TRIED AND TESTED Throw­back yoga

Get into the groove with an un­con­ven­tional ’80s yoga class

What's On (Dubai) - - ACTIVE SPORT // YOGA -

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. pi­lo­gas­tu­

What’s On’s Stacey and Laura strike a pose

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