With a busy job in PR and an active social life, it’s rare for Amy Walker to find herself with an evening to enjoy alone. But when she did this week, she immediately sought a way to unwind and invest in herself with thecurve-me.com instead of the TV. Find out what class she tried and what she thought of it!
I’ve gone in and out of yoga, always enjoying it but never really taking the time to commit to practicing on a regular basis. When I saw Yoga under the Stars pop up on The Curve on Sunday morning I realized I had no more excuses – my other half was occupied, I had no deadlines to distract myself with and it was the start of the week. Not to mention it was a 5 minute walk from my apartment in what is becoming a lovely community in JLT. So I booked a class for that very evening!
I have to admit, had I not had the ‘Book Now’ button staring right at me I am sure I would have found a way to get out of it by the time 7pm came around. I will say that I believe in the power of online booking for giving yourself that commitment, and handy if you forget to carry cash around so everything is already taken care of when you get there. I found the process super easy and instantly had a confirmation e-mail to tell me where I needed to be and when along with what I would need.
The beginning of the class was very inviting – I walked up to the grass where we would be yoga-ing and I was met with ambient spiritual music as well as the sweet smell of incense. I’ll stop here and say that one of the main reasons I have started to love yoga is that I am a huge fan of all things spiritual so this appealed instantly to me. I am a big advocate for JLT and it was really nice to use the space like that (honestly the traffic is no problem at all on that side – just make sure you take the right road!).
Livia, our instructor and founder of Yoga Retreats, was great – we had a nice little chat before we started which made me feel very comfortable. As a beginner I really appreciated feeling welcomed and free to go at my own pace (but also being pushed to stretch that little bit further when she knew I could!). We went through salute to the sun which is familiar to me even as a beginner but my favourite part about this was that we really took our time going through the poses with Livia observing and adjusting us where we needed. I could really feel the difference in places, for example I learned not to lock my arms straight when doing the cobra and bend my elbows – which funnily enough left me with some very sore arms the next day so I must have been doing something right!
I found the balance poses quite hard – it was a little distracting outside with people walking their dogs and running past while I was trying to focus on my spot and it was a little tricky to get even footing on the grass. Then again I am no expert and have a very busy mind so it’s probably more me needing to find my own balance.
I would definitely go again and would be keen on trying one of the day classes once the weather gets cooler. I really enjoyed how I felt after (very Zen and all stretched out!) – I would like to push myself a bit harder to get a fuller workout but the beauty of yoga is that it all gets better with practice!
The best part about it was that I took the time in the evening to invest in myself, try something that I normally wouldn’t have done and meet some like-minded people. Thank you to Livia and The Curve for making the experience so enjoyable.
Activity: Yoga under the Stars
Provider: Yoga Retreats
Location: Jumeirah Lake Towers, Safa Park, The Springs, and The Lakes
Timing: Timings vary, please check each individual class
Duration: 1 hour
Price: 70 AED