Maria Sonia Guevara Astudillo | Quezon City, Philippines
Artist Info: Sonia is a certified raw food chef, detox coach, and yoga teacher in the Philippines. Prior to that, she studied B.A. Journalism and M.A. Public Policy and then went on to work for several women's magazines, a Philippine Congressman and a Senator, and two international non-government organizations on animal rights and environmental health.
In 2011, she attended the Yoga Teacher’s Training at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, South India. Her first raw food training in 2013 was with raw food chef and musician Jonny Freesh of Raw Food Bali in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia where she was introduced to batik painting. She then attended chef and health educator and detox training certification with Elaina Love of Pure Joy Culinary Academy in Bali, Indonesia in 2014.
Currently, Sonia runs Raw Yogini Sonia. She teaches Pilates and yoga classes, prenatal yoga classes, and raw food classes. She also conducts detox and health coaching, and practices reiki energy healing and Chi Nei Tsang (internal organ) tummy massage. In her spare time, she does batik painting having trained with a Balinese batik-painting artist.
Yoga, for her, is the experience of being firmly grounded to the earth yet connected to the divine world; a way of living that is peaceful, mindful, dispassionate and non-attached to mundane concerns. She loves batik painting because it is never precise like most art. Her love for batik painting is an expression of complete surrender to the imperfection of life.