New workshops, healthier drinks and World Yoga Day

This week's body & mind insider news

Feeling like your life is out of balance at the moment? Help may be just around the corner. Dr Emmett Miller, the Harvard-educated physician, therapist and pioneer of Mind-Body Medicine, is flying over to Dubai from San Francisco, for two one-day workshops in March. Each will focus on how to prevent and resolve imbalance both physically and emotionally, as well as in the workplace and in relationships.

If you’re letting your hair down this weekend, a new study has shown that diet soft drinks may not be a good choice of mixer. While you’re saving calories, the absence of sugar means the ‘stronger’ part of your beverage could affect you up to 20 percent more, and faster. Stay sensible – cutting calories isn’t always the safest option. For expert advice on socialising healthily, the UAE’s Good Habits (www.goodhabitsuae.com) is
a great source of information. If you think your socialising may be getting out of hand, Dubai’s LifeWorks (www.counsellingdubai.com) is now hosting weekly AA and NA meetings, open to all.

Calling all yoga fans: next week is World Yoga Day – 24 hours of worldwide yoga practice to raise awareness for human rights. In Dubai, Zen Yoga will host a special hatha flow class on Sunday February 24 at its Media City Studio. Finally, don’t forget it’s UAE Mother’s Day on Thursday March 21. We hear the city’s spas and salons are raring to go with special offers, so make sure you treat her – she deserves it! Until next week, namaste.

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