Here’s what happened the day we did team-bonding yoga at Lululemon’s Duxton store, and shopped their best-selling activewear from sports bras to leggings.
Our idea of a happening Friday night? Working up a sweat together, talking about all things fitness and wellness while sipping on coconut water, and getting our hands on the latest, high-tech activewear.
All that got checked off our list when we held our Shape team bonding event at Lululemon’s Duxton store on September 13, Friday evening.
Organised in collaboration with Singapore’s Lululemon team, the event kicked off with an energising partner yoga workout, led by Lululemon ambassador Jessica Sinclair, who’s also the founder of The Yoga Mandala.
With her vivacious personality and experience in yoga teaching, Jessica delivered just what we wanted: a fun and interactive session suitable for all levels from yoga newbies to experienced yogis.
Yoga by Jessica Sinclair
We started with a gentle warm-up, followed by a few rounds of sun salutations. The intensity picked up as we moved from an easy pace to a moderately fast pace that elevated our heart rates. Our minds focused on one thing – executing the poses in a smooth, flowing sequence.
By the end of the sun salutations, we were warmed up and ready for more. That’s when Jessica introduced partner yoga moves, like squats with alternating arm holds, and boat pose with simultaneous leg raises.
The moves sound easy in theory, but doing them with a partner adds an element of challenge. In partner yoga, communication is key to be able to move in sync, and stay balanced.
With all the touching and fumbling going on, our nervous giggles soon turned into hysterical laughter.
Riding on our adrenaline high, Jessica made everyone attempt an arm balancing pose, the baby crow (also known as baby bakasana).
To motivate us, she explained the merits of doing the baby crow pose. One, it strengthens the arms, shoulders and wrists while stretching the upper back – areas that we often overlook. Two, being in that crouched position massages most of our lymph nodes – from neck to groin – and helps in the removal of waste and toxins in our body.
If doing the baby crow pose can reduce bloatedness, improve digestion and bowel movement, we are in!
We were surprised at how most of us managed to get into the baby crow and “float”, even for a brief second, on our first few attempts! We think it’s the power of Jessica – her easygoing vibes, effective instructions, anyone-can-do-it spirit, and genuine belief that we could.
If you are keen to give the baby crow a go, take heed of these steps that Jessica gave.
3 steps to nail your first baby crow:
1. Position forearms shoulder-distance apart on the ground, parallel to one another, with fingers facing forward and spread out evenly.
2. Lift hips up as you let your knees lean on the back of your triceps, midway from your shoulders to elbows. Engage thighs by squeezing them in towards your body.
3. Looking just ahead of your fingertips, slowly shift weight forward until your face is a few inches away from the ground. Keep your toes on the ground while lifting your heels as you do so. When you find your balance, gradually lift your toes off the ground and hold the pose for as long as you can, maintaining normal breathing.
Tip: If you find it hard to stabilise, engage your pelvic floor muscles by squeezing them. (It’s those muscles you use to hold your pee.) Your core will tighten, and your whole body should feel more compact.
Seeing how winded we got from the arm balancing exercise, Jessica let us move into stretch work.
We were to pair up, and take turns to stretch our hamstrings and back. With each other’s help and support, we managed to go much farther than we usually could. One word: Shiok.
Instead of ending the yoga session with the usual savasana (corpse pose), Jessica got us to sit in a circle and give each other back and shoulder massages. Someone in the team sighed in relief and said: “Ahh. This is the best part.”
After the eventful session, we helped ourselves to refreshments prepared by Lululemon – granola with yogurt and coconut water.
Then, we were off to serious business: activewear shopping.
Shopping at Lululemon
If you haven’t tried anything from Lululemon, it’s time you did.
Lululemon is best known for their yoga leggings – buttery smooth, insanely stretchy, and with well thought-out, flattering cuts to give you #legsfordays. No kidding.
The piece that got us saying #takemymoney?
Lululemon Fast and Free 7/8 Tight in Asia Fit
These tights, which come in classic shades like black, grey and navy, are the LBD equivalent. Smooth, comfy and stretchy, they are made of Lululemon’s Nulux fabric that’s quick-drying, sweat-wicking and unexpectedly lightweight.
They may be designed for running, but we can see ourselves wearing these tights everywhere: to yoga, spin class, hikes and even the airport! Which brings us to the next point…
They come with pockets! Not just a pocket at the waistband, but also side pockets that are deep enough to hold your smartphone and some essential cards. Yes, for real.
Just as a good pair of tights or leggings are worth the investment, the same goes for sports bras. At Lululemon, we found something that was even better than our favourite Energy Bra.
Lululemon Energy Bra Long Line
Featuring the same double cross-back straps as the Energy Bra, the Energy Bra Long Line has a wider under-bust band to offer more coverage – perfect for those who prefer to work out in just a sports bra and bottom. Plus, this design is great for covering up bulges and making the waist look slimmer. Score.
With game-changing activewear like these, it’s no wonder Lululemon continues to be a sought-after brand among fitness enthusiasts.
We left the store a little bit poorer, but for the memorable yoga, shopping and dream activewear we bought? Priceless.
Lululemon’s Duxton store is located at 79 Duxton Road (tel: 6221-8130).