As a young child, Choc knew what all children knew: everyone is special. But unlike most of them, Choc never forgot it. So even as she grew into adulthood, Choc’s awareness allowed her to see a world infused by magic. On a few occasions, when she felt like skipping school, she’d throw in a playful curse and make it rain strong enough for classes to be suspended.

In spite of having grown up in Manila and travelled to glamorous cities in the world, Paris, Rome, London, New York, she prefers the company of creatures — scaled, winged, and furred — and the great outdoors, especially the ocean. This is where she felt at peace the most.

Her current life as an Ashtangi, teaching Ashtanga yoga and living by its 8- limbs teachings, allows her to carry this inner peace wherever she goes. But this prize was hard-earned, gained only after many years of school, work and miles logged on a life-turning journey.

After a series of professional stints in multinational hospitality industries that proved unfulfilling and even, depressing, Choc took herself out of the rat race and focused on self-care through her simple passion as surfing, backpacking, music and art. Landing at last in Boracay, Ashtanga yoga found her and promptly claimed Choc as one of its ambassadors.

Choc took a full-immersion into the practice and not long after, she had an opportunity to go to the Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, where the lineage originated. She practiced under the guidance of Sharath, the grandson of Sri. K Pattabhi Jois, the founder Ashtanga Yoga. Throughout the years, Choc deepened her practice by assisting world-renowned teachers, teaching in yoga studios in Manila, taking supplemental courses in Anatomy and Kinesiology, and most recently, held and shared space at Bahay Kalipay Raw Food and Retreat Center in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Here she had experienced many wonderful moments, including lots of lessons learned after what may have already felt like the most painful journey. But on this paradise, she also met the love of her life. For the first time in her life she couldn’t put how she felt into words, there was just pure ecstasy and contentment. And out of this pureness, they made the most wonderful gift one could ever be blessed with. Another soul has chosen them to be parents; they are soon the said guardians for the lessons this other soul has to learn.

To this day, Choc continues to live her life to the fullest, infecting others with her lightness of heart and spirit. Whenever she’s not cuddling and kissing her loves, you will find Choc on her mat, surfing the waves, hiking mountains, or hanging around towering acacia trees with her friends.

…to be continued…

Varanasi enroute to Maha Kumbh Mela

Varanasi enroute to Maha Kumbh Mela

Special Thanks to Marie Magdalena Cavosora

 

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