The girl who makes our Saturdays beautiful

For those who are lucky enough to have included in their weekly routine some walks to Al Barsha Pond Park as I do, I’m sure you’ve seen a bunch of people twisting, stretching, bending, or as I like to say “dancing” in the sunset under the instructions of a lovely girl with the warm heart and smile.

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Me enjoying our Savasana pose

The “bunch of people” is me, my friends, families, men, women and everyone who got lucky enough to be informed that there’s a community yoga class in this beautiful location. Soon it’s gonna be also you and your friends.

Let’s now meet the “lovely girl with the warm heart and smile”: Her name is Lakshya, she’s Yoga Instructor, she is incredibly sweet, with a big love for Greece and she has a magical way to make you love yoga.

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  1. What does Lakshya Yoga stand for?

Lakshya yoga stands for the teachings of traditional Hatha yoga, from the heart. The name Lakshya was given to me by my Guru, meaning happiness as ones ultimate goal. So that goes well in line with all the teachings of yoga and yogic philosophies! Through the platform of Lakshya Yoga, I am here to provide support and guidance in all aspects of Yoga. Offering teachings from the heart that are based on the Vedic Tradition, and come along with Values, Yogic practice, the study of Sanskrit and the use of Mantras and chanting.

  1. What are your yoga classes like?

They are Hatha Yoga classes. We focus on breathing, warming up the body, sun salutations, and then holding various Asanas (postures) for a length of time. With the physical practice we stretch, strengthen and twist, to keep the body fully healthy and supple!

  1. What inspires you to give free community yoga classes in Barsha Park?

I truly believe that yoga is an amazing tool we have been gifted with for our overall wellbeing and it should be available to everyone, despite their backgrounds or financial status. It is a great honor to offer free community classes and give everyone an equal chance to come and practice. More than that, we break the barriers between social groups within Dubai as all kinds of people come together for this. It is so beautiful and precious, this is what I really feel is a “union”- the popular definition of yoga.

  1. What are your other passions?

I have a great passion for learning languages! I have studied Sanskrit for three years, which was an amazing base for studying the scriptures and other ancient texts from India. Nowadays I am also learning Hindi- for me such a useful tool considering 1/6 of the world’s population is Indian- and Greek, just out of my love for Greece.

  1. Where is home for you?

Tough question! I grew up in the Middle East, so in some form this is home for me. In terms of where my heart finds itself most relaxed i would definitely say India. It’s my spiritual home, as mother India always takes me in with open arms and nurtures me in many ways.

  1. What are your favorite travel destinations?

I love Greece. It’s such a beautiful country with a rich culture and history! It would be a dream come true to visit all the many islands there. I also love travelling in Asia, and India of course! My journeys are usually for destinations with rich culture and heritage, as those fascinate me.

  1. Tell us about your upcoming retreats in India!

These are going to be beautiful! We have two retreats, first one from 2-9July and second is from 9-14th of July. They will be in Kerala, which is a beautiful, luscious and green place. We offer daily yoga classes, ayurvedic massages, and the best (non spicy!) home cooked vegetarian meals! These retreats are so relaxing and rejuvenating, and truly a perfect escape from the hot desert-heat here in Dubai!

Thank you Lakshya for making our Saturdays more beautiful, thank you for creating this lovely community and for being there for us constantly smiling and motivating us to “push ourselves a bit further”. I’m glad I’ve met you and I’m part of this. Keep it up and soon we’ll fill Central Park as well!

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Introducing Excellency Center

Research showed that about 72% of computer users had neck pain at some point in their life. Guess what? I’m one of them! But I’m not worried anymore cause I’ve found the perfect specialists for that!

One hot Thursday life brought me to the heart of Dubai. I had the longest possible week but my treatment appointment with Excellency Center kept me going.

 

Conveniently located at the Old Town Island, the Center has been thoughtfully designed to convey the soothing, luxuriant feel of an ultra-modern cocoon. As soon as I walked in Excellency team made me feel so welcome. It took me some time to just admire the amazing interior and then a smiley face approached me asking me if I would like them to offer me something to drink and since there’s this big buzz in the city that they’re offering amazing Freddo Cappuccino, I went for this and I’m glad I did. 🙂

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After I had my one to one complimentary session with Dr. Vasilis Mitsis (Physical Medice and Rehabilitation Doctor), he assessed my condition and recommended a tailor-made treatment so we could comfort the postural fatigue coming from the long hours of computer use (buuusted!).

