Dubai: Over 2,000 yogis of all ages, abilities and nationalities joined Bollywood sensation, Reebok brand ambassador and yoga enthusiast Malaika Arora, and runway model-turned international yoga guru, Yogi Cameron this morning for a mass yoga session to open the UAE’s largest and most holistic yoga festival, XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding.
Taking place at 8am this morning at Kite Beach, the mass morning session opens what is two days of more than 60 classes, workshops and entertainment - all made possible through a partnership between XDubai, the organisers of the event and Dubai Holding, with Reebok as an exclusive partner.
With 1,000 people originally expected for the morning session, organisers said that the attendance of more than 2,000 yogis for the opening session reinforces the growth of yoga in the UAE as it also highlights the inclusiveness of the event: “The success of this morning’s session is a true reflection of how much yoga has grown in the UAE, and also the holistic nature of the event,” said Mohammed Javad, General Manager of XDubai.
“The feedback from those attending the opening session with Malaika Arora and Yogi Cameron has been fantastic,” he continued. “Working with our presenting partner Dubai Holding, our goal was design a holistic and inclusive event for all, regardless of their age, nationality or ability. We are looking forward to welcoming the over 10,000 yogis expected throughout today and tomorrow for yoga, meditation, talks & workshops and entertainment.”
Amit Kaushal, CEO of Dubai Holding, added: “We are elated that XYoga Dubai is a success. Dubai Holding is committed to promoting the concept of wellness, and we are pleased to inspire people from across the region to reap the many benefits of yoga. Our partnership with XDubai is an extension of that commitment, and together, we are further strengthening Dubai’s position as a hub for health and fitness.”
Don’t sweat it if you missed today’s morning yoga session. Exciting activities will continue all throughout the day until 9pm tonight and tomorrow from 7am to 10pm.
XYoga Dubai will continue to offer over 60 classes representing 25 yoga styles, led by over 35 international and local yogis.
While all classes are subjected to pre-registration at xyogadubai.com, some walk-in places may be available provided those wishing to attend show up at least 30 minutes in advance of their preferred session. Those attending are reminded to bring a mat and sunscreen and to car-pool, walk, bike to use public transport as parking will be limited.