Say Aum to Wellness with ECHOyoga Shala

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It is my new mission to focus on my healing (from chronic migraine) and adapt a more holistic lifestyle. A month ago, I’ve been contemplating on taking up a yoga practice and have been asking friends if there is a center that can guide me as I address my migraine and weight issues (I need to lose at least 20 to 30 lbs to regain my strength and balance). And so, the timing couldn’t be more perfect when my friend Janice Lim of Roller Coaster Ride invited me to be one of the participants in last Saturday’s yoga session for bloggers. I am deeply honored and grateful to meet the wonderful people behind ECHOyoga Shala. 

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Here’s a background of ECHOyoga Shala:

ECHOyoga is the wellness side of ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle, the green retail store. ECHO means Empowerment Care Health and Oneness. Jeannie Javelosa co-owner of ECHOstore has been teaching yoga for close to 15 years, and with her co-teacher Marilen Elizalde, launched ECHOyoga five years back, offering weekly and corporate classes. Today, the two certified yoga teachers bring their passion for holistic living through yoga in a new space called ECHOyoga Shala, located in Kalayaan Avenue, behind Rockwell in Makati.

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“Launching ECHOyoga Shala in a new space is for me, a natural extension and addition to support ECHOstore’s philosophy of a sustainable lifestyle. Yoga is my disciplined practice that holistically connects the Body, Mind and Spirit.” – Jeannie Javelosa
Photo courtesy of ECHOyoga Shala

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“Yoga has always been my grounding that brings me to my center, especially with my life as a busy mother, homemaker and wife. Through teaching yoga, I expand my awareness and can share this beautiful practice with many.” – Marilen Elizalde
Photo courtesy of ECHOyoga Shala

Their core values: Empowerment, CareHealthOneness

What I love about ECHOyoga Shala is that their space not only conducts yoga classes. They offer a holistic approach to a sustainable lifestyle, strengthen community collaborations and bring a deeper understanding of yoga practice. This is exactly what I need! The main aim of their classes  is for students to “develop a strong healthy Body, a steady focused Mind, a compassionate Heart“. Their teaching philosophy is grounded on the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga seeking to “develop the inner change so outward action can manifest in a constructive and sustainable life lived with meaning.”

The Shala interiors
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It is open daily, from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm with five daily classes, weekend schedules and workshops plus a daily early morning Self Practice space. Yoga in all its varied expressions will be offered to beginners, intermediate and advanced students classes like Gentle Flow, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Power Yoga.

ECHOyoga Shala’s thrust to go beyond just the physical practice of yoga as exercise includes sessions on Meditation, Breath Control (Pranayama) for distressing, and even “Off the Mat” community talks are led by certified and trained yoga teachers, with international experiences. Other offerings include counseling and life coaching sessions, and body-energy work therapies.

If yoga is to be embraced for a sustainable lifestyle, ECHOyoga Shala’s classes, sessions, workshop, community talks are sequenced and offered to guide the students in their yoga practice and discipline to develop a strong healthy Body, a steady focused Mind, a compassionate Heart. The ultimate goal is the development of a personal Self-Practice and tools that can be used for a deeper appreciation of life.

 

Our group had the Gentle Flow. All of us felt energized, rejuvenated and a bit sore at the same after the session. But we all agreed that it was a great session and we want to have another session again. As for me, I just bought my own yoga mat earlier and I can’t wait for it to be delivered! (Note: I bought it online to minimize the stress of going to the mall. Or shall I say, to minimize the risk of buying other non-essential stuff at the mall).

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Our group with Teachers Jeannie, Marilen and Evelyn
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Here we are doing the savasana pose
Photo courtesy of ECHOyoga Shala

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Jeannie doing the upavishta pose
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Jeannie says:

  • Yoga is not a competition
  • Just listen to your body and give it time to open up
  • Give yoga a chance by committing to it for at least two months
  • Whatever we learn in yoga, we can apply it in our everyday lives. The basic breathing technique alone can help us in a lot of everyday scenarios – getting impatient sometimes with things, having too many tasks at hand etc.

“there should be no demarcation between the yoga mat and life”

Thank you so much ECHOyoga Shala for opening your doors to us and sharing your yoga philosphy!

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The ECHOyoga Shala teachers
Photo courtesy of ECHOyoga Shala

 

Photos courtesy of ECHOyoga Shala

For those of you who are are interested, ECHOyoga Shala offers not just yoga classes but also acupuncture, reflexology and counselling. Below are some of their upcoming workshop schedules:

AWAKENING THE SUBTLE ENERGY BODY (these were March workshops which will be repeated April and May due to request of students)

The Friday night sessions are special one-off workshops for both beginners and practitioners willing to go deeper in their experience of “being” human and alive. The sessions are created to awaken the energies of the subtle bodies:

  • Pranayama and Meditation
  • Sound and Meditation
  • Chakra Cleansing Meditation
  • Manifesting through the Chakras
  • Yin Rhythms and Meditation

ECHOyoga Shala’s DEP (Deepening Education Programs)
April and May / Saturday afternoons /4-6 pm (Or unless otherwise scheduled with the teacher)

  • Program A: Reiki (in the Usui Reiki Ryoho Japanese tradition) Level 1 and 2
  • Program B: Reiki Level 3 (Mastership Program)
  • Program C: The Beginner’s Mindfulness Series

WORKSHOP PACKAGES COMING UP MAY

A shout out to all Moms! They are offering Kids Yoga (ages 6-10 years old) this May 6 – 29
It’s a fun and unique way to spend summer afternoons of May /Tuesday & Thursdays, 3 – 4 pm

Package fee of Php 4,000
Early bird rate of Php 3,800 if signed in on or before April 15
Drop in rate: Php 500 per class
Eight sessions that will help kids ages 6-10 years old:

  • breathe – tune in a focus
  • have fun – be creative and playful with friends
  • balance – feel posed, composed and alive
  • stand – become stable, strong and grounded
  • forward bend – reach release and flex
  • back bend – be supple, open and trustful
  • partner – have fun working together
  • time in – unwind, rest and revive

To be led by Teacher Marilen Elizalde: Marilen is first a mom with three children, then was a Middle School teacher and is now, a certified Yoga Instructor. Allow Marilen to transform an hour into a session of insight, loving action, playful stretches and spontaneous heartfelt joy.

PRE-NATAL YOGA
Package of Eight Classes are being prepared for May

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COUNSELING

  • SOUL DESTINY READINGS
  • CHILD-FAMILY COUNSELLING
  • AT A CROSSROAD, LIFE COACHING
  • PAST LIFE REGRESSION
  • INTEGRATIVE WELL-BEING AND NUTRITION COUNSELING

Visit the ECHOyoga Shala at

3rd Floor, Steps Dance Academy Building
8465 Kalayaan Avenue (behind Rockwell)
Barangay Poblacion, Makati City

For more information, you may reach them through these options below:

Website: http://echoyoga.echostore.ph
Landline: (02) 956.7119
Mobile: 0906.5063958
Email ECHOyogaShala@gmail.com.
Facebook: ECHOyogaShala
Twitter and Instagram @ECHOyogaShala

 

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