XYoga returns to Kite Beach

Enjoy a weekend of yoga on the beach

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XDubai seems to have become synonymous with adrenaline-pumping zip lines, human catapults and basically anything that makes you sweat from merely thinking about it, but the next event on its hair-raising calendar is decidedly more chilled out.

XYoga is a two-day festival packed to the brim with yoga classes, activities and meditation sessions.

The festival will be held at Kite Beach on Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2 for yogis of all ages and abilities to stretch out and find some zen from sunrise to sundown for an entire weekend.

As well as all of the physical activities, there will also be health food stalls, sportswear and equipment brands for a bit of retail therapy in between savasanas.

The event will be led by local and international yoga instructors who will be bringing their expertise from all four corners of the globe.

Sessions include iyengar yoga, vinyasa flow, yoga for beginners, freedom flow, yin yoga and animal flow. More advanced yogis will be able to take advantage of sessions including Backbend Essentials, Handstands For All and Power Yoga.

There’s also something for the young yogis, with Mom and Baby yoga, Family Yoga, a dedicated kids’ yoga session and even Hulahoop Yoga.

If you’re looking for some rejuvenatation of the mind as well as your body, you can head along to meditation sessions including a “meditating when your life is in chaos” workshop and a “getting your meditation groove back” class as well as more traditional guided meditation sessions.

Some of the more unique sessions include the likes of Dusk Tunes and Hip Hop and Heart, which both use music as a tool for getting deeper into the practise.

Dusk Tunes is a session led by Egyptian multi-instrumentalist Sherif Elmoghazy, a finalist from Arabs Got Talent TV show.

His music is focused around the hadpan instrument (which is sort of like a metal drum) and is inspired by nature.

Hip Hop and Heart takes the rhythms of hip-hop to meet the beating of our hearts and awaken a interconnectivity with all living things for a session that evokes “compassion and joy”. The class is led by Janet Stone, who previously worked in Hollywood.

Other instructors and participants at the event include Canadian musician Babak Torabi, King Fu expert Master Can and former Dubai school teacher, Zarine Dadachanji.

Last year’s edition saw more than 10,000 people attend 60 sessions led by local and international yogis, including the world’s oldest yoga instructor, 99-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch.

This year the 55 sessions will begin with Dance of Prana on Friday February 1 at 10am. This session intends to guide you to find the freedom in the spine through vinyasa yoga.

The event will end with a 45-minute closing session led by Sherif Elmoghazy and Zarine Dadachanji, where yogis will be able to reflect on what they’ve learned and internally celebrate that perfect downward dog/crow pose/cobra. Namaste...
Free. Fri Feb 1-Sat Feb 2. Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim, www.xyogadubai.com.

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