An hour of peace and positivity. That's what we have experienced at the A Space Manila last week let us experienced the Vinyasa yoga class in anticipation of the Global Mala Project.
The Global Mala Project is the largest unified worldwide yoga event which will happen on September 26th in line with the United Nation's Day of Peace and the Fall Equinox at WhiteSpace Manila.
My first encounter with yoga was 3 years ago when I was in n Indonesia and I met a friend from India who practices yoga. She said that it is not just an exercise but a lifestyle.
with Chessika and Phylicia :)
Indeed, yoga brings benefits like body flexibility, calmness and concentration that promotes overall wellness of the mind and body. I wish to embrace that kind of lifestyle and I tried by doing yoga exercises at home. But believe me, it is different when you do it with a group :) The Global Mala Project is dedicated to promote peace and positive change through yoga, as well as raise consciousness and funds for noteworthy causes.
In the Philippines, the Global Mala Project is spearheaded by Teresa Herrera and she treats the annual event like a heart project. She speaks of it like it is the most beautiful thing in the world. She's beautiful and she radiates calmness even if she talked about the event with excitement.
Mala, in traditional yoga - is a set of beads used to focus awareness during meditation - through this inspiration she seeks to create a "mala around the world". She was inspired by her yoga mentor and Global Mala Project founder, Shiva Rea to bring the event in the Philippines.
For months, she has been working and collaborating with event producers and yoga centers as a pro-bono project to ensure the success of the event. All proceeds of the event will be donated to this year's chosen charity, the Children's International.
Although I am the kind of love movement and mobility, I enjoyed the yoga session we had last week. Although my body was telling me I needed to do a little more stretching and flexing, it was a great feeling to be able to sweat and push yourself.
Refreshments! Always good to down yourself with these after sweating!
After the yoga session, the team put us on a very calm state through meditation. It was my first time to experience such (and although I was a bit distracted with the noises near the door), it felt amazing to be able to free your mind and your self from what was happening around you - without falling asleep. It is a new discipline that I wish to explore more. I am telling you it was a challenge for (me) someone who loves to be always on the move and crack jokes even at the most serene moments.
As Teresa Herrera puts it "Yoga is union of body and mind. When you practice yoga, you put yourself in a state of openness and grace. From this place, mindfulness stems and we make conscious decisions for our selves and our world around us. There's no prerequisite to begin this practice. Just an open mind and an open heart".
If you are open-minded and wants to experience Yoga for the first time, join the Global Mala Project on September 26, 2015 at White Space, Manila.
** I bent my body and wasn't able to take decent pictures of the event. Credit to Global Mala Project for the pictures.
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