Tuesday, March 21, 2017

FREE Beach Yoga Discontinued

Over the past several weeks participation in FoYD's community based, free beach yoga classes has dwindled significantly. This is bittersweet as when I began offering free beach yoga classes five years ago, I knew of no other completely free regular group classes offered in Dubai. Fast forward to today and there are many, many community-based free yoga classes offered on the beach, in parks and in studios. You could literally participate in yoga every day of the week somewhere in Dubai without paying a single fil. It's wonderful and exactly what I had hoped would eventually happen.
So, now I am ready to hand off the baton, as it were, to my fellow Dubai yoga teachers.
I will continue to offer private individual and private group yoga classes but Wednesday night YogaWalk and Saturday Sunrise Beach Yoga will be discontinued.
If you would like private classes, please feel free to contact me. I offer the following types of yoga & meditation:
  • Hatha
  • Hatha Flow
  • Yin Yoga
  • Pre/Post-natal Yoga
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Guided Meditation and Walking Meditation
  • Yoga for back pain
  • Yoga for Members of the Military/Law Enforcement and for Victims of Trauma
Thank you for sharing the beach yoga practice with me. It has been an absolute joy to be part of your yoga journey and I hope to continue to share the practice with you in private lessons.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rain, rain and more rain for Dubai

17 Feb 2017
The rain is still coming down!
Due to the ongoing and expected rain, Saturday Sunrise Beach Yoga is cancelled for Saturday, 18 February 2018. Weather permitting, our outdoor yoga classes will resume next week. Namaste.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Class Cancellation Sat 4 Feb 2017

Due to high winds, Sunrise Beach Yoga is CANCELLED on Saturday 4 February 2017. Class will resume as scheduled on Saturday, 11 February 2017 at 7am.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Love Yourself thru Yoga this Valentines Day!

Beach Yoga
·       YogaWalk, Wednesdays, 6pm-7:45pm
This unique practice combines a short yoga practice with a 5 Km walk. We follow up our walk with guided meditation and yoga nidra. All levels are welcome to join! Rate: FREE Location: https://goo.gl/maps/HnhPeUi4dPD2
·       Saturday Sunrise Beach Yoga, 7am-8:15am
Start your day off right! Join us on the beach for this mind awakening and body invigorating yoga practice. You will feel energised and ready for the day ahead. Rate: donation based, Location: https://goo.gl/maps/HnhPeUi4dPD2

Cake Cleanse

These are two words we don’t usually use together. However, Cake Cleanse is the clever name of Deborah Schipper’s nutritional plan, recipe book and website that features delicious and indulgent recipes. These recipes have no processed sugars and are free of the unhealthy fats and additives normally found in desserts and savoury treats. Take a peek at Cake Cleanse and try out some of the mouth-watering recipes!

Private Yoga Sessions

Private yoga (and/or meditation) sessions are now available during the day on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and several evenings per week. By opting for private lessons, the time, day, location and yoga practice is organized to suit your specific needs. Yoga and meditation sessions can be for you, you and a partner or for you along with a group of friends. Recovering from a pregnancy or from injury? Have a demanding schedule? Don’t like to practice yoga in a room full of other people? Then private sessions are for you! Spaces are filling up quickly so be sure to book your private yoga/meditation sessions soon. Contact Julie at +971 (0)50 284 4374 to book your private yoga session today!

FREE and nearly free Yoga in Dubai
Did you know that you can enjoy FREE yoga classes in Dubai at least 5 days per week? Here are links to several free (or nearly free) yoga classes in and around Dubai. Check ‘em out!
·       The Beach, JBR 7am-8am
·       The Beach, JBR 7am-8am
·       YogaWalk, Umm Suqeim 1, 6pm (see above)
Kriya Yoga, Taijitu House of Om, 8am

·       The Beach, JBR 7am-8am
·       Taijitu House of Om, Hatha Yoga, 8:30am
·       Sunrise Beach Yoga Umm Suqeim 1(see above), 7am

There is something for everyone in every price range and at every level of yoga experience. Beginners and experienced yogis are welcome at all of the above-listed classes. Know of other free yoga or meditation classes in Dubai? Send me the information and I'll post it here!

