Heart Healthy Transformative Yogalates Testimonial in Dubai!


RESPECT. We absolutely LOVE it when our clients walk in and out of their Yogalates [Yoga and Pilates] Sessions in Dubai feeling transformed physically, mentally and energetically and a massive thanks to our movement specialist – Kim Danoher – for lighting up the positive flame in our client’s bodies and mind.
Kim and I have known each other for a while through Yogalates. I went to Kim this summer after finishing a 6 month programme of chemotherapy. My body was a mess! Examples included not being able to open a bottle, not being able to stand any longer than 20 minutes. Coping with an hours worth of pain across the my back after getting out of bed.

After 8 months of seeing Kim twice a week, I understand my body better than I ever have done which has not only allowed me to move without pain again but I have the strength to get into postures that I struggled with even before chemo and oh pregnancy!

Kim has patience, she was able to connect with me at time that I was very fragile but also gave me the push and confidence to help me get to where I am today. I cannot describe how integral she has been on my journey to restoration.

I have referred her to so many people who are in pain and I have every confidence that she can fix them. Although she is a yoga teacher, I think the skills, dedication and ‘inner geek’ in her makes sessions with Kim much more than Yoga. As you can probably tell, I have a lot to say about how fantastic Kim is!” Bridgett Lau Cooke



At Yogalates, we explore the layers of muscles that make up the core then work to build strength and tone in these muscles that translate into a fluid practice. Building greater core stability is the one thing everyone needs in order to progress in yoga from standing postures, side bends, balancing sequences, spinal twists, flexibility and chest opening exercises for a healthier breathing pattern and being able to move freely and expansively through everyday life!
Our sessions are friendly meaning, all levels and all walks of life are welcome. You’ll be offered modifications by Kim if a pose is new to you and advanced variations if you are a regular client.
We preach the outdoors and nature inspired activities at Bliss and invite you to be prepared to soak in plenty FRESH air and enjoy the sound of nature, sight of sunset, stars and the occasional full moon in all its glory.
However if it rains, we will take shelter in our cosy indoor studio [below]!

When is Yogalates?
Monday AND Wednesday

What to bring:
Yoga mat, water and your awesome self!

80Dhs for pay as you go – or – 600Dhs for a package of 10 sessions (valid for 3 months from date of purchase)
Please have the exact change ready in cash and payment is made on arrival.

*Yogalates takes place on the 7th floor, outdoor terrace overlooking the swimming pool.

*Showers/toilets are located on the same level as well as “Aqua Cafe” for coffee/tea/food if you wish to treat yourself afterwards or chill out on the 7th floor lounge area prior to your session.

{Attached is a map to Fraser Suites and exterior shots of the tower)

7:15 PM – 8:15 PM.
Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes to adjust your mat and settle in, peacefully!

Book online by visiting our Yogalates Sessions page over at: 

The Importance of Core Strength in a Yoga Practice!


Yogalates Core Strength

If you practice Yogalates at Fraser Suites, you might have heard our instructors stress on “engaging the core” in poses when flowing from chair pose to plank. And have you noticed how as soon as you engage your abdominals, it helps you balance and transition into poses more effectively? That’s your core muscles speaking!

Why is core strength important in yoga?
A strong core stabilizes your whole body, both on your yoga mat and daily life and errands. When you neglect to work your core, you increase risk of injury, mainly in the lower back. For example, in Chair Pose, it’s easy to sit into this pose and direct all your weight onto your glutes. Great work for your lower body however, when you pull your belly in towards your spine, this takes a little bit of weight out of your legs, prevents any chances of a lower back strain while stabilizing your deep core muscles. So now the work is balanced evenly across your abs, back and lower body for a total workout.  A strong core also enhances grace and stability during simple transitions from Warrior 2, to extended side angle, and back to reverse warrior. In addition, core strength is required for arm balances and inversions like crow pose, headstand or forearm stand.

Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga in Dubai with Clara Roberts

The importance of core strength OUTSIDE of yoga into your daily life…

Our sweet corporate lifestyle might not be too sweet to our back as chances are, you spend a large time sitting in front of a computer screen or being on foot all day. Sitting and standing for long hours puts a lot of strain on your lower back, since your lower back supports the large majority of your weight. When you have a strong core, it helps protect your body from the wear and tear of sitting and standing all day. It allows you to also move with more grace and fluidity when you’re walking up the stairs or twisting to grab a box.

Next time you’re at Yogalates or any Yoga session, try to activate about your core muscles during each pose, and within each transition. Feel how it transforms your experience. Then, continue to think about your core strength when you leave the class to walk to your car and throughout your daily life because chances are, you will stand taller, move more fluidly and keep your precious spine supple and strong!

Join us at Yogalates in Dubai every Monday and Wednesday at 7:15pm
Click HERE to book your first session online

Fire Fly Yoga Pose Nico Luce

And if you are currently practicing yoga or an active Yoga teacher looking to take your offerings from good to great, I highly recommend joining Clara and Nico’s 100hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai on September 16-28, 2016 

Building Powerful ‘Core Strength’ at Yogalates!



Yoga uses the power of the mind, body and spirit, with meditating, relaxing and flexibility being the main focus. In practicing Yoga, you move from one static pose to another, enhancing strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and mental clarity. Through developing a conscious awareness of the body, mind, breath and life force (prana), Yoga has the ability to be deeply relaxing and health enhancing.

Pilates, is a way to build strength in the postural muscles and prevent injury. Muscles that are too tight or too weak anywhere through the kinetic chain reflect a weak link in the system. Pilates can do wonders to help alleviate those nagging muscle asymmetries and improves strength, posture and coordination. In Pilates class, strengthening the core is the main objective. Each pose is combined with movements of the limbs, improving spinal flexibility, posture and alignment. Pilates is known globally as a system of muscular skeletal exercises that augment sporting activities, assist in injury rehabilitation and supports those with back problems through re-educating the body’s postural muscles to create a very safe and strong foundation for movement.

Although yoga and pilates have basic fundamental differences, they tend to complement each other, and that is where Yogalates comes in offering a middle ground, combining the best of both by fusing principles of core stability with the foundation of Yoga Therapy. It infuses a spiritual aspect that is the core of yoga class but not present in pilates class, yet concentrates on strengthening the core as in pilates class. While Yoga movements feel great for the body, the poses can be complex and challenging so we tune into Pilates for pelvic and spinal stability towards a healthier and safer practice. By fusing the best of both worlds, Yogalates supports the health of the human mind, body and spirit. Clients receive a double dose of core work as they transition in and out of poses.

A regular session of Yogalates will include Yoga and Pilates poses to build strength, stamina, stability and flexibility with strong emphasis on building tone in the deeper postural “core” muscles.

While Yoga and Pilates classes bring about great benefits individually, it is a great fusion that works your body from the inside out!

Venue: Fraser Suites tower located next to the GEMS Wellington School on Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai College / Media City.

Book your first session online at : http://www.yogalatesblissindubai.com


“I try to get outdoors as much as possible, whatever the time of year it is. Prior to heading out for Yogalates, I knew it would be blissful as promised. Yogalates is a powerful tool in my well-being kit and experiencing it in an outdoor setting makes it all the more beneficial.

Arriving without my yoga mat which I had forgotten at home, my worries soon left the building, so to speak. The atmosphere at Fraser Suites is one of friendly serenity, and the minute I arrived on the outdoor patio overlooking the pool I felt welcomed as always…the Yogalates Bliss experience I’ve come to expect from Noura and her fellow teachers was pretty obvious. I was immediately put at ease, ready to work my body and benefit from the group’s friendly energy of focus and equanimity. Our instructor took us on a flow of Pilates core-tightening moves which promote graceful movement, blended with the expanding, lengthening and strengthening benefits of yoga practice.

The cool breeze did nothing but intensify the experience. It was a kind of rush, and a rejuvenating high – you really do get the blissful outdoors experience!

