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On Dylan Werner’s Workshop, Yoga, and Going Beyond Yourself

Dylan Werner
Photo from dylanwerneryoga.com

This weekend was enlightening, to say the least. I attended my first ever yoga workshop led by Dylan Werner from California. It consisted of four classes spread in two days: Beyond Balance Vinyasa Master Class – 2 hours of flow that was so intense it felt like we were in a heated room, Strength, Balance and Core Stabilization Workshop – which emphasized how much we use the core in every movement and totally debunked the way I have always planked, Flexibility Fundamentals Workshop – 3 hours of techniques on how to be more flexible and how it is directly correlated to strength, and Get Acro Workshop – which was also the first Acroyoga class I’ve attended. Continue reading

Blessed May Be An Overused Word

There are many things to be grateful for today. And so despite my tired bones and sleepy eyes at this hour, I feel obliged to write them down lest they fade away into dreams.

Here’s the reality: I am blessed.

I just came from a whole-day yoga event called Global Mala Project Manila. I was supposed to be up and about by 10:30 am for the second class, but I ended up staying in bed a few hours more as a result of my long and sleepless week. (I must say, even that sleeplessness is a blessing in itself.) Continue reading

Introduction to Capoeira: For World Youth Day Volunteers

In 2013, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil will be hosting World Youth Day (WYD), and we were fortunate enough to be invited by some Filipino volunteers to talk a bit about Capoeira, which, in a way, is central to Brazilian culture.

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To Be Monstrously Fit: Capoeira ‘Fro Day Fridays

“You are a monster.”

In the context of sports, this is probably the best compliment that I could ever give. If I tell you that you’re a monster, it means that you’re in more or less that physical state I aspire to be in. Earlier this year, I told myself I want to be as fit as I was back in college. Today, I pull that goal up a level higher. I want to be fit as a monster. Continue reading

How It Feels to be Kicked in the Face (Part 2: A Lesson In Capoeira)

Capoeira has always been known to be a “dance” type of sport. There is so much grace involved in it that people often forget that it’s a martial art. As the capoeira song “Zum Zum Zum” goes: Zum, zum, zum, Capoeira mata um! Translated to english, this means: Zum, zum, zum, Capoeira is deadly! It is. Continue reading

How It Feels to be Kicked in the Face (Part 1: How’s My Nose?)

What Happened

I was kicked in the face last night. And I don’t mean figuratively – I mean literally kicked in the face; smack in the middle of my nose. How did it feel? Imagine a big guy’s shin (almost) whappacking on a small girl’s nose – understand now? Continue reading

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body (WOD Nation Crossfit)

This whole day, I was just waiting for my arms to finally fall off. Continue reading