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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...

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It was on the second episode of The Real Housewives of Dubai that star Sara Al Madani said she was trying to raise her son to be free from the Arab toxic masculinity she’s experienced. “I believe that my son is not going to be raised like that,” He’s gonna be raised to show his emotions to be vulnerable. And being a man does not mean all these things, you are a human being and that’s...

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As a yoga teacher, I have seen all sorts of things over the years. What seems like common sense to some is anathema to others and there are many things that are not so obvious if you’re used to going to group exercise classes. The philosophy behind the practice teaches us to live a better life outside the studio, so cultivating these qualities in class will help us way beyond our physical practice or asana. ...

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In recent years we have been watching the arts and culture sector in the UAE froth with growth, with the state pouring much strategic effort into its development. Interestingly, most of the major art institutions and initiatives flowering across the country are being spearheaded by women, such as Antonia Carver, former Art Dubai director and current head of Art Jameel, Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum,...

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A heroine is defined as “a woman admired for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. But what comes to your mind as you read “courage and outstanding achievements?” Is it a woman sitting at the table in a boardroom? Or is a woman who is sitting at the dinner table with her children and her family?  If we are all honest with ourselves, our first thoughts when we hear ‘outstanding achievements’ are college degrees,...

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Sara Al Madani has been through a lot in her life, but she really took it on the chin when she signed up to be the only Emirati on the first edition of the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Dubai (RHOD), which screens in the UAE on OSN+. But only a few episodes in, the 36-year-old, twice-divorced single mom from Ajman has set herself apart, not only as a mediator between the...

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It’s not until I am lying on my right side, a long flaming candle sticking out of my ear, wincing from a sharp, needle-like pain, that I regret my spur-of-the-moment decision to try ear candling. Stay with me. Years ago, I used to visit regularly a woman who did facial reflexology out of her villa in Abu Dhabi. I remember leaving those sessions floating and serene, and after she moved back home, I was never...

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When we think of clutter, we tend to think of untidy stacks of useless items in a garage or attic. However, clutter could be anything that you are holding on to that you are not using, or in the words of the famous organizational consultant, Marie Kondo, anything that does not “spark joy” in our lives. This could be designer clothing, useful books, or a beautiful decoration that do not inspire or excite and instead...

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What thoughts come up for you when you look in the mirror? Chances are they are not very positive. “I look fat”; “I need to get back in the gym”; “I wish my (enter body part) didn’t look like this.” As isolating as this experience can feel, you are not alone in struggling with your body image.  Poor body image affects many of us, resulting in shame, low self-confidence and even causing us to avoid...

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Want to escape your daily routine and let your imagination run free? Joining a workshop at one of the UAE’s many fabulous, community-focused arts centers lets you pick up a new skill, meet like-minded people and nurture your artistic talents whilst having lots of fun in the process. 1) 
Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) Dubai’s cooler than cool art district isn’t just a trendy place to peruse art galleries, shop from homegrown start-ups, sample tasty artisan culinary...