yoga for life

yoga for life
yoga, life

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.