Anne Margaret Lim
Anne Margaret’s journey into the realm of yoga began in 2004 when she stepped into her first Vinyasa Flow class that led to the next three years practicing Bikram. After more searching, she knew she had found the pot of gold as they say, at the end of yoga’s colorful rainbow when she tried Ashtanga yoga. She continued on this fork of the road and did teacher training programs with Tim Miller and John Scott, in addition to learning from all the other luminaries in the yoga world.
Anne has been blessed to learn much, to experience much that is all now a blend within her; a blend that she gives a new twist to with a personal touch all her own. But in the end, she always circles back to her innermost experiences both on and off the mat. It is these personal insights that guide her to teach a class unlike most.
Yoga, for Anne is like life, a never-ending journey. There is always more to explore and more to learn.
ASHTANGA YOGA, VINYASA FLOW, AND YOGA FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
ALABANG AND MAKATI STUDIOS
Cherry Du discovered Sivananda yoga under Bela Lipat in the year 2000. She began her Ashtanga practice a year later. She is a Yoga Ed certified instructor for yoga for kids (K-8) and is certified to teach Ashtanga by Paul Dallaghan of the Centered Yoga Institute.
Cherry’s love and advocacy of sharing yoga has led her not only to teach adults, she also specializes in teaching yoga for children with special needs. She is certified by Yoga for the Special Child® LLC and was trained directly under Sonia Sumar, internationally renowned yoga therapist and author for children with special needs.
“From an attitude of contentment (santosha), unexcelled happiness, mental comfort, joy, and satisfaction is obtained. (Santosha anuttamah sukha labhah)” Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.42
Connie Ponce has been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga since 2000. She began to focus on the Ashtanga system in 2003 and was certified to teach in 2006 by Paul Dallaghan of the Centered Yoga Institute in Thailand. Connie has since deepened her practice by taking advanced courses and workshops with senior teachers O.P. Tiwari on Pranayama and Richard Freeman in Discovering the Primary Series.
Connie sees practicing yoga off the mat as the ultimate challenge. Her practice continues to help guide her in finding balance in life as mother, wife, student and entrepreneur. Connie manages the Ortigas studio situated at the Chi Spa, Shangri La EDSA.
Gizela ‘Gigi’ Poblador started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 2007. “I didn’t expect my practice to help me cope with life off the mat. But it did!” Soon after she turned the corner and became a serious practitioner. In 2012, she completed a 200-hour teacher training with John Scott. She has also attended workshops with A.G. Mohan, Richard Freeman, David Keil and recently finished an Intermediate Teacher Training with Hart Lazer that focused on a therapeutic approach.
“Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal.” SK Pattabhi Jois
Glency Litiong began her yoga journey like many others – wanting to try a new workout, needing a new challenge, expecting nothing more than the physical benefits of an increased heart rate. And like many others, Glency stepped into a class and experienced a depth and an answer to a longing buried deep within. Thus began her exploration and decision to undergo a 300-hour Teacher Training with Clayton Horton and Anna Carbonell. She has since had workshops with Will Lau, Joan Hyman, and Jason Crandell, to name a few.
Guiding students in their search and longing through asanas and philosophy is Glency’s focus in each and every class. She feels that yoga has transformed her, continues to do so as she learns more, leading her to help others undergo a similar process.
Jon Cagas’ background in both dance and sports first attracted Jon to the grace and athleticism of Ashtanga Yoga. Jon earned his Master’s degree in Physical Education and Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science (1999) from the UP College of Human Kinetics in Diliman. As a physical education instructor at the University of the Philippines and assistant coach of a varsity team, Jon was instrumental in bringing yoga to the academic community.
In August 2007, Jon was certified to teach yoga after completing an intensive training, an advanced course in pranayama and yoga philosophy at the Centered Yoga Institute at Yoga Thailand. In 2008, Jon spent 4 months in India to study at the K.P. Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Neyyar Dam and the Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute in Lonavla, where he completed a one-month certificate course on pranayama. Jon also studied traditional Ayurvedic massage.
MARC IMMANUEL G. ISIP (MIGI)
Marc (or MIGI) started to attend vinyasa/flow yoga classes in January 2012 when he was trying to recover from a serious road accident. He used yoga to heal himself from the injuries he suffered. He was introduced to ashtanga yoga when a friend invited him to attend Petri Raisanen’s Mysore class in March 2013. Later that year, he finished a 200-hr Flow Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) under the guidance of Nick Heng. Because of this, he is a registered member of Yoga Alliance; and he has a designation of E-RYT 200 and YACEP. Even though he teaches flow yoga classes, he does ashtanga for his daily self-practice. He is currently practicing the full second series under the guidance of Sirilak Khotmanee. He started teaching guided primary ashtanga in 2014 at a small yoga shala in Parañaque.
