Monthly Archives: December 2009

Yoga Classes Pricey?


Okay, okay- more than anything when I get questions from peers regarding my new love for yoga they worry about nothing but the price. They think it’s a class that most rich people take. Really, it’s not…. If people can waste money in alcohol and cigarettes- what’s wrong with investing on these yoga classes while you see the benefits both inside and out?

In Yoga Philippines (Alabang- please check older post on yoga studios)- the drop in class is just Php 300 and the unlimited at Php 1500.

In Bliss Yoga Manila, they have an unlimited weekly trial for only Php 1000 and from Dec1-15, it’s 15% off on all unlimited (Php5000 reg price)….

I guess the best way is to do a drop-in before trying an unlimited one week trial to make it worth your while. Usually, after a yoga class (1st), you will ache and realize that you have so many muscles in your body that you never knew you had. You will rest I am sure (but I suggest you don’t), so drop-in will be a good way to try and save money.



More info on Yoga Teacher Training Course in Manila


Taken from Bliss Yoga Manila:

The Yoga @Cindy’s Teacher Training program hosted at Bliss Yoga is a 200 hr Yoga Alliance recognized program carefully deisgned for serious students of yoga who want to deepen their practice as well as for those students who wish to become teachers themselves. As a student in our training program, you will meet 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) a week for a 3 month period. Each week you will go deep into the practice of yoga, enhancing your knowledge and honing your practice in a wide range of topics-from alignment and anatomy to philosophy and breathing techniques.

No formal experience is required to enroll int he Yoga @Cindy’s teacher trainiowever, we do recommend that you have had at least 6 months of a regular practice (3x a week), or equivalent, prior to the start of the course.
You will also be required to practice for at least 2 hours per week in addition to regularly attending all scheduled classes. Please make sure you have done enough yoga to know it is something which you truly want to spend time on.

A flexible body free of injuries is NOT a requirement for this training. In fact, we ENCOURAGE people with the body types and those with physical challenges to consider this program. Yoga is at heart a practice of meeting the body where it is at, and then working within yourself to slowly and respectfully move deeper….

For those who complete all the requirements of the program, you will receive a YOGA @ CINDY’S CERTIFICATION. You will be eligible to join the Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) if you choose.

January 23, 2010 start date (3 month intensive)
Final Exam: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Saturday: 8am -2pm
Sunday: 8am-2pm
*Subject to change

Early Bird Special: P115,000 paid in full by December 18, 2009
Standard Rate: P132,000 Paid in full by January 8, 2010
Payment Plan:Deferred Credit Card Payment up to 3 months for BDO Card Holders/3 post dated checks. Please see Bliss Yoga’s Front desk staff for further details.

*Once TT begins, fees are non-refundable including deferred payment.

If you really want to take part in this Teacher Training course but have a financial situation, please don’t let this factor stop you. Please discuss your situation with us and hopefully we can work something out.

Please email Cindy Ja at for any questions or comments.

5 Things about Taylor Lautner in New Moon


1. He consumed about 3200 calories to gain the weight and motivated to go to the gym daily. To go from one meeting to the other he needed to bring little Baggie of beef patties, raw almonds, sweet potatoes to eat every 2 hours.

2. He had his own personal trainer to get to the Jacob body.

3. He never rode a dirt bike in his life before. So constant training and practice had to be done in order for him to look cool riding the motorbike for 5 seconds in the film.

4. The climbing into Bella’s room was the last scene shot in the film. He practiced that shot for 3 hours every weekend.

5. Valentine’s Day will be his movie with Taylor Swift to be released on February 2010.

What is Ashtanga Yoga?


The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yug, which means “to yoke or harness,” as in the yoking and uniting of mind and body, and of individual and universal consciousness. Hatha yoga (“forceful yoga”) refers to a vast area of doctrines and practices concerned with harnessing the current of life force (prana) circulating throughout the human body. Focusing this innate life force and preventing its dissipation are said to awaken the body’s dormant psychospiritual energy. This body‐oriented approach to transcendence involves cleansing practices, postures, and breath control.
Ashtanga Yoga is the name given to the system of hatha yoga currently taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a renowned Sanskrit scholar and yogi in Mysore, India. However, the historical definition of ashtanga yoga is “eight‐limbed yoga, ” as originally outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Written between 400 and 200 B.C., the Yoga Sutras is the primary text of the science of classical yoga in which Patanjali collated and systemized existing techniques and knowledge of yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois began with the rediscovery, early in this century, of the Yoga Korunta, an ancient manuscript describing a unique system of hatha yoga practiced and created by the ancient sage Vamana Rishi. Under the direction of his guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois helped decipher and collate this system of practicing asana (postures). Entrusted with preserving, refining, and teaching the system of yoga described in the Yoga Korunta, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois named this system “Ashtanga Yoga,” believing it to be the original asana practice as intended by Patanjali.
The Yoga Korunta emphasizes vinyasa, (meaning “breath‐synchronized movement” ), a method of synchronizing progressive series of postures with a specific breathing technique (ujjayi pranayama)—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
On a practical level, the vinyasa concept of continuous flow aids the practitioner in integrating the eight limbs of yoga described by Patanjali. Movement through postures (asana) purifies the physical body, while mastery and refinement of the breath (pranayama) through concentration (dharana) quiets the senses (pratyahara), preparing the practitioner for meditation (dhyana) and eventually, samadhi, the union of the soul with the divine. A balanced asana practice rests on ethical behavior (yama) and self‐discipline (niyama). Under the guidance of a qualified ashtanga instructor, the practitioner properly can begin to cultivate the eight limbs.
In Ashtanga Yoga, the first of six sequences of postures, or “series,” is commonly called the Primary Series, or yoga chikitsa (yoga therapy). Practice of the Primary Series is designed to cleanse and purify the internal organs of the body through prevention of the accumulation of waste products. Each asana has specific benefits. For example, forward‐bending asanas are helpful in toning the internal organs of the abdomen and relieving constipation. The Second Series focuses on back‐bending postures, and the remaining four series are very advanced. The Ashtanga Yoga system places equal emphasis on strength, flexibility, and stamina.
‐‐Source: Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute

