About Us

The Pahingalay Team

We are glad that you are here and we are truly grateful for sharing your Pahingalay practice and journey with us. Come say hello and meet our team!

Roma G. Velasco

Founder & Facilitator

Hi, I am Roma or in Baybayin, ᜇ᜔ᜋ. I am the founder of Pahingalay [Pahingalay Project]. This endeavor was inspired by my longing and journey of returning and rediscovering my FIlipino Indigenous roots.

My journey to becoming a certified Yoga Teacher or Guro ng Yoga [Tagalog] started during the time when I was returning to and rediscovering my heritage and roots, my Indigenous Filpino roots. I realized and acknowledged that my journey doesn't have to look and be the same as others. This is the path I chose.

I stopped practicing yoga for a couple years because the approach I have been following was not resonating with my own values and beliefs. Through my kalooban [inner self] journey I realized that I needed something that would integrate my mind, body, and spirit into one. So, I rediscovered and rekindled my connection with yoga. I focused internally on what yoga means to me, instead of focusing externally and judging the different approaches to yoga. At the same time, recognizing and respecting the various ways people practice yoga and how it impacts and benefits their lives.

Instead of going back to a yoga studio, I wanted to dig deeper and learn more about the foundations and roots of yoga. I found and enrolled in a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program. Even though I wasn't sure if I will be teaching facilitating yoga or not, the experience and learning were all that mattered to me. It was an enriching and enlightening experience. I became a better student of the practice and I hope I get to share that same experience with others.

Learn more about me, here.

Other fun and fulfilling human things that I do include triathlon, ice climbing, rock climbing, gravel cycling, mountain biking, and traveling.

Pagmamahal sa ating katawan, puso, isip, at diwa [love in our body, heart, mind, and spirit]!

Roma is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher + Yoga Nidra + Trauma-informed Yoga cert., and holds an MA in Human Performance Psychology

The Pahingalay Logo

The Pahingalay Logo is inspired by the Philippine's National Flower, Sampaguita, and Amihan, a genderless deity depicted as a bird in Philippine mythology.

The Sampaguita symbolizes hope, love, purity, devotion, dedication, strength, and fidelity.

Amihan, according to the Philippine folklore, is the first creature to inhabit the universe, along with the gods called Bathala and Aman Sinaya. In the legend, Amihan is described as a bird who saves the first human beings, Malakas and Maganda, from a bamboo plant. Amihan also refers to the season in the Philippines as a cool northeast wind. It is characterized by moderate temperatures, little or no rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the east.