Vivre Activewear Capsule Collection ft. Denise Keller

Vivre Activewear Capsule Collection ft. Denise Keller

Vivre Activewear is excited to announce its first-ever fashion collaboration with local bred model turned TV-host and yoga instructor, Denise Keller, to launch a capsule collection amidst the rise of athleisure trend, allowing you to go beyond the gym and/or studio to an all-day outfit.

The collection unifies Denise’s ideology of a fashionable athletic wear and Vivre’s prowess in the fitness arena as a provider for stylish, reliable and high-performance clothing.

For most of Vivre’s followers, it is more often than not that they are on a constant lookout for fashionable athletic gear. For anyone, it would kill to just stand in a fitness model’s closet for a mere 10 seconds to just bask in all the fashion greatness. Unfortunately, we can’t but we can always settle for the next best alternative – To curate a collection that mirrors their wardrobe.

How it all happened

Poise Active Crop Top and Merriment Mesh Performance Tights

The birth story of this collaboration sparked off with one fateful cover shoot by Yoga Journal Singapore, where Vivre was approached to provide active gear, and Denise was the cover girl.

When asked to recall their first impression of each other, Sylvia Lim, the brains behind Vivre Activewear said, “We fell in love with the warm, bold and confident vibes Denise exudes the very first time we met her.” Denise’s take, on the other hand, of Vivre’s gear is a short and sweet “Comfy, Elegant and Fitting” that summed up the goodness of Vivre’s apparels.

According to Lim, Denise has been very supportive of the brand, and the duo do meet each other once in a while since they first met, whenever they have new ideas to share. Ideas get bounced off each other and designing a yoga capsule line was something both agreed would be a memorable milestone of their friendship.

The design inspiration behind the pieces in this collection is a genuine reflection of Denise’s journey as a yoga teacher, teaching different yoga genres over a span of four years. A teacher she may be, she too realizes that there is an immerse fulfillment talking to her students, who in exchange engulf her with thought provoking encounters.

One of her design philosophy is her desire to want to empower women; empowering them to be confident about how they look, and feel good about themselves, especially so for her post-natal students, who had gone through a noble transformation.


Empower Active Sports Bra and Merriment Mesh Performance Tights

Intentionally, for instance, the leggings were made with foldable and non-restrictive high waistband to create versatility and allow women to fit in easily, be appreciative and proud of how they look even when they are out of reach and away their comfort zone.

Declared Denise, “It was a pure joy working with Vivre on the capsule line. I love that I was able to choose fabric, color, and design based on my yoga practice.” Similarly for Lim, “I’m very excited to be given the chance to introduce a capsule collection reflecting Denise’s style and character.”

All-in, the entire project spanned half a year, from the brainstorming phase to the final products consumers will see on the racks.

Added Lim, “Denise has been a breeze to work with. She’s very direct and certain of her ideas, and trust us fully to produce the results. We are extremely thankful for such support extended to local brands like ours. The final products have definitely exceeded my expectation. This capsule collection is a fresh take from our usual styles.”

Gladly the same for Denise, “I’m happy with the final products. I hope women will enjoy the final products as much as I enjoyed designing them.”

What’s brewing

Empower Active Sports Bra, Smile-Asana Loose Tank and Merriment Mesh Performance Tights

This pioneer collaboration of Vivre was also designed in mind of Denise’s favorite details on her fitness gear; bright bold colors with strappy details on the sports bras and crop tops, high-waist, no-dig full length tights with mesh details, and loose tanks with huge armholes for an added tinge of casual vibes. Usually overlooked, minor details such as the optical illusion of the bust straps and the insanely on point positioning of the pockets have nonetheless managed to score Denise’s brownie points.

For an effortless transformation to an all-day formal outfit, simply throw over a casual blazer over our crop top and full-length leggings combi for a suited look. Now you can dress up easily, allowing you to “work to play, and play to work” with just one set of clothing.

In totality:

Empower Active Sports Bra, SGD54

Available in Classic Black, Fiesta, and Deep Lagoon

Poise Active Crop Top, SGD58

Available in Pure White and Moonlit Ocean

Smile-Asana Loose Tank, SGD39

Available in Classic Black and Pure White

Merriment Mesh Performance Tights, SGD79

Available in Classic Black, Snow White and Dark Sapphire

Interestingly, the loose tank is named as Smile-Asana Loose Tank. In yoga, the word “asana” refers to a specific yoga posture. Putting everything together, every pose or action executed by the person wearing the tank is a true reflection of happiness and enjoyment. Quoting Denise on her inspiration behind the naming of the loose tank, “As a yoga teacher, I love to see my students smile in class. This is part of my daily mantra and it really help to boost the mood up collectively. Sometimes we need these little reminders in life.”

