Four best places for prenatal yoga
Prana Yoga Prana Yoga’s philosophy of ‘yoga for everyone’ includes the expecting mum. By the time you hit your first trimester, you’ll be able to join the classes, held in a small and intimate setting. The class employs yoga props like blocks, straps and bolsters to aid in support. Prana Yoga also offers postnatal wellness programmes that will help you gain your strength, energy and flexibility after the confinement period. Unit 2.3, Second floor, Pusat Kreatif Kanak Kanak Tuanku Bainun, 48 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL (012 976 4866/www.pranayogakl.com).
Surya Yoga Prenatal yoga classes at Surya Yoga are designed to be fun and relaxing, and are aimed at easing and reducing the stress which inevitably comes with pregnancy. Instructors at Surya Yoga place importance on relaxation, yoga poses that are good for the mind and for the spine, as well as building a support network. Classes are suitable for pregnant mums at any stage of the pregnancy. Various locations in KL (03 7803 6044/www.suryayoga.com.my).
Elaine Yoga Elaine conducts her prenatal yoga classes in a slow and nurturing flow with a focus on providing full support to expecting mothers. Besides prenatal yoga, Elaine also offers birthing classes and childbirth education classes that help prepare expecting parents (you are required to bring your partner) on what to do before and during labour, as well as focus breathing and relaxation methods and how to prepare yourself emotionally and mentally during the process. Tanjung Bungah, Penang (012 447 0072/Facebook: Elaine-yogaPenang).
PEACE Studio PEACE specialises in prenatal yoga. While the instructors are certified and experienced in teaching prenatal yoga, approval is still needed from the doctor before starting. Classes are available for women between their third and seventh month of pregnancy, and focus on exercises that can be practised during all stages of pregnancy, increase muscle flexibility during childbirth, and improve digestion. Various locations in Johor (07 554 9478/ompeace.com.my).