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Mar 14, 2014

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Summer Fun Programs

As the school year draws to a close, there are a whole bunch of summer fun programs opening up to keep the kids busy and active during the next few months. I am surely looking forward to leading a Kids Yoga program at Appleseed Montessori, a preschool in Makati. A friend of mine is doing an arts and crafts program in Alabang, so do check them out on Facebook (Artsy Fartsy Alabang). A fellow Radiant Child Yoga teacher friend of mine is doing a yoga and social skills workshop in Pampanga and the list is endless!

These programs will definitely be a good way to engage the children over the summer and explore their potentials outside of the academic realm. To all teachers, schools, program heads, and the like, please feel free to leave a comment on this post and include your Facebook link or webiste :) Don’t you love how Social Media and the Internet can help save on wholesale brochure printing costs? Teehee.

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Feb 22, 2014

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When Students Succeed

In the midst of all the excitement of the Sochi Olympics, the presence of the lone Filipino skater surely got the attention of the nation. Then one day, while browsing Facebook, I saw a post from one of my former teachers who said that the skater was actually from our school. I took a look and then realized he used to be my student! Woah :)

It is such a thrill to see my students from preschool make something of themselves. I know it had very little to none of my doing, but it definitely made me smile.

So…I’ve taught an Olympic skater and I also have a former student who is the first Filipino astronaut. I’d like to think I’ve been a blessed teacher, yes? :)

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Jan 29, 2014

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Sing it, Sister!

One of the things I have been learning to do lately is to just allow myself to “sing”. Well, not really sing a song on stage or anything like that, but this Teacher is finally learning to OM in yoga class, sing a SHORT line of a song in class to drive home a point, and to just not care what I sound like.

Well, that’s not 100% true. I still care, but I don’t let it bother me :) I think I should get a cool emg banjo pickup online and a ukelele or a harmonica so it’s not so bad.NYAHAHA.

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Jan 13, 2014

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Teacher’s New Toy!!!

At long last, I finally decided to upgrade my laptop. Woohoo. It was a bit of a random decision to get it, I must admit, but definitely long needed. I even splurged and got a few accessories for my new MacBook Air :) Got a VGA connector and a pretty teal Speck case. An upside to having waited so long for this upgrade: got my Pages, Numbers and Keynote ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! Woohooooo.

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Dec 30, 2013

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Welcome 2014

2013 was kind to this Teacher, I must admit :)

Through the past 12 months I learned more about my craft, embraced more of this world, and explored a new avenue of this path.

I am grateful.

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Dec 26, 2013

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Back to Basics

Much as I do not like to admit it, the best way to really get people to learn is through the magic of sound. Especially when it comes to kids. Since I started incorporating more sounds into my kids yoga classes, they have turned out much better. This makes me want to start rebuilding my instrument and sound maker collections again. I used to have a rain stick, a few harmonicas, a couple of tambourines, and some home made drums. But because I thought I did not need them anymore, I left them in the old preschool I used to teach in. Boo. Time to start over. Perhaps I should start with some pickup covers at Musicians Friend. Haha.

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Dec 23, 2013

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Happy Christmas!

Pausing from the craziness of catching up on grades, reading reports, and finalizing papers to greet all of you a

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

This year has been a crazy busy one, but that’s gotta be good thing, yes? Looking forward to what 2014 brings!!!

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Nov 30, 2013

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In the End.

Note: I am sharing this thank you note that I had written in celebration of my graduation last October. It took me a long time to finally hurdle my thesis, but I finally did it! I can now get rid of all those cheap presentation folders and transforms all those printed out journal articles into scratch paper, haha :)

Anyway, here goes:

When I was a child, I wanted to be a storyteller.

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Nov 30, 2013

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Teacher is Back :)

I’ve been so engrossed in things that I’ve barely kept track of this site. Of all my sites. Haha. I blame this on all those social networking sites that just allow instant posting. Haha. I wish there was an easier app that links to my blog I tell ya. Is there one????

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Nov 29, 2013

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Old Dogs, New Tricks

I recently got to join the latest batch of Beyond Yoga’s teacher training graduates celebrate the completion on their program. It was such a nostalgic feeling to be there exactly one year from the time I had set off for my own teacher training graduation retreat. This year, not only did I get to celebrate with my little yogi brothers and sisters, but I had the privilege of being one of their guest teachers in their training where I lectured about yoga and psychology (apparently getting my Master’s Degree had much more fringe benefits than I had expected haha).

