TRIED AND TESTED Throwback yoga
Get into the groove with an unconventional ’80s yoga class
It’s no secret that there’s a real appetite for nostalgia at the moment, from bands playing ’80s and ’90s rock covers in bars (thank you, Stereo Arcade) to DJs spinning songs from our school disco-loving youth (cheers, Societe).
We didn’t expect this trend to enter the fitness world, but you can now take ’80s yoga classes. Held at Piloga studio in the new Bay Square development of Business Bay, it’s a 60-minute dynamic flow class where you’ll find standard yoga poses such as downward dog, chaturanga and warrior pose set to a soundtrack of retro hits. The session is surprisingly athletic, and we found that we had to take regular breaks during the class – to breathe, to laugh, or to dance, and sometimes all three. And while you don’t have to dress up in an ’80s fashion, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
These (co-ed) classes are relatively small, which means plenty of handson adjustments from the instructor Allie McLaughlin, but nowhere to hide when you’d rather no one sees your interpretation of that classic ’80s dance move, ‘ the sprinkler’.
It must be said that ’80s yoga is not a class for strict purists. Anyone who’s followed the ancient discipline devotedly will probably be irked at the idea of meditating to the sounds of a U2 ballad, or shimmying while in warrior pose as Lionel Richie belts out All Night Long (this actually happened). However, if you’re more into the asanas (poses) than the mental and spiritual side of yoga, or if you’re just looking for a break from the norm and a bit of a giggle, give it a try. Sense of humour essential – legwarmers optional.
Building 6, Bay Square, Al Asayel Street and Al Abraj Street, Business Bay, Dubai, Sun to Wed 7.30am to 1pm and 3pm to 8.30pm, Thur 7.30am to 2pm, Sat 9am to 2pm. Tel: (04) 4535436. Taxi: Bay Square. pilogastudio.com
What’s On’s Stacey and Laura strike a pose