MEET THE TEACHERS
Ginger taught preschool until she found her calling in teaching Bikram Yoga. Originally just a way to manage her weight, yoga has allowed Ginger to achieve a healthier body and a healthier way of perceiving herself.
With regular yoga practice, Ginger learned to let go of her fear, both in the challenging postures and in pursuing her goals in life. After discovering all these changes in herself, she wanted to help others do the same. In 2010, she decided to establish a yoga studio of her own, which flourished into Evolve Yoga and Fitness in 2015. Furthering her knowledge in yoga, she completed her 200hr Baptiste Live Your Yoga Teacher Training in December of last year. She now manages studios in Alabang and the newly opened branch in Bonifacio Global City.
At Evolve Yoga and Fitness, Ginger and her team are constantly pursuing innovative ways of creating the best yoga experience for everyone. For Ginger, best means being able to change and touch as many lives as possible through yoga. “We believe that it is possible to change the world—one person at a time."
Casto "CAS" Unson
Casto's yoga journey has "evolved" over the years - he met yoga one summer through a video game (the Wii Fit - true story) and immediately felt a connection, especially as someone who didn't get along with physical activity. He and yoga had an on-and-off relationship across many chapters of his life, enjoying classes whenever there was an intro student promo or a free outdoor class. It wasn't until 2017 that things started to get serious - with a move to Manila, Casto was able to focus and deepen his yoga practice with the help of Evolve BGC and the 'energy' of certain teachers. This led him to take his 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India, the heart of yoga in India and the world. He is excited to share his smile, his energy, and his own style of physical and spiritual Yoga with the Evolve community.
Donna started her yoga practice as a fitness routine in 2010. It was a hobby that turned into passion. Then in March 2011, she began pursuing this passion as a Body Balance instructor teaching Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates.
She took up Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training in November 2011 and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in April 2016. Through the practice of meditation and Pranic (Energy) healing, she helps students heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Lorena hails from Caracas, Venezuela and has made the Philippines her second home for several years now. A yoga enthusiast since 2005, she says she found her perfect match in Bikram Yoga and the Alabang studio of Ginger Diaz-Serrano. There, Lorena met excellent teachers and a wonderful community that gave her the motivation to improve and deepen her practice.
A mom to two daughters, Lorena grew up in a family of athletes. She considers teaching yoga as “the most beautiful task” because she’s able to guide people looking beyond their usual practice. Aside from Bikram Yoga training, Lorena completed courses in Yin Yoga and Dharma Yoga Wheel.
Being an orthopedics and traumatology technician also helped her understand the benefits of the discipline and how it contributes to reconstituting the entire body. With so much chaos in the world today, yoga can go a long way in spreading healing.
Shinead wasn’t quite sure what she was signing up for when she took her first yoga class. She thought that she’d just be hanging out with one of her friends, maybe getting a green juice and brunch after. But she was very quickly enamored.
The postures gave her the opportunity to work hard, and the alignment kept her striving for awareness. The sweat was her offering, savasana her healing. As she deepened her practice, she experienced parts of herself that felt genuine and true. It was enriching — and she couldn’t get enough.
She threw herself into teaching as a means to share her journey and hold space for others to move, breathe, and feel in their own way. She completed her 200-hour Vinyasa and 100-hour Hot Traditional (Bikram Method) certification in New York City and yoga courses in London and Manila.
Yoga has challenged her in surprising and very necessary ways, and brought her steadily closer to her own self. Shinead is confident that it will continue to do so, as long as she shows up, everyday, with wide eyes and an open heart.
Chi embarked on her yoga journey while living in Africa back in 2000. As she deepened her practice, she discovered how yoga was healing her physically and emotionally. She devoted herself to becoming a certified teacher, receiving training abroad and enriching her skills through yoga workshops and retreats.
Learning from the teachers and those taking the course with her gave her a stronger foundation and desire to share the gifts of joy and peace she experienced. She views yoga as a never-ending lesson — both on and off the mat — in the search for balance in stability, flexibility and strength. To Chi, the core of yoga is to shed the distractions, judgments and expectations of our lives so we can become present in each moment as it unfolds.
Her classes focus on building a moving meditation, exploring the alignment of each pose, and finding a balance of flow, breath, strength and softness. Sessions also incorporate music and connection to the breath, and more importantly, allow lots of space for joy!
Chi is a certified teacher for Absolute Hot Yoga, Bryce Yoga (Fit Flow Fly) and Vinyasa.
Kat began practicing yoga in 2000 and found herself inspired by Ashtanga, Bikram Yoga and Baptiste Power Yoga, which she is particularly fond of.
A powerful, energetic and playful flowing class, Baptiste Power Yoga puts a strong emphasis on the breath. It allows both beginners and experienced students to achieve their best as they go through the same class. As a teacher, Kat is delighted to share her love and passion for yoga, especially as a way to empower and energize people’s lives.
Rica started her practice with Bikram Yoga in 2006, in its early days in the Philippines. She was still in law school and was in search of a good sweat, something to offset all the sitting and reading she did during the day. She still managed to practice years later as she started working. Yoga to her, however, remained an intermittent form of exercise.
It wasn't until 2013, when faced with health issues, that yoga became a contemplative practice to her. In January 2015, Rica took the leap and did her 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training Course with James Brown and the American Yoga School. She also attends workshops with senior teachers when she can.
