KUALA LUMPUR – ‘Body Fly’, a form of yoga exercise which combines zumba technique and ballet dancing, was first introduced in the country at the Malaysia Urban Retreat Festival (Murfest) 2015.
It is a yoga exercise that uses silk swing to support the body while you roll, flip and balance your way up and down the silk, said Murfest director/adviser Nitesh Malani.
Body Fly, which is famous in Europe, is one of the three new yogas that were introduced at the three-day festival which kicked off last Friday at Pullman Hotel, Bangsar here.
The other two are aerial yoga and aqua yoga.
Nitesh said the festival, held for the second time, drew more than 2,000 local participants and about 700 international participants.
More than 80 classes were held and they were conducted by professional trainers, including Simon Borg Oliver, Melissa Smith, Kosta Miachin, Jojo Struys and Cindy Lee, she added.
Meanwhile, festival founder and director Shobie Malani said the festival aimed to educate city folks to embrace a fitness practice that could be adapted into their lifestyle to reduce urban stress.
She said many people, be them students, housewives or working people, who lived in the urban areas suffered from stress and thus the festival was organised to create an awareness on this urban stress.
Co-founder of Body Fly International Academy, Jean Luc Jubert said people facing stress due to urbanisation should practice yoga.
“I teach Body Fly yoga all over the world and I can tell that people who learn and practice this yoga can keep their stress in a balanced level.
“They get a mini-getaway to rejuvenate their body, mind and soul, as well as to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
MURFEST 2015 is supported by Malaysia Major Events (MME), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture (MoTAC).