Breathe and recharge - yoga not only helps with flexibility and strength, it can also help you relax, relieve stress, and teach you mindfulness. There are plenty of styles of yoga around Dubai to choose from too, from acroyoga hanging from the ceiling, to Yin yoga - deep stretching, and beyond. We've listed some of Dubai's best yoga studios for you to try out.
This is Dubai's original yoga & pilates studio, teaching a wide range of yoga classes that are suitable for all levels, it also offers pre- and post-natal classes. Zen Yoga also hosts regular health and wellness workshops with some of the best teachers in town and signature teacher trainings led by experienced yogini Diana Azavedo.
INFO: Emirates Hills, Umm Suqeim and Dubai Media City; 4 422 4643, www.yoga.ae
Shimis is a new and trendy yoga studio offering wide range of classes in Alserkal Avenue. The studio features an infra-red heated room, a dark room with changing lights and music for dynamic vinyasa classes and a green room filled with lush green that will immediately transport you in your zen mode.
INFO: Warehouse 42, Alserkal Avenue; 04 284 2077, www.shimis.com
Despite its busy location, Trident is one of the most zen studios around. The yoga rooms are spacious and filled with sunlight, and the yogis can enjoy stunning views over the Dubai Marina water canal. This studio offers wide range of classes from traditional hatha to ashtanga and special Iyengar yoga classes using ropes and other props. The studio offers workshops and teacher trainings as well.
INFO: Trident Bayside, Dubai Marina; 4 441 6287, www.tridentwellness.ae
Life 'n One
This is every yogi’s ultimate destination. Located in a villa in the heart of Jumeirah, the studio has a beautiful garden and cafe, serving delicious vegan treats. This yoga house is specialized in kundalini yoga classes and workshops, often hosting renowned healers from around the world. During the cooler season some classes are conducted on the roof – creating an ideal environment in which to practice with a light breeze and sunshine.
INFO: Life’n One, Jumeirah Beach Road, 56 534 2899, www.lifenone.com
Yoga la Vie
Yoga la Vie is the go to place for all Palm yogis. The studio features elegant and fresh interiors and offers classes ranging from hatha and vinyasa to swing, as well as reformer pilates, barre and pre-natal. The studio hosts many events and workshops by Dubai's leading yoga teachers.
INFO: Building 10, Golden Mile, The Palm, 4 447 7097, www.yogalaviedubai.com
Eco Yoga Sanctuary
This ladies-only yoga studio definitely feels like a sanctuary and as soon as you step inside you feel like transported into a zen spa. The studio offers classic yoga classes as well as kundalini, yin yoga and hot yoga. The more adventurous yoginis can try zumba and belly dancing classes too. Or you can adventure on many of the luxurious retreats offered by the studio.
INFO: Jumeirah Plaza, 04 385 6633, www.ecoyogasancturary.com
The bright and spacious studio feels like it’s straight out of New York, featuring an intimate loft space for smaller sessions and workshops, and a beautiful warehouse room with huge windows that provide a perfect view of the Downtown area. Try the candlelit classes for the perfect way to end your day.
INFO: Aspect Tower, Business Bay, 4 369 7882, www.urbanyoga.ae
This might be the studio that offers the most traditional and authentic yoga in Dubai. Expect classes suitable both for beginners and advanced practitioners. The studio also hosts the Art of Living program. If you are eager to learn about breath and meditation this is the place to go.
INFO: JLT Cluster X, 1504, 15th Floor, Jumeirah Bay X3 building, 04 552 0048, www.yogaashram.com
Turn up the heat on classic yoga practice. Every session takes place in a heated room that uses infrared heat technology to gently warm up the body. You can expect all the tradional classes from Bikram to Vinyasa, but they also throw in some more unusual classes like ‘Hot Yoga Sculpt’, which uses free weights.
INFO: Orra Marina Tower, 4 220 5330, www.dryp.ae
This well-known studio located conveniently on Sheik Zayed Road offers, besides traditional yoga classes, innovative aroma yoga and therapeutic yoga classes using essential oils to ensure the ultimate relaxation. The detoxifying yoga class in heated salt room is not to be missed.
INFO: Al Manara, 4 321 9771, www.inspiremeyoga.net