Studio Review: Yoga Movement

Management: 8/10

Sales staff/ reception: Friendly, no selling at all.

Membership options: Class cards – 10 ($190+) or 20 ($350+) both valid for 6 months.

  • Cheapest price per class: $18.75.

Class booking: Available on mindbodyonline, no penalty for no show. Teacher schedule released 1 week ahead but class types remains fixed.

Number of outlets: 4.

Ambiance:

  • Character: Hipster themed and no frills.
  • Condition: In line with the hipster is the theme, wear and tear is visible here and there (which adds to the theme) but for any serious maintenance they are quick to get it fixed.

Crowd attracted: Young people mainly, in their early 20s. A lot of sporty or arty people spotted.

Class types: Good mix of non-hot and hot classes. Many classes suitable for beginners (Yoga Basics) and with exception of Monster Hot (Bikram inspired), all classes are non-fixed series classes.

Crowd: Weekday evenings are always almost full and if you don’t book you’ll have to be on waiting list.

Class timing: 33 classes across the 4 studios on weekdays.

 

Yoga studio: 7/10

Hot class: Infrared heating panels are used. Temperature usually under 40°C, and is heat very bearable. Room was aired a lot.

Non hot class: There is air-conditioning in the yoga room so you do it with natural ambient temperature and fans.

Mats: They use their own brand the padding is not very good. Getting on knees may be uncomfortable. Surface can sometimes be slippery.

Class size: Maximum 30+ based on Carpenter Street and Tangjong Pagar studio.

Cleanliness: Mats are cleaned after every class.

 

Changing room: 6/10

Toilet: 1 cubicle for Carpenter Street, 1.5 for Tangjong Pagar (1 of them is unisex, hence 0.5).

Showers: Few.

Towels: Not provided, but available for $1 each use. The towels for rent are in good condition.

Water: Not provided. Bottled water sold for $1, non-refillable.

Lounge area: Carpenter Street has a small corner you can hang out at while waiting for class, while Tanjong Pagar has a nice outdoor patio and a bigger common area.

Lockers: Metal lockers with keys provided.


My opinion:

I used to come here when I just started yoga in 2012. This is a good place for newcomers because they have many basic classes in hot and non-hot options. The low prices for class cards make it attractive to students and younger adults. The teachers they employ include many newly certified ones (typical for boutique studios) so the yoga style here is more fitness based than meditative, generally. You may like this place if you’re the really young and hip kind but if you’re past mid-thirties and sort of well… auntie, you may feel out of place.

What I did not like was the lack of free towels and water, which I feel is a basic thing studios should provide. While the yoga itself was good, I did not agree with the facilities and the ambiance of the place. I personally appreciate good facilities and a polished interior and the no frills hipster style isn’t for me.

They don’t have a wide variety of classes but since majority of the classes aren’t fixed series classes, you will get to experience different styles when you try different teachers.


Pros: Low cost for class cards, good class types, easy and stress free booking
Cons: Not so ideal facilities, hipster theme may not appeal to some, not so good quality mats
Rating: 7/10


Yoga Movement

31A & 33A New Bridge Road
Singapore 059394
(Entrance on Carpenter St)

21 Tanjong Pagar Rd
#02-01
Singapore 088444 (Entrance on Murray Street)

22 Orchard Road
#02-01
Singapore, 238885

11 Yong Siak St
Singapore, 168646

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