Health and Fitness: XYoga Dubai will be a celebration of body and mind

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The event will take place in February over two days at the Burj Park Downtown Dubai.

Dubai is set to host the city’s largest all-inclusive yoga initiative – XYoga Dubai, a year-round multi-event celebration set to kick off across the city in 2016. 

With the growing popularity of outdoor activities in the emirate, XYoga Dubai is designed to highlight the accessibility of yoga as a lifestyle choice to help encourage people to defy their bodily limits and mental boundaries. 

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Powered by XDubai and Dubai Tourism, the new yoga initiative will also encompass a two-day mega festival of the body and the mind – XYoga Dubai Festival, set to take place at the Burj Park Downtown Dubai, between 19-20 February 2016. 

Helping participants to find the balance between work and leisure, XYoga Dubai Festival will be the first lifestyle event of its kind in the region with a series of free yoga sessions, workshops and talks for all ages and abilities, alongside a variety of live music sets and entertainment experiences for Dubai residents and visitors to enjoy. 

Entry to the multi-event celebration is free.

With sessions available for people of all ages and abilities, XYoga Dubai Festival will host yoga classes such as Vinyasa Yoga and AcroYoga as well as meditation and healthy eating workshops for complete beginners, pre-trained instructors, pregnant women, children, elderly and more. 

Awakening the energy of participants in the early morning winter sun, XYoga Dubai Festival expects to attract over 10,000 participants at the mass morning yoga session on the first day, February 19, and will be led by international yogi celebrities.

“Adding to our year-round calendar of diverse and vibrant events, we are proud of our partnership with XDubai to help bring together the new XYoga Dubai initiative as we celebrate the importance of an active lifestyle in Dubai,” said Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

“As we continue to take steps to offer a full variety of fun and attractive events for residents and visitors alike to enjoy, XYoga Dubai highlights the inclusivity that Dubai promotes as we welcome everyone from athletes, professional instructors, experienced and beginner yogis, parents and children to come down and enjoy the celebrations and will be a permanent part of our annual calendar.”

Ismael Al Hashmi, Managing Director of XDubai added: “At XDubai, we focus on putting together fun and exhilarating events for the public to enjoy. 

“With our extreme sporting offerings which have included the launch of Jetman Dubai, XLine and XDubai Spartan Race, we recognised that there is a gap in the market in the region when it comes to yoga. 

“We therefore were excited to join in the launch of XYoga Dubai initiative as a balance for all these adrenaline sports to offer something fun and enjoyable for our wider audience.  

“It is set to be an amazing event for anyone that loves life and wants to embrace the active outdoor lifestyle that Dubai has to offer. 

“XYoga Dubai is a region-wide celebration that will include a mega two-day festival in February, set to be a permanent fixture of Dubai’s annual calendar of events, and we are excited to welcome enthusiast from around to world to enjoy the inaugural event.”  
Free for the public to attend, the event will run over two days from sunrise to sunset with opportunities available for all levels, ages and abilities.

For more information and registration, you can follow XYoga Dubai on:

Website: www.xyogadubai.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/xyogadubai
Twitter: @xyogadubai
Instagram: @xyogadubai

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Vegetables and fruits contain about 85% of all the nutrients, enzymes and minerals that the body needs daily.

Juicing is a great way to increase your daily vegetable and fruit intake. It also keeps you healthy while boosting your immune system and encouraging weight loss.

There is always something for everyone when it comes to juicing, since there are unlimited variations. Vegetables and fruits contain about 85% of all the nutrients, enzymes and minerals that the body needs daily.

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If you struggle to consume all the nutrients required daily due to a busy schedule – then this is where juicing becomes quite useful. You can take your pre made juices on the go or quickly have a glass at home. The benefits of juicing are endless.

Even though Juicing is very useful it shouldn’t replace a well balanced diet, but complement it. Here are some of the benefits of juicing and how juicing can help you shift some unwanted pounds.

