Meditation is often associated with yoga practice or Buddhism, helping individuals to slow down and keep grounded in the midst of the bustle around them. However, it has also been scientifically proven to improve both one’s mental and physical wellbeing, so anyone can take advantage of the practice to reduce stress, improve sleep patterns, increase focus, and even strengthen relationships — all the makings of a well-balanced individual.
The ancient practice has roots tracing back to around 1500BCE, where the earliest written records are said to have been found in the Hindu traditions of Vedantism. In fact, many experienced yoga practitioners embark on meditation retreats in India, Bali or Thailand. There’s no better place to find your zen than in nature, away from daily stressors, after all.
Yet, city dwellers hoping to incorporate meditation into their lifestyles can find a few yoga studios and meditation centres in Singapore offering group or private meditation sessions. Although located in the city, these studios have recreated the right mood and atmosphere suitable for concentration.
If you’re looking to sign up for a meditation class, here are studios in Singapore where you can rest your weary soul and achieve a state of relaxed awareness with like-minded individuals.
The gong is a powerful musical instrument that has the ability to send out sound waves that vibrate your whole body, bringing about therapeutic healing. Ascend Yoga Therapy, located right on Boat Quay, incorporates this into their one-of-a-kind gong meditation classes in a studio that derives its inspiration from a sacred spring nestled in a remote valley in the Andean mountains of Peru.
Gong meditation creates a soundscape where the mind has a constant sound and vibration to focus on, making it easier to let go of existing preoccupations and come back to the present moment. The classes on Ascend Yoga Therapy makes use of this to guide practitioners in their pursuit of balance, mindfulness, and quality sleep.
Como Shambhala Urban Escape, one of Singapore’s most exclusive wellness centres, offers yoga, pilates, Gyrotonic, naturopathy, preventative health and massage therapy with expert hands-on healing and consultation from both its resident and visiting experts. The wellness centre also offers a 60-minute Mindful Meditation Practice class every Friday, so you can end off your week in a state of zen.
The classes are lead by the centre’s in-house mindfulness-based psychotherapist, Dawn Sim, who will guide practitioners along their journey to connect with themselves and become a mindful individual.
This boutique yoga studio is located right in the middle of the CBD, making the perfect sanctuary in the sky for busy urbanites. Boasting beautiful, parred down interiors and views of the Singapore skyline, the Yoga School Singapore provides a great atmosphere for one’s meditation practice.
The meditation class prepares one’s body for meditation through physical warm-ups and breath technique called Pranayam. Each week focuses on a different theme, such as detoxification, relaxation, emotional balance and motivation.
Nirvana Mind, located on the trendy Keong Saik Road, describes themselves as a meditation community and support system for people to come together in a safe space to explore their inner selves.
The studio offers traditional meditation techniques in modern guided meditation formats, along with weekly mindfulness sessions and workshops for practitioners of all levels at co-working space Core Collective.
If chic, trendy yoga studios aren’t your thing, check out Ananda Marga, a not-for-profit organisation set up in 1972 to serve people through healthy yoga and lifestyle programs. Originally founded by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in 1955, the organisation is based in India, with a network of centres around the world.
The meditation taught at Ananda Marga is based on the principle “as you think so you become”, helping practitioners concentrate their minds on positive and uplifting thoughts. The sessions will be conducted by instructors with years of experience, who will help teach you how to meditate using proven techniques that will enable you to withdraw your mind from the distractions of the outside world and concentrate within.