Looking for a little self care and downtime? The Eastern practices of meditation and Singapore’s wonderful wellness options will be sure to revive, recharge and rejuvenate you.
Top places to practise yoga
Yoga has burst onto the Singapore health and fitness scene with excellent studios popping up all across the city. The Yoga Collective is built upon traditional yoga philosophies and offers 15 different classes from ashtanga, yin and flow to yoga HIIT, ab pilates and bootcamp sessions. Yoga Lab , the brainchild of leading practitioner Jasmine Yong, counts wellness and biology as its bedrocks, with small classes where guidance and realignment are key. Yoga+ has two cool, contemporary studios with a diverse timetable, from upbeat yoga dance sessions to classic basic and flow sessions. The studio collaborates with local start-ups, brands and campaigns and often hosts book clubs, pop ups and art events.
For a relaxing yoga practice, try Alpha Balance’s yin and restorative yoga, where lying-down poses are held for longer periods and the slow pace is designed to bring inner calm. Pure Yoga’s aerial class will have you swinging from the ceiling in silken hammocks – there’s also rope wall yoga and dance yoga classes, while True Yoga’s hot classes are excellent for conditioning and held in heated studios – try the shoulder-therapy or hip class to stretch out aching muscles. Upside Motion is another fab option for acrobatic aerial classes.
Yoga with a view
Strike your warrior pose with the skyline of Singapore as your backdrop at The Yoga School . Nicknamed the sanctuary in the sky, this boutique studio has incredible views of the city and focuses on breathing techniques, mind-body connection and powerful poses.
Meditation and mindfulness
For the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the city (and a great cure for jetlag) head to one of Singapore’s many meditation centres. Most venues are open to beginners; The Kadampa Meditation Centre has daytime and evening classes and meditation courses. There’s even a short ‘refresh & recharge’ lunchtime class for a burst of mindfulness in the middle of the day. The centre runs weekend retreats for those wishing to study Buddhism and meditation in more depth.
The Meditation Teacher runs introductory programmes, events and drop-in evening classes. Alternatively, learn about Tibetan Healing Techniques with Basic Essence , where you can also attend reiki sessions, yoga lessons and learn mantra healing. Retreats and trips that also run throughout the year. The Centre for Mindfulness runs a monthly mindfulness retreat, along with programmes and courses to suit just about everyone: mindfulness at work for performance and wellbeing, mindful leadership, mindfulness for educators and so on.
Something a little different…
Let your stresses ebb away as you float on Epsom salt water in zero-gravity pods at the Palm Ave Float Club . You’ll lie in a quiet, darkened pod, with no gravity; the pods are designed to encourage a deep meditative state.
You could also partake in tai chi in the great outdoors – classes run in many of Singapore’s parks, including Choa Chu Kang Park and Clementi Woods Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, East Coast Park, Duxton Plain Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Pasir Ris Park. This ancient art promotes functional stability by building core strength, especially in the lower extremities.