By Jennifer Davidson
Originating in ancient Indian philosophy, the spiritual practice of yoga has evolved and is embraced by many throughout the world for its physical and mental health benefits. Yoga may be encouraged as adjunct treatment to medical conditions or encouraged for self-care and a healthier lifestyle. Benefits may include reduced stress and anxiety, less pain, metabolic regulation and increased cardiovascular and pulmonary health.
In Singapore alone, you can find various forms of yoga practices; from Vinyasa, or flow yoga, to hot yoga, to meditation, to restorative. For expecting mothers, many studios provide prenatal classes. As with all practices, prenatal yoga focuses on breathing, stretching and typical postures. Included within the class are specific modifications to safely practice as your body embarks on this wonderful transformation all the while increasing awareness with a focus on your baby.
Kate Porter Yoga
With its moto “Yoga for Normal People” this boutique studio provides an array of classes to meet anyone’s needs and their prenatal class with Anna Teh does not disappoint. As a leading pre and postnatal specialist in Singapore, Anna orchestrates a beautiful flowing practice to soothing music by incorporating specific prenatal stretches and strengthening postures while creating a greater inner intention between mother and baby. With her weekly class you will become more physically and mentally prepared for delivery. Visit the studio before June 30 and you’ll get your first class free.
5000G Marine Parade Road #01-27 Laguna Park
Prenatal Schedule: Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm
Art of Yoga
With an intimate class size, Natalie Lim provides individual focus on alignment while guiding you through the practice. She allows a moment of meditation dedicated to an inner focus with your baby. Take it however you want to, but it is a nice moment to reflect on the new life you will soon be bringing into the world. Check out their postnatal and restorative classes, too.
121 Upper East Coast Rd #02-01
Tuesday & Thursday 11:15am – 12:15pm, Saturday 12:15 – 1:15pm, Sunday 11am – 12pm
Terra Luna Yoga
It’s all in the details at this women’s enriching studio. Between the lighting, the calming sounds and the gentle smell of essential oils, you feel at peace before hitting the mat. In addition to typical modified postures, their 75-minute prenatal class includes an assortment of pelvic strengthening, breathing exercises and great intentions to carry with you daily as you prepare for the birth of your little one. Be sure to drop in for their women-focused sessions and enjoy a cup of herbal tea after class. AAS members will also receive $15 off the 5 and 10 class packages if mentioning this article on their visit.
611A Bukit Timah Road
Prenatal Schedule: Monday 6:30-7:45pm, Wednesday 11:30am – 12:45pm, Sunday 11am – 12:15pm,
(weekly schedule may change)
The Yoga School
Every detail in this studio exclaims luxurious perfection and makes you feel like you are practicing in the clouds. Located in the heart of Singapore on the 39th floor of the OCBC building, you are surrounded by breathtaking city views. Lay Peng is an extraordinary instructor as she guides you through your practice while incorporating relevant guidance on pregnancy and birth. Savasana is
one to savor as you unwind and melt away using their premium yoga props. Enjoy their aromatherapy toiletries while you refresh post-practice, then come away as rejuvenated as you would after a spa day.
65 Chulia Street, #39-01/08 OCBC Centre
Prenatal Schedule: Tuesday 1-2pm, Wednesday 6:30-7:45pm, Friday 12:15-1:30pm
Did you know June 21 has been declared by the UN as the International Day of Yoga? Make it a day to explore the potential psychophysiological benefits and test your strength, coordination and balance!
**Be sure to discuss with your physician before partaking
in any physical activity.