Bikram Yoga City Hall
#02-14 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd., 6339-6639.
This yoga studio has the official authorization of the Bikram Yoga College of India. It’s also the only yoga studio here to judiciously follow the original hot yoga practice. You’ll find 26 hatha yoga postures here, two breathing exercises and sessions with 40-degree temperatures. Sweat it out.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape
#06-05 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd.,
Run by the famed Club 21 boutique, this yoga studio allows fans to pick from hatha and ashtanga. This place is great for novices and experts as there are different levels available.
Gaia Yoga Centre
#03-01 Thongsia Building, 30 Bideford Rd., 6738-2028.
An extensive range of yoga is taught here—hatha, flow, pranayama, women’s health, and gentle yoga. People who like to go into Zen mode can also try the meditation classes. Gaia also organizes yoga retreats in Manado, Indonesia.
#18-00 Ngee Ann City Tower A, 319 Orchard Rd., 6733-8863.
This yoga studio hails from Hong Kong. They have five studios here and over 180 classes. You’ll find the works here—ashtanga, vinyasa yoga, hatha, power yoga and hot yoga for true-blue yoga fans. Classes have about 15 students in them.
4/F, Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Rd., 6733-9555
2/F, Ocean Towers, 20 Raffles Place, 6536-3390.
Classes are quite big but extremely varied. There are ashtanga, hatha, power yoga, hatha vinyasa and even yoga therapy classes available.
Whatever Yoga & Healing Space
20, 29A and 31 Keong Saik Rd., 6224-0300.
Big fans of ashtanga and hatha vinyasa yoga, mediation and homeopathy, intuitive massage, reiki and psychic readings will love this yoga hangout. In addition to classes, there are also workshops and talks you can attend.
2/F, 157A Telok Ayer St., 6223-8254.
This is the first hot yoga studio in Singapore, and a good place for beginners. About 25 classes of Bikram and power yoga are held weekly in a sweltering 37-degree room. Plus you can check out their range of pricey-but-nice-and-funky yoga togs.
The Yoga Place
King George’s Building, 328B King George’s Ave., 9270-2670.
Followers of ashtanga yoga flock here. The classes are capped at seven students, and are intimate instead of large and rowdy. Raj, the resident instructor, not only knows his stuff but also has a great sense of humor.
Fitness Centers/Gyms That Offer Yoga
Everyone loves a two-in-one, which comes in great use when you don’t even have time to wash your hair. Here are some nifty establishments that are both a gym and a yoga studio, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
California Fitness Jackie Chan Sport
3/F, Velocity @ Novena Square, 238 Thomson Rd., 6250-2345 and other outlets.
The big name in fitness has teamed up with Asia’s big name—Jackie Chan—of late, offering members a wide variety of fitness regimes. Classes can be rather big, but pretty much everything is under one roof. There’s boxercise, Bodyjam, hip hop, Fitball, Bodypump and tai chi. Hatha and basic yoga classes are on the yoga programs.
8/F, One Raffles Quay, 6327-5550 and other outlets.
This well-established gym has just opened a new outlet at One Raffles Quay, which boasts advanced gym equipments—like a kinesis studio, free-weight and strength equipment, Technogym cardio equipment (including the CardioWave), plus bikes and cross trainers. Yoga classes at this outlet include hatha and power yoga. The other outlets teach mostly hatha yoga.
#07-00 Caltex House, 30 Raffles Place, 6438-3000
#03-10 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, 6278-3000 and other outlets.
Another gym which has a large chain islandwide, Planet Fitness has its share of free weights, fitness cross trainers, treadmills and elliptical machines. Members are evaluated regularly over six months to gauge their progress. This outlet also has a hot yoga studio.
TRUE Yoga & Fitness Centre
#01-22 OUB Centre, 1 Raffles Place, 6536-7707.
This is the only TRUE outlet that integrates a gym with a yoga studio of sorts. The new outlet in Shenton Way has got hatha, hot, gentle, therapy and ashtanga yoga classes. The huge, funky gym is fitted with fibre optic lights and groovy disco balls.