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With amazing weather and gorgeous settings, Abu Dhabi is a sensational place for some outdoor yoga.   Feeling the sun on your back while you’re moving into a vinyasa just makes that rush of energy feel extra powerful, so why not give it a try while the temperatures are still perfect?  Here are six of the most incredible places to flow in the fresh air: Cove Beach Abu Dhabi   This sizzling beach club might be...

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When Dubai-based Canadian Nancy Zabaneh moved from corporate banking to the wellness world, it was a deep dive. She’s a Kundalini yoga instructor and a compassionate inquiry therapist, practicing a psychotherapeutic approach founded by the Canadian physician, author, speaker and addiction specialist Dr Gabor Maté. People usually think of drugs or alcohol when they think of addiction. But as Nancy explains, whatever we use to escape from pain is an addiction. “When we use it repeatedly, to...

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The world we live in today is not conducive to mental health or wellbeing. We are constantly bombarded with images and information through our numerous devices and the divide between work and life seems to be a thing of the past. Just when we thought we could not take any more stress or cope with any more demands, we found ourselves in a global pandemic. We were expected to change how we worked, how we...

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When was the last time you heard, and enjoyed, silence? The background of our lives is inherently noisy: cars, construction, machines, videos, phones, chatter, air conditioning. Noise is there almost all the time. It is aggressive and repetitive. After all, there is such a thing as “sound torture” –  playing loud music or noise continuously to prisoners to break their will and disturb their mental health. It’s a torment. Our brains and ears need regular rest, to recuperate,...

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Energy healing has been used for centuries in various forms and has been used to cure medical conditions and most ailments related to mental health.  It is primarily related to the ancient chakra system, which originated in India. Chakra healing involves the seven chakras in the body, which should be in balance with each other. It is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy systems to remove blockages. Breaking through these energy blockages...

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I am still a relative newcomer to meditation but I get the impression that there are a lot of people out there who are curious about it but can’t quite work out how to get started, or they don’t know what to expect. This is for you.  Also, it’s for me. It is still early in my practice and I will never be quite this new at it again, but I’m starting to see some...

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I am a baby when it comes to meditation. I’m not a guru, I haven’t been to an ashram and I’m not a member of a contemplative Eastern religion.  What I am is a person who has struggled with sleep for well over a decade and didn’t even really know why until I started regularly doing guided meditations.   By day, I’m a teacher. I teach middle school English and my day starts ferociously early.  I’m...

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Laila Saif’s road to Illuminations Abu Dhabi began when, as a hard-working executive, she googled Theta Healing and came across the original wellbeing center in Dubai.  Intrigued, she soon headed up the highway from her home in Abu Dhabi to investigate. She didn’t know it then, but it was a move which she says ended up completely transforming her life.  “At the time I was always stressed, with a lot of suppressed frustrations and anger and...

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Neli Merris has been a mainstay on the Abu Dhabi yoga scene since she first arrived 12 years ago. Now the Bulgaria-born yoga teacher, soundworker and mother-of-two has joined forces with two Emirati sisters to open Seven Wellness on Reem Island.  “I taught one of the sisters yoga and it’s how we got together, but they had been working on this project for two years before I met them and so it was all in...