Yoga started out as a way for Michelle to fight health issues many years ago. Starting this healthy lifestyle meant a healthy diet, environment and exercise. Through time yoga has proven to be a discipline that strengthened her body and gave her clarity of mind.
Her love for yoga eventually led her to teaching. In 2015, Michelle earned her 200-hour Teacher Training certification at Absolute Yoga Academy in Thailand and was awarded “Best Teacher” in her batch. She also received a certification from Rainbow Kids Yoga and completed her 50-hour Yin Yoga Training in Hong Kong. Aside from yoga, she also teaches Plana Forma.
Michelle’s calm demeanor, her innate love for people, personal experiences, and fitness credentials are a recipe for encouraging others not only to get into yoga and fitness but to make it a part of their lives.
Alberto was a runner before practicing yoga, and definitely could not touch his toes at first! Like running, he really enjoyed that yoga requires very little equipment, that you can stretch and breathe anywhere (and you don’t even need shoes). Over the years he’s been drawn to the simplicity of using just the breath, gravity and focus to allow the body and mind to get stronger and move more fluidly.
He is a longtime practitioner of the Vinyasa style, but had his first teacher training in Hot Traditional Yoga (Bikram Method). He also completed his 200-hour Vinyasa certification and has since trained with many instructors in yoga anatomy and other yoga traditions.
Alberto considers himself to be a lifelong student, hoping that when he’s 80 years old he’d still be moving and breathing — and practicing yoga.
It was love at first sweat for Tanya in her very first Bikram Yoga class. From being a gym rat, she found happiness and bliss in Bikram Yoga while still a college senior.
Yoga for her is a means of rejuvenation from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. Regular yoga practice led her to a greater connection and a good balance of mind and body, allowing her to discover and stretch her mental and physical limits. Bikram Yoga never fails to give her a different perspective. It taught her the importance of non-attachment and that sometimes, surrendering to the future is the only way to go.
In September 2014, Tanya went through an intense, nine-week Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Certification in Phuket, Thailand to pursue her passion of sharing the benefits of yoga.
She is a coffee enthusiast, a keen observer of art, and an avid traveler.
It was in 2009, back when she still worked crazy hours at a corporate job, that Lace discovered yoga through classes organized at their office. She stepped onto her (borrowed) mat, expecting only to have a good workout to de-stress. She got so much more.
Her first year of practice focused on hatha yoga under the Ananda Marga system. She's tried different styles since then, with Bikram Yoga being the longest. But despite the variety, she found the things that kept bringing her back onto the mat are consistent: the energized feeling she gets after each class, the ever-evolving discoveries about herself, and the constant reminder of the power of our breath.
Her love for the practice was something she felt she wanted to share. So in 2016, after much contemplation and inspiration from her Evolve teachers, she decided to take her 200hr Ashtanga/Hatha teacher training with the Yoga Vedanta Training Academy in Singapore, under the guidance of Masters Paalu Ramasamy and WeiLing Chong.
In 2014, Tanya found herself at the end of another chapter in her life, and her work stress as a flight attendant made things even worse. It was Bikram yoga that saved her. Whether coming from a tiring flight or a lonely night, somehow, she always found joy and peace after each class.
Soon enough, she fell in love with the practice. She attended the BYTT in Spring 2015 and resigned from her airline halfway through. She traveled and taught for a year before coming home to Manila.
Yoga has opened doors of wonderful opportunities for her. In 2016, she was certified to teach Stott Pilates mat. She is also trained to teach Stott Pilates reformer and pre/post natal yoga (Pure Yoga).
Joana was working as an environmental consultant when she first discovered yoga. What was initially just a means to unwind from a long day of work and to alleviate back pain she chronically felt due to mild scoliosis, soon became one of her greatest love and a daily activity she looked forward to. It was a desire to share this beautiful practice that helped her grow as a person that led her to teacher trainings. Joana is now certified in Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Kids Yoga and Yoga Therapy for medical conditions, as well as a trained Barre3 Instructor.
A petite girl brimming with so much passion for the yoga, her fun yet challenging flow yoga classes will surely help you discover your physical and inner strength.
Bri Manglapus continues to find fulfillment in sharing the love of yoga through her teaching. She began her yoga journey in 2009 and is twice certified with its yoga satellite, completing her 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training in 2012 and her 100 hour advance Rocket yoga Training in 2013. Bri is fond of giving challenging playful classes full of high energy and aspires to help gain awareness of a healthy, balanced and spiritual lifestyle through Yoga. She is happy to share this humbling practice with anyone interested.
People do yoga for many reasons. Some for weight or stress management, for health purposes, for looking good in a bikini or simply to get away.
For Karrots it is all of the above. She loves that 90 minutes of hot yoga can take you through a total mind and body workout.
2011 was the year she walked into her first class. She didn’t think she’d survive that day but she kept coming back regularly for years.
She was amazed at how it had impacted her both physically and emotionally. She is a believer in the healing power of yoga and that everyone should get it in their lives.
In 2017 she graduated in first batch of Evolve Yoga Teacher Training for the 26/2 (Bikram) Method. She is a proud homegrown EVOLVE teacher and now happily shares the gift of hot yoga.