If you need to stretch out those tight muscles, strengthen your core or improve your posture, we’ve rounded up our favourite places to visit for Pilates and yoga classes.
UFIT Clinic, UFIT’s holistic exercise rehab and movement therapy clinic, offers reformer and mat Pilates classes taught by experienced physiotherapists and musculoskeletal practitioners. Group classes are offered at the Raffles Quay location, and kept very small to ensure each client is given personalised attention. Private sessions are also available at both the Raffles Quay and Orchard locations.
Hear from Pilates specialist Dipti Mistry, who has been teaching Pilates for five years:
“I love Pilates because it makes me feel great! Besides working on core strength and stability, it really develops body and movement awareness, which I particularly like; the better you’re able to move, the better you’ll feel. The improvement in mobility, posture and flexibility is just a bonus. Coming from a dance background, I found there’s a lot of similarities between Pilates and dance, and that’s what drew me to it. After the first-ever mat class I took in London eight years ago, I was hooked!
Hear from Physiotherapist & Pilates Specialist Lucy Warren, who has been teaching Pilates for seven years:
“I love how versatile Pilates is – anyone and everyone can do it! My clients vary from pregnant women to retired office workers to semi-professional athletes. The extensive repertoire enables every session to be tailored to each individual’s needs and personal goals. I really enjoy seeing clients progress, especially when someone has pain; getting him or her moving pain-free again is great to see. Even smaller progressions like finding exercises that were once challenging become a little easier is a win!
As a physiotherapist, it makes sense for me to use Pilates to target areas of imbalance, muscle weakness and stiffness. Pilates encourages body awareness and helps to activate muscles that have become inactive through pain, disuse or overdevelopment of more global muscles. I’m able to apply the principles of Pilates to rehabilitate a lot of my clients and I love to see how quickly they notice the benefits.”
The Yoga School
Located on the 39th floor of OCBC Centre, this stunning boutique yoga studio offers over 20 classes a week from Monday to Friday. A sanctuary in the sky, The Yoga School has experienced yoga teachers who offer a diverse array of yoga classes. Class sizes are deliberately kept small, but you can also opt for one-to-one classes or duets (one teacher to two students).
Hear from instructor Su Unn Yeoh, certified Iyengar yoga teacher at Introductory Level 2:
“I started practising yoga regularly in 2007 before meeting my teacher, Peter Thomson, in 2008. Teaching is an extension of my yoga practice and a way to provide feedback to myself. From there, it enhances my skills and improves the way I communicate. Yoga encourages self-acceptance. It also helps you to be more aware of your thoughts and learn to see things in different ways. Some people shy away from yoga because they believe it requires a lot of flexibility and strength, or perhaps because they think it’s a spiritual practice or a form of religion. However, yoga is something that anyone and everyone can experience, and use to improve their wellbeing.”
Tucked in a cosy heritage shophouse within the Tanjong Pagar district, this studio offers Iyengar and Hatha yoga classes. Props such as blankets, blocks, belts and bolsters may be used to help students gain more awareness of their body.
Hear from Trisno Widiyanto, Iyengar yoga-certified teacher:
“Nothing is more enjoyable than seeing my students grow healthier and stronger through yoga. Yoga helps you relieve pain and stress, and eventually improves your overall well-being. I used to suffer from back pain. Through yoga practice, I got healthier and stronger; my back pain eventually went away. Like many of my students have experienced, a regular yoga practice can awaken the ‘sleeping’ parts of your body and improve your self awareness. It’s amazing!”
Hear from Natsuko Yamamoto, Iyengar yoga-certified teacher:
“Some people think that yoga only improves health and physical outlook but yoga is actually more than that. It nourishes your soul and brings awareness to your mind and body. Have patience and you’ll see its long-term benefits! Our studio is fully equipped with a yoga rope wall. The studio size is just right, enabling the teachers to observe all our students. Our students are part of our big family and there’s a friendly atmosphere.”
This Pilates and Physiotherapy centre offers group pilates classes (mat and reformer), specialised classes for targeted issues like Pilates for Computer Posture, Scoliosis Management, Back Care, private physio-pilates sessions and more. Classes are kept small with a maximum of five students per class, and all the instructors are certified by internationally recognised pilates institutions such as Polestar or Stott Pilates.
