ANGELES CITY — Yoga has been proven to be beneficial to the mind, body and soul. It is a Hindu practice of collecting oneself through meditation by learning not only its breathing techniques and proper posture but also establishing a spiritual connection with the surroundings and the verity within to nourish ones physical and emotional well-being.
On Saturday, June 22, yoga newbies and yogis aligned their chakras together and joined with the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of Yoga through “Aldo Ning Yoga” held at the Isla Le Jardin Resort here.
With over 100 attendees, the event became a match made-in-dharma organized by Kapampangan Yogis in order to uplift and show awareness of the benefits of yoga and sound healing.
Shiela Ocampo, Kapampangan Yogi and yoga teacher at The Yoga Playroom said, “We really would like to bring awareness about yoga here in Pampanga. We know some people would like to try it but just don’t know how and where.
She explained that “by creating this community, we are able to connect people to studios and teachers near them.”
“We would like to break the perception of yoga that is only for flexible people. Yoga is for everybody,” she declared.
During the event, Yoga newbies and Yogis alike performed the 108 Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation in a beautiful and powerful synchronized motion.
The 108 Sun Salutation is a series of poses that is performed repetitively in a single graceful fl ow.
According to Dr. Joy Chua of The Yoga Playroom, The Sun Salutation symbolizes universal love, eternity and awakening.
These salutes to the sun create positive impact on the mind, body and spirit. It is a practice in Hindu tradition believed to be connected by two equinoxes and two solstices to celebrate the season’s change aligning with oneself as an opportunity to release the negativities and bring in the positivities for inner peace and zen together with the new season.
Sound healing and meditation was then followed and performed by Teacher Kara Basmayor as certified in Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy and Sound Healing in Kathmandu Nepal of AbeAbe Yoga.
Sound healing is said to help improve sleep, lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and stress. It also lowers the risk of coronary artery disease and stroke.
An experience of deep state of relaxation and mental peace literally gives you the universal sound – “Omm…”
Ocampo said most yoga classes being offered by different teachers are for all levels.
Teachers would adjust or modify according to the student’s yoga journey phase, she added.
For Yoga classes, you can check these yoga studios located around the city — The Yoga Playroom, Yoga Angeles, Village Yoga and, and the AbeAbe Yoga in Bacolor.
You can also visit their corresponding Facebook Page for inquiries on their yoga schedules and other details.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the women confined at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here.