Groove yoga in Dubai

Is yoga too calm for you? Try this upbeat version

The studio

The class takes place in one of Ductac’s numerous dance studios. It’s still in its infancy so instructor Anne has rented one of the smaller rooms, but there are plenty of bigger rooms that can be used as her following grows.

The class

It’s only the second class that instructor Anne has held in the Ductac studio, so there’s only one other student at my Wednesday morning session. In this sense, we’re both lucky as neither myself nor my fellow student are above beginner level, so the class proceeds at a pace that works for both of us, and Anne has plenty of time to give us one-on-one help. The ‘groove’ aspect is in the music played, which combines a variety of themes, from pop through to Latin, jazz and soul.

Step by step

We start off with several rounds of sun salutations in speedy succession, moving swiftly to the tempo of the music playing in the room – this must be where the groove comes in, because the class is otherwise straightforward Vinyasa yoga. Having recently taken up circuit training, I’m suffering from some uncomfortable stiffness in my quads and triceps, which makes the transition from plank into cobra and then downward-facing dog more uncomfortable and difficult than it might normally be. I give it my best regardless, and hope the stretches will help loosen the muscles.

We continue through warrior one and warrior two poses, and – a new one for me – ‘lifting the ball’, a squat accompanied by a scooping movement with the arms. It’s new, and slightly unusual, but the quick movements help to relieve some of the tension in my thighs.

The results

I’m relieved to find that there’s a noticeable improvement in my legs – after the class, my earlier tightness has subsided. Overall, I feel energised, and bounce into work ready to start the day.

Pros

• Yoga is a great supplementary activity if you’re already doing cardio as part of your routine.
• The class is still quite small, so you’ll get some great one-to-one advice from Anne.

Cons

• There are only two sessions a week, both of which are in the evening, and parking can be a nightmare at this time.

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Zen Yoga
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3/5
Dhs50 per session. Mon and Wed 7pm-8pm. Advanced notice essential. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (056 759 3576)

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