Advantages of juicing

  • Juicing is a great on-the-go meal for those with busy schedules.
  • Juicing can help you pack in your daily quota of fruits and vegetables.
  • The risk of illnesses such as heart disease can be reduced by getting nutrients and enzymes contained in fruits and vegetables.
  • You can juice vegetables and fruits that are about to go bad, thus saving money and ensuring food is not misused.
  • Juicing strengthens your joints, boosts brain function and makes your hair, skin and eyes healthier.
  • Juicing gives the digestive system time to rest, allowing cells to repair themselves. Drinking a glass of juice daily will help to restore your overall health.
  • Juicing does not use processing methods thus is free of toxins, chemicals and preservatives.
  • Juicing, combined with a balanced diet, can help you to lose weight because a glass makes you feel full for longer.
  • Juicing prevents dehydration.
  • A glass of juice daily can help to dramatically increase energy levels.

Juicing for weight loss

A great way to start juicing is to try the 5:2 Juicing Diet. This diet is fairly non-committal and will ease you in gently. With this diet food isn’t completely replaced with juice but used to boost health and prevent over eating. Here’s how it works:

  • Eat a normal well balanced diet for 5 days of the week
  • Drink only juice for 2 days of the week (these can be consecutive or non-consecutive, we find consecutive works better)
  • Be sure to follow the golden rule of 80% veg and 20% fruit when juicing to reduce the calorific content and increase the nutrient density in the juices.

Follow this diet for a few weeks and see if you notice the number on the scales dropping and your energy levels increasing. This diet needn’t be followed forever but merely until you reach your target weight, that said juicing to keep a healthy weight and for overall health could be a lifestyle choice you choose to adopt.

How to juice

  1. Gather the ingredients you need to create your juice.
  2. Peel the fruits and vegetables that have really tough skins.
  3. Stems and leaves that won’t go through the juicer should be removed.
  4. Wash the vegetables and fruits thoroughly in clean water.
  5. Slice the vegetables and fruits so that they can fit into the juicer shoot.
  6. Push the ingredients slowly into the juicer.
  7. Drink the juice immediately after making it or store for later consumption.

Juicing requires important nutrients needed in a daily schedule.

5 awesome juice recipes

PINEAPPLE, CUCUMBER & MINT JUICE

– 1/2 ripe pineapple
– 2 cucumbers
– 1 bunch of mint

MELON-Y-BASIL
– 1 cup watermelon
– 1 cucumber
– 1 bunch of basil (5-6 leaves)

RUBY RED

– 1 Small bunch of red grapes
– 1 cucumber
– 1 bunch rainbow chard
– 1/2 bunch parsley
– 4 stalks celery
– 1 medium size beet
– 1/2 habanero or jalapeno pepper (optional but it’s awesome!)

LIVELY LEMONADE

– 3 whole green apples
– 1/2 lemon
– 1 whole yellow pepper
– 1 inch of ginger

GREEN MACHINE

– 3 cucumbers
– 1 bunch kale
– 1/2 bunch parsley
– 1/2 bunch spinach
– 1/2 bunch swiss chard
– 1-2 lemon or lime (peeled)

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Burn off the calories with InnerFight in Dubai over the holiday period.

Burn off those calories from over the holiday period with Base Fitness – a new strength and conditioning program from international health and performance company, InnerFight, that will build confidence in working out and improve core strength.

Launching on January 4 2016 and led by InnerFight’s expert team of coaches, a number of whom are CrossFit Games athletes, the Base Fitness classes will develop basic CrossFit techniques.

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It will focus on common core exercise movements, including squats, push-ups and related exercises, and the sessions are ideal for those who have had limited or no exposure to functional strength and conditioning in the past, as well as those who are getting into fitness for the first time or after a long break.

The program provides a welcome New Year boost to fitness fanatics.

Classes will be capped at 12 per session to ensure complete safety and peace of mind for attendees, and the expert InnerFight coaches will ensure techniques have been properly mastered before adding intensity and volume.

Price plan

– Voucher for single class: 150 AED; two classes per week (p/w): 1,000 AED per month (p/m) with a 30 day validity; three classes p/w: 1,300 AED p/m with a 30 day validity, the three weekly Base Fitness classes (Saturday: 10am; Monday and Wednesday: 7pm) will take place at the newly purpose-fitted first floor at InnerFight HQ.

For more information and to book visit InnerFight.

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