Everything You Need To Know About Practicing Yoga

You might be a seasoned yogi or perhaps you don’t know your Bikram from your Downward Dog? We catch up with Vijay Sharma one of Dubai’s master yogis who shares the benefits to this ancient practice.

Is yoga really going to get me fit?
Fitness is not just about physical fitness. It’s about mental fitness too. Yoga is all about mindfulness. It gives you an opportunity to step out of the rat race and focus on yourself and on each and every move. You’ll finish each session feeling calmer and mentally stronger. Yoga also significantly improves flexibility – muscles are gently stretched further on each breath. And as you increasingly learn to hold poses for longer, you’ll see your body tone and your balance improve.  

But I’ve never done it before. Will I be able to keep up?
Our yoga sessions are open to everyone – from beginners to more advanced yogis. All are welcome. Yoga is a very personal practice – you go as far as your body will let you.  

When and where can I try it?
Our classes run from the Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah. Most of the time we hold the sessions on the beach. Our sunset yoga is held each evening at 5.30pm on the sand. During the session, the sky turns a deep orange as the sun sets below the horizon. Listening to the sound of the waves on the shore just metres away from you and feeling the soft sand between your toes is the perfect relaxing environment. We also offer Yoga Retreats several times a year when guest come to really focus on their practise, lose weight or detox. But my favourite session each month is our full moon yoga session. I can’t recommend the experience enough. If your stay coincides with one of these sessions, please don’t miss it. It’s a truly inspiring journey of self discovery.


What kinds of yoga are there?
We offer Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa and Ashthanga yoga. Each one is a slightly different discipline. Hatha takes you gently through the basic poses. Vinyasa is a fluid movement from one pose to another, while Yin yoga sees you hold the poses for longer. Ashthanga is probably the more advanced of the yogas, ideal for those looking for maximum strength and flexibility.

Tell us about you. How long have you been practising?
I come from a very spiritual family in India. We’ve always lived a very simple life. We don’t eat meat or drink alcohol. Even from a very young child I practised yoga – my grandfather taught me. I’m a certified yoga instructor and have been teaching for more than 15 years – 11 years with Jumeirah as a wellness practitioner. I am a specialist in all forms of yoga, plus meditation, laughing therapy and Reiki.

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