Monday, May 4

Flow In The City 2015


Fullybooked and Aura Athletica present, Flow In The City, a one-day yoga and wellness event on May 16, 2015, Saturday, 10am – 8pm at Fullybooked Topshelf, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 





Spend a full day exploring different yoga styles with Monica Manzano and Aisa Winternitz, flow with Flow Arts PH Community and learn the art of poi and hoops, kickstart your journey to health at the Green Smoothie Workshop with Jerties Kitchen, get crafty at the Tie Dye Workshop, learn to cure illness naturally at the Homeopathy Workshop with Denise Celdran,





Shop from natural, eco-friendly and local brands and sample healthy eats and treats! Connect with like-minded individuals, celebrate yoga, wellness and good health!

Energy exchange: P750 (inclusive of 2 workshops)

A portion of the proceeds will go to Childhope Asia Philippines


For more information email info.flowinthecity@gmail.com





Tuesday, April 28

The Flow Tribe


We're inviting everyone to join our new online community ‪#‎TheFlowTribe‬ which we have
launched today! The Flow Tribe is a community where you can share and celebrate being around nature and doing something that you love! It's a place to inspire and be inspired.

Join our contest by following these steps below:

1. Post a photo of yourself doing what you love outdoors and tell us a story behind it. 

2. Use the hashtag #TheFlowTribe, follow and tag @flowretreats plus 3 friends. 

3. One semi finalist will be announced each week. 
Weekly finalists will be qualified for the grand prize to be announced on June 1.

4. Weekly finalists will receive a health and wellness gift pack from The Flow Shop and the grand prize winner will win 10K worth of products from The Flow Shop, Aura Athletica and other participating sponsors! 

Celebrate your passions, be part of #TheFlowTribe.

Follow @flowretreats on Instagram!


Thursday, April 23

Moving to Bali? (Part 2)

This is part 2 of the blog series "Moving To Bali?"

We've interviewed some really fascinating people that have courageously packed up, uprooted and moved to one of the most beautiful places on Earth - Bali, Indonesia.

If you have the desire to do the same, perhaps you would find it interesting to read why they did it and their recommendations of their favorite spots on paradise island they now call home. 


Jhoana Parvati


"I found out I was pregnant while we were traveling in Peru and we decided to head back to the Philippines to give birth. I was apprehensive about it because I had an ideal birth scenario with a midwife in our home but going back to the Philippines I didn't know any midwives nor did we have a home. So I decided to have a stopover in Bali to relax and breathe out all the apprehensions.
When we arrived we stayed in Nyuh Kuning where Bumi Sehat is. Everyone kept telling me to meet this woman named Ibu Robin since I was pregnant. I finally went to see her and immediately I recognised the woman who will help me deliver my baby. A few days after that we found our "jungle home" a few minutes outside of Ubud.
After giving birth I and reality check of the challenges of living abroad as a family. We tried to go back to the Philippines and came back here last year to clear out our things and have our house open for rental. But Ubud magic is strong and pulled us back in again. It's not a perfect paradise but it is as good as it gets - it still has the wildness of paradise, we get to live in nature, Tala gets to explore a natural playground, the people are friendly and looove children, Olivier's work is well-received and at the same time he gets a work-life balance and is able to replenish himself by going on motorbike rides in the rice fields and springs, the place is supportive of a healthy lifestyle, and I have access to yoga, organic markets, the beach - just a good mix of Bali culture, nature-based lifestyle, and "cosmopolitan city comforts."
Spots and Eats:
1. Alchemy - For their Breakfast Bar, Salad Bar, Healthy Food and Drinks
Spinach Quiche from Alchemy
2. Clear Cafe - The staff love kids and they play with Tala (cookie points from the FLOW mamas!) Yummy smoothies, too!


Tala and some raw vegan dessert! Look at his tongue, he can almost taste it!

