Choosing the Best Online Yoga Classes - Beginners - Sweatbox

It looks like going back to normal in Singapore is slowly underway. 

In keeping with the current COVID-19 safety initiatives of reducing the spread of infection amongst the citizens in Singapore, the country’s Multi-Ministry Task Force gradually alleviated the safety protocols. The number of individuals allowed in mass assemblies has been expanded from two to five. 

Although still limited, don’t despair—the best online yoga classes are on their way to save the day! If you can’t get into an actual yoga studio owing to the stricter regulations of the government, you can elect to stay at home and be on your yoga mat. Although it may not be as engaging as regular live classes held in a studio with an instructor and other students, it will nevertheless give you the same benefits! It will also, of course, protect you from the virus.

Understanding the Current COVID-19 Situation: Schedule and Other Guidelines

Last November 20, 2021, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce declared that Singapore would transition from the Stabilisation Phase to the Transition Phase.

The government will expand group sizes for dine-in and social gatherings from 2 to 5 people starting November 22, 2021, regardless of whether the group members are from the same family or not. They will also expand the Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) to protect people who haven’t been vaccinated from becoming sick and severely ill. In addition to easing community actions, they will speed our booster vaccination program to improve protections for the people.

It is the responsibility of permitted establishments for sport and physical activities to ensure that safety management measures (SMMs) are followed on their premises. Up to 5 people, including the instructor, can participate in group activities in both indoor and outdoor settings. It means it’s time to turn to outdoor workouts, where you can maintain correct social distance, and online fitness sessions, such as online classes and yoga videos, may be done from the comfort of your own home.

In-studio vs Online Yoga Class Features 

Let’s look at the differences between live online yoga classes and in-studio yoga classes if you’re unsure if they’ll work for you. What distinguishes them, and which is the superior option?

In-Studio Yoga Classes

The upside of doing yoga in a studio is that you’re in the ideal setting. Everything you need is right there, and it feels legitimate. By practising yoga in a studio, you can feel the yoga philosophy and mind, body connection.

The following are some of the perks of yoga classes held in a studio:

Controlled Temperature and Ventilation

Yoga classes in the studio are beneficial since the temperature and ventilation are ideal. The humidity or temperature of the room may be readily regulated, whether it’s a hot yoga session or not.

Physical Presence of a Yoga Instructor

It’s much easier to ask questions when the yoga teacher is right there with you. You’ll be able to communicate with them more effectively, and they’ll be able to guide you through the routines more quickly.

Meet and Exercise With New Friends

Yoga is a very friendly activity that allows you to meet individuals from all walks of life. You can meet new people and work out with them, which will give you more drive to keep going even if you are physically exhausted.

Easier Access to Equipment

You have easier access to yoga props and equipment when you’re in the studio. You can borrow and rent from the studio most of the time, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

More Variety of Classes and Instructors 

In a yoga studio they offer a wider variety of classes and instructors with unique styles, like strength training, prenatal classes, meditation classes, and hot or non-hot yoga classes. Depending on the type of routine you feel resonates the most with your mental health, you have more options to choose from, even for beginner classes. 

Online/Virtual Yoga Classes

Although watching a teacher on the screen of your yoga apps may not be as motivating as seeing one up close and personal, virtual yoga classes provide a lot more advantages than one might expect. First and foremost, it reduces your chances of catching the virus, but there are several other reasons why it’s a wise choice:

It’s Less Costly

You may avoid overspending by practising yoga at home. If you wish to join a studio’s classes, you’ll generally have to pay a fee. You will save money on studio fees and transportation charges by performing it at home.

Flexible Schedule

You’ll have more space to do yoga anytime you want or need to. It won’t be an issue if you draw up your schedule as long as you keep to it.

Learning at Your Own Pace

Online yoga classes enable you to learn the poses at your own pace. You don’t have to feel pressured or worry that you’re not catching up quickly. You can peacefully learn the movements by taking as much time as you need to progress. 

No Need to Commute

Right now, public transportation may not be the best option, especially with the virus at its peak. Unless you have your car, practising yoga at home is preferable because you won’t be exposed to many people who may be infected without your knowledge.

What Types of Yoga Sessions Are Available Online for a Beginner?

Irrespective of where you are in your yoga journey, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yoga teacher, here are the best online yoga classes in Singapore that will bring the serenity of online yoga to the comfort of your homes.

Yoga Movement

Yoga Movement’s Instagram page (@yogamovement) features yoga sessions conducted by their yoga instructors. Although the videos on Instagram TV are not strictly live streams, they do enable you to pause or rewind them, allowing you to follow along at your own pace and resume the yoga practice anytime you want. 

Hom Yoga

With Hom Yoga classes, their website offers free online classes on YouTube. These courses are accessible for everyone to use and may be accessed at any time to maintain body mobility and improve key muscle groups. The video classes range from a 5-minute pranayama practice to a 60 minute led class. 

Pure Yoga

Pure Yoga’s Instagram account, @pureyogasingapore, has a daily program mapped out. Every day for the coming week, schedules are released as Instagram postings. Choose from various classes, including Vinyasa 1, Hatha 2, Yoga Therapy, Iyengar Yoga, and Qigong.

Livestream classes are offered every day from 7.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Pure Yoga Instagram page. These courses are open to everyone, even non-members of Pure Yoga, and are free to watch. The classes are viewable for 24 hours.

Jal Yoga

Jal Yoga has generously uploaded their different Livestream lessons to their YouTube channel, accessed through their website. If you’re a newbie to yoga and want to learn more about the different styles, now is your chance to experience a variety of courses for free. If you prefer a specific instructor’s class, purchase a package to attend their online live classes.

Yoga Bar

Yoga Bar is renowned for its small, private classes. Your yoga practice has become even more personal thanks to digital yoga classes that you can join from the comfort of home. Yoga Bar offers free virtual courses ranging from Vinyasa Yoga to Yoga Therapy. Follow Yoga Bar on Instagram (@yoga bar) or Facebook to stay up to speed on the daily schedule.

Online Yoga Classes, Are They Worth It?

Although they are limited to a digital medium, online yoga for beginners is nevertheless worth it. The beauty of it is that you get to learn everything that you can learn from a yoga studio within the confinements of your home.   You may still improve your flexibility, lose weight, and relax deeply and meaningfully on your own! While shielding yourself from the virus, practise yoga and live a healthy lifestyle. 

To schedule a yoga class with Sweatbox and have the most pleasing yoga sg adventure, reach out or visit their website for further details.

About the Author​

Lynette is fully dedicated to the support and empowerment of the growing community of committed yoga students and teachers. As one of the Lead Instructors for Yoga Teacher Training, she is here to share tips on how to grow your profile as a yoga teacher or build a yoga business either physically or digitally.