Xtraordinary Weekend: XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding, welcomes over 17,600 Yogis
Xtraordinary Weekend: XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding, welcomes over 17,600 YogisFebruary 6, 2019
- The region’s largest and most holistic yoga festival attracts more than 17,600 yogis over two days for over 60 free classes, workshops & performances
- Deepika Mehta led the mass opening session for over 2,500 yogis with special guests, football legend, Luís Figo and Bollywood actress & model, Nargis Fakhri
- International yogis Laura Sykora, Janet Stone, Garth Hewitt, and Davidji led star line-up of yogis, including a number of local yoga studios and teachers
Yogis were out in force this weekend for the third edition of the XYoga Dubai festival, presented by Dubai Holding. Over 17,600 yogis took to Kite Beach for a weekend of inspiration, invigoration, community and calm, taking in over 63 complimentary and inclusive yoga classes, meditations, talks, workshops and musical performances.
The festival – the largest and most holistic in the region - opened on Friday, 1st February at 8am with an energetic mass session for over 2,500 yogis, led by Indian yogi Deepika Mehta, with special guests, actress Nargis Fakhri and football legend, Luís Figo. What followed was two full days of classes led by an illustrious line-up of international and local yogis, representing some of the region’s top yoga studios. Among the international yogis were inversion specialist Laura Sykora; creator of the Shiva Yoga® system Garth Hewitt, best-selling author and celebrated mind and body wellness expert Davidji, as well as global yoga warrior Janet Stone. New classes that debuted this year included Iyengar yoga, TRX yoga, Hula Hoop yoga, Bollywoord dance, Tai Chi and Acroyoga.
“Now in its third edition, XYoga Dubai is about inviting both new and experienced yogis alike to defy their limits,” said Mohammed Javad, General Manager of XDubai, organisers of the festival. “Every edition has been special but this year, we not only welcomed some of the world’s and UAE’s most respected yogis, but also special guests Luis Figo and Nargis Fakhri, to encourage and inspire attendees in their practice. The response from both the yoga community as well as the wider community, has once again exceeded all expectations.’’
Amit Kaushal, CEO of Dubai Holding, the presenting sponsor of the event, added: “As an organisation, we firmly believe in championing health and wellness amongst not only our employees, but also the wider community. The overwhelming support for festivals such as XYoga Dubai underscores the appetite and passion for events that bring people together to encourage them to lead healthy and active lifestyles.”
Designed for people of all ages and abilities, the festival showcased multiple disciplines of yoga at what was the largest festival ever to take place in the region. This year’s edition also saw the city’s local yoga studios and pre-eminent yogis leading a variety of signature sessions at the festival.
Speaking of his experience participating in the opening session at XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding, football legend Luís Figo said: “It was a great experience for me, and it was a positive way for me to start the day. It gave me the chance to calm my mind and start the day with balance. At the same time, I got the chance to stretch and it was great.”
Actress Nargis Fakhri, who also participated in the opening session said: “The opening session was magical. The energy was contagious and Deepika kept us all centred yet active. We were having fun but also engaged mentally and spiritually. It was an honour to share the stage with her and open the third edition of XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding.”
After a session that included asanas and dance, all those attending the opening session led by Deepika Mehta were gifted a free yoga mat. Other highlights of the weekend included classes such as tai chi, animal flow, sound healing meditation, mom and baby yoga, kids’ yoga, Yoga bil Arabi and a XPark Jr area, with arts and crafts, sand play and other entertainment for children. The festival closed on a tranquil note on Saturday with popular hand-pan musician, Sherif Elmoghazy along with gong meditation leader, Zarine Dadachanji, creating an unforgettable moment of mindfulness.
A total of over 30 yoga styles were practiced across the two-day festival in three festival areas: the Dubai Holding stage, the venue for the opening session and classes for more than 400 attendees; as well as two side stages accommodating up to 150 yogis each for the more specialised sessions. Throughout the festival, the yogis were also able to take advantage of entertainment, activations and healthy food and beverage options from local and international yoga-related brands at the popular Ripe Market.
XYoga Dubai festival, presented by Dubai Holding, was organised by XDubai with title sponsor Dubai Holding. This weekend’s event was the third edition of the festival, following its two previous editions: the inaugural session held February 2016 in Downtown Dubai, and the second edition which also took place on Kite Beach in 2018.