Jenny Hewett joins the new Moonwater yoga class with Aussie-instructor Cate Coburn at Surf House Dubai.
Cate’s self-styled Moonwater method combines relaxing meditation and pranayama breathing with Hatha-style brisk flow yoga to increase heat in the body, aid metabolism and kickstart the detox process.
Step by step
Inhabiting the second floor of the Surf House Dubai’s chilled digs (the lower level is full of bronzed beach stragglers sipping drinks), the long and narrow yoga studio features beach chic white-washed floorboards and is streaked with loads of natural light. The class gets underway with meditation before moving into sun salutation sequences and intense, heart rate-boosting asanas including uttthita parsvakonasana and virabhadrana.
Cate is a dynamic and passionate instructor with an affable sense of humour and she commands the class’s attention with a firm, but motivational presence. As well as the dancer pose and tree pose, participants move into floor work with the bow and the camel. The class ends with shoulder stands and pranayama nostril-breathing.
We definitely felt we had a workout and could almost reach out and touch the energy in the room.
• To aid with detox and keep you supple, Cate likes to keep the studio warm and toasty, but not torturously so.
• She also alters each pose for a very pregnant yogi, who she places at the front of the class to keep an eye on throughout.
• It’s barely even worth a mention, but the temporary drilling going on in the villa next door might disturb some. Think of it as a good way to practise the art of mind over matter – we’re told the construction will finish in two months.
Dhs70 for one hour. Sat, Sun, Tue 9am. Surf House Dubai, Villa 110, Al Soon Street, off Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 321 1309).