Singapore is an industry leader when it comes to its variety of fitness options.  There is also no shortage of great cafes in the city.  Common Man Coffee Roasters is a cafe that draws a hipster crowd looking for a hearty breakfast from a menu that has the classic staples of avocado, crunchy granola, and kale with eggs.  Upstairs to this cafe is Yoga Movement, a trendy, branded yoga studio in Singapore.  There is a growing movement of fitness studios combining in the same location as trendy breakfast cafe’s that serve quality coffee and wholesome food in a relaxed, hip environment.  This post will give you a solid review of Common Man Coffee Roasters and some information about Yoga Movement as well as 5 benefits to doing yoga in the morning.

 

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I ate here on a recent trip to visit some friends in Singapore.  When you do a google search for the best cafes in Singapore or the best coffee in Singapore, Common Man Coffee Roasters is a near-the-top hit for your searches.  It was definitely on the list to check out and I am so glad that I did.  It is full of expats and locals looking for a great brunch and you can’t help but feel you are in the hip scene with trendy furniture, instagrammable photos everywhere and a lively environment to start your weekend on the right foot.

COMMON MAN COFFEE ROASTERS

If you’re looking for good coffee and even better, great food, you are in the right place.  Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR) offers something different with its trendy menu items like brioche french toast, house-baked beans with confit chorizo, ricotta baked eggs, and house-made crunchy granola to name a few.

CMCR is also a store selling all kinds of swag like t-shirts and tote bags.  They sell their own coffee blends for a variety of machines and uses as well as plenty of single-origins from Ethiopia, Brazil and Nicaragua.  In addition to their coffees, they sell coffee gear for all of your coffee brewing needs!  We ended up eating in their workshop section of the cafe where there were several espresso machines set up for classes and demonstrations.  Check their online store out here for more information about their products.

 

Let’s get back to the food!

If you are looking for a hearty breakfast with all of the trimmings, you can’t go wrong with their Common Man Full Breakfast which includes organic eggs, back bacon, sausage, pesto tomatoes, vegetable rosti, baked beans and your choice of sourdough or pepita toast.

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Common Man Full Breakfast

Another great option is the House-baked beans with confit chorizo.  This dish, which is not near as large and heavy as the full breakfast, includes two fried organic eggs, wild rocket and sourdough toast with a delicious portion of baked beans with chorizo that will leave you very satisfied yet not overly stuffed.   Their coffees will also not disappoint.  Their menu includes the staple black and white coffees as well as cold brews and filtered coffees from their very own blends.

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Flat White & Baked Beans / Chorizo

Other popular menu items include their delicious juices.  You can choose from a variety of flavors like fresh pear, apple and celery juice or fresh kale, apple, spinach, and mint! I had the Orange, Carrot and Ginger juice and it was full of flavor (not watered down) and gave me all the vitamins I needed on a Sunday morning!

If you want to check out more of their menu items, click here for their full menu (excluding prices).

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Orange, Carrot & Ginger Juice

 

Clean Eating Option:
If you are looking for the ultra clean & healthy options, I would suggest their Fresh Seasonal Fruit with a Hearty Breakfast Smoothie or their Housemade Crunchy Granola.

Address: 22 Martin Road 01-00, Singapore
Phone: +65 6836 4695
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:00pm, Saturday 7:30am – 6:00pm, Sunday 7:30am – 6:00pm (last orders at 5:30pm).
Websitehttps://commonmancoffeeroasters.com

YOGA MOVEMENT

Yoga Movement is a separate business to Coffee Man Roasters but is located in the same building on the 2nd floor.  The advantage to having a yoga studio inside a popular cafe is the ability to share clients with a similar aim – to start their day with exercise, fitness and fresh food and coffee! What more could you ask for?

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Upstairs from CMCR is Yoga Movement alongside another cafe, Grounded by CMCR.  which is an off-shoot of their downstairs parent business.  They also offer great coffees and a wholesome menu.

Yoga Movement has 6 locations across Singapore and they run a wide variety of classes all day long. Their classes fall under different categories depending on what you are looking for:

  1. Basic – This is for the first-timer or the more experienced yogi who needs a break from their practice.  This class is a focus on the basics of alignment, foundation, and flexibility.
  2. Core – As the name suggests, this class will focus on the most important part of the body for your yoga poses – your core.  Expect to strengthen your core muscles during this great workout.
  3. Power – This class will get you breathing deeper and flowing through dynamic sequences that will be sure to challenge your body and mind awareness.
  4. Zen – Come to this class if you really just need to relax after a long, hard day.  The poses will mostly be lying down or sitting in postures.
  5. Monster Hot – This class is the longest class running or 90 minutes and will make you sweat! There will be a focus on a series of 26 postures.
  6. Power Flow – This is a powerful and fast-flowing class that will really focus on advancing your practice and really challenging your body.

*Basic, Core & Power have the option of hot or non-hot.

Address: 22 Martin Rd, Singapore 239058
Phone: +65 6262 2414
Hours: Check individual schedules for exact times.  Times vary depending on day/location.
Websitehttp://www.yogamovement.com/

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BENEFITS TO DOING YOGA IN THE MORNING:

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I have to be honest, yoga is not my favorite activity.   I do it because I know it’s good for me but beyond that, I don’t really enjoy it (sorry to all you yogi’s!).  When doing yoga I prefer shorter sessions (around 30 minutes is good for me) and I like to sweat and feel like I’m doing cardio even though I know that’s not what it’s all about.  Yoga to me, at times and depending on the class, can feel a bit like watching paint dry.  However, I always feel good after and love feeling like my body has been opened a little bit more and stretched and moved in ways that will increase my mobility and flexibility in other areas of fitness. This got me thinking about the best times to do yoga.  Is there a best time? I always find doing yoga in the morning the best time because my body needs that stretch and the poses that open parts of me up really help me as I start my day.

This got me thinking about the best times to do yoga and why I feel better doing yoga in the morning. Yoga in the morning always helps me get that stretch that I need and clears my mind for starting the busy day ahead.  There are some real benefits to doing yoga in the morning and here is a collection of my thinking about why doing yoga in the morning is the best!

1. Helps Clear Your Mind & Prepare You For The Day

Yoga helps to clear your thoughts and mind and puts all the activities and worries of the day in perspective. By waking up and starting your practice early, you are giving yourself an opportunity to start the day with good energy.  Yoga helps to feed your mind with thoughts that will help sustain you through the business of the day ahead.

2. Gives Your Body A Good Stretch

When our bodies wake up they need to stretch.  I always find myself stretching parts of my body after waking up but its usually rushed and not systematic.  I might stretch my arms, do a couple of hip openers and that’s about it.  Doing yoga in the morning, especially a gentle flow class, will really take you through the poses that are designed to open yourself up and bring your body in good alignment after being asleep all night.

3. Encourages Healthy Practices All Day

I don’t know about you, but when I do yoga or any work out in the morning, I always feel like eating better and continuing healthy practices throughout the day.  For example, if I do yoga, swimming or running, I pay much closer attention to my nutrition.  I try to eat cleaner and think more closely about what I eat at each meal.  As well, if I do yoga in the morning, I feel great and starting your day by feeling great is only going to help you to try to feel great throughout the rest of the day.  That might mean eating better but it might also mean getting a great night sleep or drinking more water.

4. Increases Productivity

Simply waking up earlier helps improve your productivity.   The more hours you’re awake, the more you get done!  But if you get up early to do yoga, you are going to feel like being more productive.  This goes along with encouraging healthy practices all day because when you do yoga in the morning you are starting your day off well.  We all want to feel more productive, don’t we? Feeling like we are accomplishing things helps us feel better in all areas of our lives and yoga in the morning could help contribute to that.

5. Develops Better Sleep Habits

If you are getting up early to do yoga, or any form of fitness for that matter, you are going to (hopefully) get a good night’s sleep the night before, and potentially during the upcoming night at the end of the day!  If I don’t get a good night sleep, I am more likely to hit the snooze button and sleep longer which then turns into not wanting to do any form of fitness when I wake up.  Doing yoga in the morning sets your routine and may mean that you are sleep better and longer which is something that everyone can benefit from.

 

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Tim Gascoigne is a Canadian, full-time traveler/nomad who has found a love of fitness and how to combine this with living a life of purpose and freedom.  Tim writes at One Fit Nomad and shares content on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter.  Crossfit is his favorite form of fitness and he likes to write about how you can live the life you want while being the best version of yourself.  Tim has been a fulltime teacher in schools in Canada, Beijing & Malaysia for 10 years and is currently taking time off to see the world & hopefully create meaning for others.

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