Abu Dhabi is often said to move at a slightly slower pace than Dubai’s manic rhythm, with its residents dedicating more time to leisure and wellness. If that statement rings particularly true for you and you’re looking to take your yoga practice to the next level or just try something new, these six studios offer everything from Pilates and dance to aerial yoga, animal flows, and more.
Bodytree was the very first yoga, Pilates, and dance studio in the capital when it opened its doors in 2007. Run by mother-daughter duo Sharifa and Nadia Sehweil, it is now the go-to spot for holistic health and wellness catering to the whole family.
The studio offers a wide range of yoga, Pilates, and dance classes for all fitness levels and age groups, including kids, teens, and moms-to-be. In addition to that, Bodytree created its very own ‘Bodytree Body Program’, a heart-pumping, sweat-inducing, body-sculpting program for women that comprises multiple classes, including Dance Cardio, BTB Shred (circuit), BTB signature (dance cardio, HIIT, and toning using light hand, ankle, and wrist weights), and BTB Bounce (similar but with the added intensity of the rebounder).
Finally, Bodytree offers nutrition, aromatherapy, life coaching, and reiki consultations and is home to Nectar Juice Bar, where you can grab custom blended juices and smoothies, as well as dairy-, gluten-, and refined sugar-free snacks.
Khalidiyah and Saadiyat Beach Club
Tel: (+971) 2 443 4448
Founded by Mina Lee as a space for the Abu Dhabi yoga community, YogaOne, as its name suggests, is mainly dedicated to yoga. Welcoming and free of frills, it’s the kind of space that imparts an immediate sense of calm and focus as soon as you enter.
Classes include Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hot Yin, Hot Flow (a personal favorite), and less conventional styles such as Fit Flow (a mix of hit and yoga), Core Flow, and BDK or Budokon Yoga for mobility (a combination of martial arts, calisthenics, Tai Chi, and animal locomotion). Fundamental and gentle flow classes are great for beginners, while the deep-stretching class is popular amongst athletes of different disciplines. YogaOne also offers online classes and kids’ karate and yoga.
Tel: (+971) 2 562 1217
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The Hot House
Located in the residential and retail development of Al Zeina, The Hot House is a small and friendly studio, easily accessible to both the area’s residents and the rest of the Abu Dhabi community.
It was founded in 2014 as Bikram yoga’s first home in Abu Dhabi, but a recent change of ownership has brought with it new energy and style. The studio still offers a variety of hot classes, including Hot Warrior, Gentle Warrior, and Power Warrior (heated and non-heated versions available), Hot Barre, and Pilates, as well as non-heated classes such as Ashtanga and the popular Restorative and Yin Yoga classes. In addition to that, you’ll find sound bath meditations, stretching classes, swing and aerial yoga, and capoeira classes on the schedule. The studio also offers yoga for kids and gymnastics.
Tel: (+971) 2 583 7753
The Yoga Studio
The Yoga Studio is nestled amongst the lush gardens of the Royal Stables, one of the most peaceful settings in the city. With an outdoor yoga deck, stable-inspired interiors, and a beautiful view over the paddocks, it truly is a little haven.
The classes and teaching styles here are quite different from what you will find in other spots around Abu Dhabi and include, in addition to the traditional Vinyasa and Hatha classes, Spinal Care Yoga, Laughing Yoga, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and Fitness Fusion (in which you should expect to sweat).
If you want to escape city life (all the while remaining right in the middle of it), this is the place to be.
The Royal Stables
Tel: (+971) 2 447 7735
The Studio, owned by Emirati Yoga instructor Mariam Al Sayegh, The Studio, a ladies-only Yoga and Pilates space is located in a villa across from the beautiful corniche beach.
The airy studio filled with natural light brings in all the calm vibes you need for a relaxing practice.
Swing and yin yoga are among the most popular classes to try at the Studio. However, their schedule includes methods to suit all your needs including Hatha, power Vinyasa, Yin & Yang, Therapeutic yoga, Restorative, Ashtanga and Himalayan Kriya yoga.
Their Pilates offerings are also quite varied as they include mat, reformer and chair classes with targeted sessions focusing on different body parts, such as abs, legs, or full body.
The Studio hosts regular trainings and events for both teachers and students to continuously improve their knowledge and practice. They also hold a popular kids camp during holidays and recently added fulfilment coaching to their services. Check out their website for more information on the later and make sure you recover with one of their Studio blends in their cozy reception and retail area before you head out.
Don’t miss the smoothie bar on your way out, where you can grab a recovery blend or a coffee.
Tel: (+971) 2 621 0000
Flo Studio is the newest kid on the block, and it’s quickly making a name for itself. The brainchild of Fatima Al Yousef, an architecture and design graduate, it’s bright, luxuriously appointed, and serene. The soft carpeted floor and steps give the studio a homey feel, while the rooms are labelled with fun bespoke icons.
Flo’s creativity is one of the things that truly sets it apart. Asides from traditional Pilates and yoga practices, you can try Flex & FLO or Adore Your Core (respectively mat and reformer Pilates with a jumpboard version), Reformer Bump for expectant mothers, Roll & Flo or TRX Flo (Pilates using, respectively, the foam roller and the TRX), Booty Flo and Sculpt Flo (toning classes using resistance bands, light weights, mini balls, ankle weights, etc.), or Bend it Like Barbie (barre).
Don’t miss the retail corner, which stocks brands like Alo Yoga or the gorgeous changing rooms complete with pink suede chairs.
Tel: (+971) 2 644 6496
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Sarah Al Nowais is a level 3 Personal Trainer with a specialization in prenatal and postnatal fitness. She is also a certified pregnancy yoga teacher and Integrative Nutrition health coach. Find her here.