The seventh Zurich Corporate Touch 6s tournament is worth a try

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Tackled: Touch rugby returns to Dubai

The Zurich Corporate Touch 6s returns to Dubai this month for its seventh annual tournament, which promises to be the biggest year ever.

In 2012 eight teams entered the first-ever competition, bringing together businesses across the UAE for a day of fun-filled sport. Last year’s tournament saw a staggering 32 teams sign up for the event and growth shows no signs of slowing down as teams have been clamouring to be a part of this year’s Touch 6s.

The appeal? Anyone can play. Touch rugby is a very easy game to learn, involving minimal contact, making it fun for all ages and abilities, regardless of gender.

Players touched with two hands from the opposition place the ball down or play the ball at the spot of the “tackle,” and the defensive team must retreat.

The tournament sees businesses from across the region go head-to-head in some healthy corporate competition, and does a good job of helping to shake off office inactivity. The event is strictly for employee-based teams, making it an idea team-building opportunity, plus free training sessions are on offer in the lead up to the tournament for those looking to hone their skills before the big day.

In the mix: There is a mixed grade format for both males and females

In the mix: There is a mixed grade format for both males and females

Thanks to its increasing popularity the event has also become a relaxed and entertaining family day out set within the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. This year is no different with plenty of entertainment, live music and activities on offer throughout the day.

Teams can register a maximum of 14 players, with six players on the pitch at any one time. A minimum of three females is required on the pitch at all times for the mixed grade. Players can only represent one team and at least 12 of the squad must be working in full time employment for the company.

Teams are however permitted to register two players from outside the organisations. The team gold package costs Dh12,000 and includes post-tournament dinner tickets and corporate branding and exposure at the event.

Speaking after last year’s tournament, 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson said: “It’s a great event for the community and the families, we’ve been getting more and more coming, it’s become more of a festival vibe which is great. It’s great for the kids, the UAE and rugby too.”

Walter Jopp, Chief Executive Officer at Zurich Middle East added: “We’re very proud to be the sponsors of such an event, it’s been phenomenal how it’s grown. It’s very much about getting people active, corporate team building and having a great day.”

What: Zurich Corporate Touch 6s.
Where: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
When: March 16th
Contact: zurichcorporatetouch6s.com

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XYoga Dubai brings a holistic weekend of yoga at Kite Beach

Hiba Khan 4/03/2018
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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

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Try out Dubai's first ever FloatFit class and get Aquaphysical in new water workout

Nick Watkins 28/02/2018
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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.

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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

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