Start the year on the right foot by taking time out to care for your physical and mental health. There are a multitude of ways to find your brand of mellow in stressed-out Singapore – we pick out five feel-good options that’ll rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
The Sanskrit term ‘kundalini’ is an ancient spiritual and philosophical concept of body awakening. It’s often associated with the seven ‘chakras’ or centres in our bodies that energy flows through, with the kundalini energy being the first of the seven resting near the base of the spine. The idea is to channel energy up the spine to reach the crown of the head while awakening the five other chakras in between.
Try it at Auriga Spa
Escape hectic city life at Capella Singapore’s in-house spa. This full-body experience uses heated moon stones as part of the back massage to unleash kundalini energy from your lower back. It c oncludes with a facial done with crystal stones to close the circuit.
Strip to your birthday suit and step in an egg-shaped tank filled with a warm temperatureadjusted saline solution (of a salt density that’s said to mimic that of the Dead Sea). Float therapy allows you to literally and figuratively float your cares away in complete darkness – it sounds simple but its benefits are multifold. By depriving all your senses in an anti-gravity environment, your body and mind both relax.
Try it at Palm Ave Float Club
The deliberately featureless egg-shaped pod at Singapore’s only float therapy centre imparts a feeling of weightlessness and alleviates bodily weariness so you leave the session with a new spring in your step.
Price From $90/60min.
The time-honoured practice of soaking in hot spring water is well-known not only in the Land of the Rising Sun, where it originates, but around the world. Deeply embedded within the intricacies of Japanese culture, onsen bathing requires you to wash yourself before you enter the onsen bath, keep your hair clear of the water and maintain a quiet and peaceful posture at all times. According to Japanese tradition, it’s a therapeutic ritual that relaxes and recuperates the mind, body and ‘kokoro’, which is the spirit or heart.
Try it at Yunomori Onsen and Spa
Combining an authentic Japanese hot spring experience with traditional Thai massages, this spa allows you to get the best of both worlds. There are five high-tech onsen baths offered at the separate male and female areas: soda, bubble, silk, jet and cold – each treated with hot spring minerals imported straight from the motherland.
Price From $38 for adults and $28 for under 15s and over 65s.
While mindfulness can be traced back to Buddhist meditation, the practice of secular mindfulness has gained momentum over time. This psychological process teaches you to observe your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the environment around you without passing judgement in order to subsequently thrive in all situations.
Try it at Nirvana Mind
Develop a practice of mindfulness at this secular, non-religious and non-spiritual centre founded by Helen Clare Rozario. Beginners, sign up for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme, an eight-week course founded and developed by mindfulness guru Jon Kabat-Zinn to improve your overall sense of wellbeing.
Price $850, inclusive of course materials.
While meditation may conjure up images of zen-looking individuals sitting lotus-legged on special cushions, that’s not all there is to it. No matter what ground you sit on, the goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind in the hopes of finding balance in your daily life.
Try it at Singapore Breath Meditation Group
What started as a group of friends coming together to meditate back in 2012 grew into a free outdoor meditation session usually held at a shady spot in the Botanic Gardens on the fourth Sunday of every month. On top of that, there are three other weekly sessions held in various studios that are open to all.
Price Free. Check exact dates and times on the website here.
3 questions with Vikas Malkani from Soul Centre
We speak to Vikas Malkani, head teacher for meditation and mindfulness at Soul Centre on how to find your zen
1. What is meditation?
Meditation is an ancient science of understanding our mind and training it to be our friend, not our enemy. It’s necessary if you value the positive emotional states of life because our thoughts affect our wellbeing.
2. How do I incorporate meditation into my daily life?
One of the easiest ways to begin meditating is by focusing on your breath – it’s a great way to improve focus and concentration. Each time you notice your mind wandering off, simply bring your attention back to following your breath. Five minutes at a time, three times a day is ideal to start with.
3. Any other good habits we should practice that support our mental clarity?
If you want to have a good year ahead with positive results, the most important element to get right is your mindset. Because you start and end your day with your thoughts, it’s good practice to set yourself five important things to accomplish at the start of the day. Read inspirational material – consider it nourishment to your soul.
Price From $450/four sessions.