It’s pretty safe to say yoga has effectively taken over the world, one asana at a time, and perhaps the most telling sign of that is the sheer number of yoga studios available. If you have trouble finding “the one” for you, we’re pretty sure you’ll find Pure Yoga’s newest outpost in Suntec City Mall to be the perfect escape from downtown life.
This is Pure Yoga’s fourth studio on the island, so it’s safe to say the folks running it know what they’re doing. Spanning 11,000 square feet, the facility is surprisingly massive for its prime location, and will cater over 130 classes per week to the weary souls throughout the CBD.
Suntec City is a pretty confusing mall but you can’t miss the Pure Yoga studio. The warmth of the wood-laden interiors is complemented by intricate mandala murals on the wall, creating a sleek, homely environment that immediately puts your mind at ease. The luxurious setting continues to the studios, which also accommodate private and small group sessions, hot yoga, wall rope and aerial yoga classes.
The spacious changing area is equipped with rainforest showers, all-natural toiletries and a spin dryer, alongside more plush towels. A generous number of hair dryers are on hand to get you office- or party-ready after a session, and if you’re looking to grab a quick snack, the adjacent Nood Food juice bar will conjure up its signature superfood smoothies, slow-pressed juices and raw food snacks.
There’s also an activewear corner which carries the latest range of yoga-centric gear and equipment. Like all gyms and studios under The Pure Group, Pure Yoga at Suntec City has a seating area that’s fully equipped with Wifi and charging ports, should you prefer a quiet retreat away from the bustle to work, or simply to relax.
Besides a wide selection of yoga taught by highly-trained teachers, the new Pure Yoga Suntec City branch will house a variety of meditation and restorative classes for a more holistic experience, depending on your mood.
If you’re new to the practice, a plethora of beginners classes will introduce the basic concepts and postures, besides increasing awareness and stability within the mind and body. Fundamental poses and alignments will also be taught, making it a good foundation class before you delve deep into the world of yoga.
Meditative classes like Nada Yoga (which uses sound vibration), and Pranayama (which focuses on breath control) aim to purify the body and calm the mind, leaving you deeply relaxed and at peace at the end of every class. If you simply want to stretch out any kinks in your shoulders and back from a busy day, the Yin yoga class which we tried was particularly effective. The hour-long class consisted of holding poses for an extended period of time with controlled, deep breathing techniques.
Seasoned yogis can challenge themselves with the more advanced and specialised wall rope or yoga wheel classes. The former uses ropes, pelvic swings, bars and other props to enhance traction and extension of the body, while the latter opens up areas of the body that are typically tight due to modern-day living. Both classes are designed to help you further your journey as a serious practitioner, and are generally harder to come across.
Pure Yoga’s new studio at Suntec City carries the brand’s DNA to a tee. Everything — from the interior design and well-equipped facilities to the sheer choices of classes offered — is well thought out and caters to both amateur and experienced yogis. If you’re looking for a respite in the area, this is your best bet.
(All images: Daniel Koh Photography)