Monica Cimafranca Uy
Monica Uy discovered her passion for yoga in 2006 after years of exposure to her father-in-law’s daily 4am practice that continued well until his 80’s. She completed a 200-hour teacher training with YogaWorks in 2010. To this day, she continues to hone her skills by attending workshops with individuals such as Manuel Ferreira, John Scott, Govinda Kai, Damien de Bustier and Seane Corn – who she considers as having the greatest influence on her practice.
Apart from Monica’s daily practice, she is married to a successful businessman while being a mother to 3 kids, 11 dogs and one cat.
“The more I live, the more I learn, the more I learn, the more i realize the the less I know.” – Michel Legrand
ASHTANGA YOGA AND VINYASA FLOW
Exploring the rhythm of her breath during yoga classes and flowing with it, felt like a meditation in motion for Natalia, when she started exploring yoga back in 2006 in Zambia. It was just what she was looking for, and it drove her back on the mat again and again.
Born in Denmark, Natalia and her family have lived in different countries for the last 23 years (The Philippines, Uganda, Zambia, Bangladesh and now The Philippines again).
She was certified by Paul Dallaghan, Centered Yoga, Koh Samui, Thailand in 2014, and has continued her advanced Teacher’s Training with, amongst others, O. P. Tiwari in Pranayama.
Natalia feels more peaceful, courageous, balanced, and in harmony after having started her journey.
“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” ~ by Rumi
Roberta Feliciano has practiced yoga since 2001 and completed her teacher training in 2006 with Paul Dallaghan of the Centered Yoga Institute in Thailand. After sampling numerous styles of yoga such as Iyengar, Anusara, Sivananda and various styles of “Power Yoga”, she has found her true calling in Ashtanga yoga. Roberta has taken further studies on Pranayama with O.P. Tiwari, Advanced Anatomy with Neil Barker as well as workshops with senior Ashtanga teachers like Richard Freeman, John Scott and Tarik Thami. She is a Yoga Ed certified instructor for yoga for kids (K-8) and also manages the Alabang studio.
“Public service is the only reason for our existence” was a belief that Roberta’s father used to propel his decisions in business and is likewise her imperative in teaching yoga – to be of help and service to others.
ASHTANGA YOGA AND VINYASA FLOW
B Nakpil began teaching in 2005 and was certified in December 2006 by Paul Dallaghan of the Centered Yoga Institute in Thailand. She continues to take courses & workshops to deepen her understanding of the practice: Yoga Philosophy (Hatha Pradipika) with Paul Dallaghan, Advanced Anatomy with Neil Barker and Pranayama with O.P. Tiwari.
B first tried yoga in 2001 and has since set on a quest to experience it more fully. At conferences and retreats in the Philippines and abroad, she has had the opportunity to take workshops with teachers such as John Scott, Sharath Rangaswamy, David Swenson, Richard Freeman (Ashtanga); John Friend (Anusara); Rina Ortiz & Cle Souren (Iyengar); and David Life & Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti).
Coming from a physically demanding career as a professional ballet dancer, Maritoni was drawn to Ashtanga yoga’s dynamic and fluid qualities. She was certified to teach yoga by Paul Dallaghan’s Centered Yoga Institute in 2006. She has since studied Pranayama under O.P. Tiwari and Advanced Anatomy under Neil Barker. Maritoni is also a Yoga Ed. certified instructor for yoga for kids (K-8).
Her journey into the practice has taught her serenity, compassion and detachment. A mother of two and the director of a ballet school, she considers teaching dance and yoga as not only her passion but her vocation.
Michelle Reyes-Navarro discovered yoga in 2003 and instantly knew that Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga was the path she would pursue. Only a few months into the discipline, Michelle hopped on a plane to pursue a deeper practice with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India.
She was certified to teach by Paul Dallaghan at the Centered Yoga Institute in Thailand in 2005. She has learned Pranayama from the master, O.P. Tiwari, Advanced Anatomy with Neil Barker and has pursued further studies with teachers who inspire her like Richard Freeman and John Scott.
For Michelle, yoga is what shapes her as a daughter, wife, mother and businesswoman. In her own words – “The path of yoga is a lifelong process and I intend to learn it through my lifetime. Teaching yoga is service, helping others reach their highest potential.”
Nature started her hatha yoga practice in 2001 and learned about the Ashtanga Yoga system in 2003. She obtained her teaching certification from Samahita Yoga Thailand / Centered Yoga Institute under Paul Dallaghan in 2009 and has since continued to take courses on Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama and Asana.
Nature had the wonderful opportunity to study under authorized Ashtanga teachers and deepen her practice under Sharath Jois in K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. She continues to study the deeper dimensions of the practice and has studied Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit with Jayashree, Professor Nagaraja Rao and Narasimha.
Aside from her yoga practice, Nature is also a Reiki practitioner in the Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki lineage. Living up to her name, she continues her journey – learning, and responding to her calling to share her love of yoga and healing.
“Even so large as the universe outside is the universe within the lotus of the heart” Chandogya Upanishad