Friday, March 27

Yoga Love Healing Balm



Just wanted to share something we're loving right now from The Flow Shop! We don't leave for yoga class without Yoga Love Healing Cream that just works great for those aching joints and muscles! A bottle contains a rich blend of natural essential oils, menthol and chamomile, to soothe your body after an invigorating yoga session. Use it for massage for ultra pampering!


Get a bottle or two of Yoga Love Healing Cream from The Flow Shop or avail of the Yoga Love & Coco Dolce Artisanal Chocolate bundle for a discounted price! 

Tuesday, March 17

Flow 2015 Retreats


Here's our retreat schedule for 2015! Choose your own adventure and save the date/s!

FEB 19-21
Yoga & Detox Retreat
Bahay Kalipay, Puerto Princesa Palawan


MARCH 27-29 - Cancelled
Luxe Yoga Retreat
Mandala Spa & Resort Villas Boracay


MAY 2-4
Surf Yoga & Samba Boho Beach Retreat
Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel, La Union


JUNE 9-12
Yoga Retreat
Ubud Aura Resort, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


JUNE 12-15
Island Surf Yoga Samba Retreat
Gili Air Island & Lombok, Indonesia


JULY 17-19
Yin + Yang Yoga Retreat
Flower Island Resort, Palawan


AUGUST 21-25
Yoga, Culture & Meditation Retreat
Chiang Mai & Pai, Thailand


OCTOBER 23-25
Yoga & SUP Retreat
Momo Beach House, Bohol


NOVEMBER 28-30
Surf Yoga Samba Retreat - 6th year anniversary!
Aliya Surf Camp, Baler


More details and registration at www.flowretreats.com

Monday, March 16

Labor Day Weekend Getaway - The Flow Boho Beach Retreat



Spend Labor Day Weekend with a surf, yoga and samba retreat! Surf warm tropical waters of 
La Union with La Union Surf School, practice yoga by the sea with super yogini, Drinie Aguilar and dance to the beat of the drums with Samba School Imperatriz Filipinense. Plus we will be teaching participants how to prepare healthy smoothies and raw food snacks!


We are also happy to announce our guest yoga teacher for this retreat, Drinie Aguilar! 
Drinie Aguilar, E-RYT, is a yoga teacher, martial artist, blogger, and courage catalyst empowering her students to make bold moves on and off the mat.

Originally from the Philippines, Drinie was a former TV Sportscaster in Asia when she dedicated herself to a daily yoga practice. This led her to get certified in Hatha and Vinyasa  from influential teachers like Patrick Creelman, Govindas and Shiva Rea.

Now based in Los Angeles her Vinyasa classes are inspired by her love for music, arm balances 
and inversions, which she makes accessible to all levels. Her focus is on alignment, energy flow, 
intuitive hands on adjustments and breath. You will leave her class feeling empowered 
and renewed.

Also for the first time, we are partnering with La Union Surf School for surf lessons. Samba drumming and dancing workshop will be led no other than our samba school partner, Imperatriz Filipinense!

To give you an idea of what will happen on this retreat, watch the video our first Boho Beach Retreat at Flotsam and Jetsam right here.

More details of the Flow Boho Beach Retreat right here. You may also
sign up and secure your slot in our website www.flowretreats.com.

SEA you there!




Sunday, March 15

Surfboard Slings!





These rad surfboard slings by Brown Belly just arrived at The Flow Shop and we're totally loving these practical accessories that's a must have for every surf trip! These slings carry longboards or shortboards with ease and style. Long walks on the beach with your board has never been this easy! The sling also features 2 deep pockets for stashing in your leash, wax, fins and other essentials.

Now available at The Flow Shop, shop online here. Comes in 6 prints!

Wednesday, March 11

Raw Arugula Pesto Zoodles Recipe



If you've attended a Flow retreat, you would know that we at Flow are very much into raw food and green smoothies! We continue spreading our love for health and wellness even beyond Flow retreats, through this blog where we can share raw food recipes you can try at home!

This Raw Pesto Zoodles dish is something we know all you vegetarians, vegans, raw vegans and paleo peeps would surely enjoy! Instead of cooked pasta, we used zucchini... yes zucchini to make vegetable spaghetti! All you need is a spiralizer to turn veggies into 'noodles' and that's one gadget you must have if you are getting into a raw vegan or plant-based diet.

Ingredients:
1 zucchini, spiralized
2 tbsp homemade arugula pesto (try Noelle's recipe right here)
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced into half
1 tsp chopped spring onions
Sesame seeds

Method:
Place spiralized zucchini in a bowl. Add cherry tomatoes, arugula pesto then top with spring onions and sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy! Make sure to mix all the ingredients before eating.


Monday, March 9

How To Detox the FLOW way!

If you're anything like us, then you must have the wanderlust gene in your biochemistry, too. The FLOW girls can't seem to get enough of travel pursuits! With or without our kids, we blaze on with our passions- Yoga, Surfing & Samba-ing our way throughout the world. Thank you, Air Asia for being our official carrier during last month's exciting event.


