We are seeing a rise in yoga worldwide, most particularly in the personalised, intimate setting of practicing yoga in boutique yoga studios.
If you haven’t already know about the myriad of benefits from practicing yoga for both the young and old, here are a few – increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance and protection from injury.
If you’ve been on my Instagram and hanging around, you’ll know that I have a thing for inversions and yoga poses. When I look out for yoga classes, I always look out for classes that offer inversion classes.
Here I round up some of the best yoga studios in Singapore that I’ve been wanting to try out. I always tell myself that I would start signing up for a yoga package once I start working full-time proper so I have a set routine.
Then it gets hard to fit it in when I was working 2 jobs. Just look at my crazy schedule:
9.30am – 6pm – Working full-time as a social media/ digital marketing consultant
6.30pm – 7.30pm – Training my clients at the gym
7.30pm – 9pm – Working out on my own at the gym or clocking in a 10km run around Marina Bay Sands
So you see, this pretty sums up my weekdays. This also explains my lack of time for friends – what with the maintenance of this blog and working with partners to bring you more giveaways! 😉
Look at my idol, Sjana Earp, in her element:
Nevertheless, I would like to introduce some of the best boutique yoga studios in Singapore. Most of these studios also offer yoga for beginners.
Best yoga studios in Singapore – including my favourite ones!
1. Yoga Inc review
Known for its black and white minimalist interior design and resident dog, Yoga Inc has now expanded to cover 4 locations.
With classes such as prenatal yoga, classic hot yoga, and restorative yoga, this boutique yoga studio has something for almost everyone! Amazingly, they have classes for beginners eager to try out yoga for the first time, and even for expectant mothers. Have a look at their wide range of classes here.
Don’t miss their vintage-inspired boutique yoga studio in Tiong Bahru that occupies a heritage shop space. It’s nothing like any other studios!
Yoga Inc studios are non-air-conditioned and towels are provided for every student. Teacher training classes are also offered at Yoga Inc.
Opening hours: Varies. More info here. Branches: Guillemard / Tiong Bahru / Punggol / Tampines
2. Yoga Movement review
With 6 studios in Singapore, their latest edition at East Coast, it is evident that Yoga Movement is a favourite.
As one of the more affordable boutique yoga studios in Singapore, it’s no wonder their hip studios attract a young crowd. Founded by home-grown singer-songwriter, Alicia Pan, Yoga Movement hosts classic yoga classes, perfect for beginners starting out.
I found an outlet that is extremely near to my workplace, and this is my number one choice! They have various classes available, catered to beginners (through their “BASICS” class) and even advanced yoga enthusiasts (through their “POWER FLOW” class). There is a lack of a pre-natal class, but nonetheless, it’s still a great option for you to consider for yourself and friends!
Opening hours: 8.30am to 9.15pm Address: Carpenter Street / East Coast / Orchard 22 / Robertson Quay / Tanjong Pagar / Tiong Bahru
3. Yoga Lab review
As one of the newest yoga studios in Singapore, Yoga Lab is quickly gaining popularity. It is one of the few yoga studios that allows practitioners of all skills background to “experiment with yoga”, whether it is to develop a strong foundation or stretch yourself beyond what you’re comfortable with.
The wide range of yoga teachers at Yoga Lab is a warm welcome for all yoga enthusiasts, particularly beginners, as this is the perfect chance to learn the right techniques. Interestingly, there’s a pre-natal yoga class here, too, that aims to “help women relax, strengthen and prepare themselves – physically and mentally – for birth”. Tell me that’s not impressive!
I gave it a go, working up a good sweat within 1 hour, and you should, too!
Opening hours: Varies Branches: Dempsey / Raffles / Boon Tat / East Coast
4. Yoga Mandala
Instructors of Yoga Mandala believes that yoga is more than just the practice – it is also about the bonds you form through yoga.
With a maximum of 15 people in each class, they create a familial environment that makes you feel like you’re not struggling alone.
Take it from Sara from the band 53A – an instructor at Yoga Mandala. Sara makes it a point to introduce the entire class individually by name so everyone knows everyone by the end of the class.
Beginners and mothers-to-be can also rejoice; they have beginners and pre/post-natal classes available at Yoga Mandala, too! Talk about inclusive 😉
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm Address: 134B Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068600
5. The Yoga Co
Branded as a home-concept yoga studio, The Yoga Co was founded by duo Sandra Riley Tang (of The Sam Willows) and yoga master teacher Paalu. They break out from conventional yoga studios by introducing fitness elements such as calisthenics and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to build strength, flexibility and stamina.
