XYoga Dubai, Yogalates Bliss and 5 Year Old Mohammed – Healthiest Initiative

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It has been an absolute honor to have been invited by XYoga Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum | Fazza | Crown Prince of Dubai, to teach and introduce 5 year old Mohammed to his very first yoga experience in prep for the XYoga Dubai festival on February 19-20, 2016.

Check out our Instagram video by clicking on the image below of myself and Mohammed:

 

XYoga Dubai and Yogalates Bliss in Dubai Instagram Video Promotion

Yoga in UAE has certainly progressed in a powerful direction and nothing beats watching all ages come together under the Burj Khalifa for yoga and wellness. Here’s to paving a healthy movement across the UAE for the following years to come! See you on the mat my friends!

www.yogalatesblissindubai.com  | www.xyogadubai.com

 

200HR DUBAI YOGA TEACHER TRAINING WITH ERICA BLITZ, JULY 8-AUGUST 1, 2016

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Fall in love with your yoga practice and inspire others to do the same. . .

Inquire + Inspire 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Training curriculum designed by Santa Barbara based master teacher Erica Blitz, offers you a strong foundation of yoga focusing on the discipline of Vinyasa flow: integrating the movement of the body to the rhythm of the breath to connect to the beauty, strength and grace of your body with a deep understanding of the science of alignment and the life-affirming essence ofAnusara. This in-depth training touches on specialty areas such as how to teach restorative classes, yoga for beginners, prenatal yoga, pranayama, ayurveda, subtle body, and anatomy specific to yoga which leaves you with a strong understanding of these complimentary sister sciences.

The philosophy component of the program mainly focuses on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras through a combination of in-class discussions and homework, exploring the fascinating history of yoga and how to be able to apply concepts pertaining to the origins of yoga as well as its philosophical underpinnings into a class.

Each day, will begin with a 2hr powerful morning practice to engage your body and mind. You will then move through a functional approach to anatomy as it relates to yoga asana afterwards, to inform your understanding of movement, intelligent cues and inventive sequencing. The anatomy lessons will be presented in short segments to support both movement and breath principles with a sense of relevance to yoga asana.

“In this training, I focus on the Iyengar alignment based and the sequencing is an Arch Progression Model. With this information, you will be empowered to create classes in a safe, logical and creative way whether you want to teach a more dynamic Vinyasa class or slow paced. Through the course, we will work on clarifying what inspires you to teach and how to integrate that into your teaching. The first step to deepening your practice is developing strong and intelligent work in some of the basic foundational poses. From there you will learn how to apply these basic techniques into more advanced poses including inversion variations, standing poses, backbends, arm balances hip openers, twists and more. ” – Erica Blitz

Begin your journey . . .

Click on the image below to get redirected for the full course details, background of Erica Blitz and complete registration details:

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Zoodles with Calamari tossed in Rosemary, Feta & Marinara sauce!

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Lunch consisted of spiralizing 1 large Zucchini, tossing it into a pan of lightly sauteed calamari rings in a non-stick pan with chunky marinara sauce, a dash of sour cream, dried rosemary sprinkles and crumbled light feta cheese. Speedy. Low carb. Low in calories. Rich in protein and magnesium. And simply, delicious – sans the heavy carb inducing coma.

If you’re based in Dubai and would like to purchase the amazing hand held Gefu Spirelli off of me, drop me an email: yogalatesdxb@gmail.com

Rustic Vegan Walnut and Banana Bread

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Not only can she teach an inspiring Yogalates session at Bliss, but Kim Yoga For Life can whip up an addictive, wholesome, rustic vegan walnut and banana bread that will knock your tastebuds to bliss! Kim substitutes almond/soy milk for coconut milk and added dates into this recipe. And our suggestion? DEFINITELY add the walnuts for that delicious toasted crunch. Here’s to waking up the neighbours over a delicious home baked scent!


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
INGREDIENTS
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cups white granulated sugar (I prefer unrefined cane sugar)
    • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
    • 3/4 t. baking soda
    • 3/4 t. salt
    • 3/4 t. cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup plain soy milk or almond milk or coconut milk
    • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
    • 2 cups mashed banana, from about 4 large very ripe bananas
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 2 T. maple syrup
    • 1 t. vanilla extract
    • Walnuts
PREPARATION

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a 9″x5″ loaf pan and set aside. Tip: Use two pans instead and divide the mixture in them. Toasts better, faster and thoroughly! 

2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugars, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the soy milk and cider vinegar and let stand for 2 minutes. Add the mashed banana, canola oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, whisking until well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until just combined (do not overmix!).

Fold in the walnuts if using and pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean. Allow the bread to cool on a wire cooling rack for 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe recreated from www.dairyfreecooking.com

3 BENEFITS OF PRACTICING YOGALATES OUTDOORS

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Outdoor Yogalates Bliss session by the pool at Fraser Suites Dubai

1) Practicing outside increases your skill and muscles for balance.

