So you want to practice with the WanderingYogis?
Been a while since you have been on the mat? Have some injuries? Not done yoga before? Thinking of switching yoga venue?
We think you will love the ANZA WanderingYogi group… here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions we hear when you are deciding where to practice your yoga.
What’s the style of yoga?
Hatha, Yin, Universal, and a bit of Vinyasa, we have four styles we ‘steal’ from, to build our sequences that make the most of the universal energy we connect with when we practice outdoors. To find out more about our class styles, click here..
We do have two different types of Yin, one being more restorative and the other being closer to its Daoist origins, read this article if you are curious. Universal is different again, focussing on working both upper and lower body equally, ensuring energy is moved up and down, across the body from fingertips to toes, head to toes.
Classes best suit beginner to intermediate yogis – no head or handstands, but there are many inversions which give you the same life changing effect. Our teachers are brilliant at offering options to suit where you are right on that day.
Groups are small compared to ‘brick’ yoga studios – gives you time to get to know us, and the other yogis, better. You get personal attention once you have been for a few classes (we need to check out your structure and alignment before we feel Ok to suggest any adjustments) Giving you a better yoga, and a better life, we feel.
Each class is between 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. Yoga, breathing, strength and stretching. Themes hold each season together, and each week we explore a yogi topic.
The teachers are spectacular. As the original founder, I like to think the yoginis are a powerful tribe of ‘wounded’ healers – real bodies, real people, united by a common desire to show just how life changing yoga can be.
Lee is the major yogini at Botanic Gardens, with Yvonne and Dee also regulars on the teaching schedule.
WanderingYogis season is full of karma yoga – about 45% of your class fee goes every season to different causes. In 2016, we gave to Riverkids, Melrose Home and Dressed for Success, an organisation that helps women regain their confidence and power back in the workforce. In 2017, we continue this tradition and will be providing financial and yoga support to Babes
We also assist the social workers from the Transnational Workers Count Too through free access to our yoga all season.
How fit do I need to be?
If you haven’t practiced much in a while, expect to feel a little stiff after each practice, it will pass. Yoga gets you fit in ways far more physical, too. Changes happen to body, mind and feelings with regular yoga. Here are some (unasked for) quotes from our yogis:
“Feeling fabulous again after amazing yin class”
“Feeling like I can climb a mountain” “I don’t think people realise just how great this yoga is”
If you have any injuries, recent or past, blood pressure issues, diabetes or any other illness, that you think might limit you, let us know privately before your first practice or on the day.
If you have had any recent bone, spine, tendon or muscle operations or serious injuries, heart attack, or chemotherapy, you will need your doctor’s approval to do yoga (any activity really). And you must let us know please.
Do you have classes every week? How much?
We’re a bit different to other yoga ‘studios’, not just because we practice outdoors. We have seasons, between 8 – 10 weeks in length, usually a 2 week break in between.
You buy a season pass online from ANZA or you can pay drop in class fees. Drop in rate is $25 if you are an ANZA member, and $28 if you are not. We do not offer free trials – why? Because we believe our yoginis (teachers) have valuable skills, and we pay them a reasonable rate, regardless whether there are 2 or 10 in the class.
Rain Hail or Haze
Rain, hail and haze? We have a rain and pollution policy, which in short says we let you know via the WanderingYogi whatsapp if we cannot practice. We tend to make the call about an hour before the class, to help yogis who have to travel a fair way (we have quite a few who do not live in the immediate area of either of our yoga ‘studios’ – that’s commitment for you).
We have a large tarpaulins (plastic mat) so if the ground is really soggy, you have protection for your yoga mat. We can also run for cover at the Botanic Gardens at a nearby pergola, and sometimes we just continue, if it is only a drizzle.
Where are we?
Singapore Botanic Gardens @ECO LAKE
East Coast Park @ Parkland Green
What to wear?
3/4 Tights, running shorts, leggings, comfortable top or singlet, preferably not all at once! We are barefoot for our yoga practice.
What else to bring?
Yoga mat – when you first start out, you may wish to buy a cheap yoga mat. Many places sell them in Singapore – Cold Storage, Mustafa markets, sports stores. Some advice – choosing a yoga mat is like choosing runners – a poor choice of mat will detract from your experience, skill building, and could injure you. You pay for what you get. Wanderingyogi has ecofriendly (and stylish) mats for sale, but they are more expensive. We highly recommend buying a quality mat once you know you are in it for more than 3 or 4 sessions.
Towels – one for your mat (you will sweat), and a smaller one if you need to mop your brow while we are working out. Towels are also excellent props for some asanas (postures). We also have highly absorbent and travel friendly microfibre towels for sale, too.
Water bottle – larger size preferably 600 ml or more. This is a hot country, and we are practicing outdoors.
Apply sunscreen and insect repellent, if you are sensitive to sun and bugs. Wear a hat, better than sunglasses (which have an annoying tendency to fall off your nose in down dog). We tend to practice where there is shade, but you are outside.
There are toilets but they are not near, so go before you come LOL.
Where do I sign up?
Buy a season class pack by clicking here… and we will see you on the mat soon!