Bootcamp classes last 75 to 90 minutes. Special packages such as the Lunch Crunch and Sunrise Package are available to cater to different groups, as well as a special class on arm balance and inversions. To make it more convenient for the students, they’ve even integrated an app to facilitate class bookings. Talk about being savvy!
Their “Back-To-Basics” class offers a great opportunity for beginners to try out yoga, but they don’t have a specialised pre-natal class for expectant mothers.
Still, have a look at all 10 of The Yoga Co classes here and you might find something that you like!
Opening hours: 7am to 9pm Address: 10A Pahang Street, Singapore 198611
6. Hale Yoga
A small intimate studio, this is one of the few yoga studios in Singapore I found that offers aerial yoga.
If you have not heard of aerial yoga, you NEED to give it a try. Hammocks are hung from the ceiling and with the help of it, you will be able to get into some pretty cool poses. The teacher makes it look so easy and graceful but it might be a whole different story when you actually do it.
But don’t worry, they have classes catering to all levels – for the ones who have never tried it before and those who are regular practitioners. The teacher also makes an effort to go around and help everyone get into the inversions and poses, which I really appreciated.
Hale also offers the other regular yoga practices such as Hatha and Vinyasa. When you really need to be challenged, try out ‘Iron Flow’, which includes weights in the yoga practice!
Opening hours: 7.00am to 8.30pm (Weekdays) Address: Robinson Square, 144 Robinson Road #19-02, Singapore 068908
7. Sweatbox Yoga
If you are looking for a hot yoga option, Sweatbox Yoga is my personal choice. If you have not seen their studios, they are beautiful. The ceiling to floor windows allow natural light to penetrate the studio and it seems like you are flowing through yoga poses outdoors.
To be honest, this is one of the main reasons I love this studio so much. Not to mention their studio’s aesthetic… exquisite!
Sweatbox offer the traditional Bikram Yoga, Hot Hatha, Hot Flow and also, non hot options if the Singapore weather is just enough for you. They even have classes for kids so why not turn it into a family thing?
Opening hours: 9.00am to 9.00pm (Weekdays) Address: Far East Shopping Centre / OUE Downtown Gallery / The Grandstand
8. Freedom Yoga
Stepping into the Cecil Street outlet, I felt an immediate sense of calmness – probably because of the white walls and white furniture. This studio is pretty huge compared to the other yoga studios in Singapore I have been to. They offer a total of 14 different types of yoga classes including my favourite ‘Inversion 101’ class.
One of the more interesting classes I found here is the “Inside Flow”. It is a Vinyasa flow class set to music, something not commonly offered at other studios. If you have tried this, be sure to let me know how it went!
Opening hours: Varies depending on studio locations Address: Heng Da Building (Cecil Street) / 39 Amoy Street / Holland Village (25E Lor Liput) / 407 River Valley Road
9. Yoga +
Yoga + believes in bringing the values you practice on the mat, beyond that and into your life.
Whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced yoga, Yoga + has 10 different types of yoga classes including stretch, power, cardio flow, yoga dance, invert, stretch, basic, power, revitalise and flow which will definitely fit what you are looking for. Yoga dance is something different I haven’t seen in other studios, so for those who dance, this might be really interesting! Yoga + also offers mother and baby yoga and pre natal sessions.
Other than their usual classes, Yoga + holds other courses such as the 30 day reboot where you can challenge yourself to take 30 classes in 30 days!
Opening hours: Varies depending on studio locations Address: Arab Street / Pagoda Street / Tanjong Pagar
10. Upside Motion
Upside Motion is not an exclusive yoga studio but is a very popular one due to the diversity of exercises they have. Not only do they offer yoga but also, aerial, barre and pilates. I would recommend this studio if you like mixing up your workouts. Upside Motion is also the only studio in Singapore that offers Xtend Barre.
Upside Motion have session all through out the day which is pretty great for those who just needs to quickly get a workout and leave.
Opening hours: Varies depending on studio locations Address: Orchard Shopping Centre / OUE Downtown Gallery / 36 Armenian Street
That said, if you’re looking for a great yoga mat for travel, here are some great resources:
- The Best Travel Yoga Mats (Traveling with a Yoga Mat & Reviews)
- The Best Travel Yoga Mats For Your Next Trip Compared
And if you’re not inspired to do yoga already, here are more yoga quotes to feed your soul!