What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday morning? Sleep in? No judgement here, because all of Material World’s founders are guilty of doing just that too! But we found ourselves mixing it up last Sunday with our “yoga in the park” event, which we jointly organised with the good folks at Wawawa Bistro.
The weather looked quite threatening when we woke up that morning. In fact, it was raining in the West side of Singapore, where Deborah and Vanessa were coming from. Though it was cloudy in the East, the rained held at Bedok Reservoir … at least until we were done with yoga!
Our 21 participants arrived early or punctually for the event (good job, guys!), which was due to start at 10.15am for the class led by Lu Jingshi, who currently teachers yoga at Yoga Movement and Viva Fit. She’s been a yoga teacher for four years now and says of her job, “After teaching a few classes, I really enjoyed it and decided to make a career out of it, as it’s hard to find a job you truly love! It’s very fulfilling too when you see the happy faces of your students who managed to do challenging postures, or experience benefits from their practice with your assistance.”
Most of the participants were new to yoga, and wanted to use this opportunity to find out if it was for them. One of them is Esther, 29, who says, “My exercise regime involves swimming and pole-dancing once a week each. Today’s my first time trying yoga!”
The class covered the basics of yoga, which included a basic vinyasa sequence, sun salutations, as well as ab- and leg-strengthening exercises, all expertly guided by Jingshi. Actually, it was hard to tell that many participants were doing yoga for the first time, as most seemed to be holding the poses really well!
The outdoor area just behind Wawawa Bistro at Bedok Reservoir proved to be a great location for a spot of outdoor yoga, with some shade provided by surrounding trees. It happened to be breezy as well (thanks to the impending thunderstorm), which helped make the experience really enjoyable. Jingshi put it best when she said, “I think it is fantastic to be able to do yoga in the open and close to nature. Yoga focuses on connecting the breath with the mind and body, so it’s important that the practice environment is open with a good supply of fresh, clean air. Unfortunately, most studios are unable to provide fresh air as classes are conducted in an enclosed space.”
After an hour of hard work, it was time for brunch! Wawawa Bistro had a healthy brunch tailor-made just for this event. We started with a light wild rocket salad, which was tossed with berries and almond toast in a grapefruit balsamic dressing. It was really refreshing – great for whetting the tastebuds for the mains.
For the main course, participants had a choice of either the honey chicken breast, or a grilled salmon. The chicken breast was served with marinated vegetables and a lemon sauce that gave the dish a nice zing. The salmon proved to be a hit, with participants commenting that it was well-cooked and satisfying.
What’s a good meal without a sweet ending? We had a choice of fresh fruit or blueberry yoghurt for a creamy and guilt-free end to a great meal.
Though it started to rain halfway through the meal, it did nothing to dampen the high spirits of the participants who took the opportunity to make new friends or take the chance to catch up with old ones. The relaxing ambience of Wawawa Bistro, coupled with the lovely surrounding greenery of Bedok Reservoir certainly made it a conducive environment to rest, relax and mingle!
To cap it all off, the kind folks at Maybelline prepared a goodie bag for each of our participants to take home! The goodie bag included a Baby Lips Dr Rescue in Pink Glow, $6.90, which heals dry and chapped lips while giving it a hint of colour, as well as Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream,$17.90. The latter promises to even out your skin tone, minimise the appearance of pores, hydrate the skin, conceal imperfections and much more. Plus, with SPF50/PA+++, it protects skin well from damaging UV rays too. it’s a steal of a beauty product at just $17.90, we think!
What a fab way to spend a Sunday. It’s (almost) making us rethink our habit of sleeping in. 😉
Wawawa Bistro is at 901 Bedok Reservoir Road. Tel: 6285 8038. Read our review of its regular menu in this post.
Maybelline is available at Watsons and Guardian pharmacies.
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