Mind, body and soul
Boost your health with these reinvigorating wellness classes, which confer a wide array of mental, physical and spiritual benefits. Whatever your schedule or fitness prowess, there’s a course to suit your needs.
For something more high-octane, try this exhilarating, full-body workout inspired by the act of playing the drums. During the session, you’ll use a pair of Ripstix (lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising) to bust out a series of cardio, conditioning, and strength moves, all set against a backdrop of infectious music.
But Pound is more than just a sweat fest; it supposedly offers numerous brain-boosting benefits. According to its proponents, the rhythmic nature of drumming can help improve focus, decrease anxiety, and relieve fatigue, while also boosting the immune system.
Keen to unleash your inner rock star? Pound classes are conducted all around the globe, from New York to Shanghai. Visit Pound’s official website to find your nearest studio.
Time factor: Low. Each Pound class is 45 minutes long.
Fit factor: High. It’s a dynamic workout that will see participants completing up to a whopping 15,000 reps (complete motions) in a single class, and burning up to 800 calories per hour.
Take your yoga practice up a notch with HydroFit Zen, a pool-based workout in which participants perform a series of yoga- and Pilates-inspired movements on floating fitness mats.
This innovative program is the brainchild of The Fitness Project, a Singapore-based outfit started by two former national water polo players. While the workout is physically challenging, it’s also mentally and spiritually rejuvenating, as you’ll be striking a sequence of relaxing poses amid an elemental setting.
Time factor: Low. Each HydroFit Zen class runs for 45 minutes.
Fit factor: Medium. While the poses are relatively simple, performing them on water is no easy feat – you’ll have to try doubly hard to maintain your balance.
While yoga and weightlifting may seem to occupy opposite ends of the sporting spectrum, both disciplines come together seamlessly in this class. Here, you’ll still be flowing through a yoga sequence and striking conventional poses like Warrior II – but this time, with a pair of lightly weighted dumbbells in hand. It’s a demanding, total-body workout, with all the mental and spiritual benefits afforded by a typical yoga session: essentially, yoga on steroids!
If this sounds up your alley, check out Tribeca Studios in London’s Ealing Broadway, which conducts regular Warrior Sculpt classes.
Time factor: Low. Each Warrior Sculpt class is 45 minutes long.
Fit factor: Medium. You’ll definitely feel the burn with those added weights.
17 The Mall, Ealing Broadway, London
Cultures around the world have harnessed sound as a healing tool for thousands of years. For instance, Tibetans traditionally used singing bowls to aid meditation, while Aboriginal Australians played the didgeridoo for similar purposes. The rhythms and sonic frequencies produced by these instruments purportedly induce a meditative state, thereby helping to alleviate problems such as anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and sleep disorders.
Today, you can explore this ancient healing modality with Singapore-based wellness practice Float Your Boat Therapy. During the sound therapy session, your teacher will play Tibetan singing bowls to help you achieve a deep and restorative state of relaxation.
Time factor: Low. Each one-on-one session, which is conducted at various locations across central Singapore, lasts between 60 to 90 minutes.
Fit factor: Low. There’s hardly any exertion involved – all you have to do is lie down and let the music wash
This healing modality takes the oft-cited aphorism “just breathe” to a whole new level. Generally speaking, breathwork refers to any type of therapy that deploys breathing exercises to boost health and wellbeing. This can include everything from meditation to yoga and even art.
Melbourne Breathwork regularly conducts small group workshops on holotropic breathwork, which combines deep breathing exercises with evocative music to bring about an expanded state of awareness. This is designed to stimulate creativity while reducing anxiety and stress.
Time factor: High. Each workshop by Melbourne Breathwork typically spans one and a half days, from Friday evening to Saturday evening.
Fit factor: Low. The retreats offer a calming and restorative experience, with little physical exertion involved.