All About LiFE With Yogi Noelle Rodriguez | Clozette

If one of your 2016 resolutions was to start being healthier, aka exercising more, there’s still time to fulfill that. It may already be the latter part of 2016, but like they say, better late than never. And the exercise, or should we say, discipline, that we recommend you try out is yoga.


Yoga is the best way to change up your lifestyle into a healthier one as it combines the physical, mental, and spiritual sides of a person. Not only will it nourish your body, but your mind and soul as well.

What’s even better is that there’s now a yoga center in the Philippines, LiFE Yoga, which aims to do just that – bring the physical, mental, and spiritual facets of yoga off the mat and into facets of everyday life! Founded by yogi Noelle Rodriguez’s desire to build a community based on health and wellness in 2015, LiFE takes a holistic approach to wellness by integrating good food, music, art, and a sense of community into the practice of yoga.

So if you want to learn more about this innovative yoga center and the ancient discipline of yoga, keep reading below as we speak to Noelle on the uniqueness of LiFE, how yoga improves one's body, mind, and soul, and her tips for practising beginners!

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Lets go back to how it all started — when and how did you first get into yoga? What did you feel during those first moments of practising it?


My first yoga class was I walked into an Ashtanga class back in 2007, and I was quite overwhelmed because there were people and different yogis in different stages of their practice, and so I just jumped right in. From there on, that’s how my practice developed.



You founded LiFE Yoga in 2015; how is it unique from other yoga centers?


At LiFE, we try to focus on the lifestyle [by] bringing yoga into more practical aspects of life. We also try to innovate and infuse creativity in whatever we do. So we’re always trying to fuse together new things.

Being a student of yoga for 8 years and now managing your own studio, how do you keep yourself motivated to keep going?


It’s just really taking it day by day; and it helps to go back to your practice [because] that’s the core of everything. So now, I’m also learning “yoga off the mat,” especially at this point in time.



In your opinion, what do you think is the essence of yoga? How does it improve one’s mind, body, and spirit?


I think it (the essence of yoga) will always go back to the root word, which is “union” – it really does bring together all aspects of your life. It’s kind of like coming back home or coming back to yourself.


Yoga wasn’t always so popular before. With that in mind, what do you think hindered people from trying it out?


I think there was a big perception that yoga was for certain groups; I think it intimidated a lot of people. That’s why here [at LiFE] we try to make it very approachable and fun, and to show that it can really benefit everyone, no matter where you come from or what your background is.


Moving on, what are your tips for yoga beginners, such as what are the benefits of practising it and how can they get the most out of their sessions?


For beginners, it’s really more about being present on the mat. When you focus and you’re really ‘there’ and you come back to your breath, ultimately you’ll get the most out of your [yoga] session.



Being a yoga instructor, do you have any diet or lifestyle advice for those looking to integrate the two into their yoga practice?


At the end of the day it’s really all about balance, so it’s not really about any particular diet. I would say, generally, pick what’s good for yourself and for your body, and again, bringing it back internally and choosing from there – your own internal compass.


Lastly, can you show us your top 5 positions or poses?




The first pose is Warrior One, then the second is Warrior Two, followed by Reverse Warrior, [which] I really like because it’s like flipping your perspective and taking things backwards. The fourth pose is Trikonasana (Triangle) and it’s one of my favourites because I feel really strong and grounded while opening up the body; and lastly, the fifth one is Parsvakonasana.

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Excited to try out yoga for yourself? Click here for a list of sessions and schedules LiFE Yoga offers every week!


LiFE Yoga is located at 2/F Eight Forbestown Road, Burgos Circle, BGC, Philippines

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We know how stressful it can get when planning outfits for different occasions and events that will occur back-to-back. “Do you pair these shoes with this dress,” or “Should you go short or long for this event” – the list of questions goes on and on.

