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A Strong Core

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“Strengthening your core can help you avoid falls.  Without a strong core, every pose you do is in danger of falling apart from the inside out.” – Yoga Journal

Core strength is intimately linked to balance, because the core muscles serve as stabilizers for the entire body.  You may be shaken by a challenging yoga pose, yes, but a strong core can help prevent falls and injuries.  Don’t you just love the endless parallelisms between these yoga concepts and everyday life?!  I do!  In life as in yoga and vice versa:

Trials and difficulties may shake us to the core but if that core is strong and stable, we will never fall apart. 

So yes, a strong core is important both in body and spirit.  I’m glad that Urban Ashram Yoga believes in this so much that they’ve organized a Core Bootcamp for us!  Because I knew that I still have a lot of core-strengthening to do, I jumped right into the opportunity and attended the said bootcamp at their Brixton branch over the weekend and had such a great time!  Of course it was pretty challenging and we were all sweating like crazy but I found it really helpful and satisfying.

The Core Bootcamp is a three-class program that aims to make students gain a “deeper and intelligent understanding of their true core”.  Too bad I was only able to attend two out of the three classes due to a family event, but even with just two classes I already learned a lot.

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The bootcamp started with a quick lecture on the core muscles and no, six-pack abs aren’t the only manifestations of a strong core because the core muscles go beyond that area. The morning session of Saturday was dedicated to poses that worked on the front core muscles while the afternoon session (which I unfortunately wasn’t able to attend) worked on those at the back.  Sunday morning was a combination of both.

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There were drills that we had to do with a partner and to me, that was one of the most enjoyable parts because it’s something we don’t get to experience in a regular yoga class.

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In the two-day bootcamp, I was surprised to learn that my core muscles have grown strong and stable enough to perform some balancing poses that I used to have difficulty with two years ago.  At the same time though, the bootcamp has verified the fact that there’s still so much to be worked on because there’s still a lot of poses that I couldn’t do — like the inversion being demonstrated by Nica, our teacher, on the photo above!  Nope, that’s not me, haha!  By the way, thank you Nica for leading the classes and for being so helpful and supportive to everyone!  

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Okay, here’s some good news: There’s another Core Bootcamp this weekend, May 28-29!  This time it will be in Urban Ashram High Street.  The Saturday classes are at 9-11am and 1-3pm.  Sunday class is at 10-12nn.  For more details, visit this page.

Aside from everything I said, you’ll also get free Gatorade, a gift pack from Clarins Philippines, a finisher certificate, and a Core Bootcamp shirt if you attend the workshop! So If your weekend is still free, please consider this because it’s really worth it.  In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the week! :)

#UrbanYoga2016: Taking Yoga Outdoors

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Waking up at 5:00 on a Sunday morning for Urban Yoga 2016 was worth it.  I’m sure the hundreds of others who graced the event feel the same way.  Urban Yoga 2016 was organized by Urban Ashram Yoga, the premier center for the study of yoga here in Manila, and was held at the Ayala Triangle Gardens last April 17.  It was a gathering of urban yogis in Metro Manila and was for the benefit of Mano Amiga Pilipinas, a nonprofit organization that aides underprivileged children toward a good education.

I, along with my friends Daisy and Prach, attended the morning vinyasa class led by Marc Macadaeg.  As with every yoga class that I attend, I knew that I’d be able to get my dose of exercise and mental/emotional calmness in Urban Yoga.  What I didn’t expect though, was how much fun it was going to be!  Sure, we were practicing under the scorching, 32-degree heat, but I wasn’t troubled by it at all.

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I’ve said this a couple of times already — I’m not the most flexible person in the world (I haven’t event perfected my downward dog!), but yoga helps me become physically stronger, mentally saner, and emotionally calmer.  For some reason, I was able to feel twice these benefits during Urban Yoga.  Maybe it’s because we were “one with nature”.  Or maybe it had something to do with all those urban yogis communing at the park, all with the intention of achieving overall wellness.  Whatever it was, I realized that practicing outdoors is an uplifting experience, and this is why I’ll definitely be attending Urban Ashram’s classes at the Ayala Triangle when I move to Makati next month.

Thank you to Urban Ashram Yoga for inviting me to become one of your media partners.  Media partner or not, I would’ve gone to the event anyway because I’ve been with UAM for almost 3 years now.  Thank you as well to the following sponsors:

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Finally, please check out the same-day edit of Urban Yoga 2016 which pretty much sums up how I feel towards yoga and the benefits it has brought me.  Check it out here.

Wishing everyone love and light this weekend.  Namaste.

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