Be Yoga, Be Nature: XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding, returns for a seaside fourth edition
Be Yoga, Be Nature: XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding, returns for a seaside fourth editionFebruary 2, 2020
- The region’s largest yoga festival returns to Kite Beach on 21-22 February
- Bollywood star Esha Gupta confirmed to lead mass opening session
- International yogis attending include Sjana Elise, Jacob Manning and Aminah Taha
- More than 20,000 yogis of all fitness levels and experiences expected to attend the two-day programme of over 50 holistic and inclusive classes, workshops and talks
- Arabic yoga and ladies-only classes available
The fourth edition of the XYoga Dubai Festival, presented by Dubai Holding, will take place on 21-22 February 2020 at the serene and seaside location of Kite Beach. ‘Be Yoga, Be Nature’ is expected to attract 20,000 yogis of all ages and fitness levels for an immersive two days of holistic and complimentary classes, talks, workshops and meditation sessions. The festival - the largest in the Middle East - will be inaugurated by Bollywood film actress and model Esha Gupta, who will lead a mass morning class of 2,000 yogis at 8AM on Friday, 21 February.
The 2020 edition will also feature world renowned and experienced international and local yogis including Australian adventure yogi Sjana Elise, whose practice focuses on the body & mind connection; the inspiring American “yoga bro”, Jacob Manning; and Amina Taha. The Art of Living, an international organisation that has helped millions find calm and happiness through yogic breathing, will also offer classes.
Participants will have a chance to get to know some of the UAE’s most popular 12 yoga shalas and studios including Yoga House, Yoga La Vie, Nilaya House, Move On Yoga, Yoga Ashram, Urban Yoga, MeFitPro, Inspire and Lotus Yoga. A variety of sessions, including Acro Yoga, Live Piano Flow, Jivamukti Yoga, as well as Arabic yoga and ladies-only classes, will be available to cater to the different levels and aspirations of participants.
Amit Kaushal, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Holding, said: “We are proud to see our collaboration with XDubai grow year after year. Supporting the XYoga Dubai Festival is perfectly aligned with our commitment to bringing large scale events that attract thousands of participants and international celebrities on a yearly basis. We are one of the first companies that established a corporate wellness programme in 2007, which aims to improve the wellbeing of our employees, their families and the community as a whole. We are also committed to enriching the lives of everyone who lives, works or visits our communities. We look forward to welcoming 20,000 yogis for two-days of leisure, serenity and wellness.”
“2020 will be monumental year for Dubai and this year’s XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding will once again highlight the emirate’s shared purpose and commitment to defy limits, both individually and collectively,” said Mohammed Javad, General Manager of XDubai. “The fourth edition of XYoga Dubai will bring new yogis, new practices and a new perspective for the tens of thousands who are expected to join us.”
“I am thrilled to be coming back to Dubai for XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding,” said Bollywood actress Esha Gupta. “Dubai has always been close to my heart and yoga has increasingly become a huge part of my life, keeping me grounded and centered. I am thrilled to share this passion with yogis in Dubai and look forward all that the festival has to offer.”
Throughout the two days, experienced and beginner yogis can enjoy and immerse themselves in a variety of practices that cater to all levels with classes ranging from tranquil meditation sessions to gravity defying Acroyoga, which this year will include a family class. Other new styles to be introduced this year include Budokon Yoga, yoga mixed with marital arts and calisthenics; Piano Flow Yoga, a flow series accompanied by a serene piano performance; a pain and movement workshop; as well as Dad & Me classes alongside Mummy & Me classes. Traditional yoga practices including Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Beginner’s Yoga, will also be available.
There will be several stages to accommodate simultaneous classes. The Dubai Holding stage will be the venue for classes holding up to 400 attendees. Two other stages will accommodate up to 150 yogis each. For its part, the festival village will feature popular local venture Ripe Market. The market will host an array of retail activations by home-grown and international specialist yoga brands, a variety of nutrition focused outlets offering healthy and organic options, as well as artisanal products by local entrepreneurs. A dedicated children’s area will host Yoga for Kids classes alongside entertainment and activities for young yogis.
In the lead-up to the main festival, XDubai and Dubai Holding will organise warm-up sessions around the city, the details of which will be updated on www.xyogadubai.com.
The two-day holistic yoga festival is designed to introduce yoga to new audiences and provide a platform for experienced yogis to practice with friends and family. Since its inception in February 2016, the XYoga Dubai Festival has brought together the local and international yoga communities at its inaugural event as well as its 2018 and 2019 events. Previous editions saw celebrities Shilpa Shetty (2016), Malaika Arora (2018), Nargis Fakhri and football legend Luis Figo (2019) participate in and lead the opening sessions.
XYoga Dubai is a public event open to everyone. Registration is now open and people who wish to participate in a complimentary class can register at xyogadubai.com.