Nourish mind and body at yoga and wellness events

Participants at Yogafest World Edition 2019 at Guoco Tower. PHOTO: YOGAFEST WORLD EDITION

SINGAPORE - Large-scale wellness and fitness events were cancelled or scaled down in the last two years as a result of social distancing rules during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the lifting of most restrictions, such events are back and many are focused especially on nourishing the mind and body.

One such event is this year's Yogafest World Edition, which organisers say is the first large-scale in-person yoga event since the pandemic.

This year's Yogafest comes after its last physical edition was held in 2019 at Guoco Tower with 2,600 participants.

In 2020, the festival went virtual with more than 5,000 participants and no event was planned for last year.

To be held this weekend at Sentosa's Palawan Green, the event will feature 20 classes taught by yoga instructors from countries such as Canada and the United States.

Other fitness events that were put on hold will also be held in person for the first time this year.

For instance, OCBC Cycle, which was held last month, once again featured in-person rides after adopting a virtual format for the last two years due to the pandemic.

Run For Light was also held at Punggol Waterway Park last month after a virtual edition of the race last year.

This year's Yogafest World Edition will include mass yoga sessions as well as classes on handstands and meditation.

The highlight of the festival is the AcroYoga Village, which will offer participants a space to perform a combination of yoga and acrobatics known as acroyoga.

Organiser and founder of Yogafest World Edition, Ms Tricia Fok, 44, who is an avid yogi and acroyoga practitioner, says she is looking forward to growing a wellness community.

"Many people have missed the physical interaction and camaraderie of our yoga community at festivals, particularly our acroyoga circle, which is partner-based and a more social activity," she says.

With wellness becoming a priority during the pandemic following periods of isolation and disruption that have taken a toll on people's mental health, some have also introduced new events.

Pilates class at the “Stress Stop” area on Sentosa’s Palawan Beach at the Zentosa Festival Village. PHOTO: SENTOSA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

One such offering is the Zentosa Festival Village, which was held from June 3 to Sunday at Palawan Green in Sentosa. It offered activities ranging from sewing and candle-making workshops to pilates and aqua biking classes.

Two viewing towers situated on Palawan Beach were transformed into an area called "Stress Stop", where festival attendees could take part in meditation, breathwork, and sound bathing sessions.

Another new event, Wellness Festival Singapore, which was held earlier this month, featured a 10-day line-up of more than 130 free and ticketed wellness offerings across Singapore.

Visitors could learn slow-stitching meditation or join a cooking demonstration and nutrition workshop.

Other activities included fitness workouts, wellness talks and mental health circles, where participants could share their thoughts and feelings in a safe, no-judgment zone and deepen their listening skills.

As part of the Wellness Festival, National Gallery Singapore offered activities such as somatic movement workshops that allowed participants to express themselves through qi gong, silat and other movements accompanied by music from traditional instruments and an eclectic playlist.

A slow art guide programme that encourages mindful art appreciation and an immersive sound bath experience was also designed for 10- to 14-year-olds.

Ms Lynette Pang, deputy chief executive of the National Arts Council, says: "The arts play an important role in nurturing social, emotional and mental well-being, with the power to uplift our spirits.

"These experiences can enrich our lives and support our well- being in simple and meaningful ways.

  • Tickets for Yogafest World Edition cost $88 for a one-day pass, $248 for a bundle of three one-day passes, $138 for a two-day pass, and $398 for a bundle of three two-day passes.

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