Featured Yogi: Jeebs Unabia

Every now and then, we feature yogis from our second home – Cebu City. Meet the amazing Jeebs Unabia. He’s a fabulous artist and an avid traveller. He also runs the operations of a startup in Cebu.

 

How many years have you been practicing yoga? What’s the reason behind your practice?

On and off for about three years now.

 

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How’s your life like off the mat? What do you for a living and what are your other hobbies?

 

I run operations for a small BPO startup here in Cebu. When I’m offline, I dabble in arts, I draw and paint. I also travel a lot; just pack a few clothes on me backpack, flag a bus and pitch a tent out in nature.

 

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Where do you practice?

 

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Currently, at the Surya Nanda Yoga Center in Cebu City. But I do try to find yoga wherever I am: when I lived in Iloilo City for a while, I searched high and low and found a reasonably priced yoga studio as well.

 

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What do you love most about yoga? How did yoga change your life?

 

When I first started, it was all about finding a low-impact exercise that would help me to lose weight. Which, is still true to this day, I’ve never been as sweaty as when I do yoga! But over the last few sessions, I’ve begun to realize that yoga gave my brain the chance to shut up and just be…you know what I mean? In my line of work, there’s always a lot of noise in my head, my brain is always abuzz. Yoga now has become my brain-alone-time, when I can be quite to myself and just soak in all that there is.

 

 

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What’s your favorite yoga pose?

 

Happy Baby is a definite favorite! And because I slouch a lot, I find the upward facing dog to be a great balance for my spine. Sweet delicious torture, and I love it!

 

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What’s your yoga nemesis or the yoga pose that you find challenging?

That https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/viagra-en-pharmacie/ darn crab pose (or, you know, that scene when Linda Blair came down the stairs in “The Exorcist”?) that’s a definite struggle! My yogi says all the time “You need to work on your core” To which I always jokingly reply, “My core? My core values? My core beliefs?”

 

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Any advice to the beginners?

I used to think that yoga was an elitist activity, you know, just the snooty, uber-rich people who have all the disposable income in the world can do it. Turns out – the exact opposite. I am just a still-struggling, always grunting, barely-breathing novice myself, you know what I mean? My advice: get over yourself and just do it! You’ll be glad that you did.

 

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