Beach yoga in Dubai
Mum-of-two Tanja Peters hits a beach yoga class to bend back in shape
A friend of mine told me once about Full Moon Yoga on the beach, and it sounded so tempting. Then, recently, Talise Spa started a beach yoga class that runs every Monday so I thought I’d give it a go. It gives me peace of mind once a week away from a busy life. That hour at the beach, concentrating only on proper inhaling and stretching and letting your mind wander – it’s fab!
Do you need experience?
I would say it’s better if you’ve already done a few yoga classes, because the session is quite tiring and a lot of the postures are done from a headstand position. I’m not quite there yet! [laughs] Although it’s not as difficult as it sounds, particularly as Rene, our teacher, is fantastic and shows us the breathing techniques and postures at the side and helps us out if we’re having any problems.
Is it quite energetic?
I certainly feel like I’ve worked out! Every Monday I feel that my stiff bones and joints are getting softer and more flexible. My favourite pose is the Cobra, because it gives a powerful stretch to my whole body. And the brilliant thing is my back is totally relaxed and my neck too. Usually I am so tense in that area from carrying my baby, but breathing and stretching is like a miracle for me.
It is! Every week I look forward so much to this one hour of ‘me’ time – something I rarely get. Usually my life is so hectic, rushing from school and nursery to my desk at work, back to the house and to playdates, back to the kitchen to prepare dinner and then off for a shower and bedtime! To escape for this one hour of Zen makes me appreciate living in Dubai. If I were back home in Germany, the best I could hope for would be a jog through a foggy forest! Here, I’m breathing outside near the water, stretching and exercising and sitting under a wonderful palm tree, watching the sun go down in front of the Burj Al Arab. It’s just perfect!
Fancy giving it a go? Classes run every Monday at 6.30pm and cost Dhs80 for a one-off session or Dhs600 for 10. Talise Spa, Al Qasr Hotel (04 366 6818)
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