While I cannot recall the precise moment I first stepped onto a yoga mat, my fascination with yoga developed sometime in 2007, shortly after I had started working full time as a corporate lawyer. Yoga beckoned to me at this point as more of a health initiative, something that would be restorative at the end of a crazy day. It was only towards the end of 2009, when I began to deepen and regularize my practice. With the day-to-day stress I was encountering, I was desperate for something MORE that would center and bring balance to my life. I soon became dependent upon my practice to provide me with a sense of escape, an avenue for completely shutting out the world and focusing on myself. My practice allowed me to declutter my mind and just sit still. In 2010, though I considered my practice still young, I decided to take the plunge and enrolled in Bliss Yoga Manila’s 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) under the guidance of Roland Dela Cruz. My YTT experience has been one of the most amazing milestones in my life and everyday I feel truly honored and blessed to be able to expand my practice while also sharing the beauty and passion of yoga with others.
Now on my third year as a teacher, I am realizing that yoga is a life long journey on and off my mat. I continue to grow in my own personal practice and through the experiences and energy shared with wonderful yogis, the students, who I am privileged to guide through their own personal yoga journeys. I find the following words from a Yoga Journal article I once read most apt: “I practice to feed my teaching, I teach to feed my life”.
(Bianca teaches Hot Flow and Vinyasa Flow; and enjoys immersing herself in all types and kinds of yoga including Jivamukti Yoga, Power Yoga and Bhakti Urban Flow. Her style is both structured and playful, always with an emphasis on compassion for the exertions and limitations of the body, steadiness of the mind and nurturing of the spirit. To enrich her practice, she attends various yoga workshops, seminars and retreats locally and abroad.)