Artbox Singapore 2018 | Shop for a Cause

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See you all at Blaze the Bay at DBS Marina Regatta 2018 on the following dates:

                                                             MAY 25, 26 and 27  

                                                                        and 

                                                              JUNE 1, 2, and 3

Booth will open at 3:00 in the afternoon. Be socially conscious consumer! See you there!

Visit DBS Website to view 20 Social Enterprises joined SHOP FOR A CAUSE

FitnessFest SG 2018 | Singapore's Ultimate Fitness Festival

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The second edition of FitnessFest 2018 held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay -  Saturday May 19, 2018.

Discover Bouldering, Boxing, Bounce, Calisthenics, CrossFit, Pakour, Spin, and the Manduka Stage featuring Yoga, Pilates, Barre and more!

A 12 hours fifathon of mega mass workouts with fitness celebrities and top professionals  held at main stage, FitnessConcert.

Get the right knowledge on healthy living, workshops and cooking. Meet like-minded people.

#WeAreSocialFitness

Enter Your Best Fashion For Good Lifestyle Photo Contest! Win $100

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Share your best fashion for good lifestyle! Win $100 

Enter our Instagram photo contest by sharing your best lifestyle with any of our products.  We want to see how awesome you look.

Use #PeopleofPurnama and #dogoodandHaveFun - contest ends 31 March 2018.

Hint: Photo at cool travel locations, wellness activities (yoga, a walk, ...), unique nature shots, or just purely be fun while being good with your lifestyle - with our product.  Yes Win $100 Gift Card.

Yoga vs MMA: When Worlds Collide

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Author: Charles Pitts, Co-Founder of Purnama Outreach Pte Ltd

No two activities could be farther apart, right?  Maybe not; it’s time to rethink this perception of a clash of cultures. In a world now full of cross-training and hybrid training programs, why the remaining resistance and separation of these worlds?

When many people think of yoga, they might imagine a yoga studio full of skinny women (The latest Yoga in America study showed 82.2 percent are women; 17.8 percent are men) performing relaxed stretches and not a bead of sweat. Although you might find yourself in such a class when a beginner, many advanced yoga programs and practices require tremendous strength and stamina.

Another possible barrier that dissuades some men and others are the parts of yoga that emphasize getting in touch with your feelings and an excess of mystical and new age posturing. This is of course perfectly in line with the origins of yogic practice as a cultural and spiritual practice. That still does not preclude those interested in the health and wellness benefits from taking an interest.

From the other side, it is maybe partly due to the misconception that MMA practitioners are overly aggressive, even mean; and yoga practitioners are peaceful and tranquil. Namaste. Although both are individual sporting activities in their own right, there is also a great deal of crossover of goals and and benefits that can be realized from both. Let’s break down this wall and look at how these two sports can coexist in your program.  

Yoga enthusiasts, let’s start by realizing that martial arts is not just punching someone in the face or choking them unconscious. Ok, well, if your a professional fighter..... maybe it is.  For the rest of us, MMA is a fierce creator of strength and explosive power, stamina and endurance, balance and coordination, mental agility and focus; and its fun. Many gyms and classes focus on these athletic endeavors and not true combat.  Also I think you will find the “art” element in martial arts if you expose yourself to all MMA has to offer.  For the most part, I have found martial artists to be some of the nicest and most measured people around. To progress in most gyms, you must learn and practice respect, self-control, and humility. Not exactly the first adjectives that may come to mind.  Also it’s worth dispelling that MMA is just for guys; walk into many gyms and you will see young girls and women of all ages enjoying the sport.  

On the other hand, if you relish physical competition or just already practice martial arts for sport or just a good workout; here are some reasons you should consider yoga as part of your routine.  

Expect to use every part your body; increasing  self awareness; your ability to control breathing at muscle failure, core strength; and mental and physical stamina.  Imagine experiencing pain while maintaining focus enough to hold a pose and to control your breathing while continuously adjusting posture and balance.  

Among the benefits of greater flexibility from stretching includes avoiding injuries like muscle tears and joint issues; along with the all too common lower back pain.  Increased blood flow can keep your muscles operating efficiently and healthy.  

Yoga includes an enormous amount of poses and moves designed specifically to open up the hips.  For the martial artist, flexible hips and legs can foster faster kicks. Your grappling benefits from better takedowns, submissions and defense.

Martial artists are known to be a bit uptight. With grueling schedules, mentally and physically draining routines, and a constant drive to improve and compete against others as well as oneself; who can blame them.  Not even mentioned yet, the great benefits of stress reduction on cardiovascular and general health including all important mental wellness.

There is however a valid counter-argument that I would be remiss not to mention.  We so often hear that time is our most precious resource.  With only so many hours in the day, for a competitive martial artist, not all training activities are an equally important use of your time. Many trainers of professional fighters espouse views that anything but practicing the sport itself is a lost opportunity. I think this argument has some merit, but a bit myopic. Look how university and professional American football players train - football drills and practice, sprinting, weightlifting, and stretching.  I think that this example is a good balance, but if you don’t want to take my word for it,  listen to the pro’s.