As always, we marked the occasion with some kirtan. We did not have a kirtan band this time, but we all got together and just rocked it out :) It kinda made me want to take music lessons again haha. Perhaps an online program? I should get me one of those Music Man Guitars! Nyahaha. In any case, kirtan sessions always bring out that little lost musician in me. Maybe someday she will find her true voice, in the meantime, she can remain lost in tune. haha.

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Nov 26, 2013

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Just Around the Corner

It’s amazing how fast time flies. Once again, Christmas is right around the corner. While many of us may not feel the Christmas spirit, due to all the disasters our world has faced these past few months, it is important to pause and be grateful for all the good that has happened, EVEN IF. I take inspiration from all those who survived and made it through difficult times. I see them still smile on news reports and photos despite the horrific things they have encountered. And so as the news feeds change on my Facebook timeline and people start putting up their Christmas trees and setting up their miniature Christmas villages (speaking of which, click here for lemax Christmas village accessories), I pause with gratitude for what 2013 has brought.

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Aug 27, 2013

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Why Kids Should Play Music

I am currently halfway through my latest teacher training program and there is a big emphasis on the role of sound currents in this particular program. Coming from a Kundalini yoga background, this course has shown me the importance of not just chanting, but also listening to the vibrations around us, such as that of beating on a drum, blowing on a horn, or even just deepening the breath. I have always known kids learn a lot from music, but I always saw it from a one-dimensional aspect. It was what they do, after all. Also, because I was never interested in musical instruments and would never in my wildest dreams think of asking for one of those Pintech electronic drums or what not, I didn’t give it much value.

Today I realized, however, that 5 things music does are:
1. It can help one learn to regulate breathing.
2. It brings awareness to the body and sensations of the body.
3. It allows for better coordination (this I kinda new already).
4. It builds confidence.
5. It brings people together.

So yes, if only for these five reasons, kids should always be allowed to play music, and not just during music class.

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Aug 16, 2013

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Yoga for Children with Special Needs

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Jul 24, 2013

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Wishing for Summer….

Gosh, it’s only July and already I’m wishing for summer. While I do acknowledge that this year has gone by so quickly, I am anticipating summer break like anything. Well, I guess it’s not just summer break, but a break in general. I want to just veg in front of the television and not think about anything, if that is okay. I wanna flip through the random cable channels and relax. Since I’ve been watching shows on my laptop more than anything, maybe I should check out those direct TV and online streaming packages such as the one sky offers. So yes, getting back to the point, I am so wishing for my summer holiday so I can just do that…

Don’t get me wrong: I love my job. Or Jobs, should I say. I love doing what I do, especially at the university, however, it can get really, really exhausting. It’s not the amount of work, I think, because it’s still the same as before. I think it’s more of the way I am expending my energy. Being a highly introverted person, I relish my alone time and need that to recharge. This does not mean I don’t want to be around others, mind you, but when I don’t have time to just check in and settle into myself, it gets overwhelming. Add to this, the cold, damp and rainy weather is getting to me. Boo.

However since I cannot be on a summer break now, I have decided to take a break from my busy schedule and just watch you tube all day long today. See you tomorrow. Haha.

 

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Jul 21, 2013

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Missing Divi!

My cousin posted a photo the other day of party favors that she had gotten for her daughter’s birthday party at Manila’s budget shopping haven, Divisoria and I suddenly missed going there!!! Sure, it’s not the prettiest of places and it is like one big giant marketplace, but the prices sure make the trip worthwhile! When I was still teaching, I’d get birthday presents, moving up day tokens and even ballet recital gifts there at amazingly affordable prices! The best part of it all: the students would always love them! Of course, as with anything, careful caution must be observed as sometimes the stuff is not the best quality materials, teehee.

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Jul 6, 2013

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Modern Day Classroom Presentations

Earlier in the trimester I encountered my first technology glitch.  Let me backtrack a bit…I am one of those teachers who rely heavily on modern technology. Whether it is a powerpoint presentation, a video montage or what not, I like to use these gadgets because it serves me well. Heck, if I could use those Web To Print Workflow programs, I would create infographics and the like for notes! However, for some reason, the internet decided to fail on me in the middle of class and I could not access my dropbox account hence my presentation was lost in cyberspace! GAAAH!

But yes: modern technology almost saved me too. I borrowed a document reader, hooked it up to a projector and it was my intention to place my iphone underneath it and project it to the screen! Lucky for me, at the last minute, things fell into place! I didn’t need plan B, but I sure should give it a try soon!

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