Friday, May 31, 2013

Pass the Hemp Rub, Please!

What does a Yoga teacher keep in his/her bag everyday?

A muscle rub, of course! Practicing and teaching yoga daily can definitely make your whole body sore. This is everyday salvation, if you ask me (and almost all the yogis of the world!) Aside from lathering onto my own aching body parts like my neck, shoulders and lower back, I also apply it on my students and treat them to a short massage at the very end of the class during Savasana...if they're lucky enough to be in a manageable class size, time-wise!

Enter the Merry Hempsters. These two little fellas as currently a craze among my co-teachers and students at the studio!

So, what's so the big fuss about these Merry Hempsters Muscle Rub Tubes?

- Size is super handy, they fit in my make up kit
- Because of its unique packaging (like a bigger lipbalm), hygiene is no longer an issue
- Made from Organic Hemp Seed Oil with is high in essential fatty acids and contains anti-inflammatory properties  
- It's all natural, containing organic ingredients and vegan as well!

The Merry Hempsters website recommends that you use the organic tube as a therapeutic rub for sore muscles, overexertion, inflamed joints and congestion. I like the minty sensation from this tube. The cooling effect is definitely soothing after a work out!

Apis mellifera (Bees) Wax, Organic Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil), Mentha arvensis (Menthol) Crystals ,(Essential Oils of: Eucalyptus globules (Eucalyptus), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf, Mentha viridis (Spearmint), , Mentha piperita (Peppermint), Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen), Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove), and Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Non-GMO d-alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract

The Merry Hempsters have a special HOT blend which combines organic hemp seed oil with the heating agent cassia for an analgesic effect. Camphor and organic menthol crystals offer immediate relief for aching muscles and joints. May also be used for reducing pain and inflammation associated with sore muscles, strains, overexertion, inflamed joints, and congestion. I would use this  after a more serious work out... like a powerful Vinyasa class or Beyond Sculpt!

Organic Cannabis sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Olea europaea (Olive) or Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil), (Essential Oils of : Melaleuca minor (Cajeput), Cinnamomum cassia (Cassia), Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus), Mentha piperita (Peppermint), Betula nigra (Sweet Birch), Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove ), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)), Mentha arvensis (Menthol) Crystals, Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor) Crystals, Non-GMO d-alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract

Both available at Beyond Yoga Bonifacio High Street or online at

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

FLOW Luxe Yoga Escape in Negros

Announcing FLOW's next destination... Negros Occidental! Pegged as a private island paradise sanctuary, Punta Bulata White Beach Resort and Spa is well suited as FLOW’s next venue for this June's Luxe Yoga Escape weekend.
I will be leading 2 yoga classes- a sunrise Vinyasa class to wake and shake things up and another sunset Yin Yoga session to relax and heal from within. These yoga sessions will most likely be outdoors (unless it will be raining) facing the ocean. Lovely set up, right?

My FLOW partner, Noelle Hilario (vegetarian advocate, surfer and artist) will teach participants how to make Green Smoothies and simple but nourishing live food snacks at a health workshop hosted by Moringana and Breville.

We will all be exposed to the raw beauty of nature at the Danjugan Island Tour. Danjugan Island is a marine reserve and wildlife island sanctuary home to 55 different bird species, 6 different bat species and is also a nesting site for sea turtles.

Our guests may snorkel at one of the 5 lagoons with diverse coral reefs (as diverse as the Great Barrier reef of Australia -imagine that!).
We're all in for a lovely treat as we cap off the perfect weekend with a relaxing massage at the Ayu Spa of Punta Bulata. Yes, this is included with your package!
Save the date and book your airline tickets early for June 28-30.  A fun-filled island weekend await those who wander with FLOW.
Retreat Package Inclusions
3D2N Quad accommodations
Roundtrip transfers: Airport to Resort
2 Yoga classes (Vinyasa and Yin)
1 hour massage (oh yeaaahhh!!)
Green Smoothie and Live Food snacks workshop
Danjugan Island Tour
Flow shirt Goodie Bag with treats from sponsors: Moringana, Belo Essentials Sun Expert, STRIP, Browhaus, Rawlicious, The Juice Barista, Breville, Team Manila, Cutieverse

Email or fill up registration form at to sign up! Retreat package rate is P8,860.

Flow Luxe Yoga Escape Weekend Retreat is sponsored by Moringana, Belo Essentials Sun Expert, Strip, Browhaus, Rawlicious, Nyogi Coconut Water, The Juice Barista, Breville, Lagu, Team Manila, Cutieverse and Travel Magazine.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Seek The Uniq

Borba Orange Cover Up w/ my FLOW eco tote 
Summer is obviously my favorite season and I thank God for my country, the Philippine Islands. I am to embrace this season almost all-year by geographical default. What a gift!

