sound body = sound mind


A sound body gives you a sound mind, retards the ageing process and keeps the doctor away. I have always been a fitness buff since high school whether I do running, weights or other gym activities. Fitness has been an integral part of my life. It has allowed me to climb the tallest peaks in the Philippines, dive 18m on one breath, ride across a mountain range on a mountain bike, etc. The world simply opens up because you are fit.

Yoga has been the cornerstone of all these fitness activities. But yoga was never designed to be a comprehensive workout routine (it was designed for something much greater...a gateway into the divine). There are a few missing components in the asanas - cardio-vascular development, lats development (because you need a contraption to pull yourself up) and muscle-mass development. For these, I supplement my yoga program or integrate some components to provide a full body workout.

For yoga students with specific objectives, such as weight-loss, I would add a cardio-vascular component like a high intensity interval cardio or rope skipping. Even though my addition is not part of traditional yoga, I still view it as yoga for as long as you reach your safety limit, synchronizing breath with movement and being mentally focused on what is being done. Lastly, I add the intention into the gamut - it sets the direction.

Tailor-fitted yoga sessions according to fitness needs are as follows:

  1. weight loss/stamina yoga - high cardio integrated into asana to shed fat and develop stamina
  2. strength yoga - calisthenics integrated into asana for muscle toning and development
  3. abs yoga - developing a strong 360° core
  4. mental equanimity yoga - asanas for a non-reactive mind
  5. flexibility yoga - focusing on stretching asanas, ideal for athletes who have limited range of motion
  6. digestive fire yoga - increases the digestive metabolic rate for efficient and speedy dexotification

Fitness Blogs

  1. Circuit Training with Mild at Now's Fitness Sep 5, 2018
  2. Rope Skipping, 4mins Full-on July 22, 2018
  3. Fitness in Kathmandu Apr 15, 2018
  4. High Intensity Interval Training with Girlly and Shoty Apr 1, 2018
  5. Fitness In Kuantan Mar 29, 2018
  6. Fat Shredder with the Russian Twist Mar 2, 2018
  7. Jeffrey's Cardio Program Feb 26, 2018
  8. 20-Minute Rope Skipping w/ Pranayama and Meditation Feb 9, 2018
  9. Calisthenics with Jeffrey Feb 7, 2018
  10. Abs-Core Workout with Jeffrey Feb 5, 2018
  11. High Intensity Cardio Workout Feb 2, 2018
  12. Fitness Workout with Chie Sept 13, 2017
  13. Fitness on the Jetty Aug 18, 2017
  14. Yoga Calisthenics Mar 3, 2017
  15. Into the Realm of Jiu-jitsu Dec 5, 2015
  16. Water Jar Shoulder Shrugs Dec 7, 2010
  17. Lats Showdown Feb 10 - Apr 17, 2008
  18. Deadlift Comp and Spinning February 23, 2006
  19. Weight Training Program December 8, 2005
  20. Junkie in Search of a Fix February 6, 2003
  21. ABS Showdown 2002 May 2, 2002