I’d been subscribed to FLOW (SurfYogaSamba) on Facebook for a while now, but have never actually joined any of their events. FLOW was started by three girls who wanted to share each of their interests with each other and with others—Monica Eleazar-Manzano (yoga), Noelle Hilario (surf), and Denise Gonzales (samba). It might be a surprising combination for others, but each “arm” of FLOW, though unique and distinct, is related to the other. Yogis, surfers, and those who dance samba all have an ubiquitous zest for life—something FLOW imparts in each of its retreats.
Valentine’s Day weekend had about 17 participants giving and getting love by going on a relaxing Detox + Yoga Luxe retreat at Cintai Corito’s Garden in Batangas. The rolling hills and the Balinese-Thai-Indian-inspired architecture of the secluded resort was the perfect spot for tuning out of the city and just getting back to basics.
It was a pretty steady way to spend the weekend, with the main activities being a Green Smoothie workshop, Sunset Yin Yoga and Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga the next morning. We also had a yummy menu of vegetarian food that had me hankering for quinoa, saba pudding (yum!), and vegetable curry long after we went back to Manila.
It was a pleasure meeting the FLOW team and finding people as passionate about surf, yoga, and samba (which I have yet to try!) as I am. There’s nothing quite like healthy food, nature, and some yoga to help you reset, quiet down, and just be happy about all the good stuff that keeps flowing in.