Another divine intervention is the arrival of Seek The Uniq"an online destination for chic, unique, and carefully edited pieces produced in small quantities. While we have nothing against run-of-the-mill, here we seek and present alternatives: beautiful products that are made even more so because of the stories behind it."

To me, STU is an online boutique of all things beautiful (accessories, home, bags and fashion) perfectly paired with our tropical climate! On this blog post are some their most coveted pieces which I used in the recent FLOW Surf Yoga Samba Weeked Retreat in Boracay.

Cruz Alta Orange Cover Up

Their mantra, "Live Like You're Always on Vacation", reminds me! Seriously, I've moved to Palawan once-upon-a-time, teach yoga and organize weekend retreats. Who knows what tomorrow brings?!

In my Panda shades and Cruz Torres Chevron Cover Up

Cruz Alta Orange cover up w/ repurposed t-shirt cloth necklace by Candy Reyes
Parana White Cover Up

Oh, and because packaging ALWAYS matters, look at the personalized, handmade and creative loot you receive for your orders. Don't you just adore anything DIY-ed!

Seek The Uniq
Twitter @SeekTheUniq
Instagram @ShopSeekTheUniq

Friday, May 17, 2013

Feel Good Flow Boracay 2013

One thing I love about my job is that I help inspire people towards a healthier lifestyle. Being a yoga teacher and retreat organizer empowers myself and others I meet to make cleaner and greener choices. It's inevitable. When you become mindful of your physical body, thoughts and emotions, you will naturally gravitate towards people/things/experiences that will heighten your 'feel good moments'. Nodding now, ya?

Here are photos from a 'feel-good' FLOW retreat by Fil-Am, Stephanie Torres of Infinite Satori who came along the FLOW bandwagon while she was traveling all over the Philippines.

Rocket Yogi and PSA Surfer, Bri Manglapus sporting a Zobha bra top from Aura Athletica, teaches a challenging Vinyasa Flow class facing the ocean.
Triangle Pose or Trikonasana against Coconut Trees. Aaah such is life in an island paradise....

Cheers! After yoga flow drinking our Nyogi coconut water with high spirits yogis and yoginis. 

Yoga + Surf = Crazy awesomeness! We teamed up with PSA's Paolo Soler for a surf sesh on the wave pool of Crowne Regency.

A family that surfs together, stays together! Flow's Noelle Hilario with beau and pro-surfer Luke Landrigan and their son, Kai who looks like he'll be a pro too pretty soon!

The FLOW Team joined Lifestyle Network's Summer Soul Bohemian Fair for a full afternoon of music performances, workshops, activities and games!

 Flow girls being silly on the sand with much laughter and love all around.

Happy Havaianas feet! All participants received a pair of flipflops which we all used during the event.

Sexy Sambista, Denise Bernardo shows off her baby bump as she leads the group into some booty-shakin' moves at Epic beach front.

The FLOW trio on-stage for a green smoothie and live foods demo at the fair. Green smoothies are made from local fresh (preferably organic) greens blended by Breville with fruits and other superfoods (like chia) for an instant boost of energy and nutrients!

We love our Moringana in our green smoothies!
Alessa Lanot, of Life After Breakfast led the Rubber Stamping crafternoon at Two Seasons. I tell you, this is quite addicting once you get the hang of it. After a few mojitos to go with the class, we didn't want it to end!

Finished products!

Toni Bernardo takes centerstage serenading folks with Brasilian music
We surely know how to have fun! I was just telling Noe and Dee that this retreat was by far the most exciting because of all the happy hour afternoons and cocktails at night thanks to Summer Soul sponsors!
Fun FLOW group!
After a night of partying (however you define that!) ... time to relax our frazzled nerves through Yin Yoga on the white beachfront of Discovery Suites. Here I am leading the focused group into pyramid, a pose highly recommended for detoxification through the meridians of the stomach.
Thanks to Aura Athletica for my printed Zobha top

"Just Go With The Flow" - a reminder on our tees on how to live our lives. Never get too attached to anything and trust in what life brings you :)

Aaaand a FLOW retreat is never complete without an eco-lootbag from our sponsors!
Life's a B-E-A-C-H!

Check out the rest of the photos from FLOW's Facebook fanpage album here.

Interested to join our next retreat? We are flowin' to Punta Bulata in Negros! Another island hoppin' adventure for us sun lovers. Registration here. Early bird rate until May 28! Secure your slot now :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Life Factory and Para'kito at Juju Eats

After hearing so much rave on Juju health & detox drinks plus their newly launched salad meals, I finally had a chance to try a it today in an intimate mommy affair hosted by Lifefactory and Para'Kito at the Juju Eats Cafe in Pasong Tamo.

