Keeping healthy is an important part of pregnancy, not only for mommy but also for baby. Prenatal yoga does both by preparing expectant mothers for labour while promoting the baby’s health too.
According to Mayo Clinic, some benefits of yoga for pregnant women include reducing stress and anxiety, preparing muscles for childbirth, decreasing back pains, nausea and shortness of breath, and lowers the risk of pregnancy-related diseases. If you’d like to take up yoga, we’ve put together a list of available studios in Klang Valley.
Prana Yoga KL
Prana Yoga offers a small, intimate setting for moms-to-be to practice and make yoga poses attainable with the help of yoga props like bolsters, blocks and straps. Light meditation, breath work, gentle stretching, standing and seated poses, and relaxation are the activities covered in a regular Prenatal Yoga class conducted by instructors, Angeline Liew and Vivian Goh.
Classes: Mondays and Wednesdays (6.30pm-7.30pm) and Saturdays (10.30am-11.30am)
Fees: 8-class pass for RM 240 (RM30/class) and Drop-in (RM 40/class)
Contact: 012-976 4866 | [email protected]
Dubbed the hippie yoga studio, expecting mommies can have their first Prenatal Yoga class with yoga instructor Munirah at YogaOneThatIWant for free. Relax while still staying fit during their one-hour session that entails the basics — stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. If you’re keen to sign up, they also offer packages like Unlimited Classes for RM300 or 8/16 Classes for RM150/250 per month.
Address: E3A01 East Wing, Metropolitan Square, Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana
Surya Yoga and Pilates
Surya Yoga Studio offers a very relaxed prenatal yoga course for expecting mums. Each session is designed for both mental and physical benefits through gentle movements with breathing exercises to increase energy, blood circulation, help rid pain in the joints and poor posture.
Address: Surya Yoga & Pilates Studio, No. C-1-9 and C-1-11a, Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria, Damansara 47410, Petaling Jaya.
Yoga 72 Style
Join Yoga 72 Style’s prenatal yoga classes that are taught by International Yoga Instructor Vivienne who is certified on Prenatal Yoga Teaching. Their Prenatal Yoga classes were established since Mar 2014 and till now they had 25 mommies who gave birth to healthy babies. Conducted in small groups of 5- 10 mommies, sessions will start with warm up, grounding poses, stretching, hip opening and breathing exercises and end with deep relaxation.
Address: No. 13-2, Jalan Kuchai Maju 1, Jalan Kuchai Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
Cocoon Yoga aims to help mothers-to-be manage and enjoy the changes they experience as a result of pregnancy through ‘harnessing ancient yogic wisdom and practice combined with modern science’. The Cocoon prenatal yoga program is created by a group of experts including experienced yoga instructors, mothers, doctors and gynaecologists to assure a safe and scientific approach. Each class is 1 hour long and is suitable for pregnant women in all stages of pregnancy.
Classes: Available upon request
Fees: Available upon request
Contact: 03-6203 0112
Address: No 11-2, Jalan Solaris 2 Solaris Mont Kiara, W. Persekutuan, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Image Credit: iStockphoto, Prana Yoga KL, Surya Yoga Studio, and Cocoon Studio.