A Curve Catch Up with {Rob Forster}

Rob Forster is one of the highly qualified trainers at Urban Energy Fitness, one of The Curve’s great fitness partners. Originally from the UK, Rob has been in the fitness industry since 2002 and is a Level 3 personal trainer. He took the time to chat with us about his experience in fitness and about one of the hottest new workout trends around: Tabata.

Rob Forster Urban Energy

Q: Tell us a little about yourself – How did you get into the fitness industry?
A: 
 I’ve been into fitness since a young boy and have always turned my hand to any form of sport from athletics to tennis, rugby and golf. Because of this, gym exercise has come hand in hand with my sports which I love. I started out as a gym instructor after finishing my National Diploma in sports and exercise science.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a fitness instructor?
A:   
My favourite thing about being a fitness instructor is meeting different people and seeing them get results and sometimes change their lives.

Q: Tabata sounds like a really interesting exercise – is it true that it only lasts four minutes?
A: 
Tabata is a fantastic workout based on 4 minute intervals of work, where you do a blast of exercise for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds for a total of 8 rounds. You can use any combination of exercises you like. It’s a great way to burn calories and afterwards you feel like you’ve done a great workout.

Q: What makes this form of exercise so special?
A: 
This form of exercise is special in the way you can do it where ever you are with as much or little equipment there is. You can even complete a great Tabata workout with no equipment at all!

Q: Who do you recommend it for?
A:
 Tabata is for any fitness levels because everyone works to their own ability as it’s all about what you can do in that 20 seconds! It’s great for people who want to either lose weight, tone up, get fit or all three!

You get try out this new fitness trend every Wednesday at 8:30 AM. Book your session with  Rob today!

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Stay active this {Ramadan}

Ramadan Kareem from The Curve Team! May the holy month bring you and your family peace and blessings.

Ramadan is often mistakenly treated as a “pause button” for day to day life. There are still many ways to keep your mind & body active during the holy month, and The Curve offers many classes that can help the daytime hours fly by. Here are just a few ideas! 

Keep Your Body Active

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Yoga is a great low impact exercise that you can even practice while fasting. Yoga will not only help keep your muscles toned this month, but also help you stay focused and centered, which is so important in the holy month. 

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Ramadan doesn’t need to slow your fitness routine! If you want an intensive post-iftar workout, try martial arts. You’ll burn off loads of calories, but make sure you don’t over-eat before taking the class to avoid discomfort. 

Keep Your Mind Active

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Ramadan is family time, and don’t you think it’s time you learned to take great family pictures? Take an intro to photography class this Ramadan and finally master your DSLR camera! Two day workshops are scheduled for every weekend of the month. 

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Crafting is a wonderful way to keep your time occupied while fasting during Ramadan. Choose from one of the many different skills on offer: knitting, crocheting, embroidery, decoupage, and much much more! 

Ramadan is a month of reflection and thankfulness, not an excuse to be lazy and put your life on hold. Stay active and let us help you find a new passion!

A Curve Experience: {One on One Guided Meditation}

Dubai is quite a hectic city, and it is easy to get sucked into the hamster wheel. While we all like to decompress in different ways, meditation is by far one of the best ways to relieve daily stress and keep yourself centered.

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Last week Salma El-Shurafa, a career and leadership development coach & entrepreneur, decided she needed a little zen and booked a One on One Guided Meditation session with The Third Eye center through thecurve-me.com. Here’s what she had to say about her experience!

Q: Why did you choose to try meditation?
A: I always wanted to try meditation classes. I was curious for the longest time “How beneficial is it really?”. I experienced it through some self-development programs I signed up for and it got me intrigued. Meditation is a great way of life and is an amazing way to get you focused, grounded and clear the clutter in your mind/body. It connects you to your being. I started to research one-on-one guided meditation class to get the most out of my session and to provide me the best techniques. I was happy to find it on your website and I couldn’t wait to try it.

Q: What was your initial reaction when you started the class?
A: I didn’t expect to find a center like that in the middle of bustling Sheikh Zayed Road! The center had a very friendly environment and I felt at ease.

Q: How was the instructor?
A: The instructor was really good and professional. He knew what he was talking about. He helped me understand what mediation is all about and the different types. He was very patient and went through everything step by step.

Q: Did you feel you benefitted from this class?
A: Yes I did. I loved it. I will start practicing more often and get the basics so I can sign up for the other types of meditation techniques.

Q: Would you go again?
A: Yes I would.

Q: How was your booking experience with The Curve?
A: It was straight forward and easy!

If you think you could benefit from meditation, check out the different meditation experiences on offer!

{The facts}
Activity: One on One Guided Meditation
Provider: The Third Eye
Location: Saeed Tower II, Sheikh Zayed Road
Timing: At your discretion. The center manager will call you with 24 hours of when you book to set up a session for you.
Duration: 1 hour
Price: 100 AED
Book it

The importance of having a {hobby}

As kids, our parents were always seeking ways to occupy our time. Ballet, football, language, and many other classes were regular extra-curriculars in most of our childhoods.