 

They prepared my private room and Mrs. Meropi Papakonstantinou (Physiotherapist Specialist) immediately made me feel that I was literally in good hands. Don’t expect me to remember the names of the machines, although she took the time to explain me every single detail on how they work and how exactly their use would benefit my body, all I know is that the session took more than an hour and the combination of the machines with her magic hands relaxed my muscles to the max.

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As all good things in life come to an end, so my Excellency Center experience did. Before that though Mrs. Meropi stayed with me and showed me step by step some exercises I should do every time I feel my neck heavy.

 

Excellency Center is Dubai’s latest addition to the physical therapy field. Founded by a group of owners that have a long background in the field, the center promises to fill a gap, combining a highly experienced physical therapy team of European specialists with a sleek, ultra-modern environment that is designed to convey the relaxing feeling of a cocoon. Pay them a visit and treat yourself with the ultimate gift to a painless life.

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Excellency Center is an exclusive, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation center that focuses on healing physical pain and conditions that impair our quality of life. Using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest, most advanced therapeutic methods, our highly trained staff of European specialists will assess your condition to provide a course of treatment that is tailored to your personal needs.

Their goal is not only to achieve physical rehabilitation by treating existing conditions, but also to prevent future ones from occurring by helping you understand how everyday movements affect our bodies and the impact they have on our health.

 

They Aim To Help You To:

  • Understand the root cause of pain and/or disability and find effective methods to minimize pain with the intention of eliminating it, so that your overall quality of life is improved and you can go back to performing daily tasks.
  • Ease pain and improve function through technologically advanced physical techniques and treatments.
  • Remove obstacles to movement and educate you on how to move safely around your environment.

 

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Al Saaha, Block D, W 406, Old Town Islands, Burj Khalifa, Dubai

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Playing Golf whilst feeding Fish

Last Thursday I had the chance to start my day right in front of the beach, playing golf whilst protecting the environment thanks to Sofitel The Palm.

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Sofitel The Palm, known for its “green” initiatives, is bypassing the conventional grass driving range and looking ahead towards the Arabian Gulf. The luxury resort has launched a new golf experience where the ocean becomes the driving range with yard markers placed in the water so that golfers can mark their progress.

But never fear, as the bay won’t fill up with thousands of golf balls, instead the Ecobioballs are the first and only golf ball in the world which dissolves into fish food. As soon as it is submerged in the water, the internal core that comprises of fish food gets released into the water.

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This new golfing experience adds to the numerous resort recreational activities for hotel guests, local residents and team building events, all while enjoying an environmentally affable sport. The hotel utilises this exciting green activity to entertain its guests with fun and environmentally conscious competitions and challenges such as hole-in-one contests.

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Recreation Manager, Eugene Swart explains more: “The Ocean is the perfect expanse in which to drive golf balls, and supports our living values of environmental sustainability through Ecobioballs. So while you’re enjoying a challenging game of golf, you are also providing food for our local marine life. Even if you’re not a golfer or the next US Masters champion, you can still enjoy a fun game of golf by the beach.”

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Sofitel The Palm, nestled within the tranquil groves of the Palm Jumeirah and set amidst an idyllic Polynesian setting gives guests a unique experience. Guests also get to interact with some of the eco-friendly initiatives such as the live green wall. Organically framing the resort, a lush green and vibrant environment of stunning vertical gardens offer guests a constant green reminder during their stay.

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Giving a sport a new more environmentally friendly dimension, with a great view of Dubai Marina’s skyline, with the guidelines of Sofitel’s friendly staff? We say yes!

PS: I would really like to thank Adam for his patience to teach me, as I was the only …cat in the group and it took me a bit longer to learn how to hold the golf stick (which apparently has a different word to describe it and I don’t remember it)! Hopefully next time I’ll visit you I’ll be able to use it as well! hehe

Pleasure to meet my co-players Hydar (MyDubaiMyCity) , Fadi (Aventurati Nomad Blog), Sofiane Morouce (Le Chameau Fute) and Paul (UAE Golf Online)

Sofitel The Palm, keep up and the “green” initiatives and the great work! See you soon!

