Yoga workshop with Briohny and Dice

Last weekend, I was convinced that I had developed visible stomach muscles after practising yoga for seven hours over two days.

“Look at them! I seem to have some muscles now!” I crowed, pointing to my non-existent abs. My friend Barbara wasn’t so convinced.

We were at a three-day yoga workshop conducted by instructors Briohny and Dice. This workshop was held at Pure Yoga at Ngee Ann City. It was going to consist of very strong poses, such as handstands, arm balances and various other athleticism. Actually, it was more like a slow gymnastics class rather than yoga, and that was the way I like my yoga.

Take a look at this picture below and you will know what I mean.

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Gymnasts for a day

I went for an adult gymnastics class at Gymkraft yesterday. I have always entertained dreams of running away to join the circus so I wanted to see how I would fare at a gymnastics class.

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Adult gymnastics classes tend to cater to dreamers like me. At the ripe old age of 20s, 30s or even 60s (yes, I met a man there in his 60s!), we didn’t have the strength to twirl around the uneven bars or swing our legs around the pommel horse. This means that classes tend to focus on floor work and the trampoline.

I had a great impression of Gymkraft when we stepped in. The space was huge and there was even space to share the arena with a rock climbing site. It was fully decked out with all the gymnastics apparatus.

The session started with some jogging and stretching. I was people-watching. Almost all the girls were incredibly flexible. Some of them had very sculpted arms. This was a good sign. It meant that I may be as toned as them if I kept at it.

The actual class itself was a tad disappointing. We were a big group of 20 people and there were only two coaches. Three of us beginners were taught forward rolls and backward rolls and then left alone for most of the time for our own practice. I had a very bad headache after a while from doing the same things over and over again.

On the bright side, we practised our handstands. I was used to doing this against the wall for yoga and even in my previous gymnastics classes. But this time, we were each assigned a partner and took turns to kick up to a handstand and support each other with our hands. This meant that I couldn’t just rest my weight on the wall and I could feel my stomach working harder than ever to keep my body straight. It was a very good technique to improve on handstands, I thought.

The 1.5 hour class ended with some conditioning. I collapsed on the floor in sheer exhaustion. Overall it was a good class but I needed a smaller class size with more attention from the coach.

The search continues!

List of adult gymnastics classes in Singapore:

  • Jitterbugs (We were here for one term. Very good and attentive teacher, controlled class size and systematic teaching. But lack of equipment, no spring floor) *Edit: Jitterbugs no longer offer these classes.
  • Alpha Gym (We were here for two terms. Had a very good teacher although he moved away, spring floor, air-con, almost fully equipped. But it’s inconvenient, no way to take public transport)
  • Gim Sports (We have not tried this)
  • Prime Gym (We have not tried this)