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Makati Leads - - Scene And Overheard -

This year's Global Mala Project was held at Whites­pace Manila along Don Chino

Ro­ces Ex­ten­sion in Makati City. Last Septem­ber 13, the yoga com­mu­nity gath­ered to at­tend the sev­enth an­nual Global Mala Project at Whites­pace Manila. This world­wide yoga event was started by renowned Yogi Shiva Rea to form a “mala around the earth,” with the in­ten­tion of unit­ing yoga, ser­vice, and col­lec­tive ac­tion.

The Manila chap­ter, brought here by Teresa Her­rera, united over 1,200 peo­ple for a full day event. The day ac­tiv­i­ties were in­fused with a va­ri­ety of classes hap­pen­ing simultaneously across five dif­fer­ent rooms.

There were the yoga classes such as the 108 Na­maskars (or Sun Salu­ta­tions), Kun­dalini Yoga, Ash­tanga, and Yin Yoga. There were also com­ple­men­tary classes such as drum­ming, poi, and capoeira that en­gaged the en­er­gized at­ten­dees with new move­ment.

Another as­pect of the event was the se­ries of well­ness talks that touched on con­cepts of authenticity, en­ergy, and spir­i­tu­al­ity. This sparked ques­tions and deep shar­ing from the groups.

When guests weren't tak­ing classes, they hung out and re­laxed in the lounge area, where dif­fer­ent booths kept them oc­cu­pied dur­ing rest hours. Aura Ath­let­ica dis­played its yo­gadriven ap­parel, while a pop-up café was set up by The Whole­some Ta­ble for its de­li­cious se­lec­tion of healthy bites. San Ben­ito Farm raf­fled off an overnight stay for two, and Craft­smith Liv­ing dis­played its unique col­lec­tion of trea­sures.

Ev­ery year, The Global Mala Event sup­ports one char­ity to give 100 per­cent of its pro­ceeds. This year, how­ever, they chose to support two ben­e­fi­cia­ries: the non-profit school, Mano Amiga Academy, and the Coali­tion Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pa­cific. The Global Mala Project was con­ducted simultaneously in ci­ties all over the world, in­clud­ing Los An­ge­les, San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo,

and Manila.

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