First, let me say how wonderful it is to know that we are actually growing and has come to this point when even without our teachers, we still find ways to practice- alone at home, or in spaces together. (shout out to IBON and RedVerb studio too, for being kind to share their spaces). But yes, we didn't arrive to this point instantly, right? I guess we've been talking about practicing yoga for a long time before we started our sessions- Ed and I and some other friends. For some reasons, we just couldn't start up. Until I met Chaya in summer of this year, in one gimik night at Sarah's, a homey-cozy hangout place in Krus Na Ligas and that night, she indeed looked like a fairy granting me a wish- how magical- she is a trained yoga teacher and she wanted to do community practice. Amazing! So we started inviting friends, especially our dancer friends to start this community practice- and it's a great offer indeed- Chaya was willing to teach without fixed fee, just donations.
|Our firs mats|
Yet, like in other things, the most difficult part really is getting started- it took two months pa siguro before we were able to start this group classes- in our humble abode pa, sa Fairview (not so Far-view naman). We were seven then- Me, Ed, Mai, Risa, Loy, Ega and teacher Chaya. Instantly, everybody felt great and appreciated how immediately, we felt the benefits of yoga. After that first afternoon, it took yet another two weeks if I'm not mistaken because of schedule issues until yes, IBON, like Chaya, granted our wish to have a bigger and more accessible space to practice together. Yes, the rest is history sabi nga, alam na natin yan!
Now, let me share the wonderful benefits of yoga sa amin ni Ed.
Una, I have levoscoliosis- (the curving of spine to the left) so back and shoulder pains have always been a constant companion (like all other scoliotic persons) and sometimes it just hurts so bad. Then again, we always find ways of working through the body pains (chos.ayaw lang magpa-checkup, ayaw magpa-rehab, etc.in short, dinedema lang.) Yoga for sure, will not cure scoliosis (wala namang cure ito) but it does help a lot- i feel lesser back and shoulder pains now. and when i do feel pain, i just try to do some yoga stretching and i always feel some immediate relief.
|Thanks to IBON for providing us our space|
I have quieter, more relaxed sleeping now and so does Edwin. Edwin has symptoms of sleep apnea. before our sessions, Edwin had difficulty in sleeping- he frequently snored loudly, gets choked and find it really hard to have a relaxing sleep (of course, it is also because our work forces us to stay up late) except when he doesn't do anything in the day and sleep early. Now, we both noticed how his sleeping improved a lot- he also has quieter and more relaxed sleeping now and since yoga, his snoring really lessened and he hasn't experienced choking since. Maybe we're wrong to attribute this to yoga but as of now, we only have Yoga to thank for these great things.
I also feel physically stronger now, compared to before we started. And yes, Len, it's true- i feel more flexible now. And i can see and feel the improvements in my flexibility- I can bend and fold deeper and lower and reach further now, it just feels so good each time I discover little stuffs during our practices. For Edwin, yoga also makes him more energized and vitalized. It also relieved many of his injuries as a dancer. Before yoga, he used to complain a lot about injuries in the knee and his hamstrings but these lessened since yoga. Btw, Ed can do the crow pose now. Haha!
I am happily bracing myself to discovering more benefits of yoga.
Most importantly, yoga has brought so much joy to me because it makes me get to see some of my friends more often. Now, time for me to use my strength to finish my laundry. Namaste!