Since there is literally something for everyone in this collection that never goes out style, we are all a step closer to creating a designer wardrobe we can call our own.

The collection will be sold online at www.vivreactivewear.com, as well as in-store at Vivre’s Wisma Atria outlet, #B1-04 from 14 December 2017 onwards

Yoga Wheel Class @ Platinum Yoga Review

Across the globe, yoga wheel is still the latest obsession of all yoga props! This time round, thanks to the lovely folks at Platinum Yoga, I get to try their Yoga Wheel class with my friend, Christine.

Facilities @ Platinum Yoga Suntec City Mall

Upon arrival at Platinum Yoga Suntec City Mall, we were greeted by a friendly receptionist, who proceeded to sign us in to Yoga Wheel class within 5 minutes. As first-timers, we agreed that the hospitality extended was welcoming (which is very important) because we didn’t feel awkward despite being in an entirely new environment.

We were shown around the studio, from the retail arm just beside the reception area, to the waiting area just outside the 2 main Yoga Studios, Fire and Air. Fire room, as the name suggests, is mainly for hot classes like Hot Yoga and Hot Pilates, and is great for individuals who are looking for a practice to lose weight. Air room, on the other hand, hosts other non-hot and in-the-air classes like Aerial Yoga, Rope Yoga and Yoga Wheel classes. The room is fully equipped with yoga props, ranging from yoga blocks to yoga wheels, hammocks and wall ropes as expected. They also have a Personal Training room for private practices.

The Air room where we attended the Yoga Wheel class is sizeable and can hold up to slightly more than 20 mats. It felt very cozy when we set foot in the room with the semi-warm lightings.

Behind the door leading to the female changing room, you will be first greeted with a wall full of lockers. In my honest opinion, I would expect the changing/shower room to be more spacious because it does get difficult to move around the shower cubicles and dressing area, especially during the overlap period in between classes. We do understand as it’s the weekday evening peak period.

Yoga Wheel Class @ Platinum Yoga Suntec City Mall

Christine and I attended the Yoga Wheel class by Dr. Yogi. Being newbies in a prop-based class, we were pretty excited!

To sum it up:

Pros

  • Clear demonstrations were given before we get into the moves.
  • During execution, Dr. Yogi would constantly walk around the class to adjust your alignments and motivate you.
  • Class was enjoyable with small jokes in between.
  • Great for people with tight shoulders, back and joints!
  • Exploration of inversions with the aid of a Yoga Wheel.

Cons

  • Sweat level was minimum due to the low-impact motions.
  • Better articulation of words to deliver clearer instructions.
  • Lack of background music.

I would highly recommend beginners to try out the Yoga Wheel class, especially if you are looking for a more dynamic practice sesh. I could really feel my back opening up, and it was refreshing exploring basic postures (e.g. Sun Salutation) with the introduction of the Yoga Wheel as a prop.

Conclusion

To allow more starters like Christine and I to try out the prop-based class like Yoga Wheel, the squad at Platinum Yoga has generously opened up a class for our customers!

Here are the details:

Yoga Wheel 1
29 July 2017 (Sat)
3.45pm-4.45pm
1 Marine Parade Central, Parkway Centre, #13-09, Singapore 449408

Simply book the class via our website link here, where the classes are priced at $10/class.

Upon completion of the class, we will be giving you, in return, a $10 Vivre voucher that can be used at our physical stores at Wisma or Bugis!

Intrigued to try something different, or finding a new environment to unwind near your office or home? Then this is your chance.

For more information on Platinum Yoga, you can visit their website @ https://platinumyoga.com.

NIVEA Extra White Serum Deodorant (Get a FREE Sample)

The one must-have for your gym bag, we can’t help it but love the new NIVEA Extra White Serum Deodorant!

Perfect for the girl that’s on the go, NIVEA’s new addition to body care packs a whole range of benefits. Pamper your underarms with the power of a face serum, and achieve silky smooth & fair skin that leaves you fresh and dry.

