Getting into your car after a day parked in the sun not hot enough for you? Head to the trendy Dryp studio in Dubai Marina to work up a sweat and get fit. Offering traditional hot yoga using state-of-the-art infrared heat technology which gently warms up your body instead of the room and comfortably maintains a consistent temperature throughout your workout. Training in a heated environment comes with an array of benefits including detoxing, weight loss, immune system boost, heart health, flexibility and can help with mental power. As well as the classic 90-minute bikram yoga class that takes you through two sets of 26 postures, there’s an express 60-minute version, hot vinyasa (including a hip-hop version) and candlelit hot yin classes. There’s also a hot core flow class and a hot yoga sculpt that combines free weights with yoga sequencing and cardio to naturally boost your metabolism.
Times vary. Orra Marina Tower, Dubai Marina, www.dryp.ae (04 220 5330).
Talise Spa – Madinat Jumeirah
Want to practise your salutations outside with a top view? The Talise Spa at the Madinat Jumeriah offers 6.30pm sunset yoga sessions on one of Dubai’s most stunning beaches, with views of Burj Al Arab and beyond. The hatha yoga class with sun salutations welcomes all levels and costs just Dhs92, with the price going up to Dhs96 for full moon yoga sessions. Talise also offers vinyasa, yin and ashtanga yoga within the spa, with classes limited to seven people to create an intimate atmosphere. If you’re really keen on relaxation, look into the joint spa and yoga packages that may work out as a better deal financially.
Times vary. Madinat Jumeriah, www.jumeirah.com/mjyoga (04 366 6818).
Trident Wellness Centre
Formerly known as 136.1, the Dubai Marina-based studio has had a name change, and is offering more wellbeing options than ever. It is still best known, however, for being home to some of the leading yogis and most varied yoga practices in the Emirate. Ease your way in with hatha or yin before taking on the vinasya, ashtanga, iyengar or power yoga classes. The studio also offers pre-natal, mysore ashtanga and jivamukti; a newer yoga founded in 1984 which is mainly vinyasa flow-style. Classes often start with a series of chants before moving onto poses, meditation, setting intentions and even deep listening through spoken word or music.
Open Sun-Thu 6.30am-9pm Fri 9am-7pm Sat 8am-9pm. Trident Bayside, Dubai Marina, www.136point1.ae (05 5930 6592).
This super-friendly yoga studio in Barsha Heights (with an amazing view over Dubai from it’s 31st floor location) is all about having a laugh rather than taking itself too seriously. The yoga rooms are specifically designed to facilitate both bikram and regular vinyasa and ashtanga yoga. Voyoga also offers swing yoga, suitable for novices and regular practitioners, in its special swing room. The gravatonic swings are made of parachute material, to be light in weight but heavy duty for usage as you fly through the air with full support. Swing yoga’s benefits include improving spine alignment, hip opening and also allows the muscles to balance giving you the ability to strengthen and stretch.
Times vary. Executive Floor, i-Rise Tower, Barsha Heights, www.voyoga.ae (04 553 8630).
If you’re the sort of person that likes to mix your yoga practice with weight training and killer cardio sessions, then a membership at Warehouse Gym might work out as the most viable option in terms of ease and finances. The best thing about this gym’s offering is that the yoga is some of the best in Dubai. A host of top freelance yoga instructors cover the multitude of gyms providing everything from yin, hatha and acro flex, with Alayne’s power yoga sessions at The Springs branch – our stand out favourite. The session works perfectly for beginners looking to gain strength as well as experienced yogis who want to improve flexibility, mobility and try a more varied practice, as she makes each session different from the last.
Open Sun-Thu 5:30am-11pm Fri-Sat 8am-10pm. The Springs Souk, Al Afnan Street, The Springs, www.whgym.com (04 580 8371). Other locations Al Quoz (04 323 2323) Business Bay (04 770 8109), JBR (04 368 4080), D3 (04 424 9396), DIFC and Al Khawaneej opening soon.
Dubai’s original yoga brand now has three studios to its name in Media City, The Springs and Umm Suqeim. Zen covers everything from yin yoga, which is perfect for all levels with its more passive set of postures – held for longer, to the more advanced core-building ashtanga class that follows a sequence of postures designed to strengthen the body, joined together with the breath to create a rhythmic experience. Zen also has a yoga foundation class that looks at the basics of the practice as well as the mechanics of alignment and breathing which is great for first-timers and those looking for a refresher.
Open Sat-Thu 8am-8.30pm Fri 9am-noon. BBC building, Dubai Media City, www.yoga.ae (04 367 0435). Other locations Meadows Shopping Mall, Springs (04 422 4643) Umm Suqeim, Corner of Al Wasl Road and Al Thanya Street (04 341 9330).
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