Early this year, I underwent a yoga teacher training class. Aside from being a certified yoga instructor, another good thing that came out of it is that I meant and was with the coolest bunch of people ever! One of my classmates was the sweet and very motherly Dra. Cris Maria Raissa Paje – Bayawa. She is the founder of Happy Heart Kids Yoga. Happy Heart Kids Yoga aims to promote health and wellness in children. Their mission is to share yoga with the children, both the typical kids and those with special needs, and make it an enjoyable way for them to imbibe a healthy lifestyle through movement and mindfulness, so that young as they are, they can become happy, healthy and productive in every aspect of their lives.

During that time, Raissa mentioned that she wanted to create a book that would teach little kids about yoga. I thought that it was a great idea. I think that introducing yoga and having a healthy lifestyle to little kids is really important. It’s better to start them young! And just recently, I received a copy of the book that Raissa made. It’s entitled TODAY Tala’s Adventure Begins. The illustrations are made by Renante Ramirez and the layout was done by Raissa’s husband, Jerome, who is also a certified yoga instructor.

TODAY Tala's Adventure Begins

Today Tala's Adventure Begins 2

I thought of a way to show you how interesting this book is so my husband decided to take a video of Zeeka and I as we go through this amazing book!

See how interesting and unique this book is! I highly recommend it for parents who want their kids to be highly engaged when reading a book. The book will be out by January 2016. You can pre-order now at this link: PRE-ORDER NOW!

For more information about the book, you can visit: http://happyheartkids.com/kids-yoga-book/

Again, congratulations, Raisa!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

I think that I need not be worried. My daughter seems to love yoga and she seems to be enjoying it. Everytime she watches me practice in the morning, she goes into her own version of her downward dog (much like just bending over and touching the floor). I love that she’s so enthusiastic about it at such an early age. I have always believed that yoga is beneficial and I’m happy that it will be a part of my daughter’s life early on.

My daughter appreciates yoga!

My daughter appreciates yoga!

It’s so nice to see that there are a lot of kids yoga classes being offered already. In my teacher training classes with Onelife, I was fortunate enough to be batchmates with one super-duper passionate kids / prenatal yoga teacher and doctor (by profession), Dr. Raissa Paje. She is the Program Director and Faculty Head of Happy Heart Kids Yoga. Happy Heart Kids Yoga aims to promote health and wellness in children. Their mission is to share yoga with the children, both the typical kids and those with special needs, and make it an enjoyable way for them to imbibe a healthy lifestyle through movement and mindfulness, so that young as they are, they can become happy, healthy and productive in every aspect of their lives.

Me and Dr. Raissa Paje

 

This summer, Happy Heart Kids  is introducing a Yoga Summer Camp called the LIFE PROJECT. It will be led by my friend, Dr. Raissa and assisted by Teaches Karla, Kristina and Camille. It will run from April 13-18, 2015 at Onelife Makati from 10:30 AM to 12:00 NN.

Happy Heart Kids

 

For 6 days, your little one will do a series of yoga poses and activities that are in line with the theme. Ooooh, check out the different themes!

Day 1: The Love Project

Day 2: The Gratitude Project

Day 3: The Dream Project

Day 4: The Funny Project

Day 5: The Time Project

Day 6: The Happiness Project

I have heard and seen Raissa teach and believe me, she is really great at teaching kids! I’m sure that your kids will have a fabulous time learning and interacting with the other students. The program rates are at Php 5000 but if you pay before April 1, 2015, the early bird rate is at Php 4000.

If you want to know more about this Happy Heart Kids Yoga Summer Camp, please visit the Happy Heart Kids Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HappyHeartKids or visit their website at http://happyheartkids.com/.

 

 

 

Do you ever get to the point where everything is going great, but you still think that you’re lost. I felt this about myself a few weeks back. Maybe that wasn’t the right feeling. It was more like I felt detached from everyone. If I were to be asked to draw myself living in the world, I would have drawn myself in one edge of the paper and the whole world and the people living on it on another side of the paper. What I hated about it is that I don’t know why I felt this way. This is probably why I chose the the word FEEL as my ‘one word’ this year. It all makes sense now.

If you have met me or have spent time with me, you’ll notice that I’m easy to get along with and I laugh a lot (super babaw), but most times, too (when I’m not laughing), I think of a lot of things. I have a checklist, figuratively speaking (awww, I dedicate this word to my friend Chely and to James who were so devastated to know that this word’s meaning has changed), in my mind with a gazillion things written on it. I also have a lot of prototypes in my head, waiting to be implemented and executed.

