Pregnancy Yoga TT in Dubai


Expand your career options while guiding moms through their exciting new journey and preparing them physically and mentally, for a healthy and powerful transition of childbirth.

This 85 Hour Yoga Alliance (US & UK) certified course covers Pregnancy, Post-natal and Mother and Baby Yoga and is grounded in sound anatomy and physiology, appropriate anatomy, asana, pranayama, mudra and relaxation. Yoga and methods developed from Pilates and gentle exercise rehabilitation, to assist post-natal recovery is also discussed, taught and practiced before moving on to our Mother and Baby Yoga module. The course finishes with a talk on how to set up your business including tips on using social media and how to organise classes and keep client referrals at an optimum level. ~ Sally Parkes Yoga

Sally has been teaching health and fitness since 1998 and has studied and taught pregnancy and post-natal yoga extensively since 2007. Her style of yoga is from the lineage taught by guru Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, a leader in the field of women’s well-being, whilst also weaving an element of exercise physiology, Pilates and movement methods gained from her studies in exercise rehabilitation in to her teaching. Now a mother of two lively little girls, Sally continues her studies and has trained as a doula with Michel O’Dent and with Jennifer Walker of Spinning Babies, and has penned many articles for major publications. Also the author of The Student’s Guide to Yoga Anatomy and teacher on Sally is now a certified Experienced and Senior Yoga Teacher and teacher trainer, who is known for her humour, warmth and all inclusive presentations. She specialises in delivering solid and thorough pregnancy and post-natal yoga teacher training’s in the UK, over 6 trainings in Dubai and internationally across Spain and Greece. 

Sally’s numerous articles published in Yoga Journal, Om Yoga and more can be found by clicking – here

TOPICS | Your 85hr Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training will include:

Yoga related movements for all the trimesters to stretch and strengthen the physical body and help alleviate common conditions of pregnancy.
Mula bandha – the importance of a healthy pelvic floor and the correct alignment of the pelvis during pregnancy and the post-natal period.
Energetics; How a dysfunctional pelvic floor relates to and affects the root chakra.
Appropriate relaxation, pranayama, visualizations and meditation.
The spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth.
Working with an exercise ball or chair for both pregnancy and in preparation for labour.
Positions for optimal foetal positioning.
Birth and labour – description of a `normal’ birth using both anatomical images and a dummy baby and model of the pelvis. We also cover birth using induction, intervention, and caesarean section.
Post-natal recovery including exercises and breath work following caesarean section.
Yoga and pilates related movements for the post-natal period to stretch and strengthen the physical body and help alleviate common conditions of a post-natal woman including postural changes such as upper and low crossed syndrome.
How simple breath work and deep relaxation can help heal a women mentally, physically and emotionally.
Basic nutrition for new mums to aid post-natal recovery.
Mother and baby yoga – How to plan and facilitate a class.
How to start your business as a pre and post-natal yoga teacher.

This course teaches you to deliver classes and one to one lessons that are:
Safe, effective and functional
An even blend of the yoga system


You will finish the training course with the skills to:
You will be able to teach a Pregnancy Yoga class, a Post-Natal Yoga class and a Mother and Baby Yoga Class.
Teach a well-rounded yoga class that honours a woman’s mind and body at this special and sacred time.
Adapt your general classes for any pregnant ladies who also attend.
Integrate yoga props and small equipment into your classes and one to ones to make them more bespoke.
Adapt the class for those with injuries and/or common ailments such as lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, low/high blood pressure and fatigue.
Have a clear understanding of why it is important to incorporate all elements of yoga into a class.
Have the knowledge of what actually happens to the body during pregnancy and birth.

T​his 7 day pregnancy yoga teacher training is open to Yoga​ and Pilates students and teachers with a minimum of 1 year consistent practice.

Together we hold a clear open, welcoming space on November 17-23, 2017 for a superb training experience! 