However, somewhere along the way between childhood and adulthood we forget the importance of maintaining a hobby. So here’s a small reminder of just a few of the benefits of having a hobby.

Alone time
We are constantly surrounded by people, and having a hobby gives us the opportunity to escape and do something on our own that helps us clear our heads and disconnect from daily life.

Something that’s yours and yours alone
Having a hobby gives you a sense of ownership of something that is special to you. It can serve as an escape, a source of excitement, or just something to fill your time. Whatever you need it for, it will always be just yours.

Keep your mind & body stimulated
It’s easy to get stuck in a routine, and having a hobby or a sport that you pursue is the perfect way to ensure that a routine doesn’t turn into a rut.

Meet new people
Ok so earlier we said hobbies were a good way to have alone time. On the flip side, they’re also a great way to meet new people. Group classes have been known to help form great friendships and even marriages! You never know who you’ll meet at your next boxing or baking class.

With all these benefits, there’s really no downside to dedicating a little bit of your time to a hobby. So head on over to thecurve-me.com today and find yourself something new to stimulate your mind, fuel your body, or nurture your soul!

A Curve Catch Up with {Holiztik.com}

There are days when we all have had enough of our jobs and wonder if there’s more to life than the daily grind. That question stuck with Timothy Bataillie and Elvin Demir long enough to convince them to finally trade in their comfortable, mainstream lifestyle for a less traditional one that was dedicated to yoga.

The remarkable improvement they’ve seen in their lives is now driving them to share their knowledge with others through intense workshops held quarterly in Dubai. We caught up with the couple and learned a little more about Holiztik.com and how yoga changed their lives.

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Q: You both had originally set off on different paths in life but decided to dedicate your time fully to yoga only recently. What brought on this decision?

A: It’s a few things that came together and made us decide to make the jump into the unknown.

Timothy was on a fast track career and doing splendidly according to the norms of modern society. Managing Director position at the age of 29, high-level salary and international lifestyle. But something just kept nagging: a kind of emptiness and a feeling of dissatisfaction in life. Is this really what life is about? What is the purpose? Where is the spirit?

Elvin was always better connected to her spiritual self. During her Masters studies in medical anthropology she also specialized in consciousness-studies. When she finished her masters, it was the perfect time for both of us to go on a quest of how we could build a life that incorporates more balance, spirituality and fulfillment. As we were already sold on Yoga, that seemed the most obvious path to explore. So Timothy quit his job and took a sabattical. Initially the plan was to do this for some months. Meanwhile going back to corporate life just doesn’t seem an option anymore.

Q: How has this decision changed your lives?

Well… big time, on many levels. And it is still changing every day. We are still finding out day-by-day where this is going. Health wise Timothy lost about 17 kg and was able to significantly improve and hopefully soon heal completely a chronic kidney disease that was declared incurable in the West. No drugs, just Yoga. Elvin stopped smoking after more than 10 years, feels and looks better than ever. Both of us feel much more solid in life, and have found a sense of peace in whatever happens. We feel that we are currently doing quite well in escaping the hamster wheel and building a conscious, independent and full life

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Q: You are husband & wife – has this shared love of yoga strengthened your relationship?

It has definitely strengthened our relationship a lot. As we are both much more in tune with ourselves, we are also able to tune into each other more easily. There is an increased awareness and ever more selfless kind of love between us.

Q: What is your vision for Holiztik.com? And what does the name mean?

Let’s start with the name, as that is very simple. It is just some kind of a phonetic writing of the word ‘holistic’.

Holiztik.com will most probably evolve to be a blog full of valuable information on how to integrate (tantric) Yoga into your life and use it as a powerful system to develop yourself in many ways beyond feeling good in your body. Many people struggle to find a balance between their spirituality and the material world. That is the field where we look for answers and share them. To develop personally and spiritually. Not by renouncing the world to go live in a cave, monastry or ashram but while living a full life. Our workshops will work around different themes related to this.

Q: Are your workshops only for advanced yogis?

A: No, definitely not. They are accessible for beginners as well as for people with quite some Yoga experience. For example in the Healing Yoga workshop we just did in Dubai there was both people with just a few months of Yoga experience as people who had been teaching Yoga themselves for quite some time. Because our style of Yoga is quite unique and hard to find in the West, all of them gave us very positive feedback and felt the workshop really taught them new things.

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Q: What can people expect from your workshops?

A: The answer to the previous question already gives you some impression. The workshops are intensive and you get a lot of info and practice in one weekend or day. Most people are amazed by the amount of background they get around for example subtle energies and chakras and how every asana is a way to create resonance with a certain type of energy and a certain chakra. Especially for people who have been practicing a more physically oriented style of Yoga, our workshops can give a whole new dimension. The idea is that people can actually build their own home practice with what they learn in the workshop. And as we plan to visit Dubai every 3 months or so with new workshops and modules that build on each other, they could refresh or add new things to their personal practice every time we come.

Holiztik.com’s final workshops kick off on June 27th, with yogis having the choice of either a one day immersion or full weekend workshop. For first hand inspiration, book your spot on The Curve and get up to a 20% discount!