O and Tala have a moment together in Clear Cafe
3. Paradiso Cinema in Down to Earth - Lots of animation films for the kids, we don't have TV at home so this our big screen entertainment.
4. Seniman - Coffee!
5. Locavore - The only place on my list that's not kid friendly, it is reserved for special date nights or special lunch, it has a farm to table concept so everything is local. No canned beans or frozen scallops.
6. Biah Biah in Jalan Goutama - Yummy Balinese food, there are many places obviously but this place doesn't use MSG and it's in a "trendy" street with many shops to visit.
7. Dirty Duck Diner - For those days when I want a greasy duck with Nasi Kuning, their Escargot is really good too - French husband approved
8. Yoga Barn - Yoga and Dance! Plus, Tala can roam around their grounds while I'm in class
9. Taksu - Where Olivier gives sessions and workshops, beautiful garden setting, Shakti Dance class every Saturday with the beautiful Mishaal

10. Tulsi - An Indian restaurant in Nyuh Kuning with reliable Thali plates


Kulfi: an frozen Indian delight!
Mouthwatering Thali plate (must have this soon!)
11. Warung Sopa and Kopi Topi - Like Tulsi, these are hideaways from the Ubud tourists because they're not on the city center. They are in a garden set up and it has many little shops inside owned by Japanese so you can imagine how cute, clean and well curated the shops are!


cutiepie Tala eats clean at Warung Sopa

A complete healthy meal at Warung Sopa

12. Sakti Restaurant in Five Elements - For times we really want to get awaaaay but not too far and has an All-Raw-Menu.


Zucchini Fetuccini
Join Jhoana's Sacred Dance class or her husband's Olivier's Chakra's Healing Workshop in Taksu when you visit Ubud!

Adi Zarsadias




I moved to the south coast of Lombok simply because I loved it and felt at home. If you look at it on the map, it’s a long jagged coastline of the most idyllic beaches, lush green hills and perfect surf spots. We can’t even count them, as most of them are unnamed. There’s an old saying that goes “You can find Bali in Lombok, but you will never find Lombok in Bali.”  You really have to see it for yourself to understand.


Our Peace Love Flow tote has been all over the world! This one's in Lombok :D
The locals in Kuta will genuinely welcome you into their homes. The few expats who live here run businesses that give back to the community in their own little ways. Travelers usually come here from Bali on their last few days of vacation, and say “We should’ve just spent our entire time here instead!” Some travelers I met here recently asked “Was it hard to travel around Southeast Asia for 6 months when you’ve already discovered this paradise?” Yes it was. It really really was. 


Yoga with THAT view!

I felt that unlike Manila, there are no social hierarchies here. No one gives a f*ck what you own, what you’re wearing or what your last name is. Really! People from different countries, backgrounds and religions hangout. The cost of living is a just third of Manila’s, but the quality of life is incomparable. 




Read more about my decision to move on here

What are your favorite spots and eats?

1. Laut Biru Cafe in Selong Belanak - Beautiful new restaurant right on the beachfront of Selong Belanak beach. They offer dishes with a local taste, cooked to western standards. My favorites are the Ragi Rajan and Lime Cheescake.

2. Nuggets Corner Warung in Kuta - Don't be misled by the name! They are a local warung that make Java style dishes. They only use fresh and locally sourced ingredients, no MSG! Their signature rendang dishes are slow cooked with 21 different mouthwatering spices. Try the Vegetable Rendang with red rice and their "Special Salad".

3. Drop-In Cafe towards Gerupuk - Well thought out cafe in the middle of nowhere! Come here before or after a long day of surfing in Gerupuk. Try any of their signature sandwiches and the orgasmic chocolate cake.




4. Ocean Breeze DeliWhen I need a break from the local food, this deli supplies everything we need, from my much needed bacon to muesli.

You'll never guess that Adi once belonged in the corporate circuit. These days, she teaches yoga here and there, travels wherever her heart desires and blogs about her adventures and became insanely famous for her article "Don't Date A Girl Who Travels".

Unfortunately, Adi will not be present at the Gili Air & Lombok Retreat of FLOW because she is flying out to her next big adventure - Costa Rica! Follow her pursuits at www.lovethesearch.com

Wednesday, April 22

Go Green Tips For Earth Day


It's Earth Day! 

Who am I and how can i save the earth one little step at a time? 

The idea of saving the planet can overwhelm us and make us say, "Oh this is too grand a plan- forget it." 

But here are some simple things we can do in our daily lives to help save the planet...one person at a time!


Go Vegetarian Once A Week
The idea of going vegetarian may be too big of an ideal for many, so i propose having a meatless day at home where you eat all veggies and hold off on using or buying meat. if we all did this, we'd save tons on water, food and space to raise poultry and livestock! This is why The Flow Team promote passionate living and the green smoothie/ raw food lifestyle!


Buy local

Save carbon footprint and buy local and all natural products that are made by companies that love the earth and people. Indigo Baby, Luntian Bags, Coco Dolce Chocolates, Lagu Beach Blanket and Moringana are just some of the sustainable and eco-friendly brands we love! Their products are available at The Flow Shop!