To register while spaces are still available and take advantage of the ongoing early bird rate of 5,800 AED before the deadline expires on September 10th, please complete the submission form or email us directly at

How to Strengthen our Alignment Cues in Yoga For a Fluid Practice | 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training by Kreg Weiss in February 2017, Dubai


Dubai 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in February 2017 by Kreg Weiss



It is essential to build anything in life, first, from a steady and sound foundation. In the case of yoga, this foundation frequently is established from the functional points of contact with the earth (ie our hands, feet, pelvis etc). As we journey further into these poses, it can be easy to lose attention to those essential foundations. Even more common is for these foundations to dissipate and be sacrificed at the expense of aligning or increasing depth in the pose further up in the chain of joints.

It is standard in many teacher trainings to have a formatted series of ‘alignment’ cues that are applied in a generalized manner with assumptions that everyone aligns in the same fashion and, therefore, will benefit from those same cues. Besides lacking the appreciation that we are structurally different and require a vast array of options in which to align in the same pose, another key aspect often not addressed is the interconnectivity of the body. As Bernie Clarke describes in his book ‘Your Body, Your Yoga’, the vast interconnection of fascia and other tissues in essence makes us comprised of one bone, one muscle etc. The premise is that all of our tissues are united and, when we manipulate one joint, this aligning cascades throughout the entire body. To simply adjust and focus on a single joint (just because it is a standard way of doing a pose) and not take note of the relationship (cause and effect) it has through the rest of body is highly limiting both on the physical practice, but also on the more subtle practices within yoga.


A lack of attention to this interconnectivity can also be contraindicating (especially where we could do more harm than good when attempting to align a pose that appears to be potentially damaging). Example: a common misalignment in Warrior 2 pose is having the forward knee tracking inwards. The primary hazard is the unbalanced tension occurring from the four quadriceps that act on the knee cap (patella). The patella is essentially being ‘dragged’ into the lateral aspect of the femoral groove (a groove at the end of the thigh bone) by the outer quadriceps (vastus lateralis muscle). Over time, repeated drag in this manner can cause degradation of cartilage and cause inflammatory symptoms.

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Therefore, the cue is to move the knee back over the center of the ankle and restore better tension balance of the four quadriceps on the knee cap. Question is: why did the knee track inwards in the first place (FYI – there could be many reasons why)? What if the reason the knee was tracking inwards was because the medial (inner) arch of the forward foot was collapsed? This would pull the ankle into pronation. The kinetic chain effect could lead to the shin bones and knee being pulled in medially (inwards). Simply moving the knee laterally back over the ankle would likely NOT correct the foundation problems and misalignment stemming from the foot. And very likely, without correcting the fallen medial arch, the ankle would undergo even more distortion (more pronounced pronation) as the knee moves laterally. For the sake of aligning the knee, the ankle and foot could then suffer. If we, instead, started with adjusting the foundation of the foot and ankle, it could readily translate into a more functional and automatic realigning of the knee.


Everything is interconnected. As we attempt to adjust, we benefit to ask ourselves what is the whole relationship involved. As the adjustment occurs, we again ask ourselves what is the cascading effect that has occurred and did the whole body benefit from this action. And within all these alignment explorations, always circle back to the foundations of the pose. Are we starting off well and appropriate in our unique foundation and are they being properly sustained as we journey throughout the rest of the body?

As part of our functional yoga anatomy and sequencing explorations, the 100 Hr Integrative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in February by Senior Hatha Yoga Teacher, Anatomy expert & Kinesiologist Kreg Weiss from Canada, will apply these foundational and alignment principles and how to create multiple Hatha Yoga sequences with a solid and safe base to transition into a more fluid and injury-free flow.

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GroovyKids Yoga Teacher Training – Skills for Life!



GroovyKids Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai, October 7-8, 2016.

From an early-age, children are sometimes pressured into being told they are great at sports and others great in academics. But every kid regardless of their innate skills, can benefit from the non-competitive spirit of Yoga which cultivates their focus, concentration, happiness, confidence and deep relaxing breathing techniques which then enables them to perform better with less anxiousness towards their upcoming academic test or sports. While any movement is great movement, Yoga teaches kids how to “love” others by loving themselves first and in turn, makes for a calmer, more confident and happy household!

