Do big-name yoga studios make you feel like you’re just another nameless face in the crowd? Marc Dass of In The Loop recommends 8 yoga studios that are less-known but will make you feel right at home.
Vyasa is a blend of Eastern philosophies and modern scientific research. They have published more than 200 research papers in the field of yoga and its positive impact on human health, and is backed bythe world’s leading yoga university, Vyasa University in India. If you are feeling stressed or in need of more sleep, try their Cyclic Meditation workshop, which will help induce deep sleep and reduce anxiety. The workshop was designed by Dr. Nagendra who was a former space scientist with NASA. Yes, you read right NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
Civil Service Club #03/05, 60 Tessensohn Road, Tel: 9626 2425 or 8186 6464
2. Yoga Kula
Kula means ‘community’ in Sanskrit and the studio is all for building this Kulamunity. Family bonding is encouraged and kids between 7-12yrs old get free classes if parents are doing the class with them. Sunday is family day and founder, Faith Ong, shares that even “cousins and siblings come to Kula to practice together”. Their new location in Bukit Timah was just launched in July
Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #B2-02, Tel: 9644 1625
3. Meraki Yoga
This boutique yoga studio is tucked away amidst the lush greenery of One North residences and is the west side’s answer to a hot yoga studio. Catering classes for beginners in Hot Classic or turning the heat up for intermediate levels with Hot Flow, one thing is guaranteed: you will break a sweat. The studio has a lounge on the second floor for you to chill out or read a book before class with nice ambient natural light. Cool off with a stroll through the park or unwind with a cuppa from the café opposite.
7 One North Gateway One North Residences #01-15, Tel: 6872 3711
A typical yoga session can have anywhere between 20 to 40 poses but at Zattva, you’ll move into only 4 to 6 poses in each class. Zattva adopts a holistic approach in their classes; they believe in a philosophy that promotes the ability of physical postures to prime the body and facilitate breath control. There is an increasing awareness about the roots of yoga and its authenticity and Zattva aims to create opportunities for traditional Yoga studies for aspiring Yoga teachers and practitioners. Founder, Shyamaram, believes in “going back to the source to cultivate a holistic lifestyle”.
228A South Bridge Road, Tel: 9169 4215
5. Ziva Yoga
Located in a former church building, the premises have now been revived to become a mini sports centre with elements of the old façade and doors still being preserved. At Ziva, they offer both hot and non-hot classes. The hot classes use heating “fans” as opposed to heating panels so you don’t feel like you are being cooked! After your yoga session, take a jaunt down the many cafes in the hip Tiong Bahru neighbourhood.
10 Seng Poh Road, Tel: 6220 2500
This is a dedicated movement studio, centrally located in a heritage building at Pickering Street. Their mid-afternoon yoga classes are a great way to power you up when you’re feeling the midday slump. Besides yoga, the studio also offers unique movement modalities like Gyrotonic, Pilates, and the very unique Yamuna Body Rolling – a method of self-care massage and stretching, which will literally have you feeling and looking taller after the first try.
3 Pickering Street, #03-53 Nankin Row, China Square Central, Tel: 8383 6834
Work stressing you out? Boss driving you nuts? Have migraines? Hanging on your head helps. Samastha is a cute little yoga studio situated conveniently at Amoy street and they offer Rope Yoga. The ropes attached to the wall help you to stretch particular parts of your body, by using traction and gravity. The assisted support reduces your fears of falling, and allows you to try more challenging poses.
104 Amoy Street, #02-01, Tel: 6423 9913
The first thing that will strike you about this studio is a giant image of OM in red and yellow hand-painted on the wall. The founder of the studio, Shree wanted to dedicate all teachings and practice to the great masters hence the name Masters Yoga. Try the Yoga Weights class where poses are done with one-pound weights to strengthen the muscles. They also offer Wall-Rope Yoga Hot and Prenatal Yoga.
77 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Tel: 9747 8494
13 Dec 2016