yoga for life

yoga for life
yoga, life

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Student Feedback – YFL Class 8 Sept 2010

    “Yoga for Life as a program has been helpful in dealing with daily stress facing and living with HIV.  It helps that the community are so normal, even in the reality of HIV. It’s very healing and positive. “

·      “Since I started yoga, I never had fever.  I used to have low-grade fever daily. I never felt so lazy or lethargic since. I feel rejuvenated. It makes me feel whole.”

·      “Yoga has helped me to start thinking about the healthy lifestyle and actually start living it.  It gave me more focus especially when a normal day turns into a stressful one.  It is a very good way of detoxifying…”

·      “Yoga for Life has been and still is a life and attitude enhancing experience. It makes you feel part of a community.”

·      “It was nice, relaxing and distressing. Time worth spent.”

·      “There really isn’t much I can say.  I am just glad that there is a venue for me to distress with the little time that I have. It would be nice though if there are more sessions during the week.”

·      “Enjoyed this more than I expected. Twice a week yoga is becoming something I look forward to and prioritize each week.”

·      “Yoga for Life is a wonderful positive influence in my life. Thanks!”

·      “I feel more relaxed. My headache gone after the session. I enjoyed this.”

·       “For me, yoga is good for my health and I feel good after I did it.  First time I attend this class I tell to my self that I love it to do Yoga for Life.”
·      “All my stress and all the hard thinking has vanished because of this yoga. Love it!”

·       “Relaxing, can ease tension. Looking forward to the next session.”

Monday, August 2, 2010


In Celebration of 2nd Monthsary of YOGA FOR LIFE this Wednesday 0700pm 28th floor Conference Room, Medical Plaza Ortigas. JOIN US for a night of LAUGHTER YOGA
by Laughter Yoga Philipppines.

A Filipino counselor Paolo Trinidad has been teaching laughter yoga to inmates and members of the public as therapy for stress and loneliness in the Philippines.

What is Laughter Yoga? 

Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea – simple and profound. An exercise routine, it is sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout. 
The brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, a Physician from Mumbai, India, launched the first Laughter Club at a Park on March 13, 1995, with merely a handful of persons. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 Social Laughter Clubs in about 60 countries.
Laughter Yoga combines Unconditional Laughter with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.
Invite more friends and experience this one night of fun, laughter, yoga and love.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


While yoga has long proven its benefits to the health of the general population, yoga is quickly gaining ground as an important complementary therapy in the treatment of HIV, because of its adaptability, as well as its physiological and psychological benefits to those living with HIV.

With this in mind, two yoga practitioners and HIV advocates, Charmaine Cu-Unjieng and Paulo Leonido, have come up with Yoga for Life.

Yoga for Life is the first ever community-based yoga class series, specially designed for the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS, but open as well to others who support them and want to experience the beauty of yoga. It offers a variety of postures, breathing practices and guided meditations that are directed towards alleviating the fear and stress associated with HIV and AIDS.

Because yoga quiets the mind, improves breathing and circulation, and strengthens the immune system, among other physiological and psychological benefits, regular yoga practice can be an important complementary therapy to a comprehensive HIV treatment program.

Yoga for Life sessions will be conducted twice weekly, on Wednesday evenings in the Ortigas area, and on Saturday afternoons in the Makati area. Yoga for Life is presented in cooperation with Positivism and EchoYoga.

For inquiries, you may contact:
Charmaine: 0917 540-4247 |
Paulo: 0917 388-9658 |

Charmaine Cu-Unjieng is an HIV/AIDS specialist who has worked on international development and global health issues for more than 10 years. She received a master's degree in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University, and a master's degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. Charmaine has also been certified as an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant, yoga instructor and massage therapist.

Paulo Leonido has been a freelance group fitness instructor for more than 5 years. Paulo is a certified yoga instructor, and presently teaches Vinyasa Flow yoga and does private personal training.