Seriously, the BEST studio I've been to in Singapore.
Main reason? Only reason? One reason? All the instructors here are FABULOUS! No joke. They walk around and adjust your positions and and constantly remind you to breathe! I've been practicing yoga for a few years now, and I've noticed through my practice how much a simple "exhale" changes my overall practice. Beginner, Intermediate, Advance, we all NEED these simple, constant reminders to be at our best.
Not to mention, the Kopitam in the basement is my FAVORITE food court in Singapore.
Unfortunately, I signed up with Pure since I work and live near the CBD. BUT if I end up moving to Orchard in the future--Real Yoga, I'll be back!!!
There's a big and very cozy lounge area in Real Yoga whereby you can sit and read magazines before classes.. Water dispenser is provided as well so just bring your water bottle along.. Oh ya, do remember to collect your shower towels before heading into the shower as towels are only available at reception area.
The Hot Yoga studio over at Real Yoga is on the small size so it feels a little crampy.. Since the Yoga mats are near to each other, it feels as thou i will hit the person beside me .. Nevertheless, the studio is clean and well maintained' However, there's only one heater at the side of the room and i feel that it isn't powerful enough to heat up the entire room' Therefore, i did not sweat as much during lessons as compared to classes in Absolute Yoga.. Instructors over in Real Yoga are stricter and they will really keep an eye on you so that they can correct your postures.. This will be beneficial for people who are not familiar with the postures..
The studio over at Real Yoga
The changing room is rather big as well with many lockers (remember to bring your own padlock so that you can lock up your belongings) There are no washrooms inside the changing room so it is rather troublesome as you have to go to the common toilets located in the shopping centre.. There are many cubicles in the shower area so you need not worry about long waiting time.. Shower area is clean and bright and toiletries are provided in the shower as well. There are also two make-up counters with hair dryers..
Clean shower area
To sum up, this place will be good if you wish to attend different kinds of lessons.. But i will prefer a place that offers Bikram Hot Yoga inwhich Real Yoga doesn't have'. Lastly, Real Yoga will do some form of selling but you can reject them and they won't give you any bad attitude.. After all, we are the consumers and we have the right to say no.. hehe!
I am a member at Real Yoga but I'm not trying to sell their services. I first tried their classes 1 year ago when they had some Groupon offer. The classes were challenging for a beginner at yoga but the instructors were very attentive. I really had a great workout and that changed my perspective that yoga is very relaxing and easy.
I didn't sign up immediately. I went around to all the major yoga studios in town so that i could make a fair comparison. True's classes were too easy and way too big for the instructors to even give 2 hoots about you. Pure was more luxurious in comparison to the basic facilities at Real Yoga. Even the sales person at Pure acknowledged that Real is their true competitor in terms of the standard of classes they offer.
Well.. I signed up with Real and I'm not regretting my choice. It's true that it gets crowded. I'm hoping their second outlet in Tampines would draw some of the people again.
For beginners, you may want to try something slower like Hatha B or Hot Yoga by Dr Kumar, Dr Krish or Omkar.
If you want something more challenging, Hot Vinyasa, Hot Flow, Hatha M, Sivananda by Hari, Issey, Saumik and Manoj would probably give you a really crazy work out. Core training would also kill you but you'll get those rock hard abs after a couple of sessions.
The focus is really not on the meditation. I see this as Yoga Boot Camp. Pure probably does meditation better but i really hate it when they keep talking.
A friend of mine brought me along to Real Yoga, and we went for a regular Hatha Yoga session. First of all, it was slightly hard to find, if you don't know as you have to take the lift from the back of Centre Point, and you can't go via escalators (OK I was a noob and got lost).
In comparison to Pure Yoga (at Ngee Ann City) , this is a much smaller, pared-down version.
The changing rooms, etc. didn't feel as spacious / well-maintained as Pure, but it was adequate, and clean enough.
Also, my friend recently got a Groupon voucher for Real Yoga, so the place was kind of crowded (considering I went on a weekday afternoon!).
After our class, the woman tried to persuade us quite heavily to sign up for a package. Actually, the prices are quite reasonable, and I might actually consider signing up for classes here. Just didn't really like the hard-selling.
Class-wise I thought my instructor was not bad - sometimes it feels like they're just going through the motions and not really taking care to correct your posture, etc. but my instructor was quite attentive. I would say he was more or less on par with most of the yoga instructors over at Pure.