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These are the Easiest Ways of Finding Your Zen in Dubai

Photo: Sharif Hamza

As the world hurtles into a new year of measured hope, and challenges, it’s clear that we’re in for an unprecedented 2021 full of firsts and exciting new beginnings. While we try and make the most of the opportunities we’re presented with, it’s also important to take a moment and breathe, be grateful for what we have and allow ourselves quiet pockets of silence and introspection in order to re-align ourselves and find our balance once in a while.

It might not be easy to find moments of calm in a bustling city like Dubai, so here’s our edit of a few lesser known spots that promise us that ever eluding tranquility.

Try a “sound-off” yoga in the park


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Inspirestudio, one of UAE’s beloved yoga, pilates, and fitness centre is launching a series of “Sound-off yoga in the park” at Dubai Hills Park. The class will be a slow meditative vinyasa flow for those who would like to try it out before signing up for their regular sessions every Tuesday and Friday at 4:30pm at a fee of AED 60. Classes can be booked through the Mindbody app.

Be still at Seva Experience


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A true hidden gem in Jumeirah that transports you to Ubud, Bali from the moment you step into its lush oasis-like outdoor courtyard, Seva Experience is an amalgamation of a wellness space and cafe unlike any other in Dubai. From chakra dancing meditation to a delicious vegan menu, Seva has your oasis of calm covered.

Yin your way into a rainforest yoga session


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If yoga in the middle of a rainforest sounds like your idea of a perfect Friday morning, join a 60-minute yin yoga and meditation class at The Green Planet. Home to 3,000 different species of plants, animals and birds and made up of wooden walkways looped around the world’s largest man-made tree – Green Planet makes the impossible happen. It brings the rainforest right into a desert. Every Friday wellness experts Core Direction conduct a 60-minute yoga and meditation class inside the tropical dome.

Drown out the noise with an underwater yoga class

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The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm offers tranquil yoga and meditation sessions with the backdrop of 65,000 marine animals and a vast expanse of blue. The one-hour Hatha yoga sessions are held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday while the 30-minute Tibetan singing bowls meditation sessions are scheduled every last Saturday of the month. Classes can be booked in advance here.

Re-fresh and Reset with Alserkal Avenue


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On January 30, Alserkal Avenue will host a day of wellness and regeneration with outdoor fitness classes by Crank and Shimis, an organic farmer’s market and many more mindfulness sessions for those looking to find their little slice of weekend zen. Check out the full schedule here.

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