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Yoga In Singapore 2018 – Cost Guide For Cheapest To Highest End Studios In Singapore

Yoga in Singapore 2018 -- Cost Guide For Cheapest to Highest End Studios in Singapore

Joanne Poh

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For the uninitiated, yoga can seem like the most confusing activities to get started with. For starters, there’s a mind-boggling number of styles, some of which look more like circus tricks than a journey towards inner peace.

Then there’s the fact that some yoga studios charge a small fortune for classes, while other organisations offer free or almost-free classes.

Here’s how to decide which yoga studio is for you.

 

Contents

  1. Which yoga style to choose?
  2. How do yoga studios typically charge?
  3. How much do yoga classes cost?
  4. How do studios differ from one another?

 

What is Yoga?

Which yoga style to choose?

If we’re going to be pedantic about it, yoga is a set of practices which came from India. And by practices, we don’t just mean twisting yourself into pretzel-like postures.

In addition to asana, which are the physical postures we’re most used to associating with yoga, yogic practices also include cleansing exercises to ensure parts of your body are free of impurities, as well as breath control exercises called pranayama.

There are other yogic practices, such as rules of conduct and diet, that are generally not taught at schools.

Does that sound very distant from the beer yoga, laughing yoga and other novelty variants we’ve become accustomed to hearing about? Well, yes.

The vast majority of styles we see today have been Western adaptations (or adaptations that were made when Indian teachers left for the West) of the traditional ways of practising it.

For instance, Bikram Yoga, the original “hot yoga”, in which practitioners do a series of poses in a heated room, was started no doubt by an Indian teacher, but only when he emigrated to the United States and created the system to appeal to an American audience.

Before you choose a studio or school, you need to first understand what style you’re interested in practising. Not sure? Dip your toes into the waters of a few styles by attending trial classes (many studios will offer one free trial class).

Here are some of the most common styles of yoga in Singapore.

Yoga Styles

Name of style

Description

Where to practise

Hatha yoga (traditional)

Daily practice usually begins with breathing exercises followed by a series of postures, with a period of rest in between each.

Nikam Guruji Yoga Kutir (classes are free!)

Hatha yoga (non-traditional)

A sequence of postures executed at a relaxed pace. Depending on the teacher these can be done in a chain or with periods of rest in between.

The Yoga Mandala

Ashtanga / Ashtangya Vinyasa Yoga

Physically demanding and vigorous series of postures. Gives an aerobic workout, so prepare to be sweating by the end of your session.

The Yoga Shala

Bikram Yoga

The original hot yoga. A sequence of postures done in a heated room.

Bikram Yoga Harbourfront

Hot Yoga

A sequence of postures done in a heated room.

Hom Yoga

Vinyasa / Vinyasa Flow Yoga

A dynamic and vigorous sequence of  exercises practised in a chain, hence the term “flow”.

Art of Yoga

Yin Yoga

A very slow-paced style of yoga where poses are held for a long time.

Como Shambhala

Iyengar Yoga

Poses are held for a long time, and props like straps and blocks are used to help practitioners go deeper into a pose.

Iyengar Yoga Centre

Kundalini Yoga

Originally, the traditional form of this style involved lots of meditation, pranayama and chanting aimed at arousing the life force at the base of the spine. Modern forms can look very different and have a stronger emphasis on postures, but are generally not very physically demanding.

Tirisula Yoga

AcroYoga

As the name suggests, it’s a yoga and acrobatics hybrid. It’s a form of partner yoga, meaning you do poses while lifting or being lifted by a partner.

Freedom Yoga

Aerial Yoga

You execute postures while suspended from the ceiling on a sash.

Upside Motion

Prenatal yoga

As the same suggests, it’s a gentle yoga variant for pregnant women.

Yoga Inc.

While there are novelty variants of yoga popping up every day, these are the most common ones at the moment.

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How do yoga studios typically charge?

Attending a yoga class is seldom as easy as rocking up to a studio and asking to pay for a walk-in class.

There are several pricing models that yoga studios tend to use. Knowing what they are will help you to decide which is most cost-effective for you.

Subscription with a monthly fee

Monthly Fee

This is the pricing model used by most of the big gym chains with yoga classes. You sign up for the gym or studio and pay a fixed fee every month.