Muscle-toning, stress-relieving, total body elongation and strengthening to its tiniest point, I will be back on the mat for more inspired movement, come rain or shine! This is a newly re-instituted gem in my feel-good arsenal – even more so because of the great people behind the service.
Thanks Yogalates Bliss!”- Heba Othman



Pleased to have whipped up just some of the benefits of Yoga & Pilates for you and why we preach fusing the best of both worlds at our weekly Yogalates sessions ~ enjoy our first and fresh new infographic! — at Noura’s Outdoor Yogalates in Dubai ~ Fusion of Yoga & Pilates





As two of the most popular modern workout regimens, yoga and pilates have quite interesting and varied pasts, one with a 5,000 year history in Southeast Asia, and the other a globe-trotting European-based practice. But how do they differ, compare, fare and complement one another?

Discover it all by visiting: http://greatist.com/fitness/greatist-debate-yoga-vs-pilates

Then find out how you can join us at Yogalates Bliss in Dubai to reap the benefits of Yogalates (fusing Yoga & Pilates) every Monday and Wednesday at 8:30am and 7:15pm, by visiting –> http://www.yogalatesblissindubai.com

Smokin, Toastin, Cinnamon Quinoa Granola!




Here is a delicious take on granola and perfect cool breakfast or healthy power treat for when the summer is slowly creeping up on us. I had white Quinoa sitting at home, old fashioned oats and slivered almonds, waiting to be turned into a delicious bowl of roasted – something. Armed with fresh honey and maple walnut chocolate, I decided to combine the best of both worlds and still have a MUCH lighter, healthier and less sweetened version of granola. Protein rich from Quinoa, this breakfast fit for a king & queen should keep your hunger pangs at bay and less sugar crash from a store-bought granola pack which is usually swimming in a lot of oil and sweeteners. Yes, we know how addictive they are but trust me when I say, this recipe will force you to padlock the remainder away once it comes straight out of the oven. Yes. True…onto that delicious recipe!

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Tossing between Yoga and Pilates? Try Yogalates – the fusion of the best of both!



Tossing between Yoga & Pilates? The two activities can actually help one another, Pilates’ focus on core strength can assist with yoga postures, while the stability & stretching emphasized in yoga can aid Pilates exercises. One of the reasons the combination ( Yogalates ) works well is that with yoga you’re doing a lot more with flexibility, balance & lower-extremity strength, yet with Pilates, the intense focus is on core strength (the collection of different muscles that stabilize the spine & pelvis and run the entire length of the torso).Reap the benefits with us every Monday and Wednesday at 8:30am (indoors) & 7:15pm (outdoors) held on the 7th floor at Fraser Suites Dubai! Book your first session online at : http://www.yogalatesblissindubai.com/yogalates-sessions-at-fraser-suites-dubai.php

9 Health Benefits of Pilates!


9 Benefits of Pilates Infographic

Pilates is a fantastic regime to incorporate into your weekly schedule as it improves your balance, core strength, stability and more. It’s a complete health and fitness system which strengthens both your body and your mind. In this healthy infographic, you can discover just some of the benefits.

Reap the rewards with us by joining Yogalates every Monday and Wednesday at 8:30am and 7:15pm up on the 7th floor of Fraser Suites Dubai. Your spine will love you for it! Simply visit http://www.yogalatesblissindubai.com and click on “Yogalates Sessions at Fraser Suites” – see you on the mat!

Releasing Anxiety & Stress with Yogalates in Dubai

Anxiety takes a toll on your body - give it a break and join us at Yogalates www.yogalatesblissindubai.com

Anxiety takes a toll on your body – give it a break and join us at Yogalates http://www.yogalatesblissindubai.com

Anxiety can be brutal. Sleepless nights, racing heart, cold sweats….beating traffic, rent to pay, family to feed. Even on a level that doesn’t get classified as a clinical condition, anxiety affects nearly everyone at one point or another. But what it does to your physical and mental health is more difficult to define, and may surprise many of you.

This infographic released by Huffington Post  explains just how devastating anxiety can be. The only way you can help others is to help yourself first – put yourself first. Give your body and mind a healthy break by joining us at Yogalates every Monday and Wednesday at 8:30am and 7:15pm. Trust us, your productivity will be ten times more efficient and the benefits reaped, extremely rewarding and therapeutic. Find out more by visiting our website at:  www.yogalatesblissindubai.com