Wednesday, July 29, 2015

5 Healing Benefits of AcroYoga

I'm not an AcroYoga teacher but I do enjoy getting together with people to do jams in the city or at some of our retreats out of town. The previous Flow Yin and Yang Yoga retreat group in Palawan was lucky enough to have Paul Verchere join us for some serious stretching. He is a Vinyasa Yoga teacher and a recent graduate of an AcroYoga immersion in Thailand. It's good that he's quite a big guy because he became the base for ALL of us that weekend.

To me, much more than for show, AcroYoga is a beautiful practice with healing benefits. Here are my top 5:

1. Face Your Fears: Many first-timers are terrified of the idea of "flying" or letting go. Whether they are crippled with fear from past trauma or just not into adventure, people slowly learn how to build trust which is one of the main themes of an AcroYoga session.

2. The Healing Touch: We yearn for touch because it is a fundamental need for life, a source of energy and yet we operate on very little tanks of love and touch. AcroYoga is a fantastic way to harness this energy when we connect with others. 

3. Play is a wonderful tool for you to take life less seriously. I also love using AcroYoga as a way for me to bond with my kids! Healing past hurts and quarrels can only take place in a relaxed state of mind and body. So, chill and have some fun!

4. On a physical level, turning yourself upside down has its obvious healing benefits for increased circulation and spinal decompression. Acroyoga is so effective in lengthening the spine and giving me an instant postural adjustment.

5. And of course, we help heal the world through positive collective energies. When we come together in a community of like-minded folks practicing peaceful activities, only good can come out of it. This is the reason why we come together at FLOW to increase good vibrations.

Find AcroYoga classes, immersions and trainings near you at or join a FLOW retreat through 

If you're jamming in Manila soon, let me know? I just might join you! xoxo

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Waldorf Education Orientation this Friday!

Many people have been asking me about my choice of education for my children. I've been very vocal about loving the Waldorf Education curriculum because values are aligned with my wholistic lifestyle. 

Santi doing wet on wet painting, one of the healing and teaching techniques in school.

If you are on the quest for a school that truly nurtures the soul of the child (as well as the mind!) please do come to this orientation which is also open for household staff because we want everyone on the same page when raising our kids, right?

Happening July 31, Friday 2-3:30pm 


Because a friend of mine asked "What does Kolisko mean anyway? Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Eugen Kolisko (21 March 1893 – 29 November 1939) was an Austrian-German physician and educator who was born in Vienna. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna, and in 1917 became a lecturer of medical chemistry. He was the son of pathologist Alexander Kolisko (1857-1918).
Eugen Kolisko is remembered for his pioneer work in anthroposophy. He was introduced to anthroposophy through his classmate, Walter Johannes Stein(1891-1957). In 1914, he first attended lectures given by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. Consequently, he became a member of the Anthroposophical Society, and in 1920 was invited as an instructor to the newly established Waldorf School atStuttgart by Emil Molt (1876-1936).
And interesting to note...
Kolisko specialized in preventative medicine (sounds like my kind of guy!) and at Waldorf he worked with other teachers in creating a curriculum that focused on the spiritual and physical development of school children. He was instrumental in construction of several artistic therapies, such as anthroposophic music therapy and eurythmy.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Grandma El's Products Reviewed

I seriously love reviewing products that I can use for myself and my kids. Grandma El's has a full product line that is baby-safe, pediatrician recommended and doesn't include parabens, preservatives, phtalates, SLS and these nasty chemicals: sodium borate, benzalkonium chloride, boric acid, calcium undecylenate, hexachlorophene, p-chloromercuriphenol, phenol, resorcinol and triclosan

The Tear-Free Gentle Baby Shampoo is fantastic because compared to other bath and body soaps, Maya doesn't shriek anymore whenever suds gets into her eyes. Plus, she's old enough to have a separate product for her hair which tends to smell funky whenever she gets food or sweats from play outside. The Tear-Free Gentle Baby Wash smells really good, too. Not too overbearing. Mild so it's just right for babies. Remember that they sense things much more than adults because they do not have filters yet so please bear in mind the products you use have very little or no fragrance (all natural is best!)

I'll let you in on a secret. I've been stealing Maya's stash of Gentle Baby Lotion. Because I feel her young baby skin doesn't need any lotion just yet especially in our climate. So, I am using it all up for myself! Made with Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Calendula ... these are some of my favorite ingredients when I do make my own skin products!

Grandma El's is best known for their Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention which was formulated by a skin specialist and cosmetic chemist. I've been using this as well as the Mustela diaper rash cream. The difference is that Grandma El's reminds me of Lucas Papaw's Ointment (it probably uses the same ingredients) when lathered while Mustela is cream-based. So far, they both work fine on my little one's bum. When I am out or traveling and know she will be wearing disposable diapers (I'm curently using Huggies Dry Pants), I make it a point to protect her skin with these product barriers as an effective diaper rash prevention. So far, so good!

I've lifted from the website of Grandma El's 18 more uses of its Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention:

Cradle Cap
Chapped Cheeks
Dry Nose
Cracked Heels
Rough Elbows
Heat Rash
Stretch-mark Reduction
Cold Sores
Razor Burn
Chapped Lips
Cuts & Scrapes
Soften Callus
Scar Reduction
Dry Patches

Grandma El's full product line is now available in Babyland, Robinson's Grocery Stores, and Rustan's Department Stores.

Grandma El's
Instagram @grandmaelsph

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Healthy Eats: Clean Dory Fish in Manila

I've been on the journey to healthier meal alternatives for as long as I can remember. So, when I come across food products that are all natural, organic or aren't processed with chemicals, I get giddy with excitement because I have more choices for my home.

If you ask me, I'm totally fine eating simple local vegetables like mungo and turmeric rice almost everyday but I need to think of a variety of fish (the only non-veg dish I choose to serve at home) to satiate my husband and son's appetite!

A good break from the Bangus overdose is Cook's Golden Dory. They are locally grown and claim to have no MSG, lead and antibiotics in their fish products. Yes, most commercially produced fish are laden with chemicals like bleach (OMG!) your body doesn't recognize as food. Are you surprised about that? If it alarms you, please read the fine labels and do your research.

It's true what they say that you MUST be vigilant to know the real sources of your food. My husband calls the food business the biggest scam in today's world. I can't help but agree.

Cook's Golden Dory is available at various grocery stores in Metro Manila and near provinces. Please SMS  +63918 848 2170 for more inquiries.

Oh, please try their fish roll and fish balls because they were a hit with the kids! Do you have local fish sources that aren't tainted with chemicals? Let me know!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Healthy Eats: Wabi Sabi

I would like to introduce to you one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants in Manila. Wabi Sabi is conveniently across the studio where I teach Yin Yoga 9am Thursday mornings and a short drive from my son's school, too!

When I am craving for Japanese flavor, I frequent this place for take out or have mini-dates with my son. They're known for their ramen. Vegetarian ramen? Yes!

Their menu is really affordable, too!

Seating capacity is only at about 12 so I suggest heading here right before it hits 12noon for lunch or non-peak hours. They are closed Mondays (I had to learn this that the hard way)!

They are known for their ramon but here's what I always order: The Okonomigyoza (75php) and their Chahan Fried Rice (75php) 

Wabi Sabi
POS Building, Scout MandriƱan Street Corner Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Quezon City


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