For most people, exercise and relaxing don’t seem to belong in the same sentence. In yoga, though, these elements come together in a workout that both clears the mind and tones the body. Practiced for centuries before, yoga at its heart remains simple: it’s just you and your mat.
This was the philosophy that drew Jennifer Martinez to yoga, and inspired her to start YogaHub Philippines. The fact that it feels inclusive was also a factor. “I am drawn to yoga, because you don’t have to be an expert to do it!” she explains. “Yoga knows no size, age or body size. This is actually the reason behind YogaHub’s tagline: real people, real yoga.”
“I was looking for an exercise that would complement my running, since I was having a hard time breathing every time I ran,” Jen recalls of how she got into the workout. “That’s when I found a Yoga for Runners workshop, and I fell in love with it instantly.”
With yoga, she found she could properly control her breathing, and became stronger and more flexible—things she had previously thought were impossible. Aside from that, she felt it kept her spiritually aligned. “Aside from its physical benefits, yoga has contributed positively on my outlook on life,” she admits. “On days that I feel really down or when I get stuck in a cycle of unhealthy thoughts, yoga is there to boost my serotonin levels, and help me break free from whatever I’m feeling that day.”
Jen soon became a certified yoga teacher, and started holding public and private classes around the city. The idea of YogaHub came in soon after, when her husband pushed her to open a studio. Now, YogaHub is the leading yoga studio in Cebu and has helped the exercise gain popularity among Cebuanos.
YogaHub recently expanded to a second branch, which Jen feels was timely considering the way the fitness landscape in Cebu has changed over the past few years. “It’s growing really fast, and I love that we now have so many different types of exercises to choose from,” she adds.
Juggling time between running her studios and being a mother of two, Jen admits every day is not a walk in the park. “The challenge is keeping the standard of quality of the studio—that there are excellent and qualified teachers for every class, and that there is always delightful service from our staff. Sometimes there are just things that are out of your control, and that means we have to cancel classes.”
Aside from yoga, Jen also alternates between TRX and cross training, and follows that up with eating clean. “When you practice yoga, it’s only natural that you have a better mind and body connection. In a way, it draws you to a healthier lifestyle,” she explains. “I just make sure I get a little bit of everything. I am vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean that I deprive myself of eating what I like. It’s all about balance.”
The balance in important, because Jen believes wellness goes beyond the physical. “It’s about beaing aware of waht is working in your life and improving upon it, and what’s not working in your life and actually doing something positive about it.”
Yoga is certainly a fitness regimen that does more than improves your body. It affects you on a spiritual and emotional level that, in the end, greatly improves the quality of life. Jen Martinez is certainly proof of that.
5 Things We Love About Nailplay, a Luxury Nailspa
Tucked into a quiet area in the hustle and bustle of Banilad, you can find a haven where you can look fabulous and fresh in one go.
Nailplay is a luxury nailspa that was a brainchild of five ladies, who wanted a place that was clean, had a relaxing ambience away from the city, and basically, was their own secret getaway.
Upon seeing the studio, a lush landscape is the welcoming sight. To get into the nailspa, guests have to cross a little wooden bridge, above a pond filled with koi fish. Immediately, it’s obvious that a trip to Nailplay guarantees a relaxing experience.
Faye Louise Veloso, the woman who manages Nailplay, explains that the studio’s overall concept is more in line with wellness.
“It’s really a cross between an ordinary nail salon and a spa, so we refer to Nailplay as as Nailspa,” Louise says.
The nailspa, as it’s lovingly called, offers services such as their Luxury Urban Escape, which involves an hour of relaxation through their SpaPlay Mani and Footspa, followed by your choice of a deep back and shoulders massage, or their 30-minute hair treatment.
Of course, Nailplay also offers nail services, with a choice of regular or gel nail polish. For those who want a fancier take on nails, you may also get nail art done by their staff. To complement the massage and nails, try Nailplay’s Signature Mink Eyelash Extensions These are lightweight and natural-looking, as it comes in three different lengths to match one’s natural eyalashes. And, to round off the pamper session, they also offer eyebrow waxing and threading! There’s no need to hop from one place to another to get all these services done.
For those who want to have bridal showers or a pamper-filled birthday bash, Nailplay also offers packages that fit the client’s needs. The package includes the exclusive use of the venue for three hours, manicure and pedicure for all the guests and light catering for the event. During the event, guests may upgrade to any of the other services that the nailspa offers.
“It’s been quite popular with bridal showers, but we recently hosted a children’s birthday party,” Louise shares. “I’ve been told the kids had a blast!”
Louise believes that Nailplay’s venue plays a huge role in its success.
“The landscaping was done beautifully, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re in the heart of Cebu!” She says. “Our friendly beauty therapists are also what make Nailplay what it is—our top customer service is why our clients keep coming back.”
While Louise is often between Cebu and Sydney, she shares that treating herself is as simple as taking the time to eat well, do some exercise, or get a footspa—at Nailplay, of course. Her personal favourite service though, is their Signature Mink Eyelashes.
