I was sitting on my settee scrolling through Instagram the other day when I saw the great news and let out a whoop. One of my favourite yoga teachers, Mina Lee, has opened a new yoga studio with her partner Margie Cordon – and it was a mere 1.8 kilometres from my house.
YogaOne is located in the old Fit space in Mangrove One, just off Sheikh Zayed Road and in behind Al Seef (set your Google Maps, it’s a little tricky to find). At the risk of sounding like a new-age weirdo, the vibe and energy in the place is just like Lee and Cordon’s: lovely, even and welcoming. After a soft opening in January they are up to a pretty full schedule offering a healthy mix of classes at totally doable times, for example 8.15am and 7.45pm, for those with irregular working hours like mine. The roster includes hot hatha, vinyasa flow, Lee’s own brand of yang/yin – and even Broga, which is attracting its share of stressed-out yet shy bros. There are also an unheard of five classes on Fridays, starting at 9am and finishing at 7.15pm, including a donation-only class from 3.15-4.15pm.
The studio has a brightly lit lobby, lots of parking, and really roomy change/shower rooms, too.
Dubai is spoiled for choice when it comes to yoga, but Abu Dhabi has long needed a third yoga studio, in addition to the original, BodyTree on 11th Street in Karama, and the Hot House out in Al Zeina. The arrival of YogaOne in addition to the healthy smattering of classes on offer in local gyms and parks, much of it through the outdoor classes through the RawYoga Meetup, to me, signals that the capital’s yogis and yoginis are finally getting the choices we deserve.
• Yoga One is offering an opening deal until the end of February: five classes for Dh150. Go to Yogaone.ae or call 055 716 4845 for more info.