An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
by Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 10:23am
It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected. Thanks to your help, more than 350 million people around the world are using Facebook to share their lives online.

To make this possible, we have focused on giving you the tools you need to share and control your information. Starting with the very first version of Facebook five years ago, we’ve built tools that help you control what you share with which individuals and groups of people. Our work to improve privacy continues today.

Facebook’s current privacy model revolves around “networks” — communities for your school, your company or your region. This worked well when Facebook was mostly used by students, since it made sense that a student might want to share content with their fellow students.

Over time people also asked us to add networks for companies and regions as well. Today we even have networks for some entire countries, like India and China.

However, as Facebook has grown, some of these regional networks now have millions of members and we’ve concluded that this is no longer the best way for you to control your privacy. Almost 50 percent of all Facebook users are members of regional networks, so this is an important issue for us. If we can build a better system, then more than 100 million people will have even more control of their information.

The plan we’ve come up with is to remove regional networks completely and create a simpler model for privacy control where you can set content to be available to only your friends, friends of your friends, or everyone.

We’re adding something that many of you have asked for — the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content you create or upload. In addition, we’ll also be fulfilling a request made by many of you to make the privacy settings page simpler by combining some settings. If you want to read more about this, we began discussing this plan back in July.

Since this update will remove regional networks and create some new settings, in the next couple of weeks we’ll ask you to review and update your privacy settings. You’ll see a message that will explain the changes and take you to a page where you can update your settings. When you’re finished, we’ll show you a confirmation page so you can make sure you chose the right settings for you. As always, once you’re done you’ll still be able to change your settings whenever you want.

We’ve worked hard to build controls that we think will be better for you, but we also understand that everyone’s needs are different. We’ll suggest settings for you based on your current level of privacy, but the best way for you to find the right settings is to read through all your options and customize them for yourself. I encourage you to do this and consider who you’re sharing with online.

Thanks for being a part of making Facebook what it is today, and for helping to make the world more open and connected.

Mark Zuckerberg

The Perfect Downward Dog

I read this online from… It’s great!

It may not come as naturally for people, but you can learn to master the downward dog yoga pose!It’s happened to just about everyone: you’re in a yoga class or watching your new Bikram yoga DVD, and it’s time for downward dog pose. Simply watching some yoga poses is enough to make you wince, but you figure that down facing dog can’t be too painful.

But after about five seconds of shaking wrists and hands that keep slipping off your yoga mat, you realize that it’s not as easy as it looks.

Still, downward dog is worth learning. It tones and strengthens your entire body and can also help to alleviate back pain. It’s also one of the most common yoga positions you’ll see in classes and DVDs, so it’s worth learning how to do it right.

A perfect downward dog is within your reach if you follow these simple tips. Try implementing them one at a time and watch your down facing dog gradually improve.

1.Start on your hands and knees. Your knees should be right below your hips, and your hands should be just above your shoulders with your fingers spread out. Curl your toes under.
2.When you exhale, lift your knees up off the floor. At first, your leg muscles will probably be tight, so don’t force the pose right away. If your heels don’t naturally drop toward the floor, or if the pose feels tight, slowly “walk” your legs. Keep your feet still, but alternately bend and straighten each leg like you’re walking in place. After a few stretches, you should feel much looser. If your heels still don’t touch the floor, you can put a rolled up towel under them. And if you’re a beginner, there’s no shame in learning the pose with bent knees and straightening them when you’re ready.
3.Push your thighs back and straighten your knees without locking them (again, the rolled towel trick can help you with this until you have the hang of it).
4.Let your head hang between your straight arms, or if it’s more comfortable, look at your belly button. It’s tempting to let your shoulders hunch up toward your ears, but the position is much more comfortable if you pull them down. Concentrate on maintaining a long neck. Again, if you’re a beginner, you can put a block under your head for support, although some people don’t find that very comfortable. Also, rotating your upper arms out can help to release the tension in your shoulders.
5.One problem that many people experience is slippery or shaky hands. Generally, this is caused by not shifting your weight far back enough. Try lifting your pelvis a little higher, causing a slight arch in your lower back. This will move your center of gravity backwards, helping to keep your hands still.
6.As with all yoga positions, don’t forget to breathe!
7.To come out of down facing dog, bend your knees toward the floor and come back to a kneeling position.