Fitness and health is one of the top priorities for Abu Dhabi’s 2020 vision, and the trio behind #theADmovement is marching right alongside the nation in support, wielding a flag for ladies in the emirate.
Founded by three passionate fitness and nutrition experts, Emiratis Abeer Amiri and Sarah Al Nowais, and Kristin Anderson of the US, #theADmovement is a females-only fitness initiative that has been working quite hard over the past year to find fun and interactive ways for Abu Dhabi women to get together and keep active all across the city, with successful past pop-up events drawing huge numbers of happy faces to work up a sweat.
This year they’re kicking off an exclusive new four-part wellness series along the same lines called Fit & Flourish, within which they will team up with several well-respected studios, experts and nutritional brands in the local fitness community to continue to educate girls and women about holistic healthy living.
We can’t wait for the launch this June 1 – a collaboration between Abu Dhabi’s most passionate yoga, Pilates and dance studio, Bodytree, Reebok and GuavaPass Middle East, and Suzan Terzian, a nutritionist who will lead an intimate table discussion on vitality and weight management to close off what will be a chilled, fit-focused evening social.
Come dressed in your favourite comfy yoga wear because, before the healthy four-course vegetarian Iftar that will be offered by Bodytree’s Nectar Café, comes the hard work – you’ll earn it on the mat during a 90-minute Yin Yoga session led by fit yogi Angela Muller-Habig.
Fasting? Not to worry. Yin Yoga is designed to challenge you, but in the slowest and most soothing way possible. A combination of gently flowing asana and deeper held yin stretches, this style is a relaxing way to open up the whole body while giving some extra love to hips, shoulders and spine. Holding the postures for a longer period of time helps increase circulation in the joints and improves flexibility.
Once mats are rolled up (and there are mats at the studio if you don’t have your own), enjoy your clean, green dinner with a motivational talk and Q&A with Terzian. She is a Canadian nutritionist with over 15 years of professional experience, now based in the UAE. Through her private consultancy (now also offered at Bodytree), Suzan works with you to co-create a bespoke journey to transform your dietary thoughts and habits into a successful, healthy future; and she admittedly doesn’t come cheap. So this is your exclusive chance to ask her all your burning nutritional questions.
You might even go home with some surprise Reebok and GuavaPass giveaways at the launch alongside a feeling of complete ease and enlightenment, of course.
GuavaPass is making ripples in the capital since launching in February and teaming up with beloved studios like Bodytree, too, and the app is another great forum that’s been bringing girls together for group fitness in Abu Dhabi.
If you end up loving the evening’s Yin session, their amazingly diverse offering of this and other styles of yoga classes around the city could really help you kick-start a more dedicated yoga practice.
Additionally, their many other partner studios offer dozens more higher energy exercise options that you can grab the crew and go to to keep this healthy lifestyle ball rolling throughout Ramadan. Visit www.guavapass.com/go/welcome/abu-dhabi for more information on the bargain discount starter packages available this month.
All in all, this will be a wonderful, well-rounded evening on which you can truly take the time to reflect on your personal health and wellness goals and weaknesses, and see how you can improve on them and incorporate others into daily life during the Holy Month and beyond.
That being said, only 20 spaces are available for this special launch event, so hurry and grab those tickets now for you and your girlfriends.
WHAT: #theADmovement’s FIT & FLOURISH Series
WHEN: Commences Thursday, June 1, 17:00 to 21:00, 17:30 to 19:00: 90-minute Yin Yoga led by Angela Muller-Habig 19:15 to 20:45: Healthy Iftar by Nectar & nutrition discussion with Suzan Terzian
WHERE: Bodytree Studio (Corner of Hazza Bin Zayed and Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street, Abu Dhabi)
COST: Dh160 per lady (only 20 spots available)