What we love about the NIVEA Extra White Serum Deodorant:

  • Fuss free spray on for a quick freshen up
  • Fast absorption formula and antiperspirant properties
  • The light and fresh lingering scent
  • Infused with the goodness of avocado oil
  • 10x more Vitamin C to help achieve smoother and fairer underarms

If you’re on the search for a deodorant that checks all the boxes, look no further! Receive a FREE 35ml spray with any purchase at our retail stores and try it for yourself.

We love it and we hope that you do too!

Terms and Conditions:

– Only available in stores
– Each receipt is entitled to 1 bottle
– While stocks last

Studio Review – LAVA Yoga Singapore

If you’re a huge fan of hot yoga like I do, then read on to find out what we’ve got to say about Lava Yoga Singapore – a yoga studio in the East offering all-day hot classes for a great sweat sesh! Lava Yoga is also the leading hot yoga brand in Japan with over 120 studios.

Facilities @ Lava Yoga Singapore

Lava Yoga Singapore is located inside I12 Katong mall, and sits on the highest floor, with its entrance just beside the outdoor kids playground.

The first impression derived: a very modernized studio, with a touch of Japanese zen. There is also a huge changing room space with more than enough lockers, 8 shower cubicles, 4 hair dryers, and unlimited fresh towels! You literally just need to – bring yourself.

Also, did I mention that Lava Yoga is the only females-only yoga studio in Singapore? This is definitely an ultimate bonus for the shy you.

Classes @ Lava Yoga Singapore

If you’re a hot yoga lover like me, you would definitely fall in love with Lava Yoga – they have hot classes ALL-DAY round!

The lava flow classes are their signature classes, which include Lava Flow 1, Lava Flow 2 and Lava Mix. Of all the classes, Lave Flow 2 is by far Georgia’s and my favorite – it is challenging, mentally and physically – great for intermediate practitioners like us. If you’re someone looking to focus on improving specific postures, they also have catered classes – Open Heart, Hip Therapy, and Abdominal – as the respective name suggests. If you’re looking to sweat buckets, try Detox Flow. If you’re looking to reconnect with yourself, go for Yoga Surya – it’s surprisingly calming. Fret not, the classes are multi-leveled so they are great even for beginners! Personally, the difficulty level is felt based on the pace of the classes.

The many hot classes throughout the day ensure that you can definitely find a class to fit into your busy schedule, instead of adjusting your schedule to fit into a hot class. Their first class starts as early as 9am for housewives who have just dropped their kids off at school, and the last class starts as late as 8.45pm for those who knock off late from work.

I particularly love how enclosed the rooms at Lava Yoga are – away from the traffic, noise and bad air quality. It’s an ultra plus point for me, for sure, ‘cus it keeps you focus effortlessly. I could really reap the entire benefits of a 60-minute practice without having to worry about anything miscellaneous.

Lava Yoga is also known for incorporating specially crafted music into their sequences that subtly guides you to relax yet concentrate, as you execute the practice. I came out refreshed and satisfied after a 1-hour dedication to myself.

On a side note, being a studio that’s heavily centered on the Japanese culture, practitioners at Lava Yoga take on a sense of responsibility by wiping down the mats after each class.

Teachers @ Lava Yoga Singapore

What set the teachers at Lava Yoga apart from other studios is their great approachability, dedication, and willingness to want to help you improve in your practice.

They go the extra mile of staying back after class to demonstrate certain asanas I’ve been wanting to learn, and are generous with their knowledge.

Conclusion

If you’re a fan of hot yoga, wants to try a female-only and enclosed practice environment, and prefers a smaller class size, why not try Lava Yoga for a change? The drop-in is at $40 per class but I promise you, it will be worth it. Most importantly, for people who are thinking of trying out the place, there’s no hard-selling involved.

We will be running community classes with the Lava Yoga team on 28 and 29 May 2017, with the following information:

Class Type: Detox Flow with Melly
Date: 27 May 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 1pm – 2pm

Class Type: Abdominal with Emily
Date: 28 May 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 1pm – 2pm

Venue: Lava Yoga @ I12 Katong, 112 East Coast Road, #02-19/20, Singapore 428802
Cost: $10 per class. After completion of the class, there will be a $10 Vivre cash voucher given for usage at our retail stores.

We’re excited for you to come experience Lava Yoga’s brand new studio that is designed to engage all four senses with heat, light, music and scent!