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Prices range from AED30 for 3 balls to AED650 for every 100 balls. Teens will enjoy a 20% discount.

For reservations please call: +971 4 455 5437

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Medley Restaurant – The ideal Ramadan experience for everyone.

Indulge your Palate this Ramadan at Medley Restaurant

Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre is ready to nourish you and your loved ones with a variety of offers to enjoy this Holy month of Ramadan.

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Last night it opened its doors and invited us to enjoy first the new Iftar menu prepared by Executive Chef Andreas and Chef Mama. With its mouth-watering buffet and best family- friendly setting in town, Medley is the ideal place of choice to experience the true spirit of the month.

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Highlights of the night: The pan-Arabian delights, traditional sweets and savoury delicacies corner, the soft lighting and music and the Henna artists putting us more in the Moroccan mood!

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Thanks Medley Restaurant and Pullman Dubai Deira City Center.

See you soon.

Iftar at Medley Restaurant:

The delicacies of Medley restaurant come alive for Ramadan as you discover a vast selection of pan-Arabian delights with a Moroccan twist, seasoned to perfection.

 Time: 7:00pm-11:00mp

  • Individual:

AED 115 per person (when booked before June 5)

  • Children:

AED 70 kids between the ages of 6 to 12 years old

Free for kids below 6 years old

  • Groups of 10 people or more:

AED 135 per person (for 10 to 20 guests)

AED 125 per person (for 20 to 50 guests)

AED 115 per person (for 50 guests or more)


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World’s Biggest Apple store coming to Dubai

Apple’s first store in the Middle East will be located at Mall of the Emirates and it will be the world’s largest retail store of the iPhone maker, sources have confirmed to Khaleej Times.

The store is under construction and it is expected to open doors to Apple fans in August 2015. The estimated 50,000-sq foot store is close to the new Fashion District in the mall with the main entrance most probably from level 2.

Earlier this year, Apple opened its regional headquarters in Emaar Square in Dubai.

Abu Dhabi’s newly opened Yas Mall is likely to host the second Apple store in the UAE.

We can’t wait!

In the meantime take a look at the world’s most beautiful Apple Stores.

Pudong, Shangai, China
Pudong, Shangai, China
Grand Central, NY
Grand Central, NY
5th Avenue, New York
5th Avenue, New York
Boston
Boston
Paris
Paris
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Covent Garden, London
Covent Garden, London
Westlake
Westlake
Montreal
Montreal
Manhasset, Long Island
Manhasset, Long Island
Amsterdam
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Coolest Job in the World or What? Meet Jetman

“We mark a new milestone in the chapter of human flight.”

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Join Jetman Yves Rossy and his protege, Jetman Vince Reffet as they explore the limits in the city of dreams.

Yves Rossy, better known as ‘JetMan’, has flew over the Grand Canyon and now, his latest video sees him soar over Dubai with Vince Reffet acting like his Iron Patriot.

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The footage shows the two daredevils jump out of a plane and then quite literally fly across the sky using the incredible technology.

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After that, Skydive seems so boring…

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Breathing Life into the City – Rooftop Yoga

A trial rooftop yoga session was held last Saturday at the Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road.

Participants were able to “power up their weekend” with an hour-long ‘Vinyasa’ yoga on thr 43 floors above the busy Sheikh Zayed Road while soaking up breathtaking views of Dubai’s skyline.

“This vinyasa yoga session, set against the stunning view of Dubai, represents breathing life into the city” said general manager Erik Vedsegaard.

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“This particular rooftop yoga session was a one-off event before summer kicks in. Given the incredible response we have received so far, we will be making this a regular feature and will resume in August/September. Relevant details related to the sessions will be shared over the summer,” Mr Vedsegaard added.

The session was organised by Australian expat, Stephanie Mulet who has been practicing yoga for more than 12 years.

It’s an interesting idea and I reassure you i’ll keep you posted.

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