Since my childhood, I have been very fussy and extremely particular, which is why I am always asked ‘which is the best…..?’ foundation, blusher, dessert place…you name it, friends, family and friends of friends always ask me for my opinion on the best of the best. I can tell you why, it’s because I am constantly looking for a product or a place which meets or exceeds my expectations, so everything I recommend, is because I have tried most (sometimes all) other options and then report back with the best! Now, with all of the fine dining in Dubai and the rumour about the #Dubaistone (which is REAL by the way), I had to get fit again…
The last time I wrote about reformer pilates was when I was in England, at one of the best gyms in Birmingham. When I arrived in Dubai, the hunt was on for somewhere equally as good.
I didn’t think it would be so hard to find the right studio and teacher, I tried a few pilates studios and I wasn’t impressed, they just weren’t right for me because I’m not a beginner at reformer, I’m intermediate. However, after 6 weeks, I found a place I highly recommend.
I happened to be shopping at Carrefour in Motorcity and noticed the turquoise blue branding for Naya Yoga & Pilates Studio, so I decided to go and speak to them to find out more….
I was greeted by a really sweet, friendly receptionist who was most helpful and she informed me that my first class would be free, like a taster session so you get to try before you buy. So, I booked in with no expectations.
My first free session was brilliant, although there were other beginners in the class, the teacher adapted positions for me because she could see I wasn’t a beginner. The class size is never any bigger than 5 which makes your reformer session more personal and focused. I love the cool, welcoming vibe at the studio, the teachers know their reformer and I felt good after my class. SOLD!
You can book in for blocks of 5, 10 plus more but looking at the packages I don’t remember seeing a significant saving with the more you buy, so I booked in for a block of 5 and I think it cost around 400 AED.
I have also recently discovered classes with Miriam, I really like her method of teaching and style of classes. all of the teachers are great, but I do highly rate Miriam, her classes are challenging and she is always mixing them up.
The studio is women only and as far as I am aware, there is only the one in Motorcity.
Naya offers a range of classes, different levels of reformer pilates, mat pilates, yoga and I even heard some latino music from one of the studio’s, so not sure what class that was but sounded like lots of fun. I like how they also host events where they discuss topics such as nutrition and the causes (and solutions) to emotional eating.
I don’t like gyms, never have, the only exercise I do is walk my dogs and reformer pilates. You don’t need to spend hours in a gym running on a treadmill, you CAN have a fit, healthy and toned body with intelligent exercise such as reformer pilates. The added bonus is it never gets boring, you are constantly improving your balance, co-ordination, posture, flexibility and strength.
I highly recommend Reformer Pilates for everyone. Go and try it at Naya and your first session is FREE!
For more information, go to www.naya.ae.
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