Joy Andres was clueless about yoga until she started to practice Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga back in 2008. Some teachers who inspired joy to teach are Ganesh Upadyay, Tesa Celdran and Joelle Goudsmit and that very year, she went for her teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in India. Upon returning, she immediately began to teach Hatha and Power Yoga classes.
Pio Pinto Baquiran
Pio Baquiran earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, major in Vaisnava Theology and Philosophy in the Bhaktivedante College of Education and Culture in India and a master’s degree in Philosophy in Bhaktivedanta College of South Africa. Pio completed his yoga teachers’ training under the International Yoga Institute and has since worked as a full-time teacher of Vinyasa Yoga.
Marc has been practicing Vinyasa Yoga since 2007 under the tutelage of Pio Baquiran. In 2008, he gradually practiced Ashtanga Yoga and further learned from teachers Manuel Ferreira and Joycee Lah. In February 2011, he completed his 200-hour registered yoga teacher training at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Cu Chi, Vietnam. He earned the title of yoga siromani (teacher of yoga).
Ana’s first encounter with yoga was with Bikram yoga back in 2008 while she was running and biking at the same time. She found Bikram was too hot for her, so she stopped and stuck it out with the weekly marathons and the gym–until she discovered Vinyasa flow in 2009 and fell in love with it instantly. Since then, she has been a regular yoga practitioner. She joined the yoga teacher training of Roland dela Cruz in May 2011. She teaches Vinyasa Flow and is a student of Ashtanga as well. Yoga has helped her become more patient with herself and others. She has learned to appreciate life more and be present in the now, to simply seize the day and be happy with what life presents her.
Eunice first encountered yoga in 1998, practicing with Hoze Arando and Sandy Carmona, the pioneers of yoga here in the Philippines. Instantly, she fell in love. Yoga not only strengthened her body. It was also able to silence her mind and invigorate her spirit. Soon after, she went to medical school and was no longer able to practice yoga. During the next few years, she went on to become a pediatrician and started building a medical practice. Yoga called to her again at this time and she knew she had to come back to my first love. Following her dream, she did a 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training at Bliss Yoga in 2010. She also just completed, in 2012, Level 1 and 2 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with John Scott of Stillpoint Yoga.
Ven was introduced to Ashtanga and Sivananda Yoga in July 2009 and never stopped her practice since then. Ven has completed a 200-hour intensive teacher training course with GreenPath Yoga under the instruction of Clayton Horton and Mo-Ching Yip in Boracay, Philippines in May 2010. She also trained to teach Yin Yoga under Victor Chang, as well as Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga under Dr. Jean Byrne in Singapore. Outside her career in banking, Ven continues with her personal practice and is happy to share the wisdom, inspiration and message of Yoga to others.
Asha is a US-certified athletic trainer. She completed her sports medicine program at UC Chabot in Northern California. She is currently a member of Coach Jim Saret’s APEX (Athletic Performance Enhancement Training, Inc.), an organization that conducts training programs for athletes of various levels, and is also the training program director of Milo-APEX Running School. A coach and an athlete, Asha is a competitive marathoner, mountain biker and fencer, and is known for her challenging workouts and love for indie rock.
She is trained in all levels of Stott Pilates Matwork under Vivian Zapanta, and has recently completed her 200-hour Iyengar-inspired Vinyasa yoga teacher training in Bali with Shane-Christopher Perkins and Nicolina Sandstedt of Baja-based Yandara Yoga Institute. Her other certifications include the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Kinesio Taping Association International, TRX® Suspension Training (STC and Sports Medicine) and sports massage therapy.
Corey was introduced to Hatha Yoga as a teenager in his home in Western Australia under the guidance of his mother and father who studied yoga in 70’s in India before he was born. Corey decided to begin teaching yoga after his world was turned upside down after sustaining a back injury while surfing. Corey sought the help of many doctors, yoga teachers and therapists but was unable to find any relief. It was not until he committed himself to a long and tedious journey of self healing through structural-based yoga that tension from years of competitive sports, martial arts and bad posture was released and his back pain finally abated. So far on his yoga journey, Corey has had the privilege of studying in the Himalayas with two of BKS Iyengars’ oldest teachers, Rajiv and Swati Chanchani of Yog-Ganga center for Yoga Studies, Dehradun. Gabriel Cousens M.D and Shanti Golds Cousens from the Tree Of Life Rejuvenation Center in the Kali Ray TriYoga system. Corey was certified to teach yoga after completing 270 hours (200-hour level Yoga Alliance) at Integral Yoga in Virginia. Iyengar Assessor Richard Schachtel Director of The Center for Yoga of Seattle also certified Corey to teach yoga. Corey continues to study in Australia under senior Iyengar Yoga teacher/osteopath John Leebold and in Bali with Iyengar teacher trainer Olop Arpipi.
Donna started her yoga practice as a fitness routine in 2010. It was a hobby that later turned into passion. Then in March 2011, she began pursuing this passion as a part time Body Balance teacher in Fitness First teaching taichi, yoga and pilates. She took up Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training in November 2011 guided by Roland Dela Cruz. She continues to develop her higher purpose by attending Master Choa Kok Sui’s yoga retreats and meditation sessions at the World Pranic Healing Foundation.