So, come prepared for a sweat sesh! Click here to book your class!

Studio Review – Barre2Barre Singapore

Having tried yoga for almost 2 years now, I do get indifferent sometimes. Thus, when something fresh came along, especially one that’s familiar to me – incorporation of the mind-body of yoga – I was stoked.

Facilities @ Barre2Barre Singapore

Barre2Barre Singapore is located at 42A Hongkong Street, right opposite Central at Clark Quay. It’s pretty accessible by foot (5 minutes walk from Clark Quay MRT station, Exit A), and a prominent minimalistic signboard can be easily spotted from far.

As I set foot in the studio, I’m greeted with their self-formulated mat spray scent that filled the enclosed space. The studio is fully air-conditioned, and classes are held in an open environment (which explains the lingering of the scent) just beside the reception area. I especially love how the studio has an intimate and homely set-up – a super cozy couch, surrounded by pretty merchandises, woman’s magazines and up-to-date R&B music.

Beyond a purple door (on the left as you enter the studio) where the lockers are, together with a freshen-up zone, 1 washroom and 1 shower room. The team has even thoughtfully provided a great range of products – moisturizer, dry shampoo, lip balms, face care etc. – to complete your experience at the studio.

As most other studios, towels and water (via a dispenser) are provided.

Classes @ Barre2Barre Singapore

Georgia and I tried 2 of their pretty popular classes: Barre+Yoga and Barreamped Mixed Levels. Both are 50-minute long, and kept at a maximum capacity of 12 students to ensure that you get adequate space and attention, which we really like – the exact contrary to bigger studios we are used to.

Barre+Yoga is a mixture of barre techniques and basic yoga poses such as downward facing dog and chair pose. The first half of the class is purely Barre – basically, a toning session not just with your body weight, but also props like light weights, barre exercise ball, straps and the barre itself. The second half is more of restorative yoga – stretching out and cooling down your muscles.

As for Barreamped Mixed Levels, muscle aches were real. It’s basically 50 minutes straight of toning exercises, and it’s normal if you get jelly legs as you step out of the studio, so don’t worry (LOL).

Overall, for both classes:

Pros
• GREAT toning session
• Relatively fast with short, manageable reps and non-repeated exercises.
• A much greater range of dynamic movements that gets your heart pumping.
• Learn to be mindful of your form over your speed.

Cons
• Dry throat as its air-conditioned, so always remember to hydrate yourself.
• Sweat level is minimum due to the air-conditioning.

I highly recommend beginners to try out barre because it is really practicable, and toning results can be felt right after your first class!

Teachers @ Barre2Barre Singapore

Georgia went for Denise’s class for Barre+Yoga, and she’s such a ball of positive vibes and energy! You can really feel her passion in doing what she likes as she speaks – her bubbly character yet toned frame says it all.

As for me, I chose Rachel’s class, Barreamped Mixed Levels and she’s so cute! She saw how we were all struggling through the reps, so she shortens her counts and made the class more bearable!

Conclusion

I was stoked then, and now I’m sold.

To be honest, I didn’t expect myself to love Barre. For a first, Barre2Barre makes me feel really welcomed –awkwardness is something I hate to deal with in a foreign environment. Secondly, if you’re looking for a quicker fix to tone up your muscles, a barre class sure does the trick.

To allow more first-timers like Georgia and myself to try out the highly raved barre classes at Barre2Barre, the team has generously opened up 3 morning classes on 29 April, Saturday, for Vivre’s customers!

Deets are as follows:

0930am – Barreamped Bootcamp (Jessica)
1030am – Barre Yoga (Denise)
1130am – Barreamped Mixed Levels (Nicole)

If you’re interested, simply book the community class via our website link here, where the classes are priced at $10/class.

Upon completion of each class that you’ve registered and paid for, we’ll be giving you, in return, a $10 Vivre voucher that can be used at our physical stores at Wisma or Bugis!

We look forward to seeing you at the barre and #shaketochange with the Barre2Barre team!

Yoga Wheel: Guide for a Wheeling Good Stretch

We’ve got your back, with Vivre Yoga Wheel!

Here’s our beginner guide to help you stretch and work into those backbends and heart openers you’ve been dreaming about! Backbends is all about front opening – open your shoulders, chest, and hip flexors.

