Celebrate International Yoga Day at one of these eateries
Dubai’s forerunner of the yoga café is this spot inside ayurvedic centre, Balance Wellness 360. The centre offers a varied number of classic yoga and Pilates classes, as well as ayurvedic spa treatments. At the café you can sample health-focused food, all prepared according to principles of ayurvedic and macrobiotic cooking. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz 1 (04 515 4051).
Engine Fitness This gym in Jumeirah hosts several group fitness classes, including standard and suspended yoga, and Pilates. Inside the venue, you’ll also find a juice bar, serving fresh juices, protein shakes and healthy snacks such as sandwiches and salads. 10C St, off Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 381 9999).
Hundred Wellness Studio Primarily a Pilates studio, this centre also hosts a handful of yoga classes such as ashtanga and vinyasa. You have a choice of both a juice bar serving healthy concoctions and the Espresso lab coffee bar. This brew bar specialises in single origin coffees made using techniques such as the chemix and cold drip. 53B St, off Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 7333).
Life’n One A new lifestyle concept housed in a Jumeirah villa, Life’n One is a city oasis, with a leafy and relaxing garden in the middle of the venue. There is a selection of yoga classes (including vinyasa, yin, kundalini and detox yoga), Pilates, barre, and also meditation classes and healing workshops. There is also the One café which offers a full dine-in menu of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes with a healthy eating philosophy of sugar-, gluten-, and dairy-free recipes. Examples of dishes to try include gluten-free pancakes made with coconut oil for breakfast, raw zucchini pasta and raw chocolate brownies. Street 27B, off Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 343 6676).
Mojo Reformer Pilates
This Pilates studio offers one type of 50-minute class, where students can vote on what muscle group they would like to focus on in each class, as well as a pumping soundtrack to keep them going, too. Here, you’ll also find a juice bar with a number of fresh and nutritious recipes available. We like the ‘energizer’ smoothie, made with an unlikely but delicious combination of avocado and banana. 703 Concord Tower, Dubai Media City (04 360 3399).
Surf House & Surf Café The Surf House has been open for over a year now, housing a surf school, yoga studio, music recording studio and coffee bar. Just launched at the end of May is a separately run, but connected concept, which is the Surf Café. Unlike the Surf House, where you can only top up with an espresso or two after your class, the Surf Café offers a full menu including burgers and a fresh selection of fish. Opposite Umm Suqeim Park, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 34 66292).
Talise Spa runs a number of yoga sessions, both inside the studio and on Al Qasr’s private stretch of beach. The focus is hatha, and the speciality here is the daily sunset yoga sessions, and the 90-minute full moon sessions, which take place once a month, both on the beach. Inside the spa’s relaxation area, you can also order a number of healthy dishes and drinks from a menu devised by Talise Nutrition chef Gabriele Kurz. The menu features ginger poached chicken with kaffir lime vinaigrette, avocado and smoked salmon wrap on Arabic protein bread, and the açaí bowl, made with rice milk, chia seeds and banana. There is also a lengthy list of healthy fresh juices\. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6818).
Located in Downtown Dubai, this new yoga studio offers a unique range of classes, including budoflow (yoga mixed with martial arts), chakra balancing flow yoga and hot Pilates. At the entrance of this tiny studio, you’ll also find a small café, juice bar and boutique. Here, Zoga sell a mixture of trendy yoga kit, fresh juices and smoothies, as well as a few healthy snacks such as gluten-free cakes and muffins. Southridge 6, Downtown Burj Khalifa (04 276 7657).