Being in the heart of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (KL) is perceived to be the city that never sleeps, like the New York of Southeast Asia. With bustling roads and street food carts, there is always something happening.
For those of us who are looking at connecting with our authentic self in a natural, peaceful environment, we often look past cities and don’t blink twice. We assume that all it has to offer is crowded streets and skyscrapers.
This cannot be further from the truth!
Malaysia has a huge natural landscape, and this extends through KL. A significant portion of Malaysia’s economy relies on its nature, and this is also the reason why many travellers chose to make Malaysia a must-see when travelling through South-East Asia.
KL is surrounded by many of nature’s paradise, including Batu Caves, Genting Highlands and Taman Negara National Park, and this is what makes it one of the best spots for those looking to explore, spiritually grow and connect with their authentic selves.
With the lush green landscape of the city, there are many activist groups that regularly put in the initiative to conserve and protect the environment. For example, there are tree-planting and beach clean-up activities which happen weekly, organised by groups like Malaysia Nature Society (MNS).
These groups aim at making Malaysia green again. As such, KL is also a great place to be at if you are eco-conscious and looking to contribute or expand your environmental conservation efforts.
If you are still not convinced that KL is the place to go to grow or explore your eco or spiritual consciousness, let’s go through some programs that focus on developing your inner spiritual soul or ecoconscious warrior that might change your mind!
Awaken Your Inner ‘Teacher’
Namaste! Many of us spiritual individuals have tried yoga at least once – be it a Hatha Yoga class or steamy hot Vinyasa session. Some of us believe it is an innate calling and aspire to take this a step further to teach others the divine exercise. But how?
Yogashakti in KL is one of the best yoga schools around which focuses on integrative yoga. It offers full and part-time courses for those looking to awaken their inner Yoga teacher. The course has been taken by many like-minded enlightened women before, with many providing glowing feedback on the course, stating that it has been a healing journey of inner awakening for them.
The teaching comes from a place of peace, love and light, as yoga instructors to-be are taught principles of the practice through either through 200 or 300-hour long courses. Yogashakti is an officially registered yoga school with the yoga alliance USA and teaches the science of breath and meditation as well.
If you have decided to be specific with your yoga teacher training, you can try the Yin Yoga teacher training with KL Yoga Collective. This Yoga studio offers a modern twist to Yoga and the instructors teaching the Yin Yoga teacher training have immense experience in the field. The course covers Anatomy, Meridian, Meditation and Study as its four core modules.
This does not come as a surprise, because Kuala Lumpur is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world with a big Indian community. For those looking to embrace KL for a few months, this is a great way to connect with yourself deeper and awaken your inner spiritual guru!
Heal through Neuro-linguistic Programming
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is one of the techniques we can use to reset our thoughts and behaviours in order to achieve a desired outcome. If you have explored into the realm of psychotherapy or coaching before, you may have come across this term and wonder what it is all about. NLP empowers and enables individuals to understand precisely how they function so that they can change it to achieve what they want.
If you are in KL and are looking to learn the techniques of NLP, then you’re in the right place! There are many great schools which teach the NLP training course. One of them is by Knowledge Academy in the city, which has a 1-day NLP training course teaching attendees how to gain more confidence, use NLP to communicate clearly and how to transform their inner voice. This is perfect for those who are travelling to KL for a short period of up to a week, on a journey discovering themselves.
If you have time on your hands, consider the Certified NLP Practitioner Certification, which is a more in-depth course for those looking to not just apply the concepts of NLP to their own lives, but aspire to become NLP instructors.
This is an amazing way to give back to others as you will learn the techniques of connecting with our inner-most innate human nature and breakdown barriers for others in order for them to overcome their greatest mental blocks and life challenges.
Asia Mind Dynamics is a fantastic centre which offers various NLP training sessions all-year round. The practitioner certification consists of 3 weeks of training and empowers future practitioners to create and transform excellence in life.
This is ideal for those looking to grow, heal and transform their lives in their journey through Kuala Lumpur. The best part is that techniques taught in NLP can be used outside of the realm of just inner healing work – it can be used when you are communicating with others at work or at home.
Unleash the Green Warrior
Malaysia has various environmentally friendly non-for profits that conduct volunteering activities regularly. If you are in KL and wondering how to give back to the environment, you can opt in to conduct a fundraiser for Greenpeace and the proceeds will be contributed to efforts in conserving the environment.
Mentioned previously, the MNS carries out day trips at nature spots around KL which aims at fostering appreciation of the environment. It also conducts workshops around the city to raise awareness on how to lead a sustainable lifestyle and other present environment issues.
That’s not it! KL also offers the Institute of Environmental Management (IEMA) foundation certificate course, which empowers individuals to implement global sustainability standards to wherever they chose to work at. It also equips individuals with the tools and knowledge required to understand the vulnerabilities of the environment and how to deal with the potential risks and issues from these in order to drive change, competitiveness and productivity.
This is being offered through Astutis International and the course is 5 days long. The course will be held at British Council Kuala Lumpur, right in the heart of the city.
This is perfect for those looking to level up their eco-consciousness during their trip in KL.
As you can tell, KL has a lot more to offer than just a bustling city life.
These options will give you a journey into yourself so that you are able to grow further spiritually as well as with the environment. These recommendations can serve as a starting point of your transformation journey, as you can take the concepts you have learnt from these courses in KL and apply it to your life. You will be empowered to transform your life and heal, as well as create these life-changing impacts for others.
I hope I have changed your mind about KL. It is a place where you can enjoy both the city life as well as some inner peace and connection with yourself and nature. It is one truly unique and amazing city which has something for everyone!