Friday, July 28, 2017

Puma x GuavaPass Yoga in the City with Friends

Last weekend the boy joined some of our CrossFit friends to attend a Puma x GuavaPass community yoga event at Bugis+.

This year, Puma tied up with GuavaPass to organise sports activities and events all year long. Every month, there's various fitness activities like yoga, pilates, barre, dance and high intensity interval training {HIIT} that are {usually?} free for Guavapass members and these are held at a range of locations, from the new GuavaLabs studio, to selected Puma stores and other fitness studios.

Ever since the boy's shoulder injury intensified, he joined GuavaPass and has been doing yoga more regularly {about 3-4 times a week} for rehab and to improve his mobility. He's gotten much better in yoga and can do some pretty high level poses too hehe..

Oh ya in case you're not familiar, GuavaPass is like a community platform with monthly membership access to unlimited fitness and health classes at studios across Asia e.g. Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Seoul. You can even use your local GuavaPass in the partner overseas cities at no additional cost! So useful when we're traveling!!

Some of the friends we made at CrossFit also joined GuavaPass but other than yoga, they like to do the pilates and barre classes too.

Whenever they can, they will meet up and join classes together.

On Sunday, we arrived at Bugis+ around 11am as their mass Flow Yoga community class was going to start at 11.30am.

I thought that it would be held on the rooftop where there's an open space in front of Fish@Bugis+ {air-conditioned prawning/fishing shop}, which used to be Chef Daniel's Restaurant where I co-hosted a Canon craft workshop years ago heh, but surprisingly, it was held in front of Uniqlo where there is usually a lot of pedastrian traffic... I guess the event organisers want the exposure so chose such a location. However if I was a yoga participant, I think I'd have preferred somewhere less noisy with less people staring..

I didn't take part in this and was there to just support and help my group to take photos and videos.. but I noticed that there were other strangers/ passer-bys around who didn't know anyone that stopped to not snap a quick shot or two, but went around taking many photos and videos which was quite intrusive and weird.. no??

Anyway there was an extra mat so Lil Pumpkin joined in the fun too! haha.. impromptu decision so that's why she wasn't properly dressed in her exercise gear.

It wasn't all easy for her, but I guess she found some of the yoga moves familiar from her Kids Aerial Yoga workshop that she attended last month.

The 1-hr energised flow yoga class looked pretty fun and although there were mostly girls, there were a handful of guys attending the class too.

Yoga really isn't just for the ladies, but guys can benefit increased focus, flexibility, balance and strengthening of core muscles too. With the boy especially, I find that yoga helps him to build more mindfulness and breath awareness, which of course helps in the mind-body connection that is important during strength training too.

I know that sometimes like me, he "forgets to breathe" or takes too shallow breaths during high reps or metcon workouts, so yoga helps him to overcome this problem I reckon...

I'm really proud of the boy for always being willing to get out of his comfort zone and try new things to better himself (。♥‿♥。) ... even yoga that is commonly perceived as a "guniang" or girls' activity. 

After the class, the participants were provided with a nutritious Acai smoothie snack and bite-sized Thai {?} food.

I had a cup of the Acai smoothie snack and it was my first time eating Acai actually haha.. I always found the Acai smoothie bowls in the hipster cafes to be too overpriced and never thought of ordering them, especially when they look like something I can make at home for maybe half the price haha.

It was pretty refreshing but the Acai berry taste wasn't very strong {or maybe it's not meant to be?} and other than its superfood status & Instagram-worthy presentation, nothing really to shout about :P

Made a short video of the yoga event and if it's not showing properly, please see it on my YouTube channel here.

I haven't been to CrossFit in agggeeeeees since I hurt my back so it was really nice catching up some of our CrossFit friends that day!! ( ᐛ )و

More on our previous CrossFit experiences:


Stacy said...

You've gone so far in your fitness journey. This must be a piece of cake after the grueling gym sessions.

mail4rosey said...

I love that you can take advantage of it when you travel, and it's awesome that they run it year-round. Hope it's helping too with your husband's shoulder.

ChermSee said...

I've always wanted to get one of those guava passes when I was in SG, but am always worried I won't utilize it fully. I guess it could really motivate people to be more active in attending classes should they sign up for one.

Been really impressed at your fitness journey. Once upon a time, I wanted to try crossfit. I think I'm too unfit to try now.

simplylambchops said...

Kudos to your hubby for doing yoga in a public space! I tried 13 sessions of yoga and it helped me to breathe better.

- Mary @ Simply Lambchops

Phoebe said...

I think I will feel a little shy doing yoga in public space with many walking by:D Tried Yoga with my colleagues who taught us and I cannot do many moves! I think Lil Pumpkin will do a better job :)

Phoebe @ BPDGTravels

Dee said...

Wow, thanks for sharing about GuavaPass! Been wanting to go on a regular activity, but schedule or health keep getting in the way. Might consider taking up Yoga again - the last time was before we had Vera! Lol!

Theresa Mahoney said...

That's cool that you can take classes all over Asia with your membership. I don't think I'd like such an intrusive class though where just anyone can stop and gawk. The instructors at my gym are always shooing away the looky-loo's from our doorway to give us more privacy as we workout.

Pooja Kawatra said...

This is Wow dear and loving your fitness journey with so much enthusiasm. Yoga is my all time favourite form of exercise and relaxation.

Unknown said...

Whoa! Talk about role-modelling and now there's a community to support your health interest. This is such a good way to instill good habits in your daughter. Kudos!

Unknown said...

I hear that there are moms and tots yoga classes in the city too! Bet Pumpkin would love going to those with you.

Shub said...

I attended a similar Yoga event recently and it was so much fun to do yoga with friends. Those acai bowls look so delish.

Shub from RainbowDiaries

Michelle Hon of "The Chill Mom" said...

I've tried yoga before and I love what it does to my body! I would very much love to try it again. Thank for writing about guavapass. Oh and that acai bowl treat looks very enticing!