Yoga, like life, is a never-ending journey. There’s always more to explore and learn. Every journey starts with a first step; Lalah took hers in 2008 while on a surf trip in Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte. The rush she received from that practice was intoxicating. She was surfing not only the waves but the clouds. It hooked her immediately, like a fish, that she went on to deepen her practice and immersed herself in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and Vipassana Meditation.
It was in May 2010 when she completed a 200-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Clayton Horton and Mo-Ching Yip. In March 2015, she completed a 20-hour SUP Yoga Teacher Training with Santosha Yoga Australia and was granted the license and title of Certified SUP Yoga Teacher.
Every year, since 2009, she attends and serves a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course as taught by S.N. Goenka, and until today continues to practice and study various wisdom perspectives – Yogic, Buddhist, Taoist, depth psychology, and other somatic approaches to movement and meditation.
She attends workshops and courses as much as she can, learning directly from senior teachers such as Manju Jois, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Danny Paradise, Prem and Radha Carlisi, John Scott, Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Peter Levine, Deb Dana, Richard Miller, Trina Altman, Sarah Warren, Erin Vaughan, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
In her classes, she intelligently and creatively weaves yoga and meditation principles and practices with her Sports Science and CSCS knowledge to create a unique and well-rounded AY experience that not only builds a solid core foundation but also promotes awareness, equanimity, loving-kindness and compassion.
She encourages her students to play with their edges and ride them with a gentle, flowing breath. She believes that surrender in the asanas is not just loss of control but also gaining control for the yogi has become one with the breath and now knows how to flow serenely and powerfully at the same time.
The insights she has gained about herself through yoga and meditation have been transformational. With each practice, with each passing year, with every new student and life event, she gains a deeper understanding of life’s essence.
The ebb and flow of this journey has never been easy, but it has taught her that yoga, such as life, is not about attainment; rather it is an unending process of self-love, self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-transformation. At the level of action, they translate into various expressions of effortless service to others and to all beings.
These are her guiding principles for Aquanimous Yoga, and are what she strives to impart in her classes today.