The world that we live in is so fast and this has become the norm. We say that one thing constant in this world is change, and we have become so used to it that we think everything in our lives are indispensable and that we could just change it. People, family, values taught to us by our parents, relationships, words spoken, etc. — these can all just be set aside if we’re done with it or if we find these things useless. This makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sad because I know that I, too, am guilty of this. I take a lot of things for granted, and maybe that is why I felt detached and lost.

I am so glad that I took this teacher’s training class under James Brown (American Yoga School), because it taught me a lot more than just asanas (poses) or teaching skills. The biggest thing that I learned is that we need to live in the now and savor every moment of it. The pain or the discomfort that you feel during your practice, embrace it for it teaches you to focus, to know yourself better. It taught me more things about myself. It taught me that inspite of my weaknesses, I know that I am very determined. It taught me that even with the tons of things that I need to do, I am but human and I need to simplify. It taught me that life is filled with a roller coaster of emotions and everyday presents a challenge of either staying positive or beating yourself up with negativity.

My YTT Experience with Jame Brown

This experience has also taught me that we are all connected — our actions and decisions affect not only ourselves, but it also affects others. Yes, we should embrace our individuality, but we should learn how to respect each other and appreciate each one’s quirkiness and strengths and help them in their weaknesses.

Two more days and I will graduate from this Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training Course. I am not sure yet of what my plans are after this, but I know that I will graduate knowing that I have become a better person and a better yoga practitioner.

PS. This article is dedicated to my classmates who I love dearly. I will surely miss you! I think I’m gonna cry! 🙁 To Onelife Studio, thank your for the opportunity to learn. Thanks Tanya and team! 🙂 And to James Brown, thank you for all the knowledge and the friendship that you have extended. ‘Til we meet again!

*Thank you, Paulino, for this picture!

*Thank you, Paulino, for this picture!

Yours truly with Trece and Chely!

Yours truly with Trece and Chely!

I love these people! :) I will miss you!

I love these people! 🙂 I will miss you!

 

 

 

 

 

We have two more prenatal yoga sessions and workshops to run. The two remaining workshops will be on March 29 and April 9, 2014. The topic for March 29, 2014 will be Baby Milestones, while the topics for April 9, 2014 will be Preparing your Finances for the Baby. The yoga class and the workshop will be at 2:30PM at the Spaces at Babyland Shaw Boulevard.

 

Prenatal Yoga Class plus Workshop

Prenatal Yoga Class plus Workshop

The speaker for March 29 will be Dra. Milette Romero. Dra. Romero is a pediatrician. She graudated from Assumption College High School Batch’88 Salutatorian, BS Biology, Magna Cum Laude from UP Manila and Doctor of Medicine at UST. She trained in Pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center, Diliman, Quezon City. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Resident of the North Integrated Residency Training Program (composed of 4 hospitals: East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon City Medical Center, World City Medical Center, Capitol Medical Center, and Jesus Delgado Medical Center) during my Senior Year of Residency Training. Also during her Senior Year of Training, she was the Assistant Chief Resident of the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center.

Presently, she holds clinic at the MediCard Ortigas Clinic, at Express Medical Center in Robinson’s Galleria, and at her clinic in Makati. By July 2014, she will open a clinic at Unit 1008, Medical Arts Tower, The Medical City, Ortigas. She enjoys children. She is a doting godparent to the children of her sister.

For April 9, 2014, I am excited to say that I will be the one sharing my experiences in this workshop. I will go through some shopping tips for mommy and some facts on how much you will actually need to save up for the baby’s birth. I will also share with you my experiences and costs in planning the baptism and the first birthday party of my daughter, etc. etc. etc. I really hope you sign up so that I can talk to you and we can talk about all of these things.

Since Manila Workshops and Babyland are feeling generous, they are giving out 5 FREE slots to 5 winners. The winners can attend both prenatal yoga classes and workshops on the specified dates for FREE. Please join our raffle by leaving your FULL NAME, email address, how many weeks pregnant are you and what do you want to learn from these workshops in the comments section below!

JOIN NOW and win these prenatal yoga classes and workshops! I will be drawing out the winners on Thursday! 🙂

For those who want to just sign up and pay to secure a slot, feel free to register using this form: