Whether you’ve been into yoga for a while or you’re just starting your yoga journey, yoga is one of the best exercises to lose calories and for a better, calmer mind! In this article, we’ve covered the benefits of yoga, 6 common types of yoga and where to find these yoga classes around KL!
If you’re passionate about yoga and have been practicing yoga, you probably have noticed the benefits of yoga – you feel calmer, sleep better or you have better flexibility now. Of course, it will take time to start noticing some yoga benefits. Put aside just 15 minutes of your time everyday to practice yoga and this could improve your mood and health and even boost your happy hormones.
By practicing yoga everyday, it can help improve on your flexibility and strength. Your muscles can be strengthened by practicing certain poses and this can help you move better and feel less stiff and tired.
Yoga gets your blood flowing. The relaxation and breathing exercises that you practice can help in your circulation and thus provide a good oxygen flow in your body. Practicing yoga everyday can give you an energy boost that you need as certain poses like the tree pose gets your energy flowing throughout your body.
Yoga is helpful in calming the mind by practicing these three elements – breathing, poses and meditation. You feel less stressed and more relaxed after practicing some yoga. It is said to increase serotonin levels and decrease cortisol levels which is also known as your body’s stress hormone.
Practicing yoga works to relax the mind and body as it usually involves paying attention to your breath and as a result, improve your concentration. Even as a beginner, your first few yoga classes will teach you to focus on your breathing and postures and as you go, your concentration will be improved
Some types of yoga styles such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa are fast paced and are ideal for people who want to sweat it out and lose some weight as these yoga styles keep your heart pumping and leave you hot and sweaty after the class. However, they are not suitable for beginners as it takes a long time to master them.
Don’t you feel like going to a yoga class after reading this? Because we do!
Fun Fact: There are more than 10 different types of yoga!
For those who are new to yoga, here are 7 types of common yoga and where to find them in KL.
There are many types of yoga out there and it can be a tad bit confusing for you if you’re a beginner. Choosing the right type of yoga can be a little overwhelming too. Ask yourself this question – what are your main intentions and what would you like to achieve? Once you have the answers to the questions, you will be able to decide on what type of yoga is best for you. Read more to find out about yoga classes in KL.
Hatha yoga is a type of yoga that combines breathwork and physical postures. This term is commonly used for beginners as it is usually paced far slower compared to the other styles. If you are new to yoga, this would be a good start for you to learn to focus on your breathing and postures. You will leave the class feeling more relaxed. Hatha yoga is very common and you can definitely find this yoga class in KL.
Prana Yoga KL (Full details of the studio here)
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Class Fees: RM23 – RM48. Click here for the full fees.
41-2, Jalan 109/1E, Desa Business Park, Taman Desa, off Jalan Klang Lama
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact No: 012-320 4115
This type of yoga helps one to focus on finding proper alignment of the body. Like Hatha, it is usually done at a slow pace as this will help one to really go deeper into the poses and to also hold them for a longer period of time. A Iyengar class is usually more helpful with the use of props such as blocks and blankets.
BKS Iyengar Yogashala (Full details of the studio here)
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Class Fees: RM20 – RM50. Click here for the fees.
Unit 2.3, 2nd Floor, Pusat Kreatif Kanak Kanak Tuanku Bainun, 48 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact No: 012-976 4866
This type of yoga is more ideal for people who are active and want a fast paced style. As it is fast paced, you do not need to hold a pose for too long as one pose is changed to another forming a pattern. When this happens, your heart rate gets pumping therefore, giving you a cardio workout.
Yoga Dynamics (Full details of the studio here)
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Class Fees: RM27 – RM50. Click here for the fees.
No. 10-2, 2nd Floor, Jalan Telawi 2, 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Contact No: 016-620 0366
The kundalini yoga practice is equally both physical and spiritual. It involves a lot of meditation, chanting and breathing exercises. This yoga style’s main objective is to release the kundalini energy that is said to be coiled in the lower spine. This type of yoga is ideal for those looking to release stress and who want to reconnect with their inner self.
4 A, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, TTDI, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact No: 019-289 6338
This technique is said to be the most physically demanding and it combines strength, flexibility and stamina. This is not suitable for beginners as it takes years of practice to master this technique. It involves a lot of standing and floor postures and it is expected to be hot and sweaty after the class.
2 Lorong Binjai, Binjai 8 Premium Soho Unit #7-6, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Contact No: 019-234 6290
This yoga style is your best option if you want to lose weight, strengthen your muscles or eliminate toxins from your body. There are 26 basic postures to be done in a room heated to 40 degrees. Due to the heated room, you will end up sweating and burning calories at the end of the session.
26-2 & 28-2 (Second Floor), Jalan 24/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 W.P. Kuala Lumpur
Contact No: 03- 6211 3263
This is not your ordinary yoga where you would normally practice on a yoga mat. A yoga hammock or a yoga swing that is suspended from the ceiling are what students would use as a prop to perform this type of yoga. It’s a combination of the traditional yoga with dance and acrobatics and it is also known to help you improve on flexibility and upper body strength.. Aerial yoga is getting very common in the modern world and you can find this yoga class in KL.
L-2-2, Plaza Damas Phase II, No. 60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Contact No: 019-590 0457
There are many more types of yoga practices that are available and each one has its own specialty. When you find one that suits you, practice with dedication and consistency. You will be able to see and reap the benefits both physically and mentally when you start practicing yoga regularly.
However, if you are suffering from an injury or an illness that requires medical attention, do talk about it to your healthcare practitioner and yoga instructors as well so that they are aware of your medical condition.
For a complete list of yoga studios, check out our yoga studio directory here!
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