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.
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.