Attend: Global Mala Manila 2015

GlobalMala2015

Manila, Philippines

Another year goes by, and the Global Mala Project grows bigger and bigger in Manila. People always ask me if there’s a yoga community in the Philippines, and this event is something I tell them to check out.

This year’s event is lined up for September 26, 2015 at Whitespace. It’s going to be a full day of amazing yoga sessions and talks. I was so thrilled to see this come together last year and am really looking forward to being home for this. <3

Tickets go on sale Aug 26. (P650 pesos for early bird rate, P750 pesos for regular tickets). 100% of the proceeds will go to this year’s beneficiary, Children’s International.

More details on @globalmalamanila

Watch: My Last Days | Meet Christopher Aiff

“The decision to be positive is not one that disregards or belittles the sadness that exists. It is rather a conscious choice to focus on the good and to cultivate happiness–genuine happiness.

Happiness is not a limited resource.

And when we devote our energy and time to trivial matters, and choose to stress over things that ultimately are insignificant. From that point, we perpetuate our own sadness, and we lose sight of the things that really make us happy and rationalize our way out of doing amazing things.”

– Christopher Aiff

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Wise words from a beautiful soul. May this post help remind us that life is not to be wasted on things that are trivial. Focusing on what truly matters on a daily basis and staying present to the gifts that life has to offer. xxx

Explore: Kubrick


A few weeks ago, my friend took me to Kubrick, a bookstore-cafe that’s off my usual beaten path. Located in Yau Ma Tei, connected to the art house Broadway Cinematheque, this store had a charming air of authenticity and character that was so refreshing to walk into.

I am such a bookworm, and found myself digging into the stacks and stacks of obscure titles that I wouldn’t normally see in other bookstores. The reading culture has changed so much, with some bookstores focusing on only selling best-sellers (it’s a business after all), to the instant gratification attention span of people reading tweets/facebook/online media.

Digging into a good book requires time. It requires depth. It requires you to lock yourself away and get lost in something. Some people don’t do that anymore because they either don’t have the time, or they don’t care. (*cries inside!*)

But this place really brought me back to why I love reading. I love digesting words and thoughts. I love imagining things. But most of all, I love the smell of paper.

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Watch: Small Steps to More Happiness

Here is a little break from the real world to have some real talk.

I stumbled upon this video last night because I realized I have been quite busy and started to feel unbalanced. Making sure that your still on the path to happiness is so important and shouldn’t be left on the back burner just because one is “too busy.” Think about it, will it really matter a year from now? Ten years from now?

My work keeps me busy and definitely fuels me creatively and financially, but I recognize there are other things that fuel me intensely. Having authentic relationships, being honest and connecting with people, helping people through conversation- these things fuel me in other ways that are important to me and keep me on path.

Everyday, I let go of what no longer serves me. What my ego thinks I should do, how I should appear… that is really a complete waste of time. I’ve started to care less and just focus on what I want in my life and what I want to build for myself.

It feels amazing. The inner work feels amazing just as much as the outer work.