therapeutic yoga at Studio 108 (opening soon) in Banawa. I think her classes would cater more for those who have chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, etc. I only have back issues (sometimes) so I am wondering if she will be doing a non-specific yin yoga class.
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.
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.
After several invitations to Wednesday morning yoga at Dragonfly Yoga Studio, I finally took a few hours off yesterday morning to join a class. I woke up very early so I had time to buy bread at Pan de Manila IT Park and then meet Jeanne at McDonald’s JY Square. We were too early at McDonald’s (which opens at 7AM) so we had coffee instead at Tablea. We talked about the latest yoga news which include a new yoga studio opening in Banawa, plans to have another YOGAthering next month in Mactan, informal yoga retreat at Moalboal next week, therapeutic yoga seminar at YogaHub this Saturday and Kai’s yoga for a cause also this Saturday.
On the way up to Dragonfly, we met Jaya who managed to buy hot balanghoy from a vendor in Beverly Hills. Around 8AM, the other yogis started trickling in. There weren’t a lot who joined but Jaya led the group in an invigorating sequence which was even doable by beginners. I did a headstand against the wall and was able to push and balance by myself for a few seconds! It was wonderful to go into savasana while listening to the rain outside, I just wanted to lie there for a long, long time. After the class, there was a lot of food to indulge in (including puto maya and mangoes). As much as I wanted, I had to leave and go to work because I had a feeling something important wasn’t being done.
Next week’s class will be Ashtanga led by Arlien and hopefully followed with a few minutes of massage! This time I will be taking the entire day off!