Yoga enthusiasts were treated to a special breathing-focused yoga session led by Denise Keller on July 7 at the Philips APAC Center.
On July 7, an exclusive yoga session led and hosted by former MTV Asia VJ Denise Keller took place bright and early at the Philips APAC Center in celebration of World Yoga Day.
On top of an invigorating yoga flow class with moves like crescent lunges and cat-cow poses, participants had the opportunity to learn about the importance of clean indoor air. At the same time, they were able to experience its effects, as 16 sets of Philips Air Purifier Series 3000i surrounded the event space, purifying the air as the session went on.
Breathing, as we know it, is important in yoga practice. The focus on inhaling and exhaling while performing your asanas not only helps you control your movements and use your lungs to full capacity, but also relieves stress. For that to be effective, clean air is essential, especially for the expecting mums, and those suffering from asthma and allergies among the crowd of yoga enthusiasts that day. As they are generally more sensitive to irritants and allergens in the air, any amount of dust or bacteria might trigger certain health problems and even have severe impacts in the future. According to a study from Harvard School of Public Health, women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter during the third trimester were twice as likely to deliver a child with autism.
A recent Healthy Air Survey by health technology company Royal Philips and market research firm Rakuten AIP revealed that a majority of Singaporeans are passive towards air quality management despite health concerns.
More also bought humidifiers (46 per cent) instead of air purifiers (39 per cent) as they believe that the former aids in removing dust and easing respiratory conditions. However, according to Dr Chiang Wen Chin, president of the Asthma and Allergy Association, our humid climate doesn’t require us to further humidify our homes. “Instead, a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) air purifier can help to remove these allergens from the living environment and reduce airborne allergens such as dust mites, viruses and bacteria that can trigger allergic reactions and asthma,” he said.
These microscopic allergens, such as PM2.5 particles, are 30 times smaller than the diameter of a strand of human hair, and air purifiers with HEPA filters are powerful enough to remove that.
One such air purifier is the Philips Air Purifier Series 3000i. This device uses an advanced sensor technology, AeraSense, which automatically detects, measures and controls purification in the air. There are three automatic modes: General mode, an extra-sensitive Allergen mode and an extra-powerful Bacteria and Virus mode – depending on your needs. Not home? You can also control it from afar via a dedicated app that allows you to track your indoor and outdoor air quality.
“The air we breathe is critical to our overall health. At Philips, we aim to empower consumers to take charge of their health by combining our expertise in healthcare technology with consumer insights to develop meaningful and innovative product solutions for a healthier future. We are glad to be able to bring different people from so many walks of life together, to participate in a meaningful healthy activity like yoga, and to learn how to improve the quality of the air we breathe,” said Mr Nicholas Lee, the general manager of Philips ASEAN Pacific’s personal health sector.