Makati Shangri-La, Manila
Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1780, Philippines
MEDITATION - Aquanimous Yoga
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All of our classes prepare the mind and body to sit in meditation for long periods with as few distractions as possible. Many aspects of yoga, i.e. the breath, is central to meditation, and many yogis find that it is a natural place to begin their sitting practice.


These practices are incorporated in all of our Yoga classes, and are practiced more extensively in our Meditation classes.

Breath is life but we pay very little attention to the importance of proper breathing in our daily lives. To a Yogi, there are two main functions of proper breathing: to bring more oxygen to the blood and thus to the brain; and to control prana or vital energy, which leads to the control of the mind.

Breathwork is a simple, powerful breathing technique, accessible to everyone. Because our breath is a bridge between body, mind, and spirit, each session becomes a platform for transformational work and healing.

As adults we often lose the effortless and full rhythmic breathing we had as babies and we tend to breathe in shallow short breaths which restricts the flow of our life force energy (prana).

In this practice, we will relearn how to breathe properly and completely. We will recalibrate our nervous system, which will result in an open heart and greater love for self; healing of grief and trauma; and increased joy, happiness, and abundance.

This practice is a seated breath meditation taught by the Buddha called Anapanasati or Mindfulness of Breathing. It is a preparatory practice for Vipassana Meditation as it uses conscious breathing to help concentrate the mind, which is needed in order to develop vipassana or insight.

You will find that as you improve in your sitting practice, your asana practice deepens as well as your concentration becomes sharper that you begin to discover the inner dimensions of your life. This self-discovery, practiced with self-acceptance and equanimity, allows you to change destructive habit patterns and therefore your life and relationships. This is the essence of spiritual practice.

Also known as Loving-Kindness Meditation, it is a seated meditation of care, concern, tenderness, loving kindness, friendship–a feeling of warmth for oneself and others.

The practice is the softening of the mind and heart, an opening to deeper and deeper levels of the feeling of kindness, of pure love.

Loving kindness is without any desire to possess another. It is not a sentimental feeling of goodwill, not an obligation, but comes from a selfless place. It does not depend on relationships, on how the other person feels about us.

The process is first one of softening, breaking down barriers that we feel inwardly toward ourselves, and then those that we feel toward others.

This guided meditation practice is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.

During this practice, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness. For this reason, it is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness.

In this threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, contact with the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occurs spontaneously. It offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions.


Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body. It combines meditation with the practice of mindfulness, which can be defined as a mental state that involves being fully focused on “the now” so you can acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment.

Techniques can vary, but in general, mindfulness meditation involves awareness of the breath, body and mind. Practicing mindfulness meditation doesn’t require props or preparation (no need for candles, essential oils, or mantras, unless you enjoy them). To get started, all you need is a comfortable place to sit, free time, and a judgment-free mindset.

Somatic meditation means “of the body” in contrast to “of the mind” or the psyche. The Soma points us to the raw material of the human body rather than the mind. We connect with the inherent, self-existing wakefulness that is already present within our body itself.

In contrast to conventional approaches that emphasize entry through the conscious mind and following conceptual instruction templates, Somatic Meditation develops a meditative consciousness that is accessed through the feelings, sensations, somatic intuition, and felt sense of the body itself.

From here, we can realize that the ultimate meditative state is not found outside, above, or in some other place, but is discovered as the most essential and profound reality of this very human body of ours, just waiting for us to awaken to it.

Once we experience our body as an intelligent, communicating whole, we will see that it has, in fact, much information for us, for our conscious ego, about what our human experience means – where it may be directing us – and also about how we can live our lives in light of that experience on the practical levels.

In Somatic Meditation, we meet the body as a coherent intelligence with a point of view, a process with direction, a source of wisdom, and a limitless benevolence. We see now that it holds and “wants” to protect our entire person; and it constantly communicates information, whether about our own innermost journey, about what is ultimately real in this present existence of ours, or about how to handle specific situations in our lives. It is a supremely intelligent dynamism, a living force, a supreme guardian and guide in our own process of living, loving and unfolding.


In Aquanimous Yoga, we observe moon days through meditation and ritual to connect ourselves with the functioning of the universe and to make us aware of the effect the universal energy can have on us individually.

Being 70% water, we are subject to the moon’s gravitational pull at different times of the month, giving rise to different energetic experiences. Because of these differences in energies it is advised to take rest from our yoga practice. It is also said that practitioners are more likely to injure themselves on moon days therefore it is best to rest.

Join us for an aquanimous evening of Energy Cleanse, Bodywork, and Self Care.

During the Full Moon, energies are high and it is time to pause and take things slow and easy once again. A Full Moon meditation and ritual is a powerful way to accomplish this. We burn smudge sticks to burn away the old, or take a dip in the salt water to clean and wash away what no longer serves us. This ritual marks our inner transformation in a formal, ceremonial way. Emphasizing to ourselves and the Universe that we are ready to let go so that the new version of ourselves can emerge, making way for new magical opportunities to come to us.

Bodywork is a broad term for therapies and manual techniques that involve touching and manipulating the body, and Thai Yoga Therapy is one of them. While it’s true that we work with the body (bodywork), it is only an entry point for us to connect with something deeper. As a natural medicine, Thai Yoga Therapy, like Ayurveda, uses the Five Element Theory to understand individuality and identify imbalances. As a spiritual practice, it incorporates the Buddhist principles of breath awareness, compassion and loving-kindness. As a physical practice, it is a form of an assisted PNF stretch with applications of deep acupressure along the body, creating a relaxed supported bodywork that allows a profound sense of space and relaxation, bringing opposites (yin/yang, solar/lunar, masculine/feminine) into balance and union or Sattva.

To further integrate Ayurvedic practices into our lifestyle, we will also introduce a gentle and natural self-care practice called Oil Bath, which you can do at the comfort of your own home. Using Almond Oil and Castile Soap that is 100% eco-friendly, home-made, organic and free from harmful chemicals, Oil Bath is a self-care practice that has long been part of Ayurveda’s deep-cleansing philosophy. On a physical level, it offers pain and stiffness relief especially in the back, shoulders and knees. It also improves circulation, digestion, and metabolism. Psychologically, it helps clear the mind as it can have a meditative and soothing effect, giving us benefits that are more than skin deep.

We couldn’t think of a better way of honoring our body during the Full Moon. We’re looking forward to seeing you! Bhavatu Sabba Manggalam: May you always be well.

The New Moon phase is a time of calmness, of introspection. It is the small pause before growth and expansion. This is an optimal time for planning and seeding our intentions. The dark side of the moon, with its mysterious unseen forces, offers a nurturing environment where our intentions can establish roots before their miraculous manifestations begin to sprout and reach out to the stars.

We will explore and relax further with a Lotus Awakening practice where we will induce complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. In this practice, the subconscious and unconscious dimensions occur spontaneously so we can work on releasing long-held emotions that we no longer need.

Afterwards, we will replenish our energies with an Ayurvedic dish to further balance the body, remove toxins, and enhance digestion.

With the use of candlelight, incense and essential oils, let us create balance, positivity and well-being in our lives.


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