5 great ways to wind down in Dubai after a long day
Tough day at work? Hectic family schedules? These ideas to calm your mind, body, and soul will help you end the day on a high note.
Rather than up tempo and dynamic power practices such as vinyasa or hatha, yin yoga is a deeply grounding and soothing style of yoga involving long static holds that are breath-focused. This style of yoga helps to soothe the nervous system and ground excess mental energy so that we can sleep better, longer, and deeper. It’s the perfect practice for when you feel like you need a dose of relaxation before bed. Give it a try on Friday evenings at stylish studio Shimis in Alserkal Avenue with Karina.
Where: DNA Health & Wellness
New Alserkal wellness centre DNA offers a range of holistic well-being classes, including evening sound healing with crystal bowls led by expert practitioner Olivia Prescott. The beautiful thing about a sound healing session is that you get to do nothing. Simply lie down and relax to the soothing sound healing frequencies. You might even doze off or simply enjoy a much-needed break to relax and unwind.
Breathwork and Ice Baths
Where: Cool Out, Breath In
Come and meet Benoit, a devout Wim Hof follower, for a post-work wellness session. Several times a week, an eclectic group gathers in his back garden for sessions that include Wim Hof Method breathing exercises and ice baths. You’ll learn how to feel comfortable in an ice bath while also benefitting from overall inflammation reduction, boosting your immune system, and learning how to handle stressful situations. There are three evening sessions per week that include breathwork, ice baths, sauna and dinner.
Where: Theatre of Digital Arts
This unique twist on traditional meditation combines a spiritual practice with modern technology inside Souk Madinat’s stunning Theatre of Digital Arts. A certified meditation facilitator guides you through some mindful inner reflection as state-of-the-art lights and sounds surround you. Evening sessions vary throughout the month, so keep an eye on toda.ae for upcoming schedules.
Where: Paus DXB
Focused stretching allows muscles to relax and lengthen, which puts less strain on the skeletal system and reduces tension throughout the body. Students who take this class regularly report fewer injuries and improved sleep. Sign up to an early evening ‘deep stretch and release’ session at gorgeous new wellness centre Paus, on Al Wasl Road.
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