According to 27-year-old Brendan Loughnane, a Manchester-based MMA fighter -

“Yoga should be a massive part of training. With how hard we train and how beaten up our bodies get over the years, in later life especially you need to work on flexibility....Your muscles get really tight from wrestling and boxing, and it can get quite hard sometimes just getting out of bed in the mornings."

How about looking to Connor McGregor who is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion and former featherweight champion.  McGregor famously trains under movement specialist Ido Portal, and is a fan of yogic movements.  

Perhaps yoga is ultimately a form of martial art, your enemy is within.  

For the modern athlete or fitness enthusiast, a fitness bag to bring on your lifestyle. 

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Meet the Author and his Social Entrepreneur work at Singapore Fitness Festival 19 May 2018

Ho Ho Ho! Season of Gifting is here!

Upcoming Christmas Fairs:

 

  Cluny Court in Bukit Timah  Date: 1 - 3 December 2017 Time: 11 am - 7 pm Venue: Cluny Court, Level 2  #02-13, 2nd Floor Cluny Court,  501 Bukit Timah Road   Singapore 259760

Cluny Court in Bukit Timah

Date: 1 - 3 December 2017
Time: 11 am - 7 pm
Venue: Cluny Court, Level 2

#02-13, 2nd Floor Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road 
Singapore 259760

     Inspiration Market           Date: 2 December 2017          Time: 12 pm - 8 pm          Venue: National Design Centre           111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969           Atrium, Level 1

    Inspiration Market

         Date: 2 December 2017
         Time: 12 pm - 8 pm
         Venue: National Design Centre

         111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969

         Atrium, Level 1

 Merry Little Christmas Festival   Date: 6 - 10 December 2017 Time: 11 am - 8 pm Venue: Visual Arts Centre   #01-02, 10 Penang Road, Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore

Merry Little Christmas Festival 

Date: 6 - 10 December 2017
Time: 11 am - 8 pm
Venue: Visual Arts Centre 

#01-02, 10 Penang Road, Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore

Event: October 1 - The Conscious Festival

Green Is The New Black, The Conscious Festival, is back! This is a place where fun and social environmental responsibility go hand in hand.

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>> ENTRY IS FREE <<

One day we want to be zero waste! In our efforts to get there, we kindly ask that you register so that we can estimate the amount of food needed and prepare the crockery.

The event will be held at PARKROYAL Hotel on Pickering in Singapore, on:
Sunday 1st October, 11.00am - 7.00pm


This Summer: Giving Back is Always in Style

August is an Amazing Month and we thank our Partners
Do Join Us at Our Events, Social Enterprise Celebrations and
Fashion For A Social Cause

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Social Enterprise Showcase

Event Name: Jeep Singapore National Day Social Enterprise Showcase
Date: Saturday 5 August – Sunday 6 August (12pm – 6pm)
Free Event - RSVP here
We Pledge $1 to Food Bank, for Each Item Purchased

 
Launching Our First Set of Exclusive Designs for Singapore Fashion Runway

Event Name: Singapore Fashion Runway, Fashion For A Social Cause
Date: Saturday 12 August, 2:30pm – 9:00pm (Fashion Show 4:00PM)
Location: Scape, Orchard Link – Singapore
Follow on details here


Annual Event on Be #PartOfTheGood – Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise,RaiSE
Event Name: Annual Event with Festival For Good
Date: Saturday 19 August, 12pm - 10pm
Location: 71-77 Stamford road, MPH Building Singapore 178895
More Details Here

Our First Pop-Up Store

A collaboration of two individuals, brainchild of Purnama and GreenieGenie, who crossed paths at the Earth Fest 2017 Singapore and decided to collaborate for a greater impact and awareness on "Better" products locally. We ship internationally.

Come check it out at:

Haji Lane No 69A - Singapore 189262
   Hours of Operation:  OPEN starts June 10, 2017
       Monday - Thursday 10:30am - 8:30pm
       Friday - Saturday    10:30am - 9:00pm
       Sunday                   11:00am - 8:00pm

Your Support is Life-Changing and There’s More …

THANK YOU FOR SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT US
 

The Impact is Life-Changing:

Just By Spreading The Word About Us and Through Your Purchase of Our Products.  

Recently Through Our Two Collections: Pokhara and Java, a Student in our Outreach Program is going to COLLEGE! The Women in the Weaving Project are now INDEPENDENT, fully employed and sending their children in school. And there’s more …

Your impact on A Weaving Project - Pokhara Collection:

 

Photos above are glimpses of the workshops held in the mountains surrounding Pokhara, Nepal- workshops on looming and sewing.

 

Your impact on Upcycling Project - Java Collection :

 

Photos above are activities supported through the great purchases of our Upcycled products. 
A Waste Sorting Program was funded, education to sort waste properly and to provide waste sorting management system.  Partially funding a library and to introduce permaculture (permanent agriculture) system in a Central Java (Indonesia) village, a project called “Desa Eco Logica”.