When we go through balance postures outdoors, we cannot turn to or rely on a bar, beam, wall to balance. We offer our students to “fix their gaze on a star, sunset or cloud” as we were in a pose, to help them develop their focus. Nothing is stable outside. While in Ardha Chandrasana, (Half Moon Pose) the gaze towards the moon is an amazing experience and really, there are no walls for solidity on the way up. Proprioception is mastered balancing outside, and helps improve your balance back at home.

2) Practicing outside helps develop inner strength and stability.

While often we desire to do our meditation and practice inside in a quiet and controlled “AC” environment, if it’s too cool, we turn the AC off….if it’s too loud, we close the door. Or, we crank up some tunes. None of this is possible outdoors. One learns to “welcome” the breeze and sound of birds while practicing on the terrace and while you might sweat during the hotter months, the external “natural elements” is a great, healthy distraction. But working hard is not determined by the amount of sweat one produces, that is a myth. Working hard is determined by the amount of focus one is able to apply to NOT let anything distract you. It’s quite a feat to gain strength when the outer elements are also part of the practice. When we can “welcome” those natural elements, we become stronger and more stable in all aspects of our life. There is less requiring things to be a certain way and more acceptance for things as they are at this moment.

3) Practicing outdoors aligns you with Nature.

It is just amazing for your skin, your glow, your respiratory system, your stress levels (cortisol) and connecting to the greatest of living things, our planet. For those of us who’ve been on a yoga retreat or simply enjoying the outdoors on holiday, you might never forget the amazing sunsets, surrounding nature, wildlife, gorgeous views of turquoise, green, blue ocean and white sands blending into each other, and the fresh feeling of being reconnected with nature’s finest.

Hence, just some of the reasons why we encourage any yogi to develop a meditation and practice outdoors especially being cooped up indoors the whole day. It is not only a benefit to ourselves, but a means of loving and appreciating our planet. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali explain that perfection in our practice is achieved when we are unaffected by the dualities. And trust us when we say, once you break into a sweat outdoors at Yogalates, it will only feel sweeter and welcoming throughout the session with the breeze cooling you down during savasana, under the stars, by the pool, overlooking the ocean on the horizon, on the 7th floor. Bliss!

Join us at Yogalates every Monday and Wednesday at 7:15 PM – book your first session online: www.yogalatesblissindubai.com

Spiralized Zucchini & Beetroot Rolls with a twist!

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Sushi rolls without the rice? It is totally doable when you are armed with a Gefu Spirelli, a large Zucchini and Shredded Beets. Less carbs, tons of crunch, heaps of flavor, iron rich and your sushi craving is satisfied. Got your sharp knife, bamboo mat and food ingredients ready?


Serving : 1 VERY hungry mouth.

Ingredients:
1 large spiralized Zucchini
2 generous handful of shredded beets (buy the pre-packaged shredded beets from Carrefour or Choitrams supermarket)
5 Nori Seaweed Sheets (Japanese Choice from Choitrams)
Tamari Sauce or Low Sodium Soy Sauce

To Dip Into:
Mix of low fat yogurt pot with tamari sauce, fresh ginger paste, teaspoon of wasabi paste and squirt of lemon zest. Get creative!

Directions:
Place a nori sheet ontop your bamboo mat and a handful of the spiralized zucchini + shredded beets on the nori sheet. Make sure to leave a good gap uncovered at top and bottom of the nori.

Moisten top edge of the nori with water then roll the bamboo mat tightly towards the moist edge to seal the roll.

Slowly remove the bamboo mat from the sushi roll.

Moisten a sharp knife and slice the rolls into generous mouthful-sized pieces and serve with the dip mix!

Brought to you by Noura El-Imam, www.yogalatesblissindubai.com


A Big Bowl of Light Zucchini Rice Salad!

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Craving a nice large bowl of rice without the carb-loaded-coma-induced effect that comes afterwards? Spiralizing a large yellow and green zucchini into “rice” nails the craving and tastes amazing. Not to mention, engulfing numerous amount of vitamins and minerals with every bite. If you are based in Dubai and would like to order a Gefu Spirelli – simply drop me an email {yogalatesdxb@gmail.com}. Now onto the fun stuff, inspired by Ali of Inspiralized!


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The Habits of Yogis in the Wild {Infographic by Yogatrail}

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In early 2015, YogaTrail ran a world yoga survey to get a better picture of the global yoga community. What are yogis around the world up to? What motivates them to go to class, where do people practice, and what role does yoga play in their lives? Well, many thousands of yogis have answered the call, and below are the results of the World Yoga Survey in a cool infographic format!