Plant An Herb Garden
Eating local can be as easy as growing your own food! Know what goes into your food and where it comes from. Planting an organic herb garden is an easy start, plus having greener surroundings is always beneficial to the environment!



Reuse
Ditch the plastic and carry an reusable canvas bags for storing all your purchases. Or instead of throwing away that toilet paper roll, why not create something new out of it?
You can also reuse pasta sauce or juice glass bottles for your homemade smoothies and cold pressed juices! Check out this site on how to reuse commonly thrown away household items.


Work From Home
Of course time management is involved here, but it does save you gas, time and energy. You can also plan your trips out of the house so you run errands all on one day. The Flow Team meet once a week if needed, but we do most of the work online!


All great things start with a little seed and that is precisely what saving the world is about- planting the seeds in our minds to create a consciousness of healthy living so that the decisions we make are in line with our ideals. 



Hugs and kisses! Happy happy Earth Day! 

Photos 1,3,4,5 by Stephanie Dandan
Photo 2 by Tabitha Fernan

Friday, April 17

Moving to Bali? (Part 1)

We've interviewed some really fascinating people that have courageously packed up, uprooted and moved to one of the most beautiful places on Earth - Bali, Indonesia.


If you have the desire to do the same, perhaps you would find it interesting to read why they did it and their recommendations of their favorite spots on paradise island they now call home.



Jaja Moksha Boca 



Why the move here? It's my Disneyland for wellness, good yoga studios with world class teachers, wide options for healthy and delicious food, easy to be with like-minded and interesting people, cool events, lots of interesting things to do and everything is within nature.
Yoga classes and workshops

Though I did not intend to stay long this time, I just really ended up staying longer coz I didn't have any better reason to move (anywhere else!)

Favorite spots: Radiantly Alive, Penestanan, Down to Earth

Vegetarian Burrito from Down To Earth

Cool events at Betel Nut, Jazz Cafe and pop-up art shows.

Betelnut Shadow Art show


Best eats: Clear Cafe, Dayuh's Warung, Warung Sopa, Bali Buda, Anomali Coffee, Run's Warung and Warung Igelanca for local food. You'll find cool treats along Jalan Bisma, too.

Bali Buda

If you go to Canggu, Old Man's seems to be the cool spot.




About Jaja

She is a yoga teacher, an artist and a digital nomad who does consultancy work for business systems worldwide. She is also a past FLOW participant! She is currently based in Bali.



Angelo Marcos Santos 



Why did I choose to move to Ubud in Bali? I first decided to stay in Bali because I was tired of UK cold winters and low quality surfing waves. Bali provided all the solutions. I had been living in Uluwatu for 7 months surfing everyday and doing my Yoga, but I felt the place lacked human connection and spiritual vibes. So when I went to check out Ubud and the Bali Spirit Festival, I felt I found a dynamic place where I would find kindred spirits.

Favourite places to stay?



What comes to mind is the 5 star luxury of World Class Holistic Health leading hotel COMO Shambhala. I have stayed there on a few occasions and it is pure lush and perfect hotel treatment. It has an infinity swimming pool equipped with technology that structures water, which means it is a healing swimming pool! Perfect place to experience the truth that spirituality and wealth can seriously go together!

My other favourite places are...

Clear Cafe. This is probably on many peoples top 3. To the great sadness of Ubuds community, it burnt to the ground however Brett the owner has been doing a great job at raising funds to rebuild the neighbouring balinese houses that burnt down and in the meantime, he has been donated an awesome space next to Ubud's main temple, where you can enjoy the view, feel the high vibrations from the temple and have the best Super Smoothies (Chaka Maca!) or Burritos (California/Breakfast) in town. Their menu is super diverse with world cuisine as well as raw or probiotic selection too. 

Yoga Barn's Ecstatic Dances are must dos, where you get to meet half of the local expats community.



Taksu is also a very serene place, perfect for yoga, Kirtan or the Art Classes that I used to teach there!



Arma (Agung Rai Museum of Art) is also a beautiful space to spend time in. It is strongly committed to preserving Balinese Arts and Culture. The place serves as part Ashram with many holy figures, for example Sri Chinmoy, staying there and blessing the space. Their massages at the rejuvenation centre are also very good, including the Signature Flow Light Body massage or Nyoman's body aligning massages. 




