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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Just Hatched: Baby Magazine's New Look

Yesterday was the launch of Baby Magazine's new look. Do stare closely. Aside from the new clean lay out and even more amazingly fit body of mother-of-five, Ina Raymundo, I was mesmerized by the artwork behind. It happens to be a goddess bearing her breasts for... breastfeeding? Most likely! #FreeTheNipple ! Brava!

And inside the magazine...

I'm so very flattered to have been featured in the fitness issue. Thank you, Frances for the interview! I am truly honored to be part of it. :)


And... For yesterday's cheat snack at Fig; I've never had sweet and savory macarons before. Here are their basil, olive and cream cheese creations which rocked my mouth yesterday. 

What other dishes should I try at Fig?

Monday, July 13, 2015

#DharmaRebootCamp: Botanical Cleaning at Belo

Almost a decade ago (which almost feels like many lifetimes ago!), I used to work for Belo Medical Group. I started in their Marketing Team then moved to Public Relations before I left because I was already about to give birth to Santi. I have very fond memories with the Marketing and PR team because more than workmates, we all became good friends :)

Lately, my skin has been dry - on the sides of my nose and close to my scalp. I am bringing awareness of the matter by talking to skin experts. To start of with #DharmaRebootCamp on my skin, visited Belo in the newly renovated branch in Greenhills. WOW! This clinic now has 3 floors and is also the home of their business offices.

This is the room for consultation with their skin doctors.

The room for aestheticians

And this is their demo room where I had my own Botanical Cleaning facial with Rochelle. 

I chose to do the Botanicals Cleaning because it makes use of an all-natural exfoliating scrub to gently remove my skin's impurities and smoothen my skin texture. Rochelle says that this is good for all skin-types.

Rochelle's hands were so gentle on my sensitive skin and her voice was so soothing. I can imagine others could easily fall asleep while in session.

This is one of the products used - The oxygen enzyme infused with pure oxygen.

I was reminded that I need to be vigilant in applying my sunscreen due to exposure from harmful UV rays, even from my laptop and indoor lights. How could I forget this?!

Thank you, Rochelle for answering all my questions and being so awesome on my skin! 

Belo Medical Group
Hotline: (02)8192356

Saturday, July 11, 2015

STRIP IT! Waxing for Wednesday Wellness Warriors

If you've been following the FLOW blog, you would know about Wednesday Wellness Warriors by now. Woo it's a tongue twister what I just said! It's a short 1-2 min video presentation by The Flow Tribe that features all things we love.

Since we all frequent the beach, we headed to STRIP and Browhaus for some womanly maintenance. I opted for the half-leg wax which I think STRIP has completely mastered. I only trust them because they are probably the only institution that trains their staff for at least 3 months. No wonder their service is so on point.

STRIP also takes pride in their high quality products used on their clients.

I should stop scrunching up my forhead that way but really, I was at ease the whole session because unlike other waxing salons, STRIP has the most comfortable process and is the fastest in getting the job done, too!

If you want to watch what went on that day, hop on to the Flow YouTube channel here.

Thank you, STRIP and Browhaus. You guys rock!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Mountain Rose Herbs Organic Happy Tummy Tea

It's been raining all week now in Manila. Adjusting to the cooler, damp climate, I'm drinking much more tea these days. This morning, I steep the Happy Tummy tea. It's an all-organic caffeine free mix from Mountain Rose Herbs. Made with catnip, spearmint, lemongrass, calendula flowers, skullcap, rosemary, safe and fennel; it's a powerful blend that assists my tummy in digestion and cleanse.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Healthy Eats: Vegiezzen

I feel like I have been living under a rock. Why haven't I eaten here before? 

One nanny-less day, I drove myself here to try out their food for take home. Background story: on weekends, we let our helpers at home rest and we usually order or eat out. Due to very limited healthy restaurants and me turning (almost) vegetarian, I have gone searching high and low for more choices suitable to my lighter diet around the city.