Look at the extensive menu of fresh salads and health drinks. I'm like a little girl in a candy store, except that they're not selling candy (which is not good for you) but fresh nutritious food for your body.

Kitchen staff mix up your ordered greens while you watch. I like how clean and organized it is here! Residents of Dasma and offices on Pasong Tamo are just so lucky to have Juju in their neighborhood. There is just no excuse to eat trashy

Ay Caramba is their take on a spicy Mexican inspired salad. Denise ordered this sans the chicken. Really good stuff, will be craving for this often I just know it!

Yummy Mummy Denise with her Juju orders. A ginger and fruit concoction with her salad.

Blogger Sara Tirona with Bevs Dalton of Yahoo Philippines
David Azanza talks about the story behind Juju. He is the husband of Kat Rempe-Azanza, who is the daughter of the founders of the health and wellness resort, The Farm at San Benito. Now you see the connection. They are truly immersed in the world of alternative health.

Health mom advocate, Bianca Araneta-Elizalde spoke about her personal choices in leading a green life especially when it comes to her children.

Here she is sharing some of her practical tips on safe and healthy living:

1. Eat right and preferable organic foods. -It's so refreshing to see a celebrity like Bianca choosing to promote true health and wellness. 

2. Your skin is your largest organ so be careful on what you put on it. Try to be as chemical-free as possible. She gave an example that if you rub garlic clove on your toe, you'll taste it in your mouth in 15 minutes. I did my research here and it's true! That's how absorbent our skin is and how much circulation there is in the body. Knowing that, perhaps we should all read the fine print on labels for EVERYTHING that we put on our skin and in our bodies!

3. Do NOT use the microwave.  -I completely agree with her on this one. Not many people are aware that most foods in restaurants are microwaved before being served. Make sure to check with your waiter that your food is heated on the kitchen stove instead. Microwaved food is dead food.

Life Factory and Para'kito are sure travel essentials. Life Factory are glass bottles with rubber sleeves that prevent glass breakage or accidents with kids. What is great about the design is that it has a wide-mouth access which is easier for green smoothie drinkers to pour in the smoothies, fruit slices and even ice. Must get my hands on one!

So happy to have won a Para'Kito in the raffle which will be put into good use on Santi. What's good about this all-natural band is that you can wear it even while swimming, practicing yoga, surfing, dancing samba! We used the Para'Kito during a FLOW retreat once.

The 7 natural essential oils (Lavendula, Geranium, Citronella, Maritime Prime, Patchouli and Clove) are infused on the active pellet within the band. This is their natural technology which has been tested in France to be proven effective against pesky mosquitoes.

Here with my co-yummy mummies that are also my partners in promoting a healthy lifestyle approach with our FLOW retreats.

Juju Eats Cafe
2297 BCS Building on Pasong Tamo extension

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Beatles-Inspired Yellow Submarine Party

In the recent months, we have been attending many themed and stylized or DIY birthday parties that Santi would enjoy. And so, it was inevitable for him to request his own party "with a theme". We considered a few themes (which I won't mention because we just might use it another time) until we figured the perfect one would be The Yellow Submarine by The Beatles. 

The story behind this is that this is the only app in my Ipad which I encourage Santi to view because it's a storybook with songs from The Beatles and has good life lessons which I'm all for. So, he's taken a liking to the Beatles since then and would sing the songs with us whenever we would play it. Hippie parenting - check!

So, I had a concept and needed a venue (with ample parking!) where food is mostly liked/loved, and where they will allow me to put together a dessert buffet. I actually argued with Montri on this one because he insisted we do it in a restaurant when I wanted to do it in a home-setting so I can have full control of every little detail which he thought was insane because then we'd have to hire waiters, chairs, etc. He just didn't want an event nightmare. He wanted to enjoy our son's birthday celebration. In the end, I'm glad I listened to him.

Kaye Garcia to the rescue! Kaye is my supermama friend. Three kids, multi-businesses, cooks & bakes very well, does floral arrangements and styles parties now. This woman can really achieve anything she sets her mind onto. So, fab that she owns Army Navy at the Fort because it meets all the requirements above PLUS I get to borrow all of the things needed to set up. Thank You, Kaye!

Check out some photos from the party...

Right after setting up, Kaye joins me for a photo <3 br="">

Yellow Submarine Vegan Chocolate cake by Pipino, Yellow Submarine Eclairs by Gourmandise Pattiserie
All in the little details: Homemade Calalmansi Juice for the kids, DIY Moustache on straws, Marshmallows on small yellow cups, pre-ordered cupcakes on display

The Beatles eclairs by Gourmandise Pattiserie, DIY Beatles invite, DIY Lootbags with Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band stickers
Keep Calm and Carry On Washi tape on wooden forks
My happy family :)
Happy Birthday,Santi!


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