Hatha yoga is a yoga style that combines breathing exercises (pranayama) with traditional poses (asanas) within one practice. With class options ranging from 1 to 1.5 hours in studios across Singapore, members of GuavaPass can experience Hatha yoga in a variety of spaces. Yoga in Common is a beautiful studio located in Ferrer Park along a strip of classically designed shop houses. Of their expansive range of classes, their Hatha yoga class is notably one of their most popular. On Sunday evening we were instructed by Viashali who guided us through 75-minutes of a restorative Hatha Yoga; a perfect end to a busy weekend.
What to expect in a Hatha Class?
With so many terms used to describe different yoga styles, knowing what to expect can be a bit difficult. A ‘Hatha’ style class is known as being a preparation class for meditation. Generally, it’s a gentle class with little stress to the body, but with an intense focus on consistency of breath and concentration. It’s a perfect class for beginners, or for people wanting to progress from strictly Yin or Meditation classes. Yoga in Common was a balanced mix of movement and peace, giving the class dedicated time to meditate and collect themselves.
Meditation through movement
The class began in usual Hatha style with a number of breathing exercises to release toxins and center the class on their mats. Afterward, the instructor began to slowly move through various flow sequences held for longer periods to maintain concentration. Viashali was a dedicated instructor in bringing the classes focus back on their own breath and listening to their body. She reiterated throughout the class that the practice wasn’t about strenuously challenging your body; Hatha is founded on the principles of being still within your pose, without judgment and free from competition.
A calming and centering practice
The 75-minutes came to a close with a small meditation session with a goal of quieting the mind in the final stages of the practice. This class comes highly recommended from someone who has tried out various types of Hatha; it left myself and other Guava members rejuvenated and balanced.
Hatha Classic is just one of the many classes available to book at Yoga in Common through the GuavaPass app. What makes this class different was the calm and unintimidating progression of movements and the freedom to move at your own pace. If you’re after a class with a little bit more zen than your Vinyasa or Power Flow classes, Yoga in Common’s Hatha Classic is a must.
Amenities: water refill, bathrooms, parking, mats
#GuavaTip: For evening classes, enter from the back of the shop houses. If you’re unsure where to go, you can call Yoga In Common on +65 9698 5771.