Dubai Holding is bringing the region’s largest and most holistic yoga festival to UAE again with XYoga Dubai, that will be taking place from March 16-17 at Kite Beach and will run from sunrise until sunset.
The festival will bring more than 35 international and local yogis together who will be giving out over 60 complimentary classes, featuring 25 different styles of this unique meditative practice that can be enjoyed by anyone between the ages of 1 to 100.
Opening with a mass morning beach yoga session for 1,500 yogis on Friday, 16 March at 08:00, XYoga Dubai’s organiser XDubai has confirmed that it is expecting more than 10,000 people.
For yoga enthusiasts who also happen to be chocoholics, the festival has something interesting in store for them.
Chocolate yoga instructor, Sjha’ra Taylor practices traditional Kundalini yoga while having hot chocolate, as part of a cacao ceremony that venerates the cacao spirit and was practiced by the ancient Mayans.
It was noted that combining Cacao with Kundalini yoga helps students gain a direct experience of their energy and also leads to profound mental, physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
“Chocolate Yoga is a yummy fusion of the Cacao Ceremony and Kundalini Yoga. I am really looking forward to sharing the experience with everyone during the XYoga Dubai presented by Dubai Holding. See you on the mat,” says Sjha’ra Taylor.
UK-based yogi and modern wellness advocate Daniel Morgan is ecstatic at the prospect of coming to the UAE and giving people a taste of wellness workshop.
“I am extremely excited to be part of XYoga Dubai presented by Dubai Holding and can’t wait to meet everyone,” said Daniel Morgan.
The global growth of Yoga has been exponential and with Dubai establishing its place in the world as the hub for fitness and health, this festival has come at a very opportune time according to Edris Alrafi, chief executive officer of Dubai Holding.
“We continue our strategy of being part of Dubai’s most successful events; We are committed to enhancing the quality of life of our community and embedding wellness as a principal component of it. This has guided our partnership with XDubai, which entails a series of large-scale fitness events including XYoga Dubai,” said Edris Alrafi.
The XYoga Dubai classes and workshops are open to public and the classes are available for all levels, ages, and abilities.
The classes can be attended free of cost but will be subject to pre-registration and further announcements will be made for the two-day festival.
WHAT: XYOGA Dubai
WHEN: March 16-17, 2018
WHERE: Kite Beach
CONTACT: For more information, please log on to www.xyogadubai.com
As if a round of early morning burpees and squats wasn’t hard enough, a new type of high-intense training is taking advantage of Dubai’s swimming pools with water-based training.
Aquaphysical has launched a new floating yoga mat, which enables fitness fanatics to workout on water, causing the muscles to work harder by balancing on a float, maximising the core workout. The coordination and balance required during the high intense, cardiovascular, fitness workout increases mental wellbeing as well as muscular strength.
We went along to Dubai’s first ever FloatFit class at The Westin lap pool, and as the sun came up over the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, the exercise began with getting used to balancing on the AquaBase before a burst of ‘rockers’ the board (akin to running on the spot) from side-to-side, creating waves, which engages the core muscles in the legs and abs. The benefits of the movement created by the water require both physical and mental concentration to work together. The muscles work overtime to keep your balance and also work muscle fibres, which are frequently unused in other workouts, adding strength to the joints.
Between rocking the float the instructor, who leads the class from the edge of the pool, shouts for a quick burst of burpees. For those of us in the water, the challenge now is as much about staying on the board as it is doing the actual exercises. The concentration required is intense as you’re not only worried about going in the pool, but also the person next to you falling in, which causes a ripple of waves knocking everyone off balance. After surviving the round of burpees, we’re required to do squats with a jump. By now the floating mat is so slippery the concentration levels required just to stay upright are as high as those needed for the routine. After twenty minutes of non-stop exercise and concentration, a set of mountain climbers are the last thing I want to hear from the instructor, but at least the threat of falling in the water is reduced.
The FloatFit class lasts for 30 minutes and includes a challenge of half the participants trying to knock the others into the water by creating waves using their AquaBase. The actual exercises are a mix of high intensity training and yoga, suitable for all abilities – it helps if you can swim too. What’s more the impact on the joints is low and works the full body. Another benefit of being on the water is there’s no need to worry about competing for floor space in the gym, no one is going to come along and steal your spot in the pool, that’s for sure.
Aquaphysical, a new concept to the UAE, has been rolled out in a whopping 54 countries around the world and is making waves in Dubai by making use of the plethora of hotel pools.
Having completed the workout it’s easy to see why it’s taking off, while it’s an absolutely exhausting experience, which leaves your heart racing long after leaving the pool by the way, it’s a fun twist on the usual HIIT work out which can quickly get boring. The other benefit of course is when the workout is over you can relax at, well, the pool.
WHAT: FloatFit Classes
WHERE: The Westin Hotel lap pool
WHEN: Sundays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. 8am.
CONTACT: aquaphysical.com or 04-3181420
If cyclists are looking for a fresh challenge for the rest of the year, then they need to look no further than The Arabian Epic Series.
A Cross Country Marathon Racing Series, participants will tackle a course that will see them ride on mountainous terrains in Fujairah, near Jebel Yibir this Friday.
There are two categories – the full marathon covers at least 80km while the half-marathon distance is between 40 to 50km.
This series there have already been three races held and due to public demand, organisers have decided to extend the season.
“This will be our fourth race this week and our intention was to host three events this season and learn how to do this right, but the riders wanted us to extend 2018 for another 3 races,” said Jason Bryan, race organiser.
“We have had around 150 cyclists take part every time and we are learning from each event. Hopefully we can continue to improve the race day experience for all those riders that place their trust in us to provide them with a great challenge and fun day out.”
Open to professional and amateur mountain bike riders, entrants must be 19 and over and have the necessary fitness level to compete in their chosen category.
With a few days to go until the fourth race, Bryan insists there will be plenty of positives for those who sign up.
“Cyclists and their families will get to experience beautiful countryside and unique landscapes that cannot be accessed easily from the roads,” he added.
“They will be able to set themselves a new challenge and test their fitness in a different way. It is well known that cross country marathons are one of the most difficult challenges on a bike whether you’re pushing for a podium spot, or just aiming to finish. There is a true sense of achievement when you cross that finish line. Seasoned triathletes even find it hard to get to the end.”
He added: “People will need to have a mountain bike, and if they do not possess one, there are many places to rent bikes for the day; they will need to be relatively fit or in shape.”
What: The Arabian Epic Series
Where: Fujairah, near Jebel Yibir
When: Friday, March 2
Contact: For more information or to register, email [email protected]