Bollywood's Malaika Arora leads mass yoga session at XYoga Dubai - in pictures

Yogi superstars and Dubai public join for first day of festival at Kite Beach

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XYoga Dubai kicked off with a mass session led by Bollywood actress Malaika Arora and yoga mega-star Yogi Cameron.

Organisers expect about 10,000 yogis to take part in the event held at Kite Beach over the weekend.

Ms Arora and Mr Cameron are two of eight international instructors leading sessions in Dubai.

Thirty-five UAE-based instructors will also help deliver 60 programmes to participants across five distinct zones: a main stage for sessions of up to 1000 people, two yoga pods, a natural-oasis themed studio by Reebok and a dedicated Kids’ Area.

Other renown yogis appearing at the festival include:

Teresa Kay Aba-Kennedy, who will lead sessions that include Breath and Burn as well as Blissful Vibration

Healthy living blogger and author of Namaslay, Candace Cabrera Moore, who is confirmed to lead a Deep Core Strength class as well as a Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation session.

Indonesian TV-star turned yogi, Anjasmara is confirmed to lead both Vinyasa of a Grateful Heart and Candi Dasa Nectar Flow sessions

Strength and mobility yogi, Daniel Morganwill impart his knowledge through a Hands As Feet session as well as a Twist out the Tension class.

Chocolate Yoga instructor, Sjha'ra Taylor is also confirmed to deliver her signature Chocolate Yoga class.