You might be locked in for a year or more, which is troublesome because you could get stuck paying for something you no longer want.

Is it worth it? This pricing model tends to be worth it only if you practise a few times a week, as you pay the same fee no matter how many classes you show up for. Also, bear in mind that if you go on holiday or fall sick for one month, you still need to pay that month’s fees.

Package containing a certain number of classes

Packaged Classes

Another popular pricing model, commonly used by boutique yoga studios, is to sell a package of a certain number of yoga classes (say 10 or 20), which you can use whenever you want.

Typically, you will be required to use up all your classes by a certain deadline. A typical timeframe for a 10 class package is about 6 months from the time you bought it.

Generally, the bigger the package you buy, the cheaper each individual session will be.

Is it worth it? This is a good model for those who want a regular class to go to but may not be able to commit to going multiple times a month. However, as a package means you’ll be saddled with multiple classes that must be used within a limited amount of time, make sure the yoga studio is in a convenient location and that you’ve tried at least one trial class before committing.

One-time fee for entire course

One-time fee for entire course

Some schools run courses that are designed to enable you to practise independently. These tend to be more traditional forms of yoga that are typically practised at home, or more complex forms of yoga that beginners need to familiarise themselves with before they can practise with other students.

The classes tend to be structured as learning sessions rather than merely practice sessions, so expect to spend quite a bit of time listening to the teacher explain and demonstrate.

You will be charged a one-time fee for an entire course which spans a certain number of weeks or months. Once the course ends, you either practise on your own or look for another class to join.

Is it worth it? This is a good model for those who want to pick up yoga knowledge without being obliged to go for classes for the rest of their lives. If you have the determination to practise at home, this is probably the most cost-effective option, although you should still calculate the price-per-class/hour and compare it with package options.

Single classes

Single Classes

Some studios offer a drop-in rate for single classes. You’ll also usually end up paying on a per-class basis when you take pop-up yoga classes.

At studios, these are usually not cheap at all. (For pop-up yoga classes held in parks or other public spaces, prices are usually more affordable.)

Is it worth it? No, it’s usually not worth it to purchase a single class at a studio, as these tend to be expensive. The only exception is if you are seriously considering joining a particular yoga studio and want to test it out before buying a package. Even then, you should first ask if you can attend a free or discounted trial class, or at the very least count your trial session as part of the package if you do end up buying one.

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How much do yoga classes cost?

How much do Yoga classes cost?

Of course, everyone wants to know how much it costs to practise yoga in Singapore. So we’ve compiled the prices of some of the most popular gyms, studios and schools in Singapore across a variety of price points.

Name

Description

Price

Big chains or gyms

Pure Yoga

One of the biggest and fanciest chains. Most of the popular styles (eg. Hot, Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa) are represented here, as well as some lesser-known or more novel ones (Wall Rope, Yoga Wheel, Chair, Detox Flow).

Works out to about $140 to $190 a month depending on whether you are on the

6-, 12- or 24-month contract.

True Yoga

Big chain. Wide range of popular styles (eg. Hatha, Hot, Vinyasa, Yin) as well as some lesser-known or more novel ones (eg. Pragya, Stress Management, Yogalates).

Works out to about $130 to $160 a month. Minimum contract length one year.

Fitness First

This big gym chain offers classes including hot yoga, vinyasa yoga and flow yoga.

Approximately $150 to $180 a month

Boutique studios and organisations

Yoga Lab

With 4 outlets in the CBD and East Coast, this studio has hot and basic yoga for beginners, as well as power, flow and stretch classes.

Single class $30

10 class package $215

20 class package $375

50 class package $790

Yoga Inc.

This boutique studio has expanded to 4 branches in the East, Northeast and central areas.  They’ve got hot, hatha, yin, flow, core and pre-natal.

Single class $30

5 class package $70

10 class package $250

20 class package $400

Unlimited classes for 1 month $300

Unlimited classes for 3 months $840

The Yoga Collective

Boutique studio at Bugis. Styles include hatha, power flow and ashtanga.

Single class $30 / $50 for two

5 class package $88

10 class package $199

30 class package $500

Yoga Movement

One of the most popular studios now, they have grown to 6 studios around the island, with classes broken down into functional types like Core, Power and Power Flow classes.