For more information about yoga classes, meditation sessions and private yoga sessions, please contact Julie at +971 (0)50 284-4374

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Beach Yoga, Meditation, Delicious Food...the list is endless!

YogaWalk WEDNESDAYS at 6pm (FREE class!) 
This combination of Hatha Flow yoga and a 5Km walk has been a welcome newcomer to the Dubai yoga community. All levels of yoga practitioners are welcome, including raw beginners. Do you think that you're not flexible enough for yoga? Congratulations! That means that yoga is perfect for you!   
Where: Next to the Bait al Bahar Restaurant, end of Jumeirah 3/beginning of Umm Suqeim 1. Bring a mat, a bottle of water and comfortable walking shoes. Pre-booking encouraged fieldsofyoga@gmail.com or +971 (0)50 284 4374

SATURDAY SUNRISE BEACH YOGA, 7AM (Donation based class)
In response to many requests and in an attempt to help fund the 4 yoga teacher trainings I am doing between Nov 2016 and July 2017, I have once again added Saturday Sunrise Beach Yoga to the FoYD offerings. Join me for this gentle beach-side Hatha Flow yoga practice. It's a beautiful way to start your day!  
Where: Next to the Bait al Bahar Restaurant, end of Jumeirah 3/beginning of Umm Suqeim 1. Bring a mat, a bottle of water and a small towel. Pre-booking encouraged fieldsofyoga@gmail.com or +971 (0)50 284 4374

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION - Does life happen to you or does life happen?
"When life just happens, you empower yourself with the decision of how to move forward." Take a moment to read this interesting (and short) article about how to become more resilient. Empathy and how we react to events in life can make the difference between being resilient or agitated. 

Want to try meditation but need a little guidance? Click here to do this lovely, soothing, and easy meditation with David Magone. I'm excited to be enrolled in meditation teacher training with David Magone in June 2017. Want to enroll too? Check out this link for more information. 

Recently I've watched the documentary Forks Over Knives and I am struck by the overwhelming evidence that a plant-based diet is the most beneficial way for us to eat. If you've never tried vegetarianism or veganism, the thought of never having a juicy steak or hamburger again might be unthinkable. However, you might consider making one or two days per week, 'Vegan days' or 'Vegetarian days' . To help with that, here are a few delicious recipes from Nest and Glow. They offer mouth-watering, healthy recipes that are accessible to both novices and seasoned vegans. Give Vegetarian Tuesday a go! You never know, you just might like it

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER 'CHEESE' (non-dairy, vegan recipe)

Due to the holiday season, not all group classes will meet on their regular days. Take a peek at our December and January calendars and meet us on the beach for the group yoga classes!

As a reminder, private yoga lessons are still available. Time slots are filling up quickly so be sure to book yours today. Private lessons are a fantastic holiday gift for a friend or loved one...or for yourself! For more information about private yoga lessons, please contact me at fieldsofyoga@gmail.comor +971 (0)50 284 4374.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Saturday Sunrise Yoga RETURNS!!

Saturday Sunrise Yoga (Saturdays, 7am, next to the Bait al Bahar Restaurant, end of Jumeirah 3 - DONATION based class)
In hopes of offering more ways to meet your needs, I have signed up for some exciting yoga teacher trainings in the coming months, including swing yogameditation and the advanced 300 hour yoga teacher training. In an attempt to fund my studies, I will be offering Saturday Sunrise Yoga classes on a donation basis (pay what you would like to contribute!). Come and begin your Saturday with this peaceful, gentle yoga practice, caressed by the morning breeze, serenaded by the song of the birds and the rhythm of the waves, this 75-minute practice is not to be missed! All levels welcomed and encouraged to join. To register, simply send an SMS or WhatsApp message to me at +971(0)50 284 4374 or email me at fieldsofyoga@gmail.com

