Festival to promote yoga for holistic health


Attendees participating in a short session led by Sri Nandakumar (from right) and Cook. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

A YOGA festival will be taking place this month.

Hosted by BKS Iyengar Yogashala Kuala Lumpur, the Iyengar Yoga Festival advocates for integrating yoga into daily routines to elevate holistic health and well-being.

Starting June 21, the festival presents a diverse selection of yoga classes suitable for all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, available both in-person and online.

These include yoga classes for children, seniors, expectant mothers and introductory sessions, all designed to meet individual needs.

Participants can also expect activities such as yogic food preparation, yoga prop demonstrations and a reading session of Light on Life written by Guruji BKS Iyengar.

Certified senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and studio founder Sri Nandakumar highlighted his team’s proficiency with online teaching that was developed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our extensive experience with online sessions since the pandemic has honed our camera setups and angle selections.

“The large screen in our studio ensures students’ movements are clearly visible during online classes, allowing for precise guidance similar to in-person sessions,” he said at a press conference at BKS Iyengar Yogashala Kuala Lumpur.

Nandakumar said his motivation for organising the festival stems from a deep passion for yoga and the hope of positively influencing more people through yoga practice.

Also present at the press conference was certified Iyengar yoga teacher Kathy Cook from Bali, Indonesia, who described yoga as a healing practice for the body and a rejuvenating exercise for the mind.

“Yoga assists those with injuries by alleviating pain and enhancing strength and flexibility, leading to a positive mindset.

“I strongly recommend yoga for older individuals as it promotes focus, tranquillity and proper breathing, which are essential for maintaining vitality and a fulfilling life,” said the 71-year-old who has over 30 years of yoga experience.

The “Gateway to Wellness” Yoga Festival will run until June 23, with daily sessions available from 6am to 9.30pm. The fee per session is RM5.

Participants stand a chance to win prizes in a lucky draw, including free classes and merchandise.

Registration is available on a first-come-first-served basis at www.bksiyengaryogashala.com

For more information, call 012-416 4115 or 012-320 4115 or email namaste@bksiyengaryogashala.com

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