Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Coming Back To One

Fellow Yummy Mummy, Dona Tumacder-Esteban will be conducting a yoga retreat in Bahay Kalipay this September. I remember the days where we would be selling on bazaars together selling our all-natural baby products with our babies in our slings the whole day.

We, together with Yummy Mummy Denise, also came out on TV together, guesting on Kris Aquino's noontime show (yes, still with the babies in slings & pouches!). Those were the full-on breastfeeding and attachment parenting days! Now that Santi is 4 years old and her little Carmen is weaning, we both have more freedom to practice our yoga and do retreats :)

See the full itinerary below. Please click on photo to enlarge for more details.

If you decide to come this September, you are sure to see me as I will be assisting her in the retreat. Great way to celebrate my birthday month! See you all there xoxo

Sunday, August 21, 2011

What's The Hurry?

Santi and classmates play in the sandbox of Karawatan Waldorf School
 One of the things I learned in the Waldorf/Steiner philosophy on raising children is to SAVE THEIR CHILDHOOD. Nowadays, very young children are exposed to all kinds of electronic media (television shows, internet on the laptops, games on the Ipad, etc) that they never learn what REAL PLAY is all about. You see this everywhere, at home and in the malls. Children are given the TV or the Ipad so that they can 'behave' and sit still. I've heard so many moms confess to me, "TV is the best babysitter, so you can have time to do whatever you need to do!" Did you ever ask yourself what happens to their brains when they are paralyzed by TV, not moving (which is what they are supposed to be doing at this stage!)

Children playing different scenarios at a simple wooden playstand
In my own home or when he is at a Waldorf school, Santi is free to explore and be creative in his play.
Santi with one of the chickens this morning  

I have difficulty explaining all of this to friends or reminding my own family to turn off the tube or the  Samsung Galaxy Tab :P That is why I am so happy to announce another talk hosted by the Kolisko Waldorf School. I hope that all of YOU come to learn WHY.

"What's The Hurry? WHY & HOW We Can Help Kids Enjoy Their Childhood"
A talk on the Development Stages of the Child in the Perspective of Waldorf/Steiner Philosophy 
by Dr. Marian Alonzo
AUGUST 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Kolisko Waldorf School

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Just This Weekend

Spent another weekend harnessing energies from the cosmos, facilitating a Yoga Dance Retreat in Bahay Kalipay. We did our daily dose of yoga in Bahay Kalipay and Nagtabon beach, we danced to our inner rhythms through the Inner Dance conducted by Pi Villaraza, and of course nourished our bodies with the flavorful Raw Vegan Live Food dishes by Daniw Arazola.

Nagtabon beach yoga
my open home for the 3D2N weekend stay in Bahay Kalipay

Kawangis Ng Tribu
Dancing to the beat of the drums

 For more photos of the retreat, please check this link on facebook. And check on my blog for future retreats & events coming up soon! We've got another one in September to look out for. :) Have a great week ahead! Infinite blessings to you all xoxo

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Coming Soon

Someone is coming to teach yoga classes in town very soon....

Beyond Yoga is located at 3F Il Terrazo Building Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Madrinian St. Quezon City. See you all there in October!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cosmic Consiousness

 In my stillness, I am the eternal possibility,
In my movement, I am the cosmos

Knitting is Addicting

Before moving to Palawan, I bought some craft materials (one of them was knitting needles and yarn) but I never really followed through with the knitting projects because so many things got into the way. And yeah, I found crocheting easier to do as well.

easy crochet headpiece (with real flowers from my garden!) one lazy afternoon

see me wearing it

I recently relearned the art of knitting from Teacher Malou of the St. Michael's Playgarden. In the Parent Toddler classes, they teach the mothers how to make simple crafts while their little tots play along. Apparently, children play better when you are doing something meaningful (cooking, cleaning, sewing, etc). Teacher Malou was showing me how to make one of the hand-made toys, a chicken. However, I didn't get too far with it during those 2 sessions we had together. Before leaving Manila, I bought this beautiful multi-colored yarn in Dreams Glorietta 5 and decided to practice on a basic scarf. I can always do the chicken again later with her.

They say knitting is very good because it increases left and right brain interaction. You need two hands to knit so it balances the brain equally-- just like Yoga does. Oh and of course, it also puts you in a meditative state. I found a very interesting blog article on left & right brain activities for a stress-free mom here.

For those of you who aren't coming to FLOW Surf Yoga Samba's FLOW GOES RAW retreat, you might as well attend Bella Tan's workshop on Basic Knitting below.

P.S. The Early Waldorf Childhood training of Bella Tan taught Denise how to make these cute little kittens. Made with loooove. Our gift to the beautiful Cat Juan-Ledesma and hubby Carlo Ledesma on their wedding day :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Feast Day of the Assumption!

Today is August 15, the Feast of the Assumption. A good quarter of my life was spent in Assumption San Lorenzo, Makati from nursery all the way to college (with a few schools in between!)

Here are some photos I dug up of my early years in AC...

Find your little self, amigas! I am on the 2nd seated row with bangs :)

Mom, where were these cupcakes from?

