Being an active person, and having married another active person, you can imagine our lives can get pretty hectic. …so when my friend took me to a yoga class 20 years ago, I was hooked.
Ok disclaimer: I am not as regular as I want to be, and not all yoga is the same! It may take you a while to find the one type of yoga you like, but once you do, a feeling of gratitude will wash over you. Or at least that’s how I felt. So here is a summary of the places and types of yoga I have tried on and off over the years in KL.
YogaDynamics in Plaza Damansara
Owned and led by Richard, a most amazing teacher. He guides you through the breath, to be full present while you practice. I leave his classes feeling very refreshed, and I do enjoy the other teachers at YogaDynamics too. I find his classes to be more skewed towards ashtanga yoga, which follows the breath and sees flows with vinyasas and jump backs interspersed. Personally, I used to love ashtanga as it was the same every class, so you could anticipate and be meditative while you practice. Now being older with more injuries, I find this type of yoga sometimes a bit too much for me though.
If you drop in for a class, it costs RM50 and he has some very affordable packages. You can find the full schedule here. Parking at Plaza Damansara can be tricky so try to find some underground, go for the early morning classes, or take a Grab. They have lockers on site and showers. More info here on their FB page.
Flow Studio at Bangsar and Damansara Heights
This yoga studio is owned by Tiffany. There are some wonderful teachers at Flow Studio, but the one I like best is Edward. He is younger than the usual teacher but oh-so-bendy, but very precise in his build up to the final pose. I like his approach in preparing your body for the final challenge and his pace is steady and easy to follow. His classes have quite a meditative aspect for me.
Drop in classes are RM60 – better to get a package if you can, though they are on the high side. Flow Studio has got a beautiful interior, with lots of light and aromatherapy smells. They offer free face towels, and on site showers. Parking can be tricky as it’s a cul-de-sac, so arrive early. Find the Flow schedule here.
Aravind Yoga in Plaza Damas, Desa Sri Hartamas
This place is close to where I live and has got a very down to earth community vibe. Aravind Yoga is owned and run by Mimi. Most times, you will see students chit chatting after class and sharing snacks. Their instagram says it all: “We are family“.
Aravind Yoga is one of the few places that offers aerial yoga (think: a hammock hanging from the ceiling), and it’s definitely worth a try! Your whole body is suspended, so you can often find yourself in positions you couldn’t usually try. They also have yin yoga (slow and holding stretching poses for up to two minutes), as well as more challenging flow and balancing yoga classes which last 1.5 hours.
There are many places in KL with different ambiance and teaching styles. Check out other places such as Karma in Bangsar, Yoga Moment at Plaza Damansara, Yogamazing at Plaza Damas3, and mYoga. Get stretching and reconnecting with your body, break those bad habits of slumping over your phone or computer.
Good luck and see you on the mat!