by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, newmedia specialist
CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES (January 8, 2015) — Yoga is not just poses. It is a life.
Former computer programmer Anne Dala formed September of last year Studio 108 along with fellow active yoga practitioner Nathan Archival to share life-changing choices that anchor on plant-based healthy eating, exercise and meditation. The duo hopes to develop Studio 108 Wellness and Fitness Center as a social enterprise that would support creation of urban community gardens as sources of organic fruits and vegetables, and the development of mud houses to promote indigenous architecture, ecologically sound and sustainable houses.
In a media orientation today at the studio on the second floor of Paseo Arcenas in Banawa, Dala and Archival along with Kenneth Materum of Bacolod (Negros Occidental) shared that a 340-square meter lot has already been identified for a community garden where a homestay program will help generate income for urban informal settlers. The lot is located near Good Shepherd, an upland community of Banawa.
Mud houses, inspired by the science of biomimicry, can be built for as low as P1,500 per square meter, one-storey bungalow type, since building skeleton will utilize bamboo. Soil content in the area will be assessed to study percentage of clay and loam. According to Materum, sand will be introduced depending on the density of clay.
Dala, as a sickly person, embraced vegetarianism after refusing to go under the knife. She pointed out she suffered from various ailments affecting her ovary. “I turned away from a toxic life. I later realized why God through the Bible directed us to eat leafy things, nuts, legumes. With fruits and vegetables you can never go wrong. You just have to observe eating these properly, like eating fruits as fruits and vegetables as is. You can’t mix pineapple with celery. You can’t mix celery with cucumber because of people’s certain reactions to their components,” she pointed out. “And you cannot just mix starchy vegetables with some fruits.”
“Bottom line is you have to respect the nature of the food. You have to understand why certain plants are given the color red, some yellow, some orange. Some are bitter, some pungent, some sour. There is a purpose to everything. It supports the balance in our systems,” Dala further disclosed.
The only setback among vegan wannabees is the lack of community, Archival, on the other hand, shared.
“Lifestyle change should be a culture. However, you have to create an environment for lifestyle change first. It would be hard to practice at home where you are surrounded by meat-eaters. You also have the tendency to consume what’s available on the table for lack of choice,” he explained.
So aside from social enterprise, Studio 108 is bent on creating a community where yoga enthusiasts can gather and practice soundly the principles and be able to encourage each other to sustain even after undertaking programs.
These are yoga classes: ashtanga, vinyasa, cardio, with weights, for flexibility, suspension. Fitness classes cover aikido, tai chi, belly dancing, hula hoop, and total body workout.
Studio 108 comes with a Detox Bar. Walk-ins are highly encouraged. A three-day detox package pure juicing program at P3,600 includes supply of six detox juices, colon cleanse, supplements for potassium, CoQ10 and probiotics; as well as wellness coaching. For inquiries: (32) 511.3642/513.4088.
The orientation was capped by a meal of interesting dishes like a Little Blue Boy-inspired “bloodless dinuguan.” The traditional pork entrails stew uses pork blood as thickening agent. However, in the vegan sense, coconut meat was used and black beans. Along with other spices, these were pureed in a blender. The sumptuous dish proved to have tasted closely to the native “dinuguan” or “dugu-dugo,” minus the guilt. Other menu items to look forward to: quinoa salad, honeyed sweet potato with muesli, red rice with peas and carrots, among other green, leafy stuff.#