“One of the beauty therapists even thought I had naturally long lashes,” she recounts, “without realising I just had them done!”
While Nailplay has only one store in Cebu, Louise divulges that they have plans of expanding in the future.
“I think the wellness market in Cebu is ready for our luxury and boutique Nailspa services,” she states. “Hopefully within the next five years, you’ll see more Nailplay stores in similar unique locations.”
Check out the video below to know the 5 Things We Love About Nailplay, or visit their website at www.nailplayphilippines.com.
These Four Women Show Us How They Empower Themselves Through Pole Fitness
Charmaine, Jane, Ginie, and Ant are four women who take women empowerment on another level. With their daily morning routine of working their day jobs and attending to other matters, they all meet up in the afternoon to do one thing – Pole Fitness. Inside their studio, Pole Sphinx, they practice and teach other men and women about the beauty and grace of Pole Fitness and how it has helped them achieve much of what they are today.
Zee takes you inside their studio to fully know how these women empower others through Pole Fitness.
Get That Glow Up at Rustan’s Beauty Addict
Cebu’s favorite annual celebration of skincare, haircare, fragrance, makeup and all things beauty is back for its fourth run this Thursday, October 10 in Rustan’s Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu.
Heads up, Beauty Addicts! The metro’s favorite annual celebration of skincare, haircare, fragrance, makeup and all things beauty is back for its fourth run. Say hello to Rustan’s Beauty Addict’s 2019 iteration: the GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival. Happening on October 10 at Rustan’s Cebu, the first-of-its-kind festival brings together beauty gurus, skinfluencers and makeup aficionados alike in a celebration of two things we’re guilty of loving most: beauty and music.
READY, SET, GLOW
Music has long been recognized as an avenue for self-expression and freedom, which makes it the perfect counterpart to the color, spirit and playfulness of the beauty realm. The GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival joins these creative forces to fashion an all-new Beauty Addict experience.
For Beauty Addict 2019, Rustan’s Cebu as we know it will transform into a wonderland of bright lights, fun installations and vibrant palettes, setting the scene for a festival getaway right in the heart of the city. Attendees can shop Rustan’s the Beauty Source’s ever-growing roster of beauty brands including CHANEL, La Prairie, Clarins, Jo Malone, Perricone, Nuxe, MAC, L’Occitane, Phyto, Diptyque, Jane Iredale, Stila, Deborah Lippmann, Acca Kappa, among others.
There will also be activity booths where Beauty Addicts in attendance can amp up their festival-worthy looks even further with a sprinkling of glitter, braid bar or an additional pop of color. Photo walls and a ball pool made specifically for snaps and Boomerangs will also ensure plenty of ‘gramming opportunities. To add more flair to your posts exclusive Beauty Addict Glow Instagram stickers, wallpapers and quizzes are available for your use!
That’s not all: what good is a festival without music? Live performances by DJ Gio Visitacion, The Wonggoys and Pandora await GLOW-goers. In between sets, attendees can listen to the specially curated Rustan’s Beauty Addict: GLOW Spotify Playlist (bit.ly/RustansBeautyandBeats) as they post away on social media from the comfort of the lounge and cocktail area.
DEALS, DISCOUNTS AND DIGITAL DELIGHTS
Making the Beauty Addict experience even better for shoppers this year, Rustan’s the Beauty Source is delivering on the digital front, too. Generating more buzz for the annual celebration of all things beauty, Rustan’s has created a variety of exclusive Beauty Addict Glow Instagram stickers, wallpapers and quizzes for Beauty Addicts to enjoy.
This year’s event also marks the launch of the Beauty Addict mobile app. Simply download the Rustan’s FSP App on Google Play or the App Store and instantly gain access to all your Beauty Addict card privileges! Points earned on purchases made during the event can now be credited through the mobile app.
Any purchase made during the GLOW Beauty and Beats Festival promises an automatic Beauty Addict membership. For existing Beauty Addict members, we encourage you to download the app to get a 50-point reward equivalent to a Php10,000 purchase. Even better, points earned by members from purchases made on the day of the event will be multiplied by 10!
This year’s celebration is in partnership with Metrobank Femme Visa and Metrobank Femme Signature Visa. Guaranteed to be bigger and grander this time around, don’t miss out on taking special snaps and make sure to have your photos taken by Sweet Escape Photography. Enjoy drinks and cocktails from local craft beer brand Engkanto Brewery.
Keep up with the latest deals, promos and brand offerings by following Rustan’s the Beauty Source on Facebook and Instagram (@RustanstheBeautySource) or visiting their official website at Rustans-thebeautysource.com
Follow and listen to the curated Glow Beauty and Beats Spotify playlist here: bit.ly/RustansBeautyandBeats
Official hashtags: #RustansBeautyAddict #RustansTheBeautySource and tag us @rustansthebeautysource