Yoga mats, gym bags, and activewear: these seem to be the accessories du jour for the active masses. With International Yoga Day coming right up on 21 June, it’s hard to blame them for wanting in on one of the most popular fitness activities of today. If you too feel the urge to jump in on the hype and get your practice started, skip the generic gym yoga classes and head down to any of these 12 boutique yoga studios instead.
Specialising in the ancient art of yoga as well as its many branches, these studios stand out with small class sizes, interesting teaching techniques, and impeccable facilities (and maybe all three!) to ensure your yoga experience is unlike any other. Before long, total harmony between mind, body, and spirit will be within your reach – just don’t hit anyone with that massive yoga mat while searching for the elusive zen.
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’.
Maximum Class Size: 13 – 19
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 12 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!
Maximum Class Size: 12
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.
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.
Maximum Class Size: 8
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.
Maximum Class Size: 18
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.
Maximum Class Size: 6 – 15
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.
The Yoga Lab
Following a merger with the popular Updog Studio, The Yoga Lab has come up with a laboratory themed class schedule, with classes playfully named in the style of chemistry elements! Each class is grouped into their corresponding science discipline, from Biology for sessions focused on physical wellness, to Physics for lessons on postures and poses. Ace your exams in Flow, Core, and Hot 26 classes, and earn extra credit in Level 2, an extra-challenging practice for advanced students.
Maximum Class Size: 25
Price: $28 for one class, varying class packages available. See here for class schedules.
The Yoga Lab is located at 135 East Coast Road #03-01, Singapore 428820, p. +65 9833 5043; 60B Duxton Road, Singapore 089524, p. +65 9646 7209; and 27 Boon Tat Street, Level 2, Singapore 069623, p. +65 9831 4992.
The Yoga Collective
The Yoga Co. offers 10-hour and 50-hour yoga courses in addition to the usual bevy of Ashtanga, Flow, and Yin classes. Yogis in search of some cardio will also be interested in the Triple Threat Bootcamp, a 90-minute session that combines yoga, calisthenics and HIIT to whip you into shape. Members also stand to benefit from their impressive list of partners, offering discounts from Salon Vim, American Eagle Outifitters, Hyde & Co., and more.
Maximum Class Size: 15
Price: $199 for 10 classes, or $500 for 30 classes. See here for class schedules.
The Yoga Collective is located at 2A Haji Lane, Singapore 189195, and 43 East Coast Road, Singapore 428764, p. +65 9488 6853.
The Yoga Mandala
The large, airy studio at Yoga Mandala is a great place to further your practice. With an extensive array of yoga courses, such as the Yoga Mandala 50 Workshop and Ashtanga Intermediate series, serious practitioners are sure to find the guidance they need to improve and grow. 100-hour, 200-hour, and 300-hour yoga teacher courses are also available, including a 200-hour Hatha Vinyasa course taught in Chinese! The usual classes are also taught, and are split into 3 difficulty levels so you don’t have to play catch up too quickly.
Maximum Class Size: 16
Price: $30 per class, or $380 for 20 classes. See here for class schedules.
The Yoga Mandala is located at 134B Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068600, p. +65 6221 6683.
The sleek lines and minimalist décor at Hom Yoga are sure to set your mind at ease as you prepare to connect your mind and body in class. Participate in Vinyasa Flow, Hot Hatha, and Anusara yoga here, as well as the many special events held across the year. Sign up for special programs such as the Yin Yoga and Chakra Immersion, The Power of Inversions, and even a Detox and Liquid Fast Mountain Retreat in Chiang Mai.
Maximum Class Size: 20 – 26
Price: $32 for one class, $190 for a one-month membership. See here for class schedules.
Hom Yoga is located at 181 Orchard Road #06-12/13, Singapore 238896, p. +65 6238 0101 (Orchard branch), and 3 Canton Street, #02-01, Singapore 049745, p. +65 6438 0103.
Staffed with a passionate and dedicated team, Meraki Yoga offers hot and regular classes of Vinyasa and Hatha yoga. You’ll find mums-to-be in the corridors here as they offer pre-natal yoga, along with Yin and Yin-Yang classes. For truly devoted yoga practitioners who wish to take their love for yoga further, the studio also holds workshops and courses, such as the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Course and a Detox Yoga Workshop.
Maximum Class Size: 9 – 20
Price: $43 for one class, $340 for 10 classes. See here for class schedules.
Meraki Yoga is located at 7 One-North Gateway, One-North Residences #01-15, Singapore 138642, p +65 687 23711.
A young, spirited yoga studio with no less than six branches scattered across Singapore, Yoga Movement is a good option if you’re looking to do yoga with weight loss in mind. Their Monster Hot and Power Flow sessions, aimed at increasing muscle tone and endurance, are sure to leave you sweaty, challenged, and invigorated. After a satisfying workout, check into a Zen class to cool down and recharge.
Maximum Class Size: 20 – 30
Prices: $30 for one class, $220 for 10 classes. See here for class schedules.
Yoga Movement is located at 31A & 33A New Bridge Road, Singapore 059394, 237 A & B East Coast Road, Singapore 428930, 22 Orchard Road, #02-01, Singapore 238885, 22 Martin Road #02-01, Singapore 239058, 21 Tanjong Pagar Rd, #02-01, Singapore 088444, 11 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168646, p +65 65344670.
The Yoga School
The newest studio on our list, The Yoga School exudes a homely charm with its comfortable lounge chairs and lush carpets. The studio boasts a great view of the City Hall area, and unique classes such as Iyengar Yoga and Forrest Yoga will bring a new spark to your practice. Students can also expect to relax and unwind with Meditate and Restore sessions in this sanctuary in the sky. The convenient location and great amenities (toiletries are provided by Aromatherapy Associates) are a definite plus, especially for yogis working in the OCBC tower looking for a quick lunchtime workout.
Maximum Class Size: 20
Prices: $38 for one class, $360 for 10 classes. Click here for class schedules.
The Yoga School is located at 65 Chulia Street, #39-01, OCBC Centre, Singapore 049513, p +65 6532 8228.
Top photo: Raphael Melo – Ziva Yoga