Yoga is a group of mental, physical and spiritual disciplines that originated in ancient India. There is a variety of practices of yoga but the most common and popular is the Hatha Yoga. In Vedic Sanskrit, yoga means to join, or combine or unite. The other derivations of the word means “concentration” or to concentrate. Yoga means the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness, the union of soul and spirit. The ultimate goal of yoga is liberation.
According to the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture, Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. It teaches you how to listen to your body and be curious about who you are.
Yoga is more than just physical exercise; it has a reflective and spiritual essence. The stretching, twisting and turning are just but superficial aspects yoga. Rather, it unfolds the infinite potentials of the mind and soul. It is believed that when you are in harmony with yourself, the journey through life becomes happier, more peaceful and more fulfilled.
More than we know it, we have been using Yoga all our lives. Yoga moves like Cat Stretch strengthens our spine, the Easy pose relieves anxiety, and the Wind Relieving pose boosts digestion.
Penang has numerous yoga studios and schools offering different types of yoga classes and yoga therapies. Aside from the yoga classes, these institutions also offer workshops, retreats and training courses for yoga teacher wannabes. So inhale. Exhale. Be calm and do Yoga.
Where to do yoga in Penang?
Here are just some of the many facilities that offer yoga classes in Penang.
98-3-39B Prima Tanjung Business Centre,
Jalan Fettes, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Pulau Pinang
Yoga Space offers traditional yoga and qigong classes which are suitable for everyone, men and women, young and old. They have morning and evening classes. These classes and workshops integrate and nourish the mind, body and spirit.
Inner Peace Yoga Circle
293-2nd Floor, Jalan Burma, 10350 Penang
Inner Peace Yoga Circle offers a range of hatha and kundalini yoga classes, workshops, meditation circles and retreats for kids and adults. They also provide kundalini yoga teacher training that is recognised by the US Alliance.
Ananda Marga Yoga Centre
288-I Jalan Madrasah, Jelutong, 11600, Penang
Ananda Marga is a global social and spiritual organization founded in India by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (P.R. Sarkar) in 1955. It has several branches in Penang and other parts of Malaysia. It provides yoga classes every evening except Saturdays for beginners, intermediate and advanced classes.
70-3-28 D’Piazza Mall,
Jalan Mahsuri, Bayan Baru, 11900 Penang
Yoga Plus offers various yoga classes like Yoga Chakra session & Yoga Trance Dance and also Reiki Meditatation, OM Healing and cardio exercises.
Lifeworks Holistic Centre
27, Jalan Brother James, 10350 Pulau Tikus, Penang
Lifeworks is a holistic centre that offers complementary therapies, channelling and healing services and yoga and dance classes. They offer FLOGA which uses yoga poses combined with taichi inspired movements and line dancing. It promotes good health, loads of fun and more importantly, helps to relax and unwind.
Echo Yoga Centre
42 Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang
Echo Yoga Centre offers basic yoga classes, alignment yoga and yoga flow with schedules in the morning and evening. They also offer zumba and belly dancing classes.
Qi Yoga Studio
103 First Floor, Jalan Perniagaan Gemilang 1,
Pusat Perniagaan Gemilang, 14000 Bukit Mertajam
Qi Yoga Studio is a registered yoga school that teaches yoga in its most original form with asanas (poses) combined with yoga philosophy, body alignment, cleansing techniques and meditation. It offers yoga classes, plus training course, yoga workshops and retreats.