An experience like no other, Atlantis,The Palm Dubai now offers underwater yoga classes in the Ambassador Lagoon that holds 11 million litres of water. This is the first of its kind in the Middle East and so now, you won’t have to go to the far west anymore. By Sujitha Sundaram
Atlantis the Palm Dubai is one of the more popular hotels in the glittering Emirate of the Middle East and came into the spotlight recently when it launched a unique service at their property: they invited guests to come take their underwater yoga class. As a first in the region, the concept of taking a morning yoga session inside a glass shell, with 65000 marine creatures zipping above you, caught instant popularity. At a cost of AED 120 for an hour-long session, it wasn’t that expensive either. Soon, the locals and tourists began filling up the appointment diary.
Open for guests and non-guests, this underwater yoga class is a perfect way to kick-start the weekend. What does the package come with? A yoga mat, a bottle of water, and a personalised session of not more than 20 people in the chamber. After all, too many people would only spoil the remarkable view that surrounds you.
Here, in the serenity that seems miles away from the busyness of the modern world, you rejuvenate in a unique aquatic surrounding, practicing yoga that suits your body. A study released by researchers from the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth University and the University of Exeter has shown that contemplating fish in an aquarium has an effect in reducing levels of stress and anxiety and provides health benefits including the lowering of blood pressure. The class is open to those who are 16 years of age and over and is held twice a week (on Tuesdays and Fridays).