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Rose O’Donovan didn’t set out to try and eradicate mouth breathing. The Irish is a personal trainer and Dubai resident who was focusing on female health and the specific hormonal problems women can have. She is also a master instructor with Oxygen Advantage, the breathwork training program developed by the breathing and sleep expert as well as best-selling author, Patrick McKeown. As with many of our issues, all of these phases are impacted by and...

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For awhile there, you couldn’t turn around on social media without facing “a trigger warning”, but it turns out that avoiding our traumas — rather than desensitizing and processing them, often with. professional — is often the very thing that is making our anxiety and depression worse. One way to tackle that trauma is with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). It was what Britain’s Prince Harry was seen undergoing in the 2021 Apple TV mental...

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Food has long played a part in our emotional journeys. Feeling depressed after a breakup? A tub of Ben & Jerry’s will do the trick. Celebrating a milestone birthday? A brunch at the finest restaurant in town is booked. However, the correlation between what we consume and how we feel is more significant than you might think. While researchers previously believed depression and anxiety contributed to digestive issues such as Irritable and Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome...

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More and more women these days are training like athletes, honing their physiques with daily HIIT sessions — sometimes back-to-back classes — as well as a string of challenges and races combined with spartan nutrition. According to Dr Rosalie Sant, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Primavera Medical Centre in Dubai and a member of the livehealthy.ae expert panel, the combination is not a good recipe for getting pregnant.  How can rigorous exercise regimes impact fertility?  Yes, they...

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What happens when you get that feeling in your stomach, a vague sense that something is out of sync — do you pay attention or brush it aside? All too often, we do the latter. Our bodies communicate with us in ways that are unique to every individual. Unfortunately, these messages can get stuck, or a little lost on their journey. Naturally, you want life to be effortless and enjoyable, but sometimes it seems no...

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Everyone seems to be suffering from anxiety these days, to a certain extent. If it’s not rising and falling Covid cases, geopolitical unrest, supply chain issues and travel woes, polarity, social media or the latest catastrophic headlines, it’s figuring out how to live in a post-pandemic world. Dr Ayat Mekki is an Abu Dhabi-based ThetaHealing practitioner and Neuro-Linguistic programming coach and trainer, can relate. The key to managing anxiety and stress? To focus on what is...

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Being Black in the yoga and wellness space is like being Black in many places: you often find that you’re the only one in the room and you regularly come up against discrimination. My experience as a student, both in the United States and in the UAE, has been that it is difficult to find truly inclusive wellness studios and spaces. It’s even more difficult to find Black representation among teachers. The cultural appropriation of...

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Without exception, we all are guilty to some extent of advocating for the methods and ideologies that we individually have expertise in and consequently believe in.  However, as a mental health practitioner, the burden falls on me to ensure that I am advocating for my patient, remaining vigilantly open-minded and humble enough to consider that the symptoms of my patient’s illnesses or troubles could be caused by things outside of the realm of my specific training....

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Whether to increase flexibility or prevent injury or for the positive impact on mental health, men are becoming ever more convinced of the benefits of yoga practice. While high-profile yogis like the impossibly bendy Russell Brand might scare some off, elite athletes such as Tom Brady, LeBron James and Ryan Giggs have helped move the practice toward the male mainstream.  Frenchman Allaoua Gaham has lived in Dubai for 12 years and in 2016 quit his...