Just remember, you can’t always rush progress.

yoga wheel thoracic spine stretch

Thoracic Spine Stretch

The thoracic spine refers to the upper part of the spine that’s around our chest level. It plays a huge part in our everyday lives. Poor thoracic mobility may lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, lower back and hip.

Here’s an easy thoracic spine stretch to help you massage out those tightness and any tension.

Step 1

Sit tall, with your knees bent and soles of the feet planted on the mat. Place Vivre Yoga Wheel against your back.

Step 2

Inhale, and as you exhale, roll over and lie down on the wheel, sink your bum down, rest your mid to upper back on the wheel, relax your neck on the wheel, and make sure your chest is lifted up to the ceiling.

Step 3

Rest for 5 full breathes. Exit the pose by gently pushing yourself against the mat and scoop your neck off the wheel into a seated upright position.

yoga wheel modified puppy pose

Extended Puppy Pose (Modified Uttana Shishosana)

This modified version of Extended Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana) is a great chest and shoulders opener – highly recommended for those with extremely tight shoulders.

Step 1

Come into tabletop position, hips stacked directly above your knees, and shoulders stacked directly above your wrist. Place Vivre Yoga Wheel in front of you.

Step 2

Place your palms on the wheel and straighten out your arms. Slightly sink your hips back towards your heels so that you can stack your hips above your knees when you roll forward into your final pose.

Step 3

Take an inhalation, and as you exhale, shift your weight and roll forward, keeping your hips high until your hips is stacked above your knees. Keep your arms extended, sink your chest into the mat, press your hands and wrists gently on the wheel to let your shoulders sink into the stretch. Stay here for 3 minutes to really open up your shoulders. Exit the pose by pushing yourself away from the wheel, coming into seated position on your heels.

Massage out those aches by doing a few shoulders rotation and wriggling it out. Don’t worry, it’s just those lactic acid working!

yoga wheel supported shoulder stand and plow pose

Supported Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana) & Plow Pose (Halasana)

Salamba Sarvangasana is said to promote good blood circulation, calm the nerves by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, decrease depression and anxiety symptoms, ease fatigue, and improve immune function.

Coupled with Halasana, it is also a good counter pose for all the back-bending and heart opener asanas.

Step 1

Lie on your back, bend your knees and plant the soles of your feet on the mat. Place Vivre Yoga Wheel beside your hips region.

Step 2

Lift up and straighten your legs such that the soles of your feet are facing up towards the ceiling, legs perpendicular to the mat.

Step 3

Take an inhalation, and as you exhale, send your hips up and wriggle the wheel underneath, placing it on your lower back region such that you can rest your entire bum on the top of the wheel when you bring your legs to be perpendicular to the mat. If you wish, you can balance yourself by grabbing the sides of your wheel with your hand. In shoulder stand, your chin is away from your chest. Stay here for 5 deep breathes.

Step 4

To get into Plow Pose, keep your legs straighten, flex your feet, lift your bum away from the wheel and lower your leg down towards the direction of your face. Your toes should land on the space above the crown of your head. Stay here for another 5 deep breathes.

Modification: It’s okay if your toes can’t touch the mat, just bend your knees in and have it close to your forehead.

yoga wheel supported bow pose

Supported Dhanurasana (Supported Bow Pose)

This is a supported version of the classic Bow Pose, Dhanurasana. It not only help you get into a deeper back-bend by strengthening the upper back muscles, opening up the shoulders, chest and hip flexors. It also helps to massage your digestive organs.

Step 1

Come into Bhujangasana, full cobra pose, with your wrists directly underneath your shoulders, draw your shoulder blades back, neck is long, pull your naval in towards your spine, top of the feet pressed firmly on the mat and engage the thighs. Look forward. Place Vivre Yoga Wheel in front of you.

Step 2

Bend at your knees, and bring your heels close to your bum. Re-position the wheel such that it is resting directly comfortably underneath on your breastbone. Keep looking forward.

Step 3

When you’re ready, start to reach for and grab your ankles from the outside using your hands. Straighten your arms, look up, and stay here for 5 full breathes. Do not crunch in on your neck if you feel the strain. Release by letting go of your ankles back on the mat, and push yourself back onto your heels, coming into child’s pose.

There are times to respect your body, and times to challenge the shapes it wants to make. Be patient, listen to your body, and some day, the poses will come.

Have fun exploring new poses!


Guest writers: Georgia Tan and Myelsa Tay (@myogielsa)