This week in health news: three big launches in the capital, as Abu Dhabi gets its own YogaFest, Adidas Runners club and the ClassPass app.
YogaFest Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is finally getting its own YogaFest, courtesy of long-time local yoga teachers Sasha Quince and Neli Morris. The event will run on Saturday, March 23, from 10am to 6pm in partnership with The Ripe Market in Umm al Emarat Park. Apart from the main stage there are healing and learning tents, as well as a space for children. The event is free but prior registration is required. In addition to yoga, reiki and meditation, there are workshops on a variety of subjects, including personal nutrition, functional medicine, improving posture and feng shui.
adidas Runners Abu Dhabi
The first Adidas Runners club is launching in the capital, and to mark the occasion, the crew’s captain, Lee Ryan, is tackling a rare challenge. Ryan, who has run 29 marathons and 56 half-marathons in his career, will make his way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in a journey estimated to take about 12 hours. The 98-kilometer run will start at 6pm today (Thursday, March 21), when Ryan will leave Dubai, and wrap up Friday morning at Abu Dhabi Corniche family park. He is scheduled to arrive around 6am, with runners in the Adidas community joining him for the last 10 kilometers.
ClassPass Abu Dhabi
ClassPass, the credit based app that provides access to various fitness classes, launches in Abu Dhabi this week. Through the app, users can purchase credits that to attend a cross-section of fitness classes across the city, including pilates, strength training, barre and dance. Among the participating facilities are Fitness First, Vogue Fitness, Bodytree, The Room, Punch and The Hot House. There are also 100 streaming videos on offer for when you can’t make it out of the house.
Featured photo Anti-Gravity Yoga at The Hot House/ClassPass
Ann Marie McQueen
Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.