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Yoga in Singapore 2018 – Which Yoga Studio is the Cheapest?

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

Joanne Poh

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Want to do yoga, but don’t know where to start? You’re hardly alone. Even though yoga has become very mainstream in Singapore, the sheer amount of options out there makes it as confusing as ever for the uninitiated.

So we’ve simplified things for you by reviewing the prices for the most popular yoga studios, from big chains to cute boutique studios to heartland community centres.

Whether you’re looking to try it out at free or cheap yoga classes, want to sign up for an affordable class package, or want to go hardcore with an unlimited monthly pass, you can find out how much it’ll cost here.

Of course, in many cases you get what you pay for, so manage your expectations accordingly.

 

Contents

  1. Free or cheap yoga classes in Singapore
  2. Affordable yoga class packages in Singapore
  3. Unlimited monthly yoga passes in Singapore
  4. Why do some yoga studios cost more than others?
  5. Which yoga style should you choose?

 

What is yoga

 

Free yoga classes (or cheap ones) in Singapore

How much do Yoga classes cost?

If you’re completely new to yoga and are wondering what it’s all about, you can try it out at one of these free or cheap options for newbies.

Yoga programme Price per class Notes
Sunrise in the City Free Organised by HPB but classes are at gyms and yoga studios. Sign up using SingPass
Nikam Guruji Yoga Kutir Free 12-week basic yoga course. There’s a $5 to $10 registration fee at some locations
Yoga Inc Open Mat Pay as you wish Taught by new yoga teachers. No regular classes
ActiveSG programmes $7.60 12 class package
Community Centres $7 to $10 8 to 12 class packages
Free trials Free Available at True Yoga, Pure Yoga, Fitness First, Platinum Yoga, Real Yoga and Yoga Collective
Paid trials $32 onwards for 1 week Available at Hom Yoga, Yoga Lab, Yoga Mala and others

HPB Sunrise in the City 

The Health Promotion Board works with yoga studios and gyms to offer free yoga and fitness classes to the public, predominantly weekday morning classes in the CBD area. It’s open to anyone with a SingPass (including PRs and non-Singaporeans) and you can sign up for 10 classes a month. You need be quick about signing up, because, as with all freebies, they’re snapped up the instant they’re released (on the 1st of each month).

Nikam Yoga 

If you want to practise yoga in its most traditional form, Nikam Guruji Yoga Kutir is a nonprofit that teaches a 3-month basic hatha yoga course for free at 20 locations. You might have to pay a $5 or $10 registration fee though (depending on location). Read this excellent review for in-depth info on Nikam Yoga.

Yoga Inc Open Mat

Boutique yoga studio Yoga Inc has a nice programme that allows newbie yoga teachers to practise teaching in a class setting. In exchange, students simply pay as they wish. Classes are irregular though, so keep an eye on the page for upcoming ones.

ActiveSG or CC yoga

Of course, there’s always the heartlands for cheap yoga classes at less than $10 per class, although the experience can be rather different from commercial studios. Don’t expect an intense workout as they’re more for a general crowd rather than hardcore yogis.

Free trials at yoga studios

You can also sign up for a trial at a yoga studio. Free trials are available at True Yoga, Pure Yoga, Fitness First, Platinum Yoga, Real Yoga and Yoga Collective. With the bigger chains especially, be prepared for some hard-selling at the end of your trial period.

Paid trials at yoga studios

Alternatively, some boutique studios also offer paid introductory passes, typically for a week of unlimited classes. The most affordable ones are Hom Yoga ($32), Yoga Lab ($35) and Yoga Mala ($42).

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Affordable yoga class packages in Singapore

Cheap Yoga

If you’re looking to practise yoga on a casual basis and don’t want the commitment of a full-time unlimited access membership, consider signing up for a 10- or 20-class package. The more classes, the cheaper the package.

Typically, you will be required to use up all your classes by a certain deadline (e.g. 6 months), but otherwise you’re not restricted by long lock-in periods.

Yoga studio Cost per class Class package
Tirisula Yoga $12 / $13 30 / 20 classes
Yoga Lab $15.80 / $18.75 50 / 20 classes
Yoga Movement $18 / $19 30 / 20 classes
Yoga Mandala $19 20 classes
Yoga Collective $19.97 30 classes
Yoga Inc $20 20 classes

Tirisula Yoga

Probably the most affordable yoga studio in Singapore, from only $12 per class, just a little pricier than CC yoga classes. They teach mainly hatha and ashtanga yoga here. The downside is that it only has one location – near Paya Lebar MRT – and there aren’t that many classes.