Hear from Mirko Turla, Polestar Pilates-certified instructor and educator:
“I have been teaching pilates for 15 years. I love to hear my students’ stories about how their injuries have improved and how their bodies are able to move better after doing pilates. Pilates helps to correct faulty movements – which cause injuries in the long run – and improve posture, breathing and mental focus. It also helps to destress. One common misconception of Pilates is that it’s only for women. In fact, men benefit greatly from pilates, too – after all, it was invented by Joseph Pilates! Many people also think that pilates is only about stretching. While there are definitely stretches in the repertoire, the movements require strength and endurance too.”
While this outdoor fitness community mainly specialises in strength and interval training and bootcamps, Hatha Yoga classes are held at the Botanic Gardens on Tuesday mornings and HIIT Flex Flow, a workout that combines HIIT and yoga, is held at East Coast Park on Fridays. Hear from an instructor:
Hear from Laura Wood, Yoga Alliance certified instructor:
“While I love Muay Thai classes, cycling, bootcamps and running, my passion is firmly grounded in yoga. After facing three challenging pregnancies, I discovered yoga, which not only enhanced my strength, but also had a beautiful impact on my life. I decided to study this restorative practice and share it with others. My classes focus on movement with breath, building balance, gaining flexibility and improving posture. Yoga is suitable for everyone across all ages. As long as you are patient and approach the practice with an open mind, you can experience a myriad of benefits from yoga – heightened concentration, improved clarity and optimism, just to name a few.”
Open seven days a week, this Raffles Place studio offers a wide range of group classes – from beginner to intermediate levels of reformer and mat Pilates to dedicated pre- and post-natal classes – as well as private Pilates sessions, and rehabilitation and physiotherapy services.
Hear from Daniel Dittmar, Polestar Pilates certified instructor and educator:
“I’ve been teaching Pilates for 18 years. I enjoy helping people discover what their body can do through movement – whether it’s overcoming chronic pain, gaining an improved posture or running without pain and injuries. It’s always interesting to see my clients’ surprise when they’re able to complete something they’d initially thought was impossible. Pilates is so versatile that it can be tailored to suit those who are just starting to enhance their fitness routine, athletes who want to boost their performance or someone overcoming an injury. Interestingly, many people think that Pilates is either too easy or too difficult! However, when it’s taught and done right, you will experience improvements in your body and reap the many benefits.”
22 Malacca Street, #08-00 Capital Building
The Yoga Co.
Founded by fitness enthusiasts Sandra Riley Tang of local band The Sam Willows and yoga master Paalu, The Yoga Co. welcomes beginners and ardent yoga fans alike. Classes are incorporated with various forms of exercises, including callisthenics and HIIT, to build strength, flexibility and stamina while promoting muscular conditioning.
Hear from Sandra Riley Tang, RYT 200 certified instructor, co-founder and creative director of The Yoga Co.:
“I have a fondness for sports, and yoga really complements that. It improves my athletic performance, teaches me to breathe better and helps me recuperate from injuries, too. Yoga is all about awareness; being aware of your body, your emotions and your mind. Plus, it’s such a great stress- and pain-reliever! In my class, you can expect details, adjustments, laughter and a better mind, body and soul afterwards. There’s a common misconception that yoga is slow and all about meditation, but there are so many different types of yoga that suit different needs. Yoga is for everybody – no matter your size, shape, gender, belief and colour. It isn’t just for the flexible, it’s simply for the willing.”
723 North Bridge Road
Apart from Muay Thai, bootcamps and dance classes, this up-and-coming fitness house offers unique “FlyWith” aerial classes, WeBarre, pilates and yoga. Feeling hungry after your workout? Tuck into hearty burgers and pastas at the in-house cafe!
With three studios islandwide – Telok Blangah, Serangoon Garden and River Valley – Pilates Fitness offers reformer and chair pilates classes to target weight loss, body aches and prenatal issues and more. Corporate workshops and lessons are also available for booking.
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