Dianel Domingo is our November student of the month! November is special because it is the one year anniversary of Dianel’s practice at Anjali. Woot! Always smiling and willing to share her knowledge, Dianel brings a sweetness to class. We are excited to share her thoughts with you.
Why and how did you come to practice yoga? A friend of mine introduced me to the popular 26 poses hot yoga studio, which was I think about 12 years ago. The studio just opened in Manila, Ph and I was just actually curious of what it is all about. My first class was a real challenge, and half of the time I was just sitting on the mat watching the other students do each pose almost effortlessly. But that did not stop me from attending the next class, and then I just got hooked. Eventually, I spent more time doing the hot yoga and gave up my gym membership. I also explored other yoga classes, such as restorative, and flow, but I feel better in a heated room.
What does your practice mean to you? My initial goal with yoga, or as to any other form of physical activity, is to improve overall health and well being. As we age, we know that we are prone to a variety of chronic conditions and exercise is one of the recommended approaches to manage them. When I joined Anjali and worked with Ferris in November last year, my practice definitely took a different turn. Each yoga class is an opportunity to listen to what my body is saying, improving my self and body awareness. My yoga practice is helping me let go of those matters that hold me back to achieve my full potential.
What would you like to tell others about the practice of yoga? A good yoga studio with seasoned teachers is perhaps the best way to start. Even though there are very minimal documented injuries from yoga, poor alignment can still bring harm to your body. I could say that Anjali Studio has competent instructors who can ensure safety with each yoga pose.
I will also tell them that yoga is a PRACTICE. You evolve each day. It may be the same pose, but your body is different each day. So do not focus on the pose, but rather how you approach it, and how your body reacts to it.
Lastly, the benefits of yoga go beyond improving your overall physical health. It starts there, but as you go deeper into the practice, you may discover something else about yourself. As Lao Tzu wrote: We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we desire. We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable. We work with being, but non-being is what we use.