I tower above my younger siblings- Diana & RJ. Kim you were still non-existent then hehe

Look at the same Santi smirk on my face!
I particularly chose this period to remind me that I am consciously shaping my own Santiago's formative years. One day he will also look back to his early childhood pictures (in Palawan) with fond memories with his Mommy & Daddy :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Course on Waldorf Education

If you have the time and the funds, I urge you to take part in this life changing module training, not just for your children but for your own SELF. I remember attending one workshop at Kolisko Waldorf School in QC years ago where Bella Tan spoke on the Development of the Child and the ill effects of TV and other forms of Electronic Media on them... I was a Waldorf parent convert after listening to her very valid reasons and engaging stories of her very own life experiences with her children.

I do believe that we are drawn to people who vibrate the same frequency as you do, or maybe higher so that you may aspire to reach up, to EVOLVE. So, if this message sparks a light inside you, please read on and sign up!

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 This course is for teachers, parents & individuals interested in self-development. 

January 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 &18.
9am - 5pm
 1086 Del Monte Ave. Quezon City

FEES (non-refundable)
REGULAR COURSE FEE (paid after November 15) - P15,000

-Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy
(the philosophical/spiritual basis of Steiner Education)
-Overview of the Process of Childhood and the Waldorf Curriculum
-Understanding the Development of the Child from Conception to 7 years
-Preparing yourself and your kindergarten
-Biography Work
Introduction to...
-Group singing
-Pentatonic lyre playing
-Recorder playing
-Wet-on-wet painting
-Form drawing
Website www.rstep.org.ph
Email rstep07@yahoo.com.ph
Call Bella or Jake Tan at landline 3715688 or cp 09178386315

Friday, August 12, 2011


FLOW:SurfYogaSamba Goes Raw
a surf yoga samba and raw food weekend retreat

August 27-29, 2011, San Juan Surf Resort, La Union
...We're going the extra mile for health conscious people! This special Flow retreat is complemented with delicious and healthy raw vegan gourmet foods catered by Bali-certified raw food chef, Asha Peri of Dahon Kusina to help nourish your unique journey to self-discovery.

Official Raw Vegan Live Food Menu for the upcoming weekend by Asha

Package Rate: 10,350 php

- 1 Vinyasa and 1 Yin Yoga session with Monica E. Manzano
- 2 Surf lessons at the San Juan Surf School of Luke landrigan
- 2 Samba lessons with Escola de Samba de Manila
- Roundtrip transfers
- 3D/2N aircon accommodation
- Raw Food meals and snacks by Asha Peri
- Tote bag with freebies from our sponsors: ParaKito, Mamo Yogaandtravel, Yoga+ at the Fort, I Go Beyond Yoga, Strip Manila, Browhaus Manila, Moringana & Rudy Project Philippines

PLUS! Introduction to ACRO YOGA for all participants in a yoga fusion class with Yoga+ and Beyond Yoga :)

Register now slots are limited!
Online registration form: http://bit.ly/msQJgP


Sunday, August 07, 2011

August Yoga Dance Retreat

Come fly to Palawan to join our next adventure with us! Another Yoga Dance Retreat in Bahay Kalipay, Puerto Princesa.

 Join the3-day Yoga Dance Retreat in Bahay Kalipay on August 19-21.
A powerful combination of the Inner Dance, Yoga, Live Foods & Earth Music.
Retreat inclusions-
*Shared Accommodations & Live Foods in Bahay Kalipay
*Yoga sessions with Monica Eleazar-Manzano
*Inner Dance with Pi Villaraza
*Raw Food Classes with Daniw Arazola
*Earth Music Performance by Kawangis ng Tribu
*Yoga Journey at Nagtabon Beach
*Mountain Trek in the future Earth Village of Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Energy Exchange: P8750 per pax

*Itinerary will be emailed upon registration.

Monday, August 01, 2011

FLOW in Quantum Cafe

Last weekend, we brought the FLOW SurfYogaSamba experience to Quantum Cafe, Makati in the event FLOW in THE CITY!

Our Hawaiian themed registration table with loot bags for press & guests
Starting Yoga with Tricia Gotamco of Mamo Yoga & Travel
The cutie Aisa Locsin of Yoga+ at the Fort teaches the Absolute series
I lead the group to Partner Yoga moves after the Yoga Fusion Class
Raw Chef Asha Peri talks about her yummy Raw Veg Food samples

Someone owns this Veggie Platter

Escola de Samba de Manilaaaaaa is the life of the party!!!!!!!!!

Cristalle Belo Henares supports FLOW in THE CITY!

It's a wrap FLOW Team!

A BIG thank you to our amazing line up of sponsors. All our participants got an assortment of
products from these fab brands. We are so grateful for your support :)

  • Silicone watches from Rudy Project
  • Stylish Headware multipurpose headbands for 
  • Unlimited 1 week GCs by the soon to open,Beyond Yoga studio at Tomas Morato
  • 1 week GCs and discount coupons from Yoga+ at the Fort
  • Skidless Yoga Towel and Hand Towels from Made for Movement Yoga & Travel
  • Trial classes from B&B Pilates Studio 
  • Bodywork sessions from Thomas of Manila Moves
  • Up to 50% discount coupons from Lash Bar, Il Terrazo Bldg, Tomas Morato
  • Auctioned clothes from FCUkay Boutique
  • Alcohol from Two Oceans, Vodka Ice, Vodka Cruiser, Monkey Bar & Hardy's 


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