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Wellness

Words With Wendy

Words With Wendy

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To summarise an eventful and successful year for Yoga Circle, we sat down with our Founder, Wendy Chan to share her vision and objectives with our readers. Read on for the full interview!

 

IC: To start, if anyone reading is interested in showing support for Yoga Circle – what is Yoga Circle and what are you all about?

Wendy: Yoga Circle is a non-profit organisation, on a mission to make yoga inclusive and accessible to all. We are made up of a group of volunteer yoga teachers, practitioners and more, with the hope of involving diverse groups of people with yoga. These groups include wheelchair users, persons with disabilities, seniors in the community and the underprivileged.

IC: Tell us more about some of the organizations Yoga Circle works with, and the various activities made available to participants.

Wendy: We currently engage actively with organisations like Parkinson Society Singapore, Home Nursing Foundation, AWWA, HCA Hospice, Renci… the list goes on. In any session hosted by Yoga Circle, participants get the chance to benefit from adaptive yoga classes, specially catered to their needs. The most common of which is chair yoga, a form of yoga where an entire sequence of yoga poses are done seated on a chair, thus giving the possibilities of yoga a wider reach.

IC: What does it take to be a volunteer with Yoga Circle?

Wendy: Yoga Circle has its origin rooted in the belief of Karma Yoga (yoga as a service), and that yoga is for everyone. Volunteers actively make this a reality by bringing yoga to groups which may otherwise find yoga inaccessible in Singapore. We open our doors to volunteers regardless of yoga experience, but we strongly encourage trained yoga teachers to step forward to join our team. Requests for community engagement are constantly growing and we wouldn’t want to disappoint!

IC: What would you say was Yoga Circle’s proudest moment in 2022?

Wendy: We received the ‘Most Active Community Group Award’ from HCA Hospice and we are really proud of the strong connection we have built with the beneficiaries and staff from the hospice. Yoga Circle is a deeply rewarding experience, and we hope to be able to do the same for our other partners as we have with HCA.

IC: Looking forward to 2023, what exciting things can we expect from Yoga Circle?

Wendy: I’m glad you asked! We are in the process of writing, designing and publishing an Adaptive Chair Yoga for Seniors Toolkit, with the support of Agency of Integrated Care (AIC) Singapore. Our plan is to make this toolkit available next year for the public and various nursing homes as a free resource, so that caregivers can be better equipped to lead their charges in some simple yoga-related exercises.

IC: You have a dedicated and loving team of volunteers working with Yoga Circle, is there anything you would like to say to them?

Wendy: Words cannot express my deep gratitude to all the volunteers of Yoga Circle, who commit their time and efforts selflessly. All of you are my inspiration and motivation to keep pursuing our mission, to make yoga accessible to all!

IC: Any final words for our readers?

Wendy: Yes! If you, or anybody you know, might be interested to join us as a volunteer, please tell them about us. Our Yoga Circle family is constantly growing, but we always welcome new members with open arms! Don’t worry about what you can or cannot do, the intention of lending a helping hand is reason enough to send in your application. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Fundraising

Gift Ideas for Festive Season

Gift Ideas for Festive Season

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The festive season has come around once again! The Yoga Circle team has worked tirelessly like Santa’s elves to expand the gift catalogue for our Christmas fundraiser this year! Ranging from classics like our Yoga Circle T-shirt, to an original notebook designed by one of our very own – there’s something for everyone! All profits go to the Yoga Circle fund, which supports us in providing inclusive and accessible yoga for persons with disabilities and underprivileged communities. Share in the YUJ-tide cheer!

To order, click on this order form https://forms.gle/JWjYp5AfaGwuEWDfA  or drop us a message on WhatsApp at 94522387 (message-only). Place your orders before 18th Dec 2022 to receive your gifts by Christmas (24th Dec 2022).

ITEM #01

YOGA CIRCLE NOTEBOOK (SGD 16.90 per book)

Exclusively designed for Yoga Circle by one of our very own dedicated teachers and volunteers, Claudia Marrot, this adorable notebook (that also holds an important reminder of inclusivity) is sure to brighten up a Christmas gift exchange. Or, if you’re the type who loves to doodle as you daydream, treat yourself to one! You deserve it!

Material: Cover 360gsm Art Card / Inner pages 150gsm woodfree paper 

Size: A5 

Thickness: 80 sheets (160 pages)

(Available)

ITEM #02

YOGA CIRCLE TOTEBAG (SGD 14.90 per bag)

You won’t want to leave home without your very own Yoga Circle special edition cotton canvas tote bag! Designed by a Yoga Circle Volunteer team member, the artwork on this tote bag depicts the simple yet powerful message that yoga is for everyone. Great for holding anything from books to portable electronic devices.

Material: Cotton canvas

Dimension: 32cm x 36cm

(Available)

ITEM #03

YOGA CIRCLE VOLUNTEER FACE MASK (SGD 19.90 per mask)

Sewn with a structured outer fabric with customized embroidery and an inner layer of extra thick 30 momme mulberry silk. This sleek face mask is gentle on the sensitive skin, is finished with a filter pocket and adjustable ear straps with stoppers. This is one mask that is sure to (not) take your breath away! Nothing beats showing off your #volunteer in support of Yoga Circle!

Sizes: Adult size, strap adjustable

(Available)

ITEM #04

YOGA CIRCLE LADIES CROP TOP (SGD 35.00)

NEW ARRIVAL. Ladies, you’re not going to want to miss this! Stylish, roomy and flattering. All these words come to mind with the newly designed Yoga Circle ladies crop top. Inked with Yoga Circle Logo, the proceeds from these T-shirts fund outreach and awareness projects that are coming up for Yoga Circle. Get yours and wear it with pride!

Sizes: XS, S, M

Colours: Hazy Pink, Black, White, Butter

(Available)

ITEM #05

YOGA CIRCLE LADIES TANK TOP (SGD 35.00)

They say old is gold, we say classic is fantastic. Our staple Yoga Circle Ladies tank top is back in stock! A favourite among our volunteers and supporters, this tank top is light and breezy, allowing seamless movement to live an active lifestyle. It’s also great to lounge around in (we’re inclusive in every way)! Inked with Yoga Circle Logo, the proceeds from these T-shirts fund outreach and awareness projects that are coming up for Yoga Circle. Get yours and wear it with pride!

Sizes: XS, S, M

Colours: Black and Light Grey

(Available)

ITEM #06: YOGA CIRCLE UNISEX T-SHIRT (SGD 29.00)

Be part of the circle. Suitable for anyone on the gender spectrum, this T-shirt wicks perspiration quickly, breathable and cool. 100% Woven performance piqué material keeps you fresh even in drippy, sticky situations. Inked with Yoga Circle Logo, the proceeds from these T-shirts fund outreach and awareness projects that are coming up for Yoga Circle. Get yours and wear it with pride!

Sizes: XS, S, M, L

Colours: White, Blue and Grey

(Available)