Yoga Lab

A growing boutique yoga chain with 2 studios in the CBD and 1 in East Coast, plus a barre studio on the way. It’s not too well known yet, so there’s a healthy teacher-to-student ratio in most classes. At just under $19 per class for a 20 class pack, prices are slightly cheaper than that of its closest competitor, Yoga Movement.

Yoga Movement

The super successful independent yoga studio chain now has 6 outlets and tons of classes from 7am to 10pm, so using up your classes won’t be a problem. There’s a variety of hot and non-hot classes and you can usually get a good workout here. Class packages are affordable at just $18 or $19 per class, but it gets expensive if you go often.

Yoga Mandala

A small and affordable yoga studio at Telok Ayer with Chinese language instruction and some “fusion” classes like yoga dance and acrovinyasa, for those easily bored by regular yoga. $19 per class for a 20 class package.

Yoga Collective

Another up-and-coming boutique studio that feels cosy and personal. It has advanced classes like arm balance/inversion and yoga/HIIT bootcamp. Classes are not the cheapest, but are still under $20. Unfortunately it only has 2 locations – Bugis and East Coast.

Yoga Inc

For those looking for an intense workout, I’ve heard that Yoga Inc is where the more seasoned yogis in Singapore go to practise. At $20 per class, classes here don’t come that cheap. Their outlets are in the heartlands – Aljunied, Tiong Bahru, Punggol and Tampines.

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Unlimited monthly yoga passes in Singapore

Monthly Fee

If you go to yoga a few times a week find yourself burning through class packages, it makes more sense to sign up for monthly membership. 

You pay the same fixed fee no matter how many classes you show up for. This is the pricing model used by most of the big gym chains with yoga classes. But beware of the lock-in periods for some of them – you could get stuck paying for something you no longer want or need.

Yoga studio Cost per month Lock-in period
Platinum Yoga $100 to $130 1 or 2 years
True Yoga $130 to $160 Min. 1 year
Pure Yoga $140 to $190 6 months to 2 years
Yoga Lab $150 No contract, but only for AM weekday classes
Fitness First $150 to $180 Usually min. 1 year
Hom Yoga $190 Min. 3 months, automatic renewal thereafter
Real Yoga $215 Min. 6 months, might be cheaper for longer commitment

Platinum Yoga

A yoga studio with outlets in Suntec City, Marine Parade and Jurong East, offering really affordable unlimited monthly passes from only $100 a month. However, there’s a long lock-in period and the facilities are quite basic compared to stylish yoga studios. You can always get a free trial here before you make up your mind.

True Yoga

Big chain studio with yoga classes offered at its 10 outlets islandwide. Their flagship studio is at Pacific Plaza and focuses on yoga, whereas the other studios have a combination of yoga and other types of fitness classes (e.g. pilates, spin). As with most similar fitness chains, you can get a free trial and then negotiate for a better price. Membership costs about $130 to $160 a month.

Pure Yoga Singapore

Similar to True Yoga, but much fancier and with more “hardcore” clientele looking for super-sweaty yoga sessions. It’s correspondingly more expensive at $140 to $190 a month. There aren’t as many neighbourhood outlets as True – the 4 outlets are in the CBD and town.

Yoga Lab

One of the boutique studios offering $150 monthly membership with no contract (yay!). However, it’s only for classes up until lunch time on weekdays only.

Fitness First

This big gym chain (20 outlets in total!) offers yoga classes, although it’s not a yoga specialist like the others on this list. Membership is quite pricey at $150 to $180 a month, so sign up only if you’re interested in overall fitness and don’t mind the long lock-in period.

Hom Yoga

Another boutique yoga studio offering a monthly pass below $200. Considering the short commitment period of 3 months, the $190 monthly pass isn’t a bad deal if you do yoga frequently. The main downside is that there are only 2 outlets – Raffles Place and Orchard.

Real Yoga

This popular chain has 4 outlets – Jurong, Toa Payoh, Tampines and Orchard – and offers lots of classes daily, from 7:30am to 10pm, so it should be easy to find a class to fit your schedule. It’s not as nice as some of the swankier outfits on this list though. Also, at over $200 a month, the pass is pricey – but you can try to negotiate with a longer lock-in period.

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Why do some yoga studios cost more than others?

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.

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.

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Which yoga style should you 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.

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

Yoga styles

Hatha yoga (traditional): Daily practice usually begins with breathing exercises followed by a series of postures, with a period of rest in between each.

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.

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

Bikram yoga: The original hot yoga. A sequence of 26 postures done in a heated room.

Hot yoga: A sequence of postures – can be any subtype of yoga – done in a heated room.

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

Yin yoga: Poses are held for a long time to deeply stretch the muscles and ligaments.

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.

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.

Acro yoga: 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.

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

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

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.

Cheapest Yoga in Singapore

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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.