Deadlines, traffic, and a stiff back — hardly the trinity of feeling your best. Regardless of your experience with yoga, an hour-long session of gentle stretching after a long day is incredibly inviting . If you can’t touch your toes (yet), don’t let the word yoga scare you off.
The secret is in the stretching, and that’s where the practice of Yin comes in. Classes are the epitome of chill with a set-up designed to calm down your mind, allowing your muscles to relax into a passive state. Lights are dimmed, Tibetan singing bowls come out, and the chances of being lulled of to sleep are high. The aim is not to flex and push yourself, it’s in fact, surrender — the total opposite. Holding each pose for three to five minutes targets deep connective tissues like fascia that surrounds the muscles. Releasing tension in the fascia as well while also relaxing the tighter joints around the hips, sacrum and and spine, enables superficial muscles to perform even better.
Without Yin, there is no Yang: the more active component of yoga that builds on flexibility and strength. So before you go pressing into handstands, book yourself a spot on the mat at these incredible Yin yoga classes in KL:
When: Wednesdays at 8.30pm
Sheriza Fazleen’s yin classes are welcoming and easy-flowing, and we love how she tucks a Goddess card under every mat with a heartfelt message to carry into your week ahead. For the ultimate practice (and Wednesday), book yourself an evening Chill or Dynamic Flow before and reap the rewards of strong yet relaxed muscles at the end of the day.
7, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm
Where: Damansara Heights
Omology founder and instructor Kylie Denis is known for her beautifully choreographed flow sequences, and her yin/flow classes every Wednesday night are just as heart-opening – literally and figuratively. On Thursdays, Adele takes to the mat to guide the class through a complete practice of surrender armed with her knowledge of myofascial release, reiki and energetic healing modalities.
37-2 Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490, Kuala Lumpur
When: Mondays at 8pm, and Thursdays at 8.15pm
Pramudya Widita, or Dita, is Nafas Yoga’s resident Yin queen. As with all Yin classes, props like bolsters and blocks are given to help your body ease into each pose options for a deeper stretch. Complemented with guided breathing techniques, expect to walk out into the light (it’s a lights-off class) with a clearer mind and more relaxed self.
11A Jalan Tun Mohd. Fuad 3, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
When: Mondays at 8pm, and Wednesdays at 6pm
Prana Yoga KL is known for its good vibes and good deeds. Apart from conducting teacher training programs, the studio hosts Bhakti Yoga projects to raise funds for charity, and donates MYR1 into their Pledge a Ringgit social responsibility program. Founders Angeline Liew on Monday and Raymond Lim lead the yin classes, and if you’re hoping for a class where you get to learn as much as you experience, this is the one for you.
Pusat Kreatif Kanak Kanak Tuanku Bainun, 48 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
When: Thursdays at 8.45pm
Where: Ara Damansara
When it comes to a power yoga class, Oscillation Yoga isn’t playing around. The yin classes are integrated with sound healing so not only is it a great restorative and passive practice for yogis, athletes and anyone recovering from injuries, it’s also just as beneficial in bringing down stress levels, or as it’s known in the yoga world, the ‘monkey mind’.
Block A, Pacific Place, Jalan PJU 1a/4, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya