This year’s edition features an illustrious line-up of local and international yogis including Laura Sykora, who has grown a global following of over 1 million followers with her photogenic inversions and handstands; global yoga warrior Janet Stone; Garth Hewitt, the creator of the Shiva Yoga® system; best-selling author and celebrated mind and body wellness expert Davidji and popular Indian yogi and trainer-to-the-stars Deepika Mehta.
In addition to the international contingent, the UAE’s most popular yoga shalas and formidable yogis will also be leading a variety of holistic and signature sessions at the festival. Practitioners can sign up for sessions hosted by leading studios including Nilaya House, Urban Yoga, Yoga House, Yoga Ashram, Dryp, Lotus Holistic Yoga Center and Voyoga.
With the full programme to be revealed in due course, avid as well as amateur yoga practitioners of all ages can immerse themselves in classes of all intensities, from tranquil meditation sessions to gravity-defying acroyoga. New styles to be introduced this year include Iyengar yoga, partner yoga, Hula Hoop yoga, Bollywood dance, Tai Chi, acroyoga and yogalates. Some of last year’s most popular styles, including sri sri yoga, yin yoga, clinical yoga, therapeutic yoga and art therapy yoga will also be part of the programme. In the lead-up to the main festival events, XDubai and Dubai Holding will also be organising warm-up sessions around the city, the first of which will take place on December 21st, 5:00pm at the Ripe Market at Police Academy Park. Led by Ragini Nagu from Kintsugi Studio, the Hula Hoop session will be flow and rhythm-based.
The latest edition of the festival will also carry on the tradition of the last two iterations and open with a complimentary mass yoga session for 2,000 yogis on Friday, 1 February 2019 at 8:00am.
The mass session will open what will be two days of complimentary classes, workshops, talks and performances in the festival village. In addition to the three stages – the Dubai Holding stage, which will be the venue for classes holding up to 400 attendees, as well as two side stages accommodating up to 150 yogis each – the festival village will also feature popular local venture Ripe Market. The market will be home to an array of retail activations by home-grown and international specialist yoga brands, an array of nutrition focused outlets offering healthy and organic options as well as artisanal products by local entrepreneurs.
Thanks to a robust partnership between global investment holding company Dubai Holding and action sports brand XDubai, the XYoga Dubai Festival is part of an annual roster of events that encourages Dubai residents and visitors to defy their limits through health and fitness. Since its inception in Feb 2016, the XYoga Dubai Festival has brought together the local and international yoga communities at its inaugural event as well as its 2018 event, attracting internationally renowned yogis such as Sjha’ra Taylor, the founder of Chocolate Yoga; Candace Cabrera Moore, the founder of YogaByCandace® and Yogi Cameron, one of the most celebrated Ayurvedic and Yogic practitioners in the world. The previous editions also saw Indian celebrities Shilpa Shetty and Malaika Arora participate in and lead the opening sessions.
Amit Kaushal, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, said: “We are proud to partner with XDubai to bring this landmark event back to the Emirate. Our support for the XYoga Dubai Festival, an event which has become a definitive part of the annual calendar, is a testament to our commitment to encourage our communities to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. In line with the numerous sports activities Dubai Holding supports, such as cycling, swimming and Spartan, we look forward to bringing together over 15,000 yoga practitioners from our communities and the general public to this exciting event.”
“This city, and this region, has time and again proven its love for the practice of yoga. There is a genuine appetite amongst visitors and residents to come together, teach and learn, connect and disconnect, meditate and express through the several styles of yogic practice. With the variety it offers, XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding, gives yogis of all levels the tools to defy their limits and get inspired and evolve as yogis,” said Mohammed Javad, General Manager of XDubai. “With our enviable roster of visiting and homegrown yogis, we are looking forward to another transformative festival at Kite Beach again this year.”
The upcoming edition of the XYoga Dubai Festival, organised by XDubai and presented by Dubai Holding, follows the extremely popular and successful launch which took place in February 2016 in Downtown Dubai. XDubai’s first two editions attracted thousands of Dubai residents and visitors representing over 50 nationalities. The two-day holistic yoga festival was designed to both introduce yoga to new audiences and provide a platform for experienced yogis to practice the discipline amongst friends and family and in new and unique ways.
XYoga Dubai, presented by Dubai Holding, will be open to the public to attend. To register for a complimentary class, please visit: xyogadubai.com.