When the aches and pains of pregnancy are becoming a little too much to bear, there’s nothing like stretching out those limbs and taking a deep breath to restore a sense of calm to an overtired preggie body. And with a number of spots around town offering yoga classes for mamas-to-be, we sent our expecting mama to try them out (all in the name of research of course) so we could deliver our Top 5 picks for Prenatal Yoga Classes in Singapore. So if you’re looking for a bit of gentle exercise when you’re pregnant and are keen to meet other pregnant ladies, now’s your chance. Let’s go!
An urban retreat in the middle of town
Located smack bang in the middle of Orchard Road, any expecting mama would be forgiven for thinking she’d landed in the middle of a yoga retreat on a secluded island somewhere, and not in an inner city yoga studio. Snuggled away on the 6th floor of COMO Shambhala, preggie mamas are greeted with hot ginger tea, a welcoming smile and a prenatal yoga studio that is drowned in natural light (what a way to brighten the mood!). Not for the faint hearted, their prenatal yoga class really pushed our expecting mama, with 75 minutes of strengthening exercises of all the muscles used when giving birth (hello kegels!). Sessions are super inclusive with all mamas-to-be introduced to each other at the start of the class, with trained instructors tailoring moves to suit each mama’s stage of pregnancy — all in all, our mama felt like her bump was in great hands!
402 Orchard Road, #06-01/02 Delfi Orchard, Singapore 238876
Tel: (+65) 6304 3552
For the dedicated Yogis
Knocking the socks off even the most dedicated of yogis, Pure Yoga’s impressive yoga studios offer one of the largest ranges of classes we’ve seen in Singers. Perfect for the busy mum or mum-to-be, and with prenatal yoga classes on offer every day of the week (except Sundays), there’s no excuse not to get your yogi on here! While class sizes are on the large side, our preggie mama enjoyed being in a room with so many growing bellies… and with the right mix of gentle cardio and yoga, it’s the perfect class for mamas-to-be to get a bit of exercise in while socialising too!
30 Raffles Place, Level 4 Chevron House, Singapore 048622
Tel: (+65) 6304 2268
391A Orchard Road, Level 18 Ngee Ann City (Tower A), Singapore 238873
Tel: (+65) 6733 8863
Space and Light Studio
Yoga in the jungle
A Sassy Mama fave, Space and Light’s former location in Phoenix Park (we’re super sad that they ever so recently moved) was one we returned to again and again just to sit in their beautiful black and white house with windows flung open to the lush jungle outside. Now that they’re in R-evolution (the new functional fitness centre at VivoCity) they’re still rolling out their prenatal yoga classes, with passionate instructors dolling out super helpful advice about child birth and how meditation can help the process (if you’re open to it that is!). Our mama was well into her third trimester when she popped along for a yoga class here and found the teachers were full of great tips and tricks to get her breech baby moving, and was able to provide modifications to poses to accommodate her preggie belly.
1 Harbour Front Walk, #03-09 Vivocity, Singapore
Tel: (+65) 6376 9697
Gentle stretching with a twist
While yoga is the main focus in all of their prenatal classes, friendly instructors also incorporate pilates techniques, deeper stretching, and light strength training into their sessions to provide a varied (and mild) workout. We especially love that their classes use lots of props – often items we have lying around at home, like chairs, mats, bolsters and even water bottles so when the bump gets too big to drag out of the house, you can easily continue your workouts at home! If you’re still making it down to the studio you’re spoilt for choice with locker rooms, showers, and a lounge area available for post-yoga refreshments.
9 Scotts Road, Level 4 Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
Tel: (+65) 6733 9555
10 Collyer Quay, Level 4 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Tel: (+65) 6536 3390
For all the yoga newbies out there
If you’re a total yoga newbie but you love the idea of spending a quiet hour stretching your pregnant body, then Vanda Yoga is a great place to start. With Hatha Yoga and Prenatal Yoga their weapons of choice, small class numbers and supportive instructors guide mamas-to-be through gentle stretching and strengthening exercises – perfect if you’re a bit unsure of what you’re doing and need an extra hand! We love that they really support mamas by sending out regular pregnancy newsletters packed with tips for taking care of yourself both before and after baby.
Classes are typically held in the CBD, Serangoon, and Toa Payoh – see their website for further details.
Tel: (+65) 9751 8379
Participated in any other prenatal yoga classes that we must know about mamas? Do send us an email at [email protected] with the details and we’ll be sure to check it out!