Yoga is huge in Singapore right now, and it’s not going to slow down anytime soon. Forget being packed into mega studios like sardines in a can where basically, you’re just a number and nobody can see whether you’re doing your downward dog to maximum effect. Instead, a new generation of boutique yoga studios is on the rise with small class sizes, an intimate vibe and more personalised attention.
If you’re interested in trying out the ancient Indian practice to strengthen your body and mind, check out these 7 boutique yoga studios that might just lure you away from the masses.
Kate Porter Yoga
For a complete yoga experience, look no further than Kate Porter Yoga. Tucked away in a nondescript condo a stone’s throw from East Coast Park, this total wellness centre offers a wide range of classes to suit all levels and timings. Our favourite is the Restorative Yoga class, which focuses on invigorating the immune system and stretching out all the aches and pains of the week. At the end of the class, an assistant walks in with a tray of cold aromatherapy towels and cups of homemade chilled wellness tea. The space also doubles up as an art gallery and book exchange space, as well as cute little yoga store aptly called ‘Kate’s Closet’.
Price: $25 per class or $220 for 20 classes. Click here for class schedules.
Kate Porter Yoga is located at 5000G Marine Parade Rd, Laguna Park, Singapore 449290, p. 9781 3403.
Housed in a shophouse overlooking the Kampong Glam quarter, OhmSantih offers tailor-made yoga lessons based on your specific needs. To keep the experience personal, classes are limited to 5 students so there is maximum interaction between the teacher and you, which is great for correcting poses and improving weaknesses. OhmSantih offer Ashtanga yoga courses for different levels and includes a short theory lesson and yoga practice. This is a great place if you are serious about yoga practice and want to understand the true meaning behind it, and it doesn’t hurt that you can squeeze in a quick shop along Haji Lane after!
Price: $600 for 8 classes at beginner level. Click here for class schedules.
OhmSantih is located at 50A Bussorah St, Singapore 199466, p. 9336 2556.
If you’re looking for something more dynamic to take you to higher levels of fitness, toning, and weight loss, Total Yoga is the ideal for you. Originally founded in India by yogis Neetu Singh and Manish Pole, Total Yoga came to Singapore in 2011, combining Asanas for fitness, weight loss, and toning with Pranayama for energising, cleansing, and de-stressing, as well as Meditation. The programme comprises of three classes a week with a different style each day: Vinyasa-flow, classical Hatha yoga and Power yoga.
Price: $30 per class or $100 for 4 classes. Click here for class schedules.
Total Yoga is located at 111, Jalan Kembangan, Singapore 419149, p. 9105 1300.
Down at South Bridge Road, you’ll find a gem of a studio in the form of Zattva. Founded and led by Shyamaram Ramadas, who has honed his practice in the ashrams and institutions India, Zattva offers holistic programmes that take you on a journey of self-discovery through a combination of yoga, meditation and reflection. This is not about yoga which pushes you to your limits, or focuses purely on just physical health benefits. It’s about achieving true relaxation, balance and control, leaving you ready to deal with the rest of the week. Zattva regularly organises talks on the different aspects of wellbeing, as well as the occasional yoga retreat.
Price: $30 per class. Click here for class schedules.
Zattva Yoga is located at 228A South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058777, p. 6737 3627.
Master’s Yoga Sadhan
The four-year-old Masters’ Yoga Sadhan is dedicated to teaching the traditional methods of yoga as taught by the great masters, hence the name. Besides offering a range of classes in the traditional styles, the studio – right in the heart of CBD – also offers unique classes tailored to your health and lifestyle needs, emphasising different aspects of yoga. Try the Wall Rope Yoga, Healthy Back Yoga, pre-natal yoga and even yoga for Executives. Classes are kept small and are varied according to your skill level.
Price: $210 for 10 classes. Click here for class schedules.
Master’s Yoga Sadhan is located at 77 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088498, p. 9747 8494.
Located in a former church building in the beautiful Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, Ziva (the Sanskrit word for bliss) is not just about doing Asanas, it’s about being at bliss with oneself. They offer both hot and non-hot yoga classes in various styles, including Yoga Therapy – which gives you the knowledge and pose to improve your posture, avoid injury, and release pain and tension – Pre-natal yoga, and even Kids yoga (work off all that energy!). After your session, head down Tiong Bahru for some hipster coffee and food.
Price: $35 per class or $250 for 10 classes. Click here for class schedules.
Ziva Yoga is located at 10 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168895, p. 8615 1280.
One of the most established boutique yoga spaces in the east, expand your mind and body beyond just simple exercise or relaxation at Updog Studio’s hot, Hatha, and Pre-natal yoga classes. Here, movement is just a pathway to greater ease and healing, combining alignment techniques with breath techniques for calm and balance. The studio has also revamped recently with a brand new team and space along Katong, as well as an in-house celeb chef to advice you on nutrition. Now, up dog!
Price: $40 per class or $290 for 10 classes. Click here for class schedules.
Updog Studio is located at 135/137 East Coast Road #03-01 Singapore 428820, p. 6440 0282.
This story first appeared on City Nomads.