Dreaming of a wellness retreat in some far-flung destination? Us too. In these unprecedented times, we’ve decided to bring fitness and wellbeing experiences to the comfort of your own home. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.
Mark your calendars: Our first online wellness retreat Voices Virtual is happening from May 3 to 29. Backdropped by Mental Health Awareness Month, the event will feature health and wellbeing webinars, baking demonstrations, as well as fitness classes like yoga and HIIT. All classes, workshops, and webinars are complimentary, and sign-ups are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Voices Wellness’ co-founder Cheryl Lee says: “Mental health is a major component of our overall wellness that tends to be overlooked as we busy ourselves with everyday lives. It’s equally important for us to cultivate mindful habits and self-care rituals as it is to maintain an active lifestyle.”
“The first step is always the hardest, especially during these challenging times. We hope that with Voices Virtual, the public can enjoy our programme of interesting and relaxing activities from the comfort of their homes, glean information on topics they may be keen to learn, and have access to useful resources and experts whom they can reach out to in times of need,” she adds.
Co-founder Juana Lee, who is currently based in China, says: “Achieving a state of mental wellness demands the mindful focus of living in the present moment. We hope that you will enjoy our line-up of activities wherever you are.”
Fitness enthusiasts can look forward to an empowering power flow practice with Baptiste yoga teacher Sophie Sanders, as well as a sweaty HIIT (high intensity interval training) session by AXIOM: Indoor Cycling + Strength. To destress, book in for Tina Chugani’s Kundalini yoga class, which uses exercise and mediation techniques to calm the body and mind.
To stretch it out after a long day at work, sign up for a relaxing yin yoga class with Alce in collaboration with Depressed Cake Shop Singapore (DCS). 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.
Participants are encouraged to dress in grey with a pop of colour to represent hope in the midst of mental health struggles. After the session, they’ll be treated to a gift of grey treats like ice cream and cupcakes, 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.
To complement these physical activities, the public can also embark on an inward journey into mindfulness through wellbeing-themed webinars and workshops. The Singapore Association for Mental Health, also the beneficiary of the above-mentioned Depressed Cake Shop movement in Singapore, will host an art experiential class that allows participants to explore the theme of staying grounded.
Cassandra Riene Tan, nutritionist and founder of The Ritual Café, will discuss the essential link between mindful eating and our relationship with our bodies. Got burning questions about pain management and your posture? Join osteopath Adam Wong from Edge Healthcare Orchard in a webinar where he’ll address commonly asked queries.
Foodies shouldn’t miss out on cooking demonstrations by raw food instructor Kumi King, who will teach participants how to brew their own kombucha and make their own wholesome chocolate snacks. Meanwhile, those with a sweet tooth can make a beeline for Debbra Lee’s cookie baking class.
Aside from these fun and educational activities, keep your eyes peeled for our giveaways throughout the month of May—free indoor cycling class passes, cold-pressed juices, and other attractive prices are up for grabs.
Registration starts on May 1 here.