Last Friday, as a test to my practice, I booked into an advanced yoga class – Hot Flow (Intermediate) at Sweatbox Yoga (Bukit Timah). Intermediate or advanced classes on GuavaPass are a perfect option for members who have been practicing for a number of years. They’re great for those wanting to challenge their own strength, flexibility and concentration. With a few years experience, I felt I was up to the challenge of the class. Out of all the classes I’ve tried on GuavaPass, this was the most challenging and inspiring classes so far. The fast paced and interesting flow was a dynamic expression of strength and focus, with more poses and greater exploration in each moment than I’ve experienced before.
The flow progression
The 60-minute class was a mix between Vinyasa and Flow. Our instructor Guat is extremely well versed on the body’s capability and how far members can be pushed. Having her demonstrating with the class through the practice allowed the class to time themselves to her movements and follow the flow.
The speed of the class
The start of the class followed a fast-paced vinyasa and sun salutation flow, which at first I felt uncomfortable doing it such fast speed. As the minutes passed, I slowly began to revel in the lightness of each pose and the concentration needed to keep in time. Poses were held for no longer than a few seconds in order to warm up the body, increase the heart rate and bring the entire class in the same rhythm.
The studios at Sweatbox Yoga are well-heated by ultramodern heating panels, giving us a warm and comfortable space to move in. The flow class was guided not only by our instructor but also by the choice of music played, the tempo of which setting the agenda for the corresponding set of positions. Changing between slow-paced, upbeat and meditation-style music, it transformed the session into an interesting and expressive flow of movement.
The pose expression
In the second half of the practice, our instructor walked us through the full expression of a range of inversions, backbends and complex holds that I’ve never been able to try in a class. If you plan on booking this Intermediate class, be prepared for how much it will challenge your body and mind, and how much strength is required of the poses.
Other Sweatbox yoga classes
There is a range of animated and interesting Sweatbox Yoga classes available to GuavaPass members online or on the app. Each of them offers a different purpose for your practice whether that is a vigorous workout, a deep stretch or concentrated meditation. Their 60 and 75-minute classes are an incredible experience and are a must try for any yogi in Singapore.
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Amenities: Showers, water refill, mats, towels (for rent)
#GuavaTip: If you’re wanting to develop the strength and capabilities of your practice, stay back afterward and speak to your instructor on how to do so – Guat had some amazing tips on how I can extend my back bends and increase stability in that area.