Nourish your body and mind through a yin yoga class before enjoying sweet treats in celebration of the Depressed Cake Shop Movement Singapore. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.
In a world where speed and efficiency are desired, it can take a lot of courage to slow down and make time for yourself. In celebration of Mental Health Month this May, Voices Wellness is collaborating with Depressed Cake Shop (DCS) Singapore and yoga instructor Alce to offer a series of complimentary yin yoga classes held virtually on Zoom, as part of the Voices Virtual wellness retreat.
First started in the U.K. back in 2013, the DCS movement will be making its debut in the Lion City from May 22 to 30. Featuring participating local bakeries like Sucre & Co, The Providore, and Kueh Ho Jiak, the fundraiser will purvey sweet treats that are grey, with at most one pop of colour to symbolise hope in the midst of mental health struggles. A portion of the proceeds, depending on participating vendors, will go towards beneficiary Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
Happening across two Saturdays—May 15, and 22 at 8 a.m., the one-hour yin yoga sessions aim to help participants calm the body and mind, eliminate stress, as well as boost the immune system. The class is an opportunity to take a step back, slow down, and enjoy long and deep stretches with a focus on breathing and flexibility. Students who own props such as yoga blocks and straps also have the option to use them, in order to safely improve mobility and release tension. Suitable for all levels of practitioners, the postures in the class will be done either seated or lying down for maximum relaxation.
Led by Alce, who’s a full-time graphic design lecturer and freelance yoga instructor by day, and aspiring deejay at night, the classes are designed to help participants get in touch with their emotions and balance the energies that can run haywire throughout the day. After recovering from a biking accident left her with a fractured skull—a head injury that put her in a coma requiring brain surgery, she found yin yoga as a means to bounce back from her battle with anxiety and depression. Today, she hopes to share yin yoga with her students, as it had been a powerful component of her own healing journey.
Participants are encouraged to turn up in grey with a pop of colour, in line with the DCS theme. After the session, they’ll be treated to a gift of grey treats such as marbled sesame ice cream from Inside Scoop and “Grace” cupcakes from The Providore, which can be redeemed at their own time. While a small contribution for these grey bakes have already been made to DCS Singapore on the participants’ behalf by Voices Wellness, they’re encouraged to make their own donations to SAMH as well.
Register for the May 22 class here.