There is no denying that dancing is an important social skill, but recent research has also shown that dancing possesses great therapeutic value and can significantly improve mental health issues.
According to the definition coined by the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI), Creative Movement Therapy (CMT) is a psychotherapeutic framework that works with the mind-body connection to use personal movement language and dance for the health and wellness of an individual’s physical, emotional, cognitive, social and behavioural aspects.
Following on from the success of CMT in India, Tripura Kashyap, co-founder of CMTAI, will be hosting a two-day workshop for UAE residents called Movement for Mind-Body Optimisation in partnership with Movement Mantra, which will take place on June 21 and 22 at Enlighten Yoga Centre in Oud Metha, Dubai.
Trained as a classical dancer back in India, Kashyap moved to Wisconsin in America to learn more about the discipline and the science behind it.
As her understanding deepened, she realised the numerous benefits associated with creative movement and the profound impact it can have on the life of an individual.
“CMT has many benefits. It increases body co-ordination, self-awareness, social skills, confidence, and self-esteem as well as enhancing emotional expression,” she said.
“It also improves memory and sequencing skills, concentration and group coordination while reducing hyperactive energies, enhancing eye contact and imitation skills necessary in our daily lives.
“CMT is done in individual and group sessions to also improve movement control alongside fine and gross motor skills. These are just a few of the benefits and there are so many more.”
The 56-year-old is a pioneer of CMT in India and also wrote the book My body, My Wisdom, which was published in 2005.
The workshop is open for all age groups and abilities, and Kashyap insists that people attending the two-day event will not only benefit from the physical experience but also understand the theory behind CMT.
“People attending the workshop will be exposed to a myriad of therapeutic movement activities, understand the theory behind CMT. They will understand how dance is not about learning a form but that it can be created by each of us using our personal movement vocabulary which is creative and expressive simultaneously,” she said.
“Movement is the medium we live in and the universal mother tongue that is understood all over the world. We need to move because that’s what keeps us human and alive. It also helps us to interact with others and tune into our own body language that is so important for our well-being.”
The workshop fee is AED 650 per person and for a group of three or more participants it is AED500 per person.
WHAT: Movement for Mind-Body Optimisation workshop
WHEN: Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22
WHERE: Enlighten Yoga Centre, Oud Metha
If you want to escape the daily grind or you’re planning a family beach holiday, then head Kite N Surf has you covered. On offer are a variety of watersports activities that you can enjoy such as kite surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and other extreme water sports adventure. As well as equipment rental, Kite N Surf also offers affordable kitesurfing lessons accessible to individuals and groups, so whether you want to fly solo or learn kiteboarding alongside your friends, you’ll find it available.
Those looking to try paddle boarding can book in lessons no matter what your skill level
at a variety of locations to choose from including a place to paddle your way along the ocean with the scenic view of the world famous 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab, towering in the background.
The team aim to help the kids learn more about marine life and their environment through extracurricular activities with a focus primarily on cultural and environmental awareness, safety, adventure, camaraderie and, of course, fun. Activities are designed to make kids become better team players and improve their communication skills.
Kite N Surf also offers away day packages for corporate events and activities to fit your team’s requirements. Not to mention birthday parties that combines different water sports activities as well as group games for a memorable day out – whether you’re a little pirate exploring your sea legs or a seasoned adventurer looking to enjoy your little ones first experience. Kite Beach Dubai and Sunset Beach Dubai are perfect spots for activities like, kayaking, stand up paddling, kitesurfing, and windsurfing.
All experiences are supervised by a team of certified instructors who can guide you to learn kitesurfing, SUP Boarding, kayaking, and more. The Kite N Surf team is friendly, adventurous and love being down at the beach.
What:Kite N Surf
Where:Various locations across Dubai
Contact:+971 55 800 6363. www.KiteNSurf.ae
Al Jazira play their final home match of the season on Wednesday night and football fans in Abu Dhabi can watch the action unfold with tickets still available.
Al Jazira welcome Al Dhafra to the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium for the penultimate round of the Arabian Gulf League, kicking off at 22:00 with the hosts looking to claim maximum points in their push for AFC Champions League qualification next season.
Third-placed Al Jazira go into the game on the back of last week’s 3-0 victory over Emirates Club and the hosts will be eager to build on that impressive result and give their home fans plenty of reasons to celebrate.
With tickets starting from just AED 15, it’s a fantastic opportunity to gather your friends and family and watch some of the best and promising UAE talent in football.
Among the Al Jazira players that fans can look forward to watching inside the 38,000 capacity stadium includes creative midfielder Khalfan Mubarak, young defender Khalifa Al Hammadi, club captain and goalkeeper Ali Khaseif and experienced centre-back Fares Juma. All four UAE internationals were part of the national squad that competed in the recent AFC Asian Cup.
Mubarak, a nominee for this year’s Best Emirati Player award, will be looking to add to his impressive tally of 10 goals and 12 assists this campaign. Al Hammadi, who is shortlisted for the Best Young Player accolade, as well as Juma and Khaseif will be aiming to keep Al Dhafra attackers quiet.
Al Jazira also have a wide array of talented foreign players. Brazilian attacker Leonardo has been prolific this season, scoring 12 goals while Cameroon’s Sebastian Siani, Ghana’s Ernest Asante and Dutch star Nacer Barazite, bring plenty of creativity to Al Jazira’s midfield.
At Al Jazira Club, it’s a lot more than just football with basketball, jiu-jitsu and handball among the other sports that they participate in.
Earlier this month, the club launched a new outreach community programme, aimed for the Abu Dhabi public. They are keen to hear on what you want, whether it’s visiting the stadium again or joining their sports teams.
Spectators who attend Wednesday’s match, can offer their views by completing a short survey during the game by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/aljaziraclub and be in with a chance of winning valuable prizes.
For Damien Hertog, head coach of Al Jazira, he hopes to see many people flock to the stadium to cheer on Al Jazira.
Next Match— Al Jazira Club (@AlJazira_uae_EN) May 12, 2019
⚽️ Al Jazira vs. @aldhafraclub_ae
🏆 @AGLeague_EN MatchWeek 25
🏟️ Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium
📅 Wednesday, May 15.
⏱️ Kickoff 22:00, Gates Open 20:00
🎟️ Available at https://t.co/qh0PWlVHQg pic.twitter.com/2cdGoyY7yb
“This is the last home match for us this season and we want as many people in Abu Dhabi to come to the stadium and support us,” said the Dutchman.
“It will be a great game with many UAE talented players set to feature and we hope the crowd can show their support and help Al Jazira win the match. This is a great chance for different communities of Abu Dhabi to get together and get behind Al Jazira.”
He added: “While I want to thank everyone who attend the match, I also want to express my gratitude to the club fans for their support throughout the season. They were fantastic and stuck with us in the good and bad times and we look to have even more support next season.”
What: Al Jazira v Al Dhafra
Where: Mohammed bin Zayed stadium, Abu Dhabi
When: Wednesday May 15 at 22:00
Contact: For tickets, please visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net/