If you’d like to spread the incredible healing benefits of Yoga to kids, join Greville Henwood, founder of GroovyKids Yoga Teacher’s Training program on October 7-8 in Dubai. This program is designed to educate, inspire and enlighten teachers, parents and anyone else who wants to introduce Kids to the joys and benefits of Yoga. Its primary focus is MOVEMENT which leads children to LEARN and GROW. Science has shown that movement is the prime component in our brains and developing organs.

This weekend training is ideal for beginning teachers, parents or yogis who would love to be part of kids transformation and how to tailor classes to children of different ages, as well as partner yoga work, breath techniques and the actual content of the class-time.

Open to anyone who has a passion in both Yoga and Kids.

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With a yoga teacher for a mother, Ashleigh Sergeant based in Lake Tahoe (California), began her dedicated exploration of yoga at an early age in pursuit of healing a spine condition from birth. Now, living free from pain, Ashleigh is dedicated to sharing the healing power of yoga. She is the Global Yoga Trainer for adidas, was honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor in the world and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. Ashleigh is the co-director of Danyasa Yoga Arts Trainings in Costa Rica, a presenter at the Wanderlust Festival, regularly films online yoga classes with My Yoga Online and Grokker Inc., and has contributed to Mind Body Green, Latin Women’s Health and German Yoga Journal. Ashleigh strives to make the profound teachings of yoga appealing to as many people as possible and is known for her clear, concise and extremely accessible teaching style.

Inspired by mom’s Power Yoga influences, her first teachers included Bryan Kest and Baron Baptist. Ashleigh received her first 200-HR teaching certification at the Himalayan Institute with a strong influence from Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga. Throughout 2008 Ashleigh traveled with and assisted John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, which empowered her exponential growth and greatly expanded her knowledge of biomechanics and yoga therapy. After completing multiple Anusara Teacher and Therapeutic Trainings with John, Ashleigh now brings thousands of hours of global study to her teaching.

On the global circuit with adidas, Ashleigh works side by side with some of the top performance coaches in the world and regularly expands her knowledge of how to incorporate yoga into the mainstream world of athletics, health and fitness. Ashleigh’s strong focus on the therapeutic application of yoga has made her a much sought after asset in the performance world. Ashleigh has worked with numerous professional athletes and coaches in China, Europe and the US. Ashleigh regularly leads teacher trainings and large scale classes in Europe, Asia and South America.

She is now and finally excited to bring her 4 Day Yoga Therapeutics Intensive Training to Dubai on October 2nd -5th, 2014!


Change Your Body, Free Your Mind. An Introduction to Dubai PranaVayu Yoga Teacher Training in August with David Magone!


The highly acclaimed 200hr Pranavayu Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training led by number #1 rated Yoga Expert Teacher in Boston, will be jet-setting to Dubai’s sandy shores in August 2014 . I’m ever so stoked to host such a high caliber training to you and watch our participants study, practice, learn and teach hours of Yoga en-route to becoming fully certified Yoga Teachers under the guidance and expertise of David.

200hr Pranavayu Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with David Magone |

200hr Pranavayu Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with David Magone |


So what is the “PRANAVAYU” method you might ask? Here David Magone summarizes his program in a nutshell:

While yoga is at its essence a spiritual practice, the discipline also includes an undeniable physical component. Because of this, I have aimed to make physical transformation more effective by applying scientific principles to the practice of PranaVayu Yoga.  The reason I have chosen to do this, is that not integrating safe body positioning, intelligent practice planning, and the need for rest and recovery into physical practices has been shown to actually diminish physical performance!  In my experience, this is as true with yoga as it is with any other physical discipline – practicing without structure increases the likelihood of injury, makes postures more difficult to accomplish and can even lead to practice plateaus which oftentimes diminish overall motivation for continued practice.

That being said, it’s also important to recognize that the physical components of the practice are only one small part of what is required to truly grow through yoga.  This idea is nothing new.  To my knowledge, there has never been a single ancient yoga system that focused exclusively on asana practice as part of their mind/body transformation approach.  For thousands of years, yogis from various traditions have recognized that physical postures can be used to increase health and vitality.  However, most of these systems also integrated additional meditative practices for the eradication of destructive emotional qualities such as anger or fear and the cultivation of positive emotional qualities such as love, compassion or a greater sense of empathy.