Luckily, luxury fashion retailer NET-A-PORTER will solve all your special occasion fashion woes with Self-Portrait: a fresh and feminine brand founded by Malaysian-born designer Han Chong that bridges the gap between ‘high fashion’ and ‘high street’. With its charming cocktail wear filled with lace, sheer overlays, and a ton of intricate embroidery, it’s no wonder why celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Miranda Kerr, and Reese Witherspoon are some of the brand’s clientele!

If you want to stand out in every occasion you attend and want to go beyond a typical shift dress, keep reading below for our picks from Self-Portrait’s collection of ethereal-meets-high-fashion pieces!


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For a bridal shower or bachelorette party: Tiered broderie anglaise-trimmed crepe maxi dress



Add a little spice to the bridal showers and bachelorette parties you attend with this navy crepe dress. Whether you wear it with heels or sandals, its elegant sleeves and tiered lace skirt will keep you looking stylish from day to night!

For “desk to disco”: Off-the-shoulder cutout ponte jumpsuit



Jumpsuits are great as a work OOTD because they’re only one piece, meaning you won’t have to go through the hassle of mixing and matching tops and bottoms. So if you want your jumpsuit to go from “desk to disco” (aka from work to cocktail hour), this red off-the-shoulder will definitely become a staple in your work wardrobe!


For fashion events: Floral-appliquéd tulle and georgette mini dress



Fashion events are where you can get creative. By combining Victorian-inspired lace with fresh and contemporary details , this navy tulle dress will ensure that all eyes are on you even if you’re not strutting down the runway!


For a reunion with your college besties: Guipure lace, crepe and tulle mini dress



A reunion between gals is always fun and exciting, so why not show off your strong fashion sense with this mini lace, crepe and tulle dress? Its waistband will elegantly show off your figure, and it’s soft bohemian vibe is right on top of the 70’s fashion trend that’s dominating the streets and the catwalks.


For a summer wedding: Guipure lace midi dress



At any wedding you attend, we guarantee you will always look your best in this sky blue midi dress. Its floral patterns will complement the bright rays of summer, while its lace trims will softly accentuate and highlight your curves!

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Want to get your hands on one (or all) of these frocks? Then click here to shop Self-Portrait's collection at NET-A-PORTER!

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Summer is slowly slipping away and before we even know it, we're faced another school year. Now before you start thinking about homework and, well, more homework, we have to admit that there are a lot of things to look forward to in school.

One of those things is finally having an excuse to take out those cute fashion pieces that's been hiding in your closet while you frolicked around in beachwear for the past couple of months. There's also planning out which personal essentials you'll bring to school for the next 10 months which is a pretty big deal.  

With that said, how can we forget the holy grail of all school essentials that just puts everything together-- your school bag. From carrying our school survival kit to keeping all of our ultimate school secrets (like notes from our crush), picking out the right school bag is undeniably a significant task. 

That's why we listed our top bag picks that don't compromise style and functionality to make sure you're all set for that school year ahead!

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A classic satchel



Satchels give off an incredibly versatile vibe that's perfect even for after-school plans with your friends. Plus, the satchel's signature cover flap not only adds to one of its stylish elements but also gives our belongings another layer of security.

The ever-so-reliable messenger bag


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Whether you're a fan of the sling or the backstrap version, messenger bags have earned their spot in every back-to-school bag list for good reason. Spacious, simply chic, and perfect for all types of weather, you don't have to worry about keeping your stuff organised while keeping in style with this pick!



A chic tote bag



(photo from CelineChiam)


From laptops to notebooks to your makeup pouch, totes are definitely the way to go. Whether you're going for a casual ensemble or you're all dressed up for an important project presentation, this bag is perfect for either occasion. Plus, it's still reliable when you move on to job hunting and even as you venture into the working world!



A simple drawstring bag



Drawstrings are perfect for school festivals or trips because of its casual yet stylish look. Whether you're packing clothes or snacks, this can work wonders for you in terms of space and weight. 


The good ol' backpack


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Are you a one-strapper or a two-strapper? With its stylishly geeky feel and tried-and-tested functionality, there's no denying that backpacks bag the crown for the ultimate back-to-school must-have!


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Which of our back-to-school bag picks are you going to sport this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!


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