On that fateful day, I struck gold! Affordable healthy eats so close to home. Wee!

I've decided to become a loyal customer ever since.

The restaurant is located across Ocean Sky Monastery in Little Baguio, San Juan.

You can find many vegan food products on this shelf and fridge. For unskilled cooks like myself, these products can help make food tastier at home!

Here is their menu...

Scary looking gigantic jars contain their hard-to-get enzyme drink and other vegetables which they use in their dishes. I have asked if the ezyme drink was available twice already but, sadly, I haven't had the chance to try it yet.

Since food orders are quite affordable, I'm happy to sample 3 variants at a time, yay! :) I love their veggiezen fried rice and beancurd roll. My kids are happy to eat these, too!

713 Jose Abad Santos St. Little Baguio, 
San Juan, Metro Manila

Friday, July 03, 2015

Wellness Warriors: Teresa Herresa and Bianca Elizalde

It is so amazing when the universe aligns because you do. Just recently I launched the #DharmaRebootCamp on my Instagram page and here on the blog not just to inspire my friends who are trying to keep fit, but mostly to inspire MYSELF to stay on the right track to fitness and health. It is in pursuit of a more WHOLISTIC me. Postpartum bodies take time to regain their strength and shape. So, here I am documenting my journey.

Is it beautiful timing that Teresa and Bianca invited The Flow Team to talk about wellness? I think it is when we ride the wave of consciousness and flow, it helps manifests your pure intentions.

The Wholesome Table in Salcedo was set as a lush jungle in an urban abode for last week's Global Mala press launch. Craftsmith Living did a brilliant job styling the interiors! Bravo! 

Model, Host and Yoga teacher, Teresa Herrera was ultra glowing that day. Not only is she preparing for her first baby, "The Global Mala Project" this September, she is also expecting her very own baby coming soon. Talk about double nesting!

I took Teresa's Trance Dance Yoga class many many years ago, just before uprooting my family to move to Palawan, Philippine's last frontier. That class was truly cathartic. You move your body non-stop until it comes into this blissful state of awareness. There's shouting, too, as a form of energy release! Try to recall this scenario: You're on the dancefloor circa 1999... sans the ectasy. If you haven't tried Trance Dance yet, find a local teacher near you or get yourself a Shiva Rea DVD. All the fibers of your being will thank you, trust me :)

Teresa is excited to bring together many of the yoga teachers and studios in Manila to unite for a special cause, just as the founder, Shiva Rea intended The Global Mala Project to be - a true catalyst for change. 100 percent of proceeds of this event will go to charity. The chosen organization this year is Children's International. Tickets of this event will be sold at participating yoga studios and through online sites. To know more details and promos, follow the hashtag #GlobalMalaManila2015 on social network feeds.

Bianca spoke about her drastic life-changing shift in her life through diet. Her journey to healing began when she shunned white processed sugar and gluten from her daily food intake. She shared that it started as a Lent sacrifice and then saw positive changes in her body thus, she decided to make the changes permanent because she can't imagine sliding back into eating habits that make her feel miserable. Listening to her sparked a longing in me for change. And so this journey to health continues with gurus / guides showing up and teaching me a thing or two about finding my path.

We sampled the breakfast menu of Wholesome Table's Salcedo branch which is what you would expect Bianca to eat - clean, organic and fresh. 

Fresh salad greens

Truffled Mushroom Toast

Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Waffles

Cheers to health from the wellness warriors! May you continue to motivate the people of Manila to better lifestyle choices. 

The Global Mala Project in Manila
September 26, 2015
White Space, Pasong Tamo, Makati City

The Wholesome Table
Salcedo and BGC branches / Soon to open in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons

Craftsmith Living: I really must visit their shop real soon! I've seen so much good things on their Instagram account and I terribly need a dose of home inspiration now that I'm Komari-ing my life space. Who has read the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up?


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