Meet Lara Frayre, a multi-disciplinary designer yogi from Manila whose social-entrepreneurial passion project takes her to the island of Palawan at least twice a year. Yes, Palawan– that beautiful island considered to be the last frontier of the Philippines. Each visit lasts a month or two and it involves the Batak tribe, one of the few remaining indigenous groups of people in the country. Her social enterprise, Batak Craft, is an effort to help the tribe survive in the modern times through sustainable livelihood.
Read on to learn more about our featured yoginii.
How many years have you been practicing yoga?
I started practicing yoga and meditation back in 2012 as the office where I worked advocated mental and physical health among its teams. We had weekly yoga sessions in the morning before work and I found that practicing yoga could increase my energy levels throughout the day, and help with my hormone issues (hello, PMS!). We also had daily mindfulness sessions after lunch, which was my first introduction to meditation.
How’s your life like off the mat? What do you do for a living and what are your other hobbies?
I’m a multi-disciplinary designer by trade – I graduated as an Industrial designer in 2010. I have been helping nonprofit organizations and social enterprises change the world by spreading their mission through meaningful, visual storytelling. I help organizations craft their branding and online presence so they can reach a global audience. I’m big on the concept of life as a constant learning experience – so books, courses, philosophical discourses, as well as writing, all fill up my time. I love eating (but not cooking), and will be a happy guinea pig for anyone cooking new dishes.
What do you love most about your practice?
What I love most about meditation is that viagra natural en venezuela it helps me stay in sync with myself and with the Universe (or God, or Supreme Consciousness). It helps me align with my internal values and helps me remember why I do what I do as a changemaker.
How did yoga change your life?
Meditation helped me believe in the unseen dynamics and workings of the universe. Before this, I was a little skeptic about synchronicity and destiny and all that. But for some reason, whenever I meditated really really well and often, things started falling into place for me. I started attracting the right people, the perfect opportunities, and just having magical encounters here and there. It also helped me cultivate a positive attitude, because it grounds me whenever I feel overwhelmed with the demands of professional and social work. And best of all, since positivity begets positivity, and abundance begets abundance – it’s been an upward spiral once I made the switch from scarcity and negativity.
My favorite meditation app is Omvana – specifically, Vishen Lakhiani’s 6-Phase Meditation. What I love about it is that it’s holistic, in that it helps me:
1: Be conscious and grateful of the great things that happen to me and the people (and animals) that come into my life.
2: Let go of hurts by forgiving people who I feel resentment towards
3: Visualize my dream life and get in touch with my deepest values that drive the way I show up and contribute to the world
4: Have faith that all is well, and that there is a grand plan for everything. I am not subscribed to any one particular religion, though I find the Bible has beautiful words for this concept: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
What do you think of men practicing yoga?
The same as I think of women practicing yoga and meditation. Activities – whether they be spiritual, mental and emotional, or physical – aren’t exclusive to any particular gender. In the same way, I don’t expect all men to be masculine or all women to be feminine. I think we’re in a society that’s starting to recognize stark gender segregation as an unhealthy social construct. In a lot of ways, our biases towards gender roles is what holds us back from reaching our full potential as individuals and as nations. Why deter a young girl from becoming an engineer (she could invent innovative technology for the environment)? Why discourage a young boy from becoming a fashion designer (who could revolutionize the fashion industry’s sustainability and impact)? If that’s their calling, let them fulfill it. The world just evolves exponentially when we let people be who they are regardless of age, gender, as well as economic, religious and educational background. The same applies for yoga and meditation.
Any advice to beginners?
Keep showing up until it becomes a habit. Also, be kind to yourself. This is not a contest – this is a journey. And like all other journeys, we go through different paths and change as life requires us to. “Every next level of your life will demand a different you.” If you ever have to compare yourself, compare yourself with the past you, not with other people. This is a lesson I’ve been learning for a long time.
What would you say to practitioners having difficulty making it a habit to practice regularly?
As someone who also struggles to make a perfectly regular habit in meditation – the way I motivate myself to do it is to keep remembering why I do it; to keep remember the end goal in mind – which is to always learn and grow and make maximum contribution to the world. Also, getting myself excited with the immediate benefits (such as mental clarity, happier moods, more luck, etc.) – this works too 🙂
Thank you for your insights Lara!
Click here to learn more about Batak Craft or visit their Facebook page and help the Batak Tribe of Palawan create a sustainable livelihood in order to thrive in the new economy. If you’d like to contribute, collaborate, or would like to explore what you can do together, hit her up! email@example.com.