2016 Yoga Teacher Training Certifications in Dubai



If you’ve gotten hooked on yoga and have been practicing regularly, you may feel ignited to complete a yoga teacher training certification in Dubai or specialize in new yoga topics, widening your clientele base & sharpening your skills as a current yoga teacher.

Even if you do not plan on teaching, a great yoga instructor’s course and certification will deepen your practice and knowledge into a more confident and advanced practitioner while opening you to a refreshing new outlook in life. Our 2016 International Yoga Alliance Registered Trainings in Dubai are live on site and open for registration. Join us at our upcoming Yoga Teacher Training programs in Dubai:

Visit: www.yogalatesblissindubai.com | Email: info@yogalatesblissindubai.com 

Why we Love a Core Strength Yoga and Pilates Fusion Session in Dubai!



Yogalates Bliss in Dubai - Core Strength Yoga at Fraser Suites

Have you recently been feeling and complaining about nagging aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, arms, backs or legs? It is time to shift focus to the core muscles (the torso which extends from the base of the neck to the bottom of the spine and includes the abdomen and all the back and hip muscles). Underdeveloped and unbalanced muscle groups in one area of the body could very well mean having a weak core muscle. The core stabilizes and encases the vertebrae surrounding the spinal cord.

The nerves in both your arms and legs function best when you have a strong and stable core. Both the neck and the lower back are dependent on the core muscles to stabilize the spine so that all vertebral segments align with one another in a way that does NOT compress the nerves that pass through them.  When nerves are compressed, they can’t deliver full electrical impulses to muscles. And when that happens,  the muscles can’t work the way they should …weakness and pain are the result.

Yogalates (fusion of core work derived from Pilates and Yoga) enables your skeleton, muscles and joints to work together optimally, because only the core exercises offer the unique combination of strengthening, stretching , balancing and realigning that allows your body to withstand daily wear and tear while complementing your other activities and daily life movements. Plus, you’ll feel FABULOUS walking stronger, taller and more powerful from your deepest core!

Reading Source: The Core Program by Peggy Brill.

For more information and to book your first Yogalates session in Dubai, visit www.yogalatesblissindubai.com

Bert’s Cafe – *New* Grilled Tuna Steak with Beetroot, Wasabi & Chives Sauce



Stumbling across hidden cafes and restaurant gems in Dubai is always a pleasure and treasure to find. However, ones that keep a consistent, strong reputation when it comes to food quality, innovation, service and healthy based dishes, is a BIG plus. Berts Cafe in The Greens is one of them. This cosy contemporary French “neighbourhood” cafe is a favorite spot of mine where I regularly break-fast over perfectly poached eggs benedict or fluffy scrambled egg whites with vegetables – without the unnecessary added oil or butter. Today, I booked myself for a me-time-out dinner to try out their brand new healthy ‘evening’ menu with a side dish of crispy decadence, and I’m excited to share with you my culinary ‘healthy’ adventure!






Thankfully I was craving seafood. After spotting the new and deliciously sounding Grilled Tuna Steak with Beetroot, Wasabi and Chives Sauce, served with a side of Green Mixed Salad, I was sold. And after a long run, I decided to go a bit – ehm – wild and order a side dish of their new Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Mustard dip. 

Beautifully presented in 20 minutes with a GENEROUS side of mixed salad, I had to pause and soak in the visually stunning Grilled Tuna Steak with Beetroot, Wasabi and Chives Sauce along with surprise additions on the plate like crunchy asparagus spear heads and bean sprouts. One thing I’ve noticed in most cafes and restaurants is that they tend to use a lot of oil or butter to “enrich” the dish. Bert’s took it a whole new level with less grease, if not, barely any added oil. The play with flavors from the vegetables and drizzled sauce made for an excellent contrast with meaty tuna texture.


The tuna was grilled to perfection [comes out seared, but I asked for well-done]. It tasted fresh and not fishy – no pun intended. I would have loved more of a wasabi punch in the chive sauce but then again, that’s just my heightened tastebuds talking.



The sweet potato fries smelt absolutely heavenly and I couldn’t resist diving straight into them while they were still warm. The texture is perfectly balanced being chewy in the center and crispy, crunchy at the ends. And no, it did NOT drip in oil. Rather, they felt more oven baked than fried. The sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce was an excellent complement to the fries.


…. seriously….addictive….



Now I have to admit that the side of mixed green salad leaves took me by surprise the most. The portion was generous enough to have been a main meal on its own and I enjoyed the different types of salad “leaves” in there with cherry tomatoes, radishes and cucumbers. This wasn’t your typical sad iceberg lettuce “side salad” on a small plate with one cherry tomato nestled on top, drowned in oil as you see in several cafes and restaurants. Bert’s have certainly set the bar up high and it complemented the main dish perfectly with a dash of balsamic vinegar, which I have personally added. Love how simple it is to feel full by eating light, clean and more in volume without the unnecessary heavy calories. A generous portion of crisp salad is a great example.



Despite the generous portions, all the dishes were extremely light. Hence, I didn’t feel weighed down by hidden surprises like extra sodium and oil. Bert’s Cafe is an all over winner from Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner. They’ve nailed it as an excellent cosy dining eatery when you’re starving, looking for innovative salads that go beyond iceberg lettuce, healthy warm main meals that are carefully labeled with allergy / intolerance / low calorie signs and when you simply want to fuel up without that dreaded coma induced effect. The secret is officially out. Bert’s is a GEM in Dubai.


Check out their limited time offer on their evening menu [buy one get one free] by joining Bert’s Cafe facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/berts.dubai/

Blissfully yours,
Noura El-Imam of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai

Wake up 5-Minute Stretching Sequence by Noura of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai


If you woke up today feeling a bit rough, tight, stiff, around the neck / shoulders / lower back and hip area, check out this great morning Yoga stretching sequence I have put together for you – thanks to Good Magazine for publishing. All you need is a mat, a foam block (or light weight book/box) and closed doors….

Take 5 min , GOOD Magazine - Aug 2013-page-001