In Singapore, it looks like going back to normal is going to take a while. 

Just recently, due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore, the country’s Multi-Ministry Task Force tightened the safety protocols. Instead of the original number of 5 people allowed in mass gatherings, it has been downgraded to only 2. This is in line with their “Phase 2” program of reducing the spread of infection amongst the citizens. 

With that said, do not expect to be meeting up with your friends or workout buddies any time soon. Sports and fitness facilities are included in the scope of establishments expected to follow the said restriction. 

Don’t be too disappointed though—online yoga classes are here to save the day! If you couldn’t go to an actual yoga studio due to the tighter restrictions of the government, you can opt to stay at home and practice yoga on your own. It might not be as appealing as a normal yoga class that happens inside a studio with the presence of an instructor and other students, but it will still provide you with the same benefits! And of course, it will keep you safe from the virus. 

Understanding the phase 2 circuit breaker: schedule and other guidelines

The Phase 2 heightened alert started on May 16 and will end on June 13, making it last for nearly more than 5 weeks. The government is encouraging everyone to remain at home and only go out for essential reasons, where only 2 persons per party are allowed. After the circuit breaker period, officials will assess whether or not they will heighten the measures once more or ease them. 

Under this, activities such as indoor exercise classes, strenuous indoor sports (individual and groups), and other exercise activities are prohibited during this period. This means yoga studios will not be accepting any students inside their facilities in the meantime. It’s time to turn to outdoor exercises where proper social distancing can be made and online fitness sessions that can be done within the walls of your home. 

In-studio vs. Online Yoga Class Features 

If you are unsure of whether or not a virtual yoga class will work out for you, let’s have a look at its difference from an in-studio one. What are their features and which one is better? 

In-studio yoga classes

The great thing about practicing yoga in a studio is that you’re in the perfect environment. Everything you need is right there and it feels legitimate. Here are the features of in-studio yoga classes: 

1. Controlled temperature and ventilation

Attending yoga classes in the studio is great because the temperature and ventilation are perfect for the type of class. Whether it’s a hot yoga class or not, the humidity or coolness of the room can be easily controlled. 

2. A yoga instructor is physically present

When the yoga teacher is right there with you, it’s easier to ask questions. You can communicate with them better and it’s easier for them to guide you through the movements. 

3. Meet and exercise with new friends

Yoga is also a very social type of exercise where you can meet people from other walks of life. You can make new friends and work out with them, giving you more motivation to push through even if you get physically tired. 

4. Easier access to props 

When you’re in the studio, you have better access to yoga props and equipment. Usually, you can borrow and rent from the studio but you’re also allowed to bring your own. 

5. More variety of classes and instructors 

Yoga studios offer a wider variety of classes and instructors with unique styles. You have more options to choose from, depending on the type of routine you feel resonates the most with you. 

Online/Virtual yoga classes

Watching an instructor from your screen might not be as motivating as the one you can see up close and personal, but virtual yoga classes offer a lot more perks than one would think. First and foremost is that it lessens the risk of you contracting the virus but there are a lot more factors that make it a good choice:

1. It’s less costly

Practicing yoga from home saves you from spending too much. Yoga studios usually require fees if you want to join their classes. By doing it at home, you won’t have to spend money on studio fees and transportation costs. 

2. The schedule is more flexible 

Here, you have more room to practice yoga whenever you want or need to. You can make up your schedule and it’ll be no problem as long as you stick to it. 

3. 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. 

4. No need for commuting 

Public transportation might not be an ideal choice right now especially with the virus at its peak. Not unless you have a private car, it would be much better to practice yoga at home where you won’t be exposed to a lot of different people who might be infected without their knowledge. 

What types of yoga sessions are available online for a beginner? 

If you’re looking for great virtual yoga classes, you can turn to Sweatbox Yoga! Sweatbox is one of the leading yoga studios in Singapore. They offer a variety of classes featuring different yoga styles that you can take online. Just by watching a stream or videos lead by a skilled yoga teacher, you can follow the movement and get into meditation.

Check them out below:

Non-Hot Yoga Classes

  • Myofascial Yin (Sweat level: 1) – This is a virtual yoga class that allows you to apply gentle pressure on “trigger points” to help release the tension in the connective tissues or fascia that binds and supports our muscles, bones, joints, nerves, organs, and other body structures. This is especially important since being stuck at home makes us feel stressed and tensed sometimes.
  • Yin Yoga (Sweat level: 1) – Yin yoga practice helps us stretch the deep connective tissues between our muscles. This can really help us improve our flexibility and increase circulation in the joints.
  • Gentle Flow (Sweat level: 2) – this is a slow-paced fitness class where gentle stretching and strengthening movements are being incorporated. Breathing is also very important here because it calms the mind and helps us focus on moving deeper into the poses.
  • Hatha Basics (Sweat level: 2.5) – This virtual session is all about the execution of basic yoga poses accompanied by proper breathing techniques.
  • Vinyasa Flow (Sweat level: 3.5) – Vinyasa yoga is a great way to increase our body strength and flexibility, as well as improve our concentration and breathwork. This helps us get into meditation to execute movement well.
  • Yin Yang (Sweat level: 3.5) – This is a type of virtual yoga wherein two styles of yoga are combined. Yin helps us work on the deep connective tissues and joints in the body, while yang is centered on a more active practice.
  • Core Flow (Sweat level: 3.5) – This refers to a type of Vinyasa class that is focused on core-strengthening exercises and movements.
  • Yoga Core (Sweat level: 3.5) – This is a great core workout for every beginner. Teachers guide us here into movements and postures that are generally good for the core.
  • Ashtanga Led (Sweat level: 4) – For beginner students who want a more challenging or dynamic virtual yoga class, this is a great choice. Here, you will be moving through a sequence of postures with proper breathwork. This is also good for intermediate students.
  • HIIT Yoga (Sweat level: 4.5) – This is considered to be another intense type of yoga session that consists of highly intense and cardio-based sequences that will get your heart pumping and your muscles engaged. There are also slow-paced stretches to relieve any stress or tension in the body.

Are online yoga classes worth it? 

Despite being limited to the digital platform, online yoga classes are still very much 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 can still become more flexible, lose weight, and experience deep and meaningful relaxation by yourself! Practice yoga and maintain a healthy lifestyle while protecting yourself from the virus. 

To schedule a yoga class with Sweatbox, you can contact their hotline or visit their website for more 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.