We recently concluded our annual start of the year detox retreat with FLOW at one of the best 100% Raw Food Retreat Centers in Asia, Bahay Kalipay, Palawan.


In the Visayan language, "Bahay Kalipay" means house of happiness because many people from all walks of life experience just that when coming here, bliss.

As we arrived, we were greeted a warm welcome by the house staff with our favorite summer detox drink, fresh coconuts! Coconuts are known to hydrate the body (so much cheaper, not to mention healthier than Gatorade!) and is also an awesome blood purifier.


We were then led to our rooms, all native-style made from local materials, mostly bamboo artistically done. It's refreshing to be surrounded by nature, letting fresh air breathe through the walls. Your energy automatically perks up. Oh, what an experience!




There is a labyrinth where people can do a walking meditation to help silence the mind. Let go of mental clutter which we all carry especially in the big cities.


Participants were all given this handy pouch, a detox kit containing travel-friendly items which we were to use over the weekend.


In the kit -the dry brush, Gargoyle Oil Pulling Tonic, Casa Natura's Magnesium Spray and Brown Belly's Body Scrub - all available at the FLOW online shop www.flowretreats.com



Bhante Ven Rakkhita, a British Buddhist monk taught Insight Meditation. Our very first activity proved to be very deep and challenging but we sailed on! This is another technique to get the junk out of our heads. It seems we all had rubbish to throw out!


And aaaah the yoga. Monica Manzano led 3 different yoga classes over the weekend which our bodies yearned for. We did two detoxifying vinyasa practices and one Yin Yoga session where we were asked to surrender our bodies and to witness for ourselves the mind-body connection.


We absolutely love the part of sweetly surrendering into savasana while Monica gives us a rub down using YogaLove healing cream made from all natural ingredients also available at www.flowretreats.com


You can't deny how just a single yoga class can alter your state. Blissful faces on cam :)









El Kalinado led the group's Green Smoothie workshop. This is by far the easiest, cheapest and fastest way to get greens into your system. If you've got kids, try it on them too!


They say green is the color of the heart chakra. Shall we drink more greens and feel and give more love?

Simple Summer Green Smoothie Recipe
a bunch of local greens
saba bananas
mangoes
coconut water

Just blend until creamy (no bits of greens in sight) and drink up!

Guests happily enjoying their detoxifying green smoothies! You can seriously get a natural high just from drinking this stuff. You get your nutrients plus FIBER!


Did we mention that BK is one of the BEST Raw Food Retreat Centers in Asia?! Just look at how pretty food presentation is! It surely is as tasty too. Detoxifying through food couldn't be more appealing ever!





And so...all good things come to an end. We walked to the nearby Clarkville beach to do our goodbyes. Perhaps some of us had some release work to do and what better venue than the ocean for this.







In behalf of the FLOW team, we would like to say thank you to our amazing group of participants and sponsors! We are also grateful for the team behind Bahay Kalipay, all the co-facilitators, fellow travelers and soul seekers. May we cross paths again one day. We are ONE with YOU all in this search of happiness. OM

Sunday, March 1

Creating Your Own Meditation Space










One of the things we at Flow practice daily (or try to at least!) is meditation. In our busy, hectic and stressful lives, we need to find time to sit still and quiet the mind. But before anything else, it is important to find space where you can devote your meditation practice as well. Here are some tips on creating your own sacred space:

Choose a space 
If you have an empty room in your house, you can convert this entire space into a meditation room. A nice corner in your bedroom would work too.

Keep it comfy
Rug and cushions help you relax and be comfortable in your own meditation space. Choose a rug and a cushion made from soft, natural materials. 

Choose an image 
A Buddha or Hindu god statue, a photo of a guru or a saint. It can be any image that inspires you and keeps your centered. 

Meditative sounds 
Pick out something that helps you get into the zone such as a Tibetan Singing Bowl, a bell or chimes.

Include a scent 
A candle or incense provides good and soothing energies to your space.

Mala Beads 
Choose the 108 japa mala beads for chanting your mantras 108 times. Chanting mantras help you concentrate in your meditation practice and help balance out the mind and body. 

Calm the senses 
Spritz on an all natural face mist or sip on a warm herbal tea to help calm the mind and senses

Add an element from nature 
Shells from your beach trip, leaves or rocks from hiking or a favorite indoor plant adds good energy to the space.

Fringed Monterey Rug from Anthropologie, Silver Buddha Statue from Nash Pop, Floor Cushions from La Casa de Coto, Tibetan Singing Bowl from Zen Singing Bowls, Turquoise Mala Beads from Mad Sky Mala, Cinammon Spice Candle from Amber Lights, Tree Trunk Planter from Anthropologie, Dharma Awake Face Mist from The Flow Shop, Moringana Tea from The Flow Shop


Some meditation spaces we love: 3rd photo from Still Inspiration and 4th photo from Free People.