“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”- Napoleon Hill.
When I hit 160 pounds this year, I nod and told my self “Where is that 118 lbs healthy girl way back in 2008?” I lost her and the healthy ways. My health and lifestyle was in perfect shape back in the good ‘ol days. I tried so hard but I think not harder to bring the sexy back. It is the lack of conviction and focus that I don’t have. With baby steps, last year, I avoided any soda and I am glad, coming this November 2012… it will be my first year without even a sip of soda and I am very proud of my self for totally erasing it to my life.
Then, I practice running once or twice a week and right now I am hitting the gym as my usual start. I pray to God and keep thinking that I can do it. That I need to do it so I can have a healthier body especially when my husband and I decided to have a baby. My goal is to be more flexible, healthy and active. It will make me happy and all the people around me.
I officially practiced yoga in year 2010 before and after my wedding. My first teacher was Anna Unson-Price I tried my best to give time on this, right after my work at the heart of Makati. Juggling work and newly-married life was never easy for me. Yoga helped me along the way to balance everything, as to be a good employer, love my self and be a good dutiful wife. It relaxes me and makes me more focused and disciplined.
Again, I stopped with the class yet forget to continue due to busy life. I guess, it’s not enough excuse not to give even 30 minutes of your time to exercise. I am lazy! I have my own yoga mat and there are a lot of yoga videos out there yet, I don’t take the step to start it again nor getting serious with my exercise, it’s a big dilemma!
After months of yoyo diet and exercise, I am proud to say that I have been consistent for five months right now (consistency is the key!). It’s better to start right and determined than to be one lazy monkey in a day. I am happy with my development, I took swimming seriously and not think about my skin getting burnt, I run and practice basic yoga at home and hit I go beyond yoga.
I was introduced to this few months ago during a blog event for sexy solutions. I tried few fun pose and all I have to do is make time for it. Today, I took a full time class without a hurry and worrying about my business and work. I kept in mind that when I do this, it’s me and yoga only!
The staff of Beyond Yoga in Quezon City are very accommodating and helpful to all my questions. They assisted me very well and I fell in love with the facility and their dainty comfort room. Yes, I love clean and beautiful comfort/dressing/powder room :)
My teacher was Monica for Fundamental AGY.
“As soon as she enters a room, one can’t help but notice her confidence and commanding presence. “You are as good as the chances you take,” says MONICA ELEAZAR-MANZANO, who, at 28 years old, is more than grateful for all that she has accomplished.
A yoga practitioner since 1999, it was in 2009 when Monica decided to complete teacher training with Greenpath, and in post-natal yoga with Dr. Jean Byrne. Aside from being a yoga instructor, Monica is the founder of FLOW SurfYogaSamba, which has pioneered events that combine surf, yoga, and samba. She is also a Retreat Master for Bahay Kalipay in Palawan. Did we mention that Monica also has a brown belt in Taekwando?
But Monica’s greatest accomplishments are the roles she plays as a wife to Montri, and as a mother to her young son, Santiago Andres, who have both inspired her to become an advocate for Natural Parenting and Waldorf Education.When not on her yoga mat or planning for her FLOW retreats, you might find Monica enjoying a good read, dancing, or at the beach with her son. Her zest for life is not only evident, but inspiring.”- Profile on I go beyond yoga
The first time I met her, as a makeup artist an beauty junkie… I can’t help but study her face and all the colors I can put to make her more prettier than she is :) She has a lovely skin tone and wonderful set of eyes! but again, I am in a Yoga class hee hee.
She assisted me very well as the clueless and scared that I am. I have a lot of fears especially doing exercise with elevation. I had my worst fear when I rode Singapore’s Universal Studio crazy roller coaster! Since then, I am scared in heights! even the smallest ride here in our country makes me feel oh my!
I took the risk and trusted her as well as hammock at that holy hour. My body and mind is prepared and open to take new challenges and I am ready. Monica was very patient, I have difficulties of stretching my body due to a lot of fears!
Fear of my bones get broken, my head will knock down on the floor etc! Monica, erased it all. She made me feel at ease in her class, she didn’t give me a hard time and took time to motivate me to get the pose that intended for the class.
Front: Teacher Monica, Back: L-R my classmate and I
Teacher Monica stretching my legs!
She made me feel comfortable and she gained my trust by her words. I don’t know what you call when they are talking during the class, but her voice and chosen words made me feel relaxed and it felt like we are the only people in the world. Free and relaxed! It is like reaching our limits and seems nothing is impossible.
I feel embarrassed as I asked her if the hammock can hold me and she said “A baby elephant can hold that, are you a baby elephant?” She has a confidence that can affect you. She will make you feel great and awesome! She made me trust my body more when it comes to challenging it for more activities. Monica is like Hillary Clinton of YOGA world LOL :) simply astonishing.
I am simply grateful to have her as one of my teacher in I go beyond yoga because I can see my self as a regular there right after I finish my first 3 AGY Classes.
They also offer Dance which I am highly interested too! Now, I found a yoga that makes my body happy. I’ll be forever student of this craft, being a teacher on this is not on my plate haha!
If you are planning to take AGY class, make sure you are decided. In preparation, make sure you have an active lifestyle if not, take time to hit the gym or exercise at the comfort of your home for 30 minutes. Take this for 1-2 weeks before you go all the way for AGY but it’s up to you. It is much better that your body is prepared for something much bigger than your usual routine. This what I did before i took AGY class.
Talk to your teacher first if you have vertigo, concern in spinal or lower back problems etc. Anything that concerns your physical body! It is much better to be safe than sorry.
It is also important to follow instructions during the class, if you can’t get in the rhythm, don’t be shy. Approach your teacher and ask for help.
I also wore my favorite shirt from Sexy Solutions :)