The Live Awake Sound Healing and Motivational Yoga Retreat, organised by the Dubai Sports Council (DSC), under the Dubai Government’s Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve initiative, proved a great success with participants from far and wide taking part.
Inspired by Sarah Blondin’s Live Awake Project, the retreat helped participants reconnect with themselves through the use of sound and meditation in the sprawling desert.
HE Saeed Hareb, the Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, was in attendance, along with Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of DSC, and Ghazi Al Madani, Director of Sports Tourism at DSC.
Speaking at the event Hareb said, “Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is one of the best places to practise yoga, given its tranquillity and idyllic setting. It is one of the largest natural reserves in the region with an area of 40,000 hectares, which is about 10 per cent of Dubai’s total area.
He continued, “The Dubai Sports Council is working to organise a number of sports activities in Al Marmoom. This Yoga Retreat is the start and will be followed by the Dubai Tour, which passes through this area. We will continue to organise events in Al Marmoom throughout the year to promote sports tourism in the area and put the Reserve on the sporting map of the region.”
“Our plan is to organise more than 20 different sports events in Al Marmoom, ranging from cycling to running and yoga,” added Al Rahma. “There will also be a weekly training course for cyclists, which is open to all segments of the society, the young, old, men and women.”
Training sessions will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, from 7am to 9am, with 200 people expected to take part, along with classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 6pm to 9pm, which are likely to attract 150 people.
The Yoga Retreat opened with a sound meditation activity, based on Blondin’s “Loving and Listening to Yourself”. An energising yoga session, focused on heart-opening, before the participants got lost in the beats of Tibetan sound healing meditation. Renown yoga instructor Neha Duseja led the session.
“Personally, Sarah Blondin’s Live Awake Project has had a significant positive impact on me,” said Elisa Fausto, the woman behind the initiative and founder of Inspire Yoga, Pilates and Fitness. “It’s about living awake – not just going through the motions and realising that there is no emptiness in your life.
“I think the reason an individual feels empty is because they haven’t been listening their inner voice. Our aim, through this retreat, is to help each and every one to tune in with themselves and find contentment.”
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Here’s our top five tips for riding a successful race!
What’s your goal for the race? Is it just about getting over that finish line or do you want to achieve a formidable race time? Once you have an answer then set out how you are going to succeed. It’s not too late now to be training 3-4 times a week but back yourself to know the preparation you have done thus far is going to help you get your best possible placing.
You’ve been following a training programme for the last number of weeks and now you’re at the closing stages of it. This coming 7-10 days is critical so listen to your body. If you’re sore then don’t train that day. The last thing you want to do is pick up an injury in the week leading up to the race. If you feel lethargic one evening then do some light circuits or a stretch to keep the body supple.
It is important to warm up before any cycle in order to prevent injury. If you’re going out for a spin this week, do some quick stretches (10 seconds each side), including hamstrings, quads, groins and calves. Post-cycle, you should do some static stretching and hold the stretches for at least 30 seconds to one minute, working all your lower body.
Your body is like a car so it needs the right fuel. Have some porridge (with a chopped banana) and a coffee/tea for breakfast, rice and chicken for lunch, and a piece of meat and sweet potato for dinner. You don’t have to eat these foods but they are ideas to help you feel mentally sharp in the week leading up to the race. Don’t feel that you have to be too strict but eliminate as much sugar as possible as this will only make you feel sluggish. On race day you will need some sugar and electrolytes during the race as the baking sun will make your body sweat easily.
RECOVERY IS KEY
Recovery is essential to athletic performance in order to help muscles rebuild. During your training for the 72km, it is important to take your recovery seriously as this will effectively impact how your body feels the following day(s). The three main tips for recovery are to hydrate, stretch and take in some protein after exercise (30-50g).
Enjoy it. You may never do one of these races again, especially in the UAE, so make the most of it and ensure you are as best prepared as you can be!
The Palm Run witnessed great participation as nearly 1,000 runners took part in the contest along the Palm Jumeirah crescent on Friday morning.
The race, staged on Dubai’s famous landmark, attracted runners of all ages with the youngest being just four years of age. Athletes lined up in four different categories — the 10k, 5k, 3k and 1k events.
Runners completed the course along the track on the eastern crescent of the Palm, with Nuno Marques clocking 36 mins 9 sec to win the men’s 10k while Maria Ardilla posted a time of 43 mins 17 secs to take the women’s race.
Nuno Marques 36 mins 09 secs
Sam Westhead 36 mins 40 secs
Swaleh Abdulnasser Balala 37 mins 42 secs
Maria Ardilla 43 mins 17 secs
Sana Bukhari 43 mins 26 secs
Tetiana Maltseva 44 mins 34 secs
23 kids took part with the youngest aged four years old