Free fitness classes at Mandarin Gallery

Classes taking place this weekend include surfset - exercises done on a surfboard.
Classes taking place this weekend include surfset - exercises done on a surfboard.PHOTO: MANDARIN GALLERY

Do not be surprised if you spot shoppers balancing on a surfboard or stretching into a downward dog pose at Mandarin Gallery this weekend.

The mall will be holding the second edition of The Gallery Experience, a series of lifestyle concepts that transforms mall spaces into alternative experiences for the public.

Surfset - or workout done on a surfboard - silent yoga, and barre classes conducted to rock, pop and 1980s music are offered tomorrow and on Sunday.

A total of 12 sessions will be held at the outdoor area outside retail store Paul Smith on the first level or an indoor studio next to boutique tea house and art jamming studio Arteastiq on the fourth floor.

All classes are free. Those interested are advised to book a spot online on GuavaPass or send an e-mail.

Each session accommodates 30 to 35 participants, except for surfset, which takes only 15.

Eighty per cent of the sessions have already been booked.

The Gallery Experience was introduced in December last year "to inject curated lifestyle concepts into consumers' shopping experience", says Ms Claudia Chua, senior marketing manager of OUE Limited (Retail & Leasing), the developer for Mandarin Gallery.

The first edition of The Gallery Experience featured silent yoga and disco sessions and 120 people attended the four silent yoga sessions. Mandarin Gallery does not have figures for the disco sessions.

Ms Chua says the series will be held monthly from now.

However, not every edition of The Gallery Experience will have a fitness element. Other lifestyle concepts, such as food, will be considered as well.

Ms Alyaa Rauff, 21, an executive at an education consulting firm, has signed up for each of the three types of classes taking place tomorrow.

She was hooked on the idea after attending the silent yoga class in the previous edition.

"I like that they are offering a good mix of workouts. Plus, the environment is great as it's different from the usual workout space in the gym or studio," she says.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2016, with the headline 'Free fitness classes at Mandarin Gallery'. Print Edition | Subscribe