Turn off your worries and tune in to a guided meditation class, as these wellness centres and yoga studios across the UAE are offering soothing online and live-streamed sessions almost every night of the week amid the coronavirus crisis.
Every Tuesday at 9pm, Fitness First Middle East uploads a new meditation class to its YouTube, Instagram and Facebook pages. The 15 to 30-minute sessions incorporate a soothing narration of breathing techniques that are designed to alleviate stress, improve focus and encourage self-kindness. Check out the YouTube channel here.
This alternative therapy centre in Dubai is running a range of online meditation sessions at the moment, from morning gratitude to mindfulness and even past life regression. They're run by qualified instructors and last about an hour each. Prices start from Dh30. View the schedule here.
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This newly launched Facebook group offers daily live sessions on all sorts of topics, from nutrition and children's fitness to meditation. For example, Kate Sheikh, the co-founder of Soul Space, is running a 20-minute meditation session on Thursday. Join the group, which already has almost 500 members, and get access to all the latest content.
The popular Dubai wellness and yoga hub, formerly known as Life 'n One, is gearing up its virtual platform to host a whole range of yoga and meditation sessions. In particular, various instructors are offering a range of sound healing meditations using Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs. Keep an eye on the website for more details.
Illuminations well-being centre, which has branches in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has all sorts of free and paid-for classes on offer. For example, there are complimentary meditation sessions designed to boost your immunity, delve into past lives and generally find the calm within. These take place throughout the week, alongside practitioner workshops and training courses. Check out the online schedule here.
Every week, this Dubai yoga studio uploads a new schedule and it tends to include at least a couple of meditation sessions led by instructor Neesha. These take place in the afternoon or evenings via Zoom and last for an hour. They're open to all levels, from beginners to advanced, and the studio is offering its online classes for Dh45 per session. Packages of five (Dh210) and 10 (Dh400) are also available. Check out the schedule here.
Jivamukti yoga instructor Dina Ghandour, who is based in Dubai, offers a weekly 30-minute meditation session on Tuesday for $6 (Dh22). These are done live via Zoom and can be booked on her scheduling website.
There are a couple of different types of meditation sessions on offer at this Dubai yoga studio's online portal. Firstly, Neesha Radia leads a relaxing breathing and meditation session that promises to calm the mind. This one lasts an hour. Alternatively, Zeid Bataineh hosts a 90-minute moving meditation session that incorporates traditional tantra yoga. These are done via Zoom and cost Dh40 for a single session. There are five and 10-class packages available, too, for Dh35 and Dh30 per class respectively. Check out the online schedule here.
Abu Dhabi's The Studio is also offering online sessions live via Zoom, with prices starting from Dh35. You could opt for a meditation class with a gentle Yin Yoga sequence incorporated into it, or try a session that also promises to facilitate detox. The class schedule is posted here every week.
The Dubai studio is currently offering only about one meditation session a week online, but there are different options to tune in to. This week, Fatima Garcia is hosting a one-hour sound meditation on Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm, whereas next Wednesday, there's a Yoga Nidra session by Benedicte Alice Kapur. The latter class is also referred to as "yogic sleep" and aims to aid emotional and physical healing as you fall into a state somewhere between sleep and consciousness. Check out the online schedule here.