Single class $30
10 class package $220
20 class package $380
30 class package $540
Workmate pack (50 classes) $880
Private class $110

Nikam Guruji Yoga Kutir

Hatha yoga in its most traditional form. Their 3-month basic hatha yoga course has been taught to thousands of Singaporeans for free. They currently teach in 20 centres islandwide.

Free, although there is a $5 to $10 registration fee at some locations to cover the cost of the venue.

The above are some of the best-known yoga studios, gyms and schools, with hundreds or even thousands of students passing through their doors every month.

But know that there are countless other yoga teachers in Singapore, as well as many pop-up classes and freelance teachers.

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How do studios differ from one another?

Different Yoga studios

There’s any number of factors that makes a class at one yoga school feel different from a class at another. But in general, here are some factors to take note of when evaluating a trial class.

  • Class size – The average class size can go from under 10 to over 30. Ask the studio what their maximum class size is. Also note that if you go for classes at off-peak hours, such as weekday afternoons, the class size is likely to be much smaller. Smaller class sizes mean you’ll get more help from the teacher when you have difficulties.
  • Ambiance – Studios spend a lot designing their interiors and trying to create an ambiance that will suit their target audience. Gyms and big chains like Pure Yoga tend to have very modern-looking interiors, sometimes with views of skyscrapers from the windows. Yoga Movement is known for its hipsterish premises, which include a Common Man Coffee Roasters stand. Yoga Mandala is known for its quaint shophouse interior.
  • Teachers – Two teachers at the same yoga studio can have vastly different styles, so this is very personal. But as a general rule, teachers in more athletic disciplines like Bikram or Vinyasa tend to be more energetic and sometimes strict, while those in softer styles like yin and hatha have the tendency to be more nurturing.
  • Frequency of classes – The big studios Pure Yoga and True Yoga have packed timetables with yoga classes available virtually every second of the day, which is perfect for those who want to attend classes during odd hours. Smaller studios might only have morning or evening classes on weekdays.
  • Styles available – Do you want to try a buffet of styles or concentrate on one particular style? Again, bigger studios have the advantage of being able to offer a wider range of styles for those who want to dabble. On the other hand, if you want detailed instruction in one particular style, search for a boutique school that specialises in it.
  • Crowds – How crowded a particular studio is will affect whether you can schedule a class at the last minute. The big chains’ central locations tend to be very crowded after 6pm on weekdays, while the smaller boutique studios, especially those far from the CBD, tend to have a bit more breathing room.
  • Location – Big gym chains and the bigger boutique studios have multiple locations, and you are usually allowed to use all of them with a single subscription or package. Smaller studios will be confined to one or two locations.
  • Community – The people you’ll be practising with and the type of community the school builds is something you might want to consider. Generally, at the big gyms and chains, there is more anonymity. People come for class and then leave. At boutique or smaller set-ups, there might be more of a community feel. In addition, some studios like Yoga Movement and Yoga Inc. have chill-out spots where you can socialise before and after class.
  • Mats and towels – Check if you’re required to bring your own mats and towels. If these are available on-site, you want to know if they’re free or for rent. Generally, gyms and big chains will provide free mats and towels. At boutique studios, you might be expected to bring your own.
  • Shower facilities – These are generally available at the big chains and gyms, but not always at boutique studios, so ask in advance. If you’re doing hot yoga, you’ll definitely need to take a shower.
  • Other facilities – More and more studios now have on-site cafes and perks, which make going for yoga more of a lifestyle activity. Some also organise events and social programmes for members.
  • Budget – The yoga schools in the above table are arranged roughly in order of budget. You can end up paying over $150 a month for a weekly class at a big gym or chic studio. On the other hand, a yoga class at a community centre costs about $60 a month. And don’t forget that there is a free option out there too.

Ultimately, the choice of a yoga school is a very personal one, and you’ve got to ask yourself what you want to get out of your practice.

Is your main goal to lose weight and get fit? Make friends and be part of a community? Have a nice place to visit after work? Or learn the ins-and-outs of an ancient practice? All these considerations will inform your choice.

Yoga in Singapore: Cheapest to Highest End Studios

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.