Tuesday, December 04, 2012


I've always been fascinated by reincarnation (even way before becoming immersed in yoga- which also believes in reincarnation). I remember my mom used to tell me when I was a toddler that we already knew each other in a past life, and I believed her. Somehow, I knew in the deepest core of my soul that this concept is true. 

In recent years, my interest in reincarnation/past lives is how I stumbled into my studies on Kabbalah. Two years ago, I was intrigued by the lectures of Gahl Sasson at the Asia Yoga Conference in Hong Kong. Gahl is a mystic who lectures on Kabbalah, Astrology & Psychology. The lecture that reeled me in was "The People You Were: Exploring Your Past Lifetimes Using Regression"

Read the description of this lecture below:

Ever feel like you were somebody else in a past lifetime? Have you ever visited a place for the first time, but felt at home and instinctually knew your way around? 

Ever have irrational fears or unexplained reactions to situations? Wonder where they might come from? Is death really the end? 

Discover how other cultures view death and the afterlife as we explore what happens to the soul after it leaves the body.

Gahl also led us through a past life regression and meditation, helping you:

*Gain access to former lives.

*Create a space for healing phobias, and removing blocks.

*Release physical and emotional pain.

*Experience time travel from within.

Travel through time as you access your past lives. 

So, Gahl introduced me to Dr. Brian Weiss and I remember buying all of Weiss' books on past life regression available in Hong Kong after that lecture. Pretty powerful stuff, made me cry buckets on the plane going home.

Since then, I know now that the physical body is merely the container of our immortal soul. When we die, our soul moves on to a new container (if we haven't finished what we came here to do in the first place). 

"The antimaterial particle within the material body passes from boyhood to youth to old age, leaves the old unworkable body and takes up another one." - AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

In essence, there is similarities with Rodolph Steiner's Anthroposophy. In Santi's Waldorf schools, it is taught to parents and teachers that these young souls/children, chose us parents even before coming to this world. With that knowledge, we already know that there IS a reason why they are our children and we are the parents. There are lessons to be learned specifically by us. I can't help but remember one of my yoga teachers, Mo-Ching Yip who says "My family, my karma". In yogic belief, this rings true as well. 

I'll never forget that moment my son was born and I gazed into his eyes, it's as if our souls already knew each other. I felt it. And I knew then that our relationship was special, we had this cosmic bond :)

So many things to be said about this topic but it's good that another enlightened soul is on her way to Manila to come and speak about her book on reincarnation! See details of the event below:

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Karen Berg talks about soul mate in her new book "To Be Continued... Reincarnation and the Purpose of our Lives."

Soul mates can take many forms. They can be parent and child, business partners, or even best of friends. Who in your life is your soul mate?

There has been changed to the talk. Yehuda Berg (the son of Karen Berg) will be speaking instead on Kabbalah, why Now?

January 15, 2013
SMX Convention Center

Limited complimentary seats available and option to upgrade to get the book for free!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Memories of FLOW SurfYogaSamba Year 3

I'm feeling nostalgic because another epic FLOW SurfYogaSamba weekend retreat has come to an end. We celebrated our 3rd year of existence at Casa San Miguel in Zambales. 

Facade of Casa Backstage Cafe
Back in 2009, the 3 of us yummy mummies (yes, we each have 1 son!) were already into surfing, yoga & samba but we needed a venue for all of us to try each others passion out. Then came the idea of organizing an awesome retreat weekend away from the maddening city that included all of that. Since then, we have done 9 successful FLOW weekend retreats...and counting!
Denise, Me & Noelle
For every participant, we gave an earth friendly FLOW tote bag filled with sponsored goodies which they can use all throughout the weekend. For this retreat, we had Bobble filtered water bottles,  Moringana capsules and tea bags, Vitaminboost & Lightwater from Suncoast, face & body sunblock from Belo Essentials Sun Expert, Human Nature feminine wash, Travel Magazines and travel tags, FLOW tees plus gcs from Beyond Yoga, Fitness Lab and STRIP & Browhaus.

The FLOW eco tote bags are for sale, email flowsurfyogasamba@gmail.com

One of the special things about going out of the city is that we can do yoga amidst nature, fresh air & greens. I led the Yin Yoga class in the whimsical garden of artists, Plet Bolipata & Elmer Borlongan. What a special treat to hear crickets, see the stars, feel the grass...a heightened yoga experience!

Yoga + Nature = perfect combination, always!

Corey Wills also taught a Surf-inspired yoga class which helps build strength and loosen tight muscles after surfing.

Then some AcroYoga moves to go with the class to lighten up the mood. Always a crowd pleaser :)

One of our participants also happens to be a yoga teacher from Absolute in Bangkok, Thailand. Canadian skiing Paul Verchere willingly shared with us by teaching a Vinyasa class to his new FLOW friends :)

Despite having no waves last weekend, everyone learned so much ground training and safety skills from Surfasana.

Nuno Romao, head coach of Surfasana teaching participants
Some onboard drills 
FLOW collaborates with Surfasana
Our make shift tent
Mona Lisa Neuboeck, a certified raw food chef can turn anyone into live foods because of her glowing beauty. She gave a very enlightening lecture on how to create yummy snacks for any Raw Food Surf Trips :)

Mona's creations: Raw Sushi and Raw Breakfast Porridge

Each night, Toni and Bogey Bernardo of Escola de Samba de Manila would take on the beats with Denise Gonzales-Bernardo leading the Samba dance steps for beginners.  

The night scene

In every retreat, the FLOW girls share the benefits of drinking green smoothies. For our 3rd year anniversary, Noelle, Denise and I each shared our favorite recipes powered by Moringana.

We set up the FLOW SHOP for our guests to opt to buy their summer/beach essentials any time during the weekend.
Our mobile FLOW Shop goes wherever we do!
Of course, our retreats are not complete without giving out special prizes from our sponsors! After presenting everyone with their certificate of completion, we presented all those that gave it their all during the activities, superstars for surfing, yoga & samba! 

The long weekend is over but the memories of FLOW SurfYogaSamba retreat will stay in our hearts forever <3 font="font" nbsp="nbsp">This wraps up another epic weekend, thanks to all our participants (from Canada, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines), teachers and sponsors: Havaianas, Aura Athletica, Bobble, Belo Essentials Sun Expert, Moringana, Lightwater, Vitaminboost, Beyond Yoga, Aloha Boardsports, Billabong, Browhaus, Strip, Lagu, Human Heart Nature, Fitness Lab, Travel Magazine and My Life on Board


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