I fully concur with these practitioners!  While a deeper yoga pose can be wonderful to experience, the ability to do a crazy yoga posture doesn’t help too much when you lose a loved one or find yourself dealing with a difficult situation at work.   While physical practices can be used to release and process the physical effects of these experiences, the asanas themselves aren’t too terribly useful when you’re in the middle of some challenging experience.  If you don’t believe this, try it out for yourself.  The next time somebody gets up in your grill, try breaking out warrior II pose and see how far it gets you!   Because of this, I strongly believe that if we wish to use yoga to remain happy, healthy and open through the unpredictable vicissitudes of life, something more is needed than asana practice.

And so, to provide our students with a more complete set of working tools with which to meet life’s many changes and challenges, I have integrated lessons from traditional yogic philosophy, exercise science and meditation into the structure of every PranaVayu class.  Typically, our base level classes always begin with a short philosophical teaching and traditional guided breathing practices (pranayama).  The class then integrates a full warm-up and cool-down cycle designed to enhance flexibility and muscle recovery, seven short sequences of postures strategically designed to focus on all important ranges of motion. Additionally, as research has shown that 12 minutes are required to engage a true relaxation response, every PranaVayu class includes a minimum of 15 minutes of guided meditation in savasana.

Finally, because only a small fraction of our time is actually spent on the mat, I have also chosen to integrate additional practice methods into our overall training approach.  These methods give us a concrete set of tools to help us take our yoga off of the mat and into the world.  Developed under the guidance of Harvard University Chaplain Khenpo Migmar Tseten, this system gives our students the philosophical and meditative grounding necessary to make the world a better place through the conscious cultivation of  generosity, discipline, patience, effort, meditation, and wisdom in our daily lives and actions.

 For full details and registration towards our upcoming 200hr Dubai Pranavayu Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in August 2014, please visit:  or email :

Pranavayu Yoga Teacher Training with David Magone

Pranavayu Yoga Teacher Training with David Magone


Yogalates Bliss Featured On Cloud Zen

Noura El-Imam in Side Angle Yoga Pose. Clothes by Carrot, Banana and Peach.

Noura El-Imam in Side Angle Yoga Pose. Clothes by Carrot, Banana and Peach.

Delighted to share with you my short’n’very sweet interview with On Cloud Zen about my transition from the corporate path to my passion in yoga and launching Yogalates Bliss in Dubai :

The yogi: Noura El-Iman

The location: The desert in Dubai

The pose: Side Angle (Parsvakonasana)

The benefits: This variation of Parsvakonasana is a brilliant posture to do first thing in the morning. It’s an energy-inducing pose that sculpts and tones the body, helping us to connect with the earth. If you’re feeling slightly confused or lacking in routine, this side angle pose helps to remind you to retain a down-to-earth attitude and work on breaking down your ego. It also acts as a reminder to live life with an open heart and spirit.

About the yogi: Noura is the founder of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai and started her own yoga journey eight years ago. “I loved how yoga balanced my weight training and rock climbing,” explains Noura. “The release of tight muscles and the nervous system calming down, that ‘internal massage sensation’ you get after a session. So I started teaching yoga before jetting off to a yoga and surf retreat in Bali. We all arrived with excess baggage left feeling so much lighter and freer and after that experience I gained a much sharper perspective of what I wanted to do in life. Bali left a profound effect on me and helped to catapult me into running my own yoga and pilates business.” Noura, who is a brand ambassador for the organic yoga clothes line, Carrot, Banana & Peach also loves horse-riding, swimming and travelling. “My dream travel destination is Iceland due to its jaw-droppingly surreal scenery; the dormant volcanoes, glacial streams and geothermal springs. Oh and fingers crossed, I bump into Bjork in Reykjavik!” Noura finds her own sense of Zen by getting creative with new cooking recipes and taking midnight strolls when everyone else is asleep.

For information on teaching training courses at Yogalates Bliss click here