Take your moves outside with our round-up of some of the city’s best al fresco offerings.
It’s no coincidence that many of the postures in yoga take their names from nature. There is in fact a logical reason that we salute the sun and not the air-conditioning vent. Climate and space permitting, the discipline is traditionally held outdoors, where yogis can feel the sun on their skin and are more in tune with their environment. Though Dubai is home to many inspiring indoor yoga studios, the temperature is finally on its way down, which means many instructors are taking their classes al fresco. Here, we round up five opportunities to go green and feel the grass (or sand) beneath your feet.
SUP yoga at The Westin
Put your balance (and perseverance) to the test with yoga on a stand-up paddleboard out at sea. With your feet dangling in the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina as your backdrop, you can’t really get more outdoors than this. This class includes all equipment and kicks off with a paddle out into the deep to warm-up, before the boards are anchored. From here, the instructor will take you through vinyasa flow postures including standing warriors and even headstands. Look out for flying fish.
Dhs115 for 90 minutes. 8.30am Tue and Sat. SUP Pilates Thu at 8.30am. Classes take place at The Westin Dubai and Marin, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 942 7240).
Horse-riding and yoga
Yoga Retreats hosts these combination adventures once every month, with the next taking place on November 2. Combine two exhilarating hobbies outdoors with a 60-minute desert hack in the UAE’s largest natural reserve, Mushrif Park, and a 60-minute session of relaxing hatha yoga followed by a picnic in the garden overlooking the stable.
Dhs450. Adults only. 5pm-8pm. Mushrif Equestrian Club, located inside Mushrif Park, off Al Khawaneej Road (050 181 9527), www.facebook.com/MushrifEC.
Yoga @ The Archive
Urban Yoga hosts daily morning and evening sessions underneath the trees in Safa Park set to nature’s soundtrack of tweeting birds, laughing children and a rustling breeze.
Dhs50 per session. Package of ten classes Dhs450. Sat 10am; Sun and Tue 7pm; Mon, Wed and Thu 9am. The Archive, Safa Park Gate 5 (email@example.com).
Sunset Yoga at Madinat Jumeirah Beach
If you’re after great views, the vantage point offered here on Madinat Jumeirah Beach is unrivalled. The makeshift stage overlooks both the pier and Burj Al Arab, with the Palm off in the distance if it’s a clear day. Lead by Talise Spa’s in-house yoga instructor, the class begins at sunset every day.
Dhs80 per session. Daily at sunset. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818).
Yogalates at Fraser Suites
Evening sessions are held on the 7th floor outdoor terrace at Fraser Suites tower, with the Arabian Gulf in the horizon. Listen to birds, breathe in the air, work out facing the sunset and conclude your moves under the stars. Combining yoga with Pilates, the method of the class has a spiritual aspect that is the core of yoga class but concentrates on strengthening the area, as with Pilates.
Dhs70 per session, Dhs500 for a package. Bring a yoga mat. 7.15pm Mon and Wed. Fraser Suites (Sidra Tower), Dubai Media City. Located next door to the GEMS Wellington School on Sheikh Zayed Road, www.yogalatesblissindubai.com.
Yoga under the sun and stars
Italian-born instructor Livia Anzaldo offers various outdoors classes on the grass in Safa Park, Springs 6, the Lakes and JLT, surrounded by lakes, birds, trees and lots of open sky. Her method of Hatha yoga involves synchronising the breath with a progressive series of postures, which produces intense internal heat and detoxifies muscles and organs. She also focuses on alignment, toning and strengthening.
Dhs70 per session, Dhs600 for a package of ten classes. www.yogaretreats.ae (050 181 9527).
Yoga on the beach with Ignite Fitness
Set on Riva Beach Club’s stunning shoreline, this vinyasa flow class overlooks the turquoise sea and the Burj Al Arab. Mats are provided. Work up an appetite and stay for dinner – the pizza is hard to beat.
Dhs70 per session. Dhs400 for eight classes. 6.30pm Mon and Wed. Riva Beach Club, Shoreline 8, Ignite Fitness.