For a more local experience, Getting one's Mind/Body/Spirit cleansed at the water temples can be very powerful if not life changing experiences. Tirta Empul or the less known Sebatu, are two very special places to immerse in the holy water and experience the sacred energy of the beautiful island of Bali.

About Angelo

After his Anthropology degree from University College London, Angelo dived deeply in the search for truth via different spiritual cultures. He has studied and practiced Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Tantra, India + Bali Hindu and Esoteric Christianity. His experiences have made him sensitive 
to the depth and universality in cultural belief systems.

Through Zazen Meditation, Ashtanga and Zen Yoga, Angelo realized the Taoist integration of Yin and Yang energy- forms of Meditational Movement – and developed his own unique Yoga style called Yin Yang Yoga.

He has taught his Yoga in over 3 continents to hundreds of people in all ages, shapes and sizes. He has been selected as one of 20 Yoga and Conscious Movement teachers based in Bali, represented in film for the quality and uniqueness of the practice, in the visionary Documentary project SeeBeNow.

He has been an original creator of progressive workshops combining Sound Healing with Vibrational Medicine and Mandala Art Making. Through his dynamic Art therapy classes he has instigated countless creative awakenings. 

His keen interest on the intersection between science and spirituality sees him as an entrepreneur in the fields of Holistic Health, vibrational medicine and bio-technology. 

He also organizes and promotes Retreats, Workshops and  talks for International teachers and Speakers in the fields of Consciousness, Meditation, Yoga, Tantra and Buddhism.

Catch one of Angelo's classes at the upcoming FLOW Yoga Retreat in Ubud on June 9-12.  Registration is found at www.flowretreats.com

Read part 2 of Moving to Bali soon!

Thursday, April 16

Why Do I Dance

Why do I dance?


Being a yummymummy of two, managing my home and business- life can get quite nutty for me considering I want to be a superwoman!

Every yummymummy needs an outlet- something or someplace to run to when our tricks don’t seem to be working anymore.

This is why I dance—to break free and sweat, to clear my mind for a few minutes (or more!), to feel sexy, happy, joyous and free!


I’ve always loved music. 

Thanks to my rock and roll hippie parents. 

I fondly remember being so tiny and watching my mom dress up with her giant black stereo with big round speakers blasting new wave music. She’d be jumping up and down like a silly child, brushing her glorious hair and putting make up on. She’d do this every day and whistle as she drove us to school. She would wake us up to Joni Mitchell or Dave Matthews and I’d try my best to roll out of bed:P 
my stunning mum
Bo-Dee-- the couple that FLOWs together
The Fucoys-- my musical family
Mi Samba Familia-- Pascal in my tummy:P
teaching at a FLOW retreat in La Union
My first samba experience at Sanctum, Intramuros. Photo by the amazing Andy Maluche.
FLOwin in Lombok, Indonesia!

Maybe this is why I love music. 

I then fell in love with more music as I married a very musical man from a musical family.  
This is how I was introduced to samba and soon became part of Samba School Imperatriz Filipinense. 


When I started dancing, I was very insecure and shy because I had no formal training for technique. But our madrinha, Carolina reminded me that samba isn’t about the training, but about the heart, soul and feeling that the drums create within us. Samba has taught me to move to the beat of the drums and not care about what others think. So much so that I paraded in Brazilipinas half naked with a 7-month preggy belly a couple of years ago and felt on top of the world!


I won't forget the first time I watched the samba school perform. 
The drumming was so intense that I felt high and my body didn’t want to stop moving. I was sweating intensely and was soooo happy as if my heart was really smiling! 
No, I wasn’t on drugs. 
I was on SAMBA!

And so my love affair with Samba began. 

I drummed and danced to my hearts content. 


My mother-in-law also loves samba and puts on a cd to listen to Brazilian music while cleaning the house and dancing! It really makes your heart a bit lighter and the serotonin produced does make you happier.  Women really need exercise and movement is essential for healthier happier wives:P 

This is why yoga, samba and all other forms of exercise is essential to stay sane in this very fast paced modern day.


We all need time to reset and recharge. 
This is what the FLOW retreats do!

So come join me at the upcoming FLOW Surf.Yoga.Samba Retreats with Samba School Imperatriz Filipinense as we share our love of samba with you- a passion, a community, a SAMBA lifestyle!

 

Join our upcoming retreats that include Samba in the line up!



May 2-4 in Flotsam and Jetsam, La Union


June9-12 in Ubud, Indonesia

August in Chiangmai, Thailand

Register at www.flowretreats.com