Not sure what it is about working that makes me dull and out some days. At a recent dinner with friends in the healthcare industry, they suggested iron deficiency. Apparently, 90% of women who get random blood tests at their hospital were found to be lacking in iron and unawares. Since then, I’ve been trying to load up on proteins and iron-rich vegetables, including spinach, broccoli and dried fruits.
Nutrition aside, we also tend to get caught up in the hustle and grind, which is admirable and all, but we may end up neglecting self-care. For that reason, I decided that I need a window for deep relaxation and this need can only be met if I properly carved out time to dedicate two or so of my weekly lunches to physical activity.
If you happen to be working in the vicinity of Shenton Way like I am, specifically around SGX centre, these are places that may be worth checking out. Do note that different instructors may execute the classes differently.
Also, bonus for ladies, reviews include a lowdown on them toilets.
For when you’re so done with cardio and yoga is not your thing, Space 2B could be the answer. Squirrelled away on the second floor of a shophouse on Stanley Street, there is a host of classes tailored towards healing and deep restoration, so expect funky names like “Mediation Medicine: Managing Emotions”, “Love + Transformation”. You tend to see some familiar faces, so there is a little cult following, which could mean that some may have found classes that work for them?
The space: A single room, generous, with high ceilings and a tubular skylight, like pictured. There is only a single floor-to-ceiling window that looks out onto the street. That is also usually covered by heavy blackout curtains, so you feel like you’re temporarily separated from the outside bustle.
The class: Mats are evenly spaced out and there’s even room for starfish sleepers. We each get a heavy knitted blanket like those weighted coverlets to keep babies calm. Organic crystal bowls made from quartz are set in the front of the room, and when struck, produce melodious, humming notes.
Apparently the vibrations “soothe your chakras and rebalance your energy”. Masumi who usually does the classes, has a ritual of sprinkling essence-infused water before she starts. Throughout the class, she flits from one sleeping body to the next, chiming the bowls near your ears, lovingly.
For what it’s worth, my counterparts settled into relaxation, and for some, slumber—I heard snoring almost immediately. However, for me, I couldn’t relax, possibly even became more hyperaware of my surrounds. Also, I started itching all over, thoughts racing through my mind like wild horses, which is apparently normal at the start. Bad energy was being “dispelled” from my body through my legs, which explained the itch. 🤷🏻
The temporary calmness I felt after the class dissipated as I stepped back out into the hot midday noon. Although I did fall asleep a lot quicker that night, I suspect it has more to do with the fact that I’ve been tired out recently.
This seemingly hippie new age concept may take some getting used to, but everything is worth a try.
The bathroom: Half bath, minimalistic and clean, all stone accents, dark wood and a plush tiger patterned rug.
The cost: ($50) per drop-in class
Upside Motion OUE Downtown
6A Shenton Way
There are a few Upside Motions for sure, but this one feels like the cleanest, especially when compared to the one at Ochard. It is a basement fitness space and the escalator you want to use is the one behind Lunar Coffee Brewers, that leads to Providore. At the end of the corridor, it’s U.M.
The space: White wood floors, hushed conversations and a pleasant vibe. Interiors make you feel like you’re in Muji where everything is clean and streamlined. To create the illusion of airiness and space, there’s a window at the back of our studio, which can get a bit disconcerting when people walk past and peer in and you can see it reflected in the mirror in front.
The class: Teacher was attentive, spotted, sat with the weakest student (which happened to be me), and the elastic bands seemed clean.
The bathroom: As if to make up for its basement locale, they scored an expanse for washing up. That means full showers that can fit more than three people, no problem. Everything is white granite and wood, streamlined and so comfortably clean. Trippy LED-lit mirrors, checked.
The catch? The toilets are unisex, so make sure to be decently dressed and have clothes with you, otherwise you may have to do the walk of shame.
The cost: A variety of bundles for you to choose from.
Sweatbox Yoga, Core Yoga with Samantha
6a Shenton Way
Sweatbox Yoga doesn’t do anything by halves. Go in uninitiated or a yogi, and you’ll walk out with muscles in new places hitherto unknown. Lockers are FOC and there’s a no-shoe policy (don’t be inconsiderate!)
I particularly love classes with Samantha, only because she pushes you to the edge then brings you right back. You wake up the next day aching in all the right places and eager to check yourself out in the mirror. The best takeaway are the abs that pop out prominently right after her classes. And of course the sense of accomplishment after a tough class.
The space: On the grassy rooftop of OUE, right by a vegan cafe (HRVST). It is clean, modern and spare, with a large mirrored wall at the front of the class. Towels are provided at an additional cost, but people usually dispense with that. The entire room is encased in glass, so you will have curious cafe lunchers peering in as you’re sink into downward dog. Slightly unnerving but note that this is the CBD in a space-starved city.
The class: Samantha’s a real hoot. She smiles through your pain, and you grit your teeth and do your best. Throughout the class, she offers variations of positions to cater to different comfort zones.
I find myself wearing bodycon dresses with a heckload more confidence after working out with her. It’s been great, and I always look forward to her classes.
The bathroom: Full on showers with only one proper toilet. Very art deco-esque with a beautiful, calming seaweed green theme and aged brass taps. Soaps are artisanal and feels plush, shower pressure wondrously powerful with proper hot water.
As someone who enjoys working out, I am glad I made it a point to try out these classes. Without a compelling reason to start something, like a project, or a game plan or even a fitness plan, It’s easy to come up with a million reasons to put it off. Also, in a collectivist society, it can be easier to gloss over individualistic needs such as self-love.
These classes can be pricey on their own, but I am on Classpass for now. This is working out well so far because unless I am locked into a monthly commitment, I will scarce find time and motivation to be consistent. If any of you are also on Classpass, drop us a Facebook message if you would like to try any other classes but can’t find the time to do so.
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