Thinking of doing yoga in Singapore? Here, we share where you can go for private and group yoga classes in Singapore. Plus, we hear from instructors from a couple of the top yoga studios in Singapore about why they love this low-impact workout. Now it’s time to roll out that mat and discover the many benefits of yoga!
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape Singapore
Jay Budai, certified Iyengar Yoga instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience
“Yoga is about going into yourself. It’s about creating space, peace and intelligence. Being a student of yoga is a very long process. It takes discipline, long uninterrupted practice and detachment. ‘Love’ comes in when you have cleared yourself sufficiently of fear. Yoga asanas (poses) challenge us to look fear in the face and gradually send it back to where it came from.
Iyengar Yoga pays close attention to the alignment of each yoga posture. It is the practice of precision. Each Iyengar Yoga class is dynamic and unique, designed by the teacher responding to the needs of the students. This requires teachers that are deeply experienced and well trained in the use of alignment, sequencing and props to guide students through a safe, systematic and effective progression.”
More on COMO Shambhala
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As one of the top yoga studios in Singapore, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape Singapore offers over 15 different group and private classes taught at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. This includes Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa flow, and pre- and post-natal yoga. Additionally, the studio offers mat and reformer Pilates, Gyrotonics classes, myofascial release, massage therapy, and restorative and sound healing therapy, among other holistic healthcare services. There’s even a movement, art and mindfulness programme for children (five to 12 years old).
New at COMO Shambhala? You can enjoy a complimentary group mat yoga or Pilates live stream class! Click on this link – comoshambhala.com/singapore/check-class-availability – then register an account, select a live stream class to book and checkout with ‘Live Stream Free Trial’.
Yoga With Lishan
Lishan Lim, founder and yoga instructor
“Yoga is an all-rounder for me. It encapsulates breath, balance, focus, core, cardiovascular, flexibility, mindfulness, relaxation and more. I love how the postural, physical aspect is truly the tip of the iceberg once you befriend the practice.
I knew that yoga was for me when I tried my first Hot Hatha class back in 2013. It just felt wonderful, not just for my body but for my mind and soul as well. As I struggle with psychological illnesses, yoga always helps bring me back to balance. It truly is an indispensable tool in my life, and I am grateful to have it and share it. Teaching yoga allows me to empower my students to observe and inhabit their bodies. It’s also an opportunity for me to connect with others.”
About Yoga With Lishan
As a private yoga instructor, Lishan offers bespoke yoga classes in Singapore. Tailored to each client’s needs, her yoga classes are based on Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative yoga styles. In addition, she teaches pre- and post-natal yoga, partner yoga, chair yoga for seniors, meditation courses, relaxation techniques, specialty group workshops and live classes on social media. Conveniently, Lishan can come to you, or you can practise yoga at her home in Marine Parade.
What are the benefits of yoga?
There are countless benefits of yoga for your body and mind. So, now that you’ve got our list of go-to yoga studios in Singapore, here’s why you should give yoga a try.
It’s for anyone
One of the key benefits of yoga is that you can do it at any age or stage. It’s well known to improve bone density, balance, flexibility and core strength, and can help with back pain, circulatory health and even help relieve menstrual cramps! So, whether you’re a certified human pretzel or can barely reach your ankles, yoga is for you.
It improves your fitness
Yoga helps with balance, flexibility, strength, toning and keeping trim.
It’s a natural mood booster
Whether you’re doing it in a big group, with a few friends or alone with a private yoga instructor, taking regular yoga classes has been proven to help lift depression, lessen anxiety and relieve stress.
Yoga in Singapore – The different types
Wondering which types of yoga classes in Singapore to try? There are many different types! Some yoga studios in Singapore may offer one style while others may offer multiple styles. But, no matter which style you choose, you’re bound to reap the health benefits of yoga. Here’s a quick guide to different types of yoga.
Often a gentler class, hatha yoga concentrates on holding asanas (poses), physical alignment and balance. It does not have flow between poses and can also include breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation.
Named after its developer, B.K.S. Iyengar, this is a form of hatha yoga that emphasises detail, precision and alignment to promote strength, mobility and stability.
Targeting the deep connective tissues and the muscle fascia, yin yoga aims to help regulate the flow of energy in the body. Poses are more passive, and mainly done on the floor.
One of the more vigorous styles, Ashtanga yoga includes a series of poses that are each held for just five breaths. To keep up the pace, you do a half sun salutation between poses.
This sub-category of Ashtanga yoga is both traditional and safe: it is taught one to-one, but practised in a group setting. Students arrive as they please within a three-hour period.
Also called flow yoga or dynamic yoga, classes flow from pose to pose without pause, giving students a good workout. It’s a good idea to take a few slower classes first to become familiar with the poses.
Perhaps the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, kundalini combines meditation, mantra, asanas and dynamic breathing for a practise that is both physical and spiritual.
Until you’ve tried this, you haven’t really sweated. In a studio heated to 41°C, 26 poses are performed in the same order each time. Strengthening and stretching, it also facilitates the release of toxins.
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