I was bored last week and tried to shake things up.
First, I went back to Studio 108 which I haven’t been visited for six months. I attended back-to-back Vinyasa class (with Jeanne) and Ashtanga class (with Arlien). The first class hardly even started but I was already covered in sweat. The heat was uncomfortable and made simple poses very difficult. It was worse than a hot yoga class and I was gulping water afterwards. Fortunately during Ashtanga class, they opened the door so there was a sort of breeze from the fan in the reception area. I could have done more but the heat made me languid and I was struggling. Arlien helped me with parivritta trikonasana which is always a difficult pose for me. Also Arlien admonished me from using the wall during headstand so I had to do it in the middle of my mat. Surprisingly I managed to get up by myself without the wall or someone to spot me! I also did not fell down though I did not stay up long. I know my headstand was hardly straight but I got up by myself!
After the class, Jeanne and I had a very late Spanish dinner at No. 9. We had bocadillo de calamares, butifarra con judias (sausages with white beans and green sauce) and beer! The food was flavorful and delicious. I have never been to Spain so I don’t know how authentic it is but I guess this would be something that is commonly served in a tapas bar. I also liked the modern yet homey ambience of the renovated house turned restaurant. No. 9 is in Zapatera which has suddenly blossomed into an area with condominiums and a possible mall strip.
I stayed overnight at Jeanne’s place though I barely had a wink of sleep. It went downhill after that. I couldn’t sleep so I watched the pilot episode of Lucifer and the first couple of episodes of The Strain (the television series based on Guillermo del Toro’s novel). I am very interested to watch the remaining episodes of the first season of The Strain.
I got into a fight with somebody which disrupted the rest of the weekend. I know that I am right and I wish that there could have been a resolution because otherwise I will have to forget about a lot of things that happened in the past couple of years. All I wanted was the truth and that person could not give it to me.
Fortunately I managed to start reading a new book and was able to distract myself. I ended up eating a ton of junk food so that wasn’t good too. I need to have something new in my life, something that would give meaning.
So this is what happens when you shake things up.
I thought that since I managed to leave the office at exactly as I had planned that everything would go smoothly. However I got caught in traffic everywhere, the worst was getting stuck for 20 minutes where the jeepney turned from Ayala into the first part of Escario. Instead of the normal 1.5 hours from Lapu Lapu to Studio 108, it became a horrible and excruciating 2.5 hours. The other bad part was that all the jeepneys were packed to the gills that made sitting uncomfortable and stressful for my back.
I arrived 5 minutes before the Shanti Devi Master Class was supposed to start. I was ready to just leave behind my empty bottles and head home. However seeing all the other people there made me change my mind. Prior to hearing about the workshop, I already stumbled into Shanti Devi’s website but I don’t remember what led me there. This was my first Master Class and it did not offer any details what the focus would be about though I had scanned Shanti Devi’s background. I was surprised to learn that Shanti Devi is Cebuano and has been practicing for 20 years. I really enjoyed the first part where she shared some words from Paul Grilley (it came from the his book that I read last month), learning a mudra (I forgot what it was called) and chanting the Gayatri Mantra. The second part was the asanas. I did my best but I found it too difficult and too advanced, there were too many arm balances and not enough time to learn each pose. I was already tired from my long trip to the studio and I was sweating profusely. Being in front of the class was too much pressure. After the class, I rolled up my mat and changed my shirt and left the studio as soon as I can. I declined the offer to join the others observe Chinese New Year at Chu Un Temple.
It was late when I arrived home, I had to stop by at the office to check on my chia fresca. I still had laundry to do and I needed to wake up early for hot yoga the next day. It was a tiring day and I was feeling cranky.
As for the Master Class, it had some interesting sequences and tricky transitions. I wished I was in a better form that day. I wished I had my mat towel because there was a point I was slipping on my mat. I wished I wasn’t rushed that day. Things could have been better though I learned something but it was good to move on.
This is my alternative to early morning coffee in the office. I don’t drink the entire bottle in one sitting but instead I drink a little at certain times of the day so I finish it in 2 days. I am not a fan of juices but the chia seeds gives it a different texture and it makes me feel full but not bloated. The turmeric and ginger gives it more healthy benefits.
Chia fresca (P180/bottle) is available at Studio 108 Fitness and Wellness Center. Just message me for orders.
I subbed for Jeanne in today’s charity yoga at Studio 108 Fitness and Wellness Center in Banawa. I haven’t taught yoga for several months but I made my sequence late last night, tried to memorize it early this morning and fortunately did not fumble too much in the actual class. I have a lot of things to improve but at least I no longer get too anxious about it.
Since I wasn’t going during the Christmas holidays, I had a grand plan to maximize my schedule at Gold’s and YogaHub. Like all best laid plans, this got derailed early. During Saturdays, I usually take an intense class in the morning then deep stretch in the afternoon. The first Saturday, I skipped the deep stretch class and took a nap at home. In the second Saturday, I got my period and so I had to skip the deep stretch class again. Fortunately I have been making up for it during Monday afternoons. Last Wednesday, I planned to take an early morning class at YogaHub before going to the airport to pickup my parents but I decided to sleep in. Yesterday my period was too heavy so it was uncomfortable to do any yoga.
So today I was determined to go back to my original plans. Unfortunately I ignored the Facebook posts of Typhoon Seniang with Signal#1 for Cebu. I plowed on with my plans of yoga at Gold’s and lunch at Mr. India. Since I had time to kill before the 4:15PM deep stretch, I went to Ayala and used my gift certificates for underwear and a pair of shorts. I got a text from Jeanne in the afternoon that there will be a special 7am Ashtanga class at Studio 108. When I arrived at BTC, the weather got worse. I hurried home so that I can get my laundry but got caught in traffic and then found the electricity cutoff in our entire street. The lights went back on but I don’t have anything dry to wear for tomorrow but I did buy another Islands Souvenir tshirt for P199.75. It is still raining very hard, I don’t know if I can make the 7am Ashtanga class or I will have to make other plans.
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.
I 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.