Saturday Sunrise Yoga Calendar
12 November
19 November
26 November NO CLASS
3 December NO CLASS
10 December
17 December
24 & 31 December NO CLASS
7 January
14 January
21 January NO CLASS
28 January
4 February
11 February
18 February
25 February

YogaWalk (Wednesdays, 6pm, next to the Bait al Bahar Restaurant, end of Jumeirah 3 - FREE class)
Our Wednesday evening YogaWalk session will continue as a FREE class. We meet each Wednesday at 6pm on the beach adjacent to the Bait al Bahar Restaurant. We begin with a 20-30 minute body warming yoga practice, then take a 5Km walk - each yogi going at his/her own pace and we finish with gentle stretches, meditation and yoga nidra.  Participants have reported better sleep, reduced stressed levels and more energy after participating in YogaWalk. All are welcomed!

Are you sure you're not diabetic?
Did you know that according to some statistics as many as 45% of the world's Type 2 diabetics go undiagnosed? The Dubai swim community recently and very tragically lost one of its newest members to this horrible illness. Chisela Kanchela was a 29 year old swim coach with Speedo Swim Squad and had only arrived in Dubai two months ago. He was also an undiagnosed diabetic who passed away last week after falling into a diabetic coma. As one of his trainees, I am shocked and saddened by his death. Let's let Chisela's tragic passing be an opportunity to examine our own health and habits. The NHS has developed a quick and easy self check for risk of diabetes online (http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Diabetes.aspx).  If you experience a combination of these symptoms of diabetes, please seek the advice of a medical professional as soon as possible.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fields of Yoga Dubai News for November

As it is Wednesday, there is another opportunity to join us TONIGHT at 6pm for YogaWalk on the beach next to the Bait al Bahar Restaurant (just north of the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club). Grab a pair of comfy walking shoes, your yoga mat and a bottle of water for this unique yoga practice. We begin our moonlit session with a gentle yoga warming practice, then set off on a 4.5Km walk and finally finish off back on our mats with yoga stretches, meditation and yoga nidra, caressed by the seaside breeze and serenaded by the rhythm of the waves. Participants have reported lower stress levels, better sleep and uplifted moods after participating in YogaWalk. As always, YogaWalk remains a FREE class!

Solar Light Donation?
Now that the sun sets earlier, we are in need of a string or two of solar lights for our beach YogaWalk practice. (Our candle-lit lanterns are proving a little difficult) Do you have a string of solar lights that you would like to donate or lend to our practice? If so, please let me know or just bring them along tonight.

Dubai's Community Art Scene
Want to contribute toward a stronger sense of community in Dubai? This Saturday 5 November at 6pm there is a Members Exhibition at the Dubai International Art Centre in Jumeirah 1. All artists are residents of Dubai and this is a wonderful opportunity to support local artists and purchase beautiful pieces at excellent prices. More information, go to: http://www.artdubai.com/Gallery76-upcoming-exhibition.html On a personal note, three of my pieces will be on display at the exhibition. (DIAC  Street 75b, Villa No 27, Jumeirah Beach Road, Near Town Centre)

'Tis the Season!
As we head closer to the winter holidays, the sweet and often unhealthy treats start to make their appearance at work and at home. As an option to the corn syrups, processed sugars and the like, here is another wonderful recipe from the Nest and Glow website. These chocolate and nut butter cups will satisfy your sweet tooth and give the the anti-oxident benefits of almonds and dark chocolate. It's a win-win recipe! http://www.nestandglow.com/healthy-recipes/raw-chocolate-almond-nut-butter-cups

YogaFest 2016
Mark your calendars for YogaFest on 11 November at Dubai Internet City Amphitheater. Come and enjoy free full moon yoga sessions hosted by the House of Yoga. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1780694178841480/ for more information.

For more information on these events or private yoga sessions, please feel free to contact me via email or WhatsApp (+971 50 2844374)