It’s become a tradition for me to head over to Los Baños every October for Angela’s birthday. Last year was the first time that my high school friends (minus Louise, Mae Ann and Pauline) reunited for the said trip. We planned months ahead and on Angela’s birthday weekend, piled into Anna’s van and traveled to Laguna.
We only stayed over night but we’re definitely thinking of going back in the future. The farm of Tita Kim was so picturesque, it was hard to put down the Zenit. This photo set doesn’t include alot of events but it captures exactly how the weekend went: a quiet and much needed getaway from busy Manila.
Going to the Global Mala Project has been a mini tradition for me and my best friend, Angel. Our first year was back in 2013, months after we started learning yoga together back in Bacolod (see here). We were so excited and I made sure that we stuck to our agreed schedule of classes. This year, we decided to return to the Global Mala Project as volunteers. We got to meet and talk to other volunteers/yogis as well as attend classes FOR FREE (which by the way was the best part). Angela and I took the morning shift so by 1pm, we were already on our mats.
We attended a total of 3 classes and 1 talk. My favorite class would have to be Gateway to Freedom: Core Awakening Flow Yoga by Christi Christensen. Not only was her personality infectious but what she was teaching us was exactly what I needed. To be honest, when she was repeating over and over again that we should let go and love ourselves, I started to tear up. I had a hard time blinking back the tears; good thing that I was sweating so much so nobody could tell if they were actual tears or my sweat.
These photos are not arranged in order of events and are a mix of when I was volunteering and photos I took before and after classes begun. Excuse the selfies, most of those were Angela’s idea.
I know I mentioned somewhere that I haven’t had a proper workout since the start of my graduation collection. That’s roughly a year of being stressed/busy/lazy bum. I enrolled in a gym last August to help get myself back in shape. I have a personal trainer named Spike who bugs me almost everyday to work out so that’s really been helping me out. I have gained a total of 30 pounds since I stopped working out. So you can just imagine the struggle of taking classes one after another during Global Mala. Honestly, I had only taken two Flow classes (after x number of months) the week prior to GMP so my body was DEFINITELY not prepared for the physical strain.
This year, I had a lot of time to reflect on my current situation and how bottled up I’ve become. I am honestly not the type to keep things to myself but during Christi’s class, I couldn’t help but feel lousy. It was like she knew what I was unconsciously going through and her energy just woke up something inside of me. I still can’t explain what exactly happened in that flow class but from it, I know that I have to cut myself some slack and relearn everything all over again.
So since GMP, I’ve slowly shifted to a Pescatarian diet, gone to yoga more than once this week and work out at least once a week. I’m trying to not harbor a lot of negativity during the day and I am slowly letting go of my worries and fears for the future. I try as much as possible to journal everyday too, a habit that I’ve let go off because of an insecurity.
I still have a long way to go but this has been the most peaceful my mind has been for months now. I’m just trying to go back to going with the flow.
As you might have already figured out, I’m pretty passionate about my yoga practice and so I thought that I should share with you Angela and I’s joint instagram account baby @ouromjourney. We started the account so that we had a project that we could do together even when we go back to our separate realities (a.k.a. school) and also so that we had a way to track our progress. On @ouromjourney, we post the monthly challenges that we join, anything related to a healthier lifestyle (exercise, food, random cute baby animals) and our acro yoga photos. I’m really proud of the last one because it was only last year during Global Mala Project where we did Acro yoga for the very first time. It’s almost been a year since then and we have definitely improved!
So if you guys want to check our yoga selfies out, click away and leave comments! 😀 Thank you and Namaste mothafuckaaaaas
While looking through some files, I found these pictures that were taken around June this year. Though the pictures are from our mini adventure around Divisoria + Intramuros, most of them are yoga photos (I think) since this was the time I was still doing the #mermaidyogis challenge on Instagram (which you could check out here). I felt that it’s important for me to post a yoga update since Global Mala Project is coming up (September 13) and so to hype you guys (but mostly myself) up for that, here’s a few snaps of my recent shenanigans.
Photos taken from last year’s Christmas break. Angela and I were only to see each other twice for the whole week and a half that I was there so she came over to the house at 7AM so that we can do a bit of yoga.
Looking back at these pictures, I see how rusty I am and it makes me feel a bit sad about the state of my body today. I haven’t done yoga since the second week of January and I’m probably not going to work out for the next couple of weeks because of school and other issues. My friend (who is also an aspiring Yoga teacher) used to tell me that I shouldn’t compare myself to others because “We are where we are supposed to be at that exact moment” and I want so bad to believe that but sometimes insecurities can get the best of us.
But anyway, here are some photos from this edition of Yoga friends 🙂 It makes me happy to remember this day probably because I feel that Angela and I are having a fall out now. Not talking as much as before and the last time we hung out, I felt that our personalities were clashing. It’s been a rough couple of weeks since then but I have faith that things will eventually work out.
Oh and these photos were taken with my iPhone only so not so good quality and the ones who took them were just anyone passing by while we were doing yoga in the garden :))
What do you get when you place me in charge of organising schedules? An endless list of possibilities! After coming up with 3 schedules (1 priority sched, Plan B and Plan C), I felt ready to spend a full day pushing my body to its fullest. I went to GMP with my best friends, Angela (bff from Bacolod) and Wanda (bff from SoFA). We immersed ourselves in yoga for one whole day and it was such a beautiful thing, watching so many people come together to celebrate life and a common love. The best activity for the day hands down goes to the Acroyoga session with teachers from Yoga+. Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with trying to find out the dates of their next workshop. I started looking into taking classes in Yoga+ for a change of scenery. Like I said, the possibilities are absolutely endless.
Hello! This is the last of the Project Volunteer posts (for the school requirement at least) and this is probably my favorite one among the three. So another one of my best friends from Bacolod is Angela Rodriguez. When we were in High School, Angela was Chief of the Girl scouts and one of the requirements she had to do to win an award which at the time was given by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she had to do a year long program wherein she taught school lessons to kids from her local neighborhood as well as teaching them about hygiene and manners. Ever since then, she holds a Christmas Party for the kids every year. This year however, due to some already made plans, she won’t be having the one for this year 😦 Instead, she decided to have it early (last month to be precise) and so we took a trip to Bacolod to celebrate an early Christmas with our High School friends.