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21 February 2018 02:45 pm

Top yoga centers in Qatar to help you find your inner peace!

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It's a common misconception that yoga is difficult, but as the famous yoga guru Krishnamacharya said: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.”

Qatar residents are becoming increasingly more health-conscious, resulting in a growing demand for a wider range of fitness activities across the board. In line with this, yoga is becoming one of the most popular physical activities in Doha, especially among women, creating a communal focal point where people can engage in, practice, and experience for themselves the power of yoga and realize the benefits of this ancient technique to improve both body and soul. 

There are a wide variety of different options to practice yoga in Doha. You can attend one of the yoga centers, or get in touch with some of the great instructors who don't operate out of centers but teach classes in a variety of locations, most notably at hotels. You can also find many home-based teachers as well.

Amazing facts about yoga

  • It's believed that over 5,000 years ago (possibly much longer), yogis in Northern India first began to devise yoga, a combination of ways in which humans could achieve increased levels of physical and spiritual health and well-being.
  • There are many ways to practice yoga, including physical postures, stretches, meditation, study, self-enquiry, and chanting, to name a few.
  • There are eight branches or limbs in yoga - Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyhara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.
  • Yoga can benefit everyone -- the elderly, the young, the middle-aged, teens, and children. It's even safe to practice if you're pregnant. 
  • The word 'yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’. This basically means 'to join together'. This has led to yoga being perceived as essentially the joining together of the body and mind in a harmonic union.
  • Yoga is basically a combination of three things: postures, types of breathing, and meditative practice.

Benefits of Yoga

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Yoga offers many benefits to the practitioner. Listed below are just a few of the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.

It decreases blood pressure, improves your circulation, and lowers the pulse rate, helping to fight against high blood pressure, associated arterial disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can help you to lose weight, by toning and strengthening your muscles, and making you more mindful of your diet. Yoga helps to speed up your metabolism so fat is converted to muscle and energy. It increases joint and muscle flexibility, and helps to lessen back pain.

It helps to lower your cortisol levels, a hormone that increases stress levels. Yoga also increases levels of dopamine, which helps to increase happiness. It promotes mindfulness and spiritual awareness and also aids the sleeping process.

5 Top Yoga Centers in Doha

Listed below are the five top yoga centers in Doha.

Niya Yoga

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Niya Yoga is a bright, beautiful yoga studio and holistic healing centre situated in Doha.They offer a peaceful space where students of all levels are welcome to explore the power of yoga. Niya offers over 35 classes per week, including internationally-led workshops, holistic therapies, wellness weekends, teacher-training courses, as well as women-only class options. With two beautiful studio spaces overlooking the ocean, a room for private classes, state-of-the-art equipment, and luxurious changing facilities, Niya offers a second-to-none sanctuary for all things healing. With an overall philosophy centred around the four pillars of mind, body, spirit, and soul, the name NIYA translates from the Arabic, meaning ‘intention’.

Price: QR 800 for one month unlimited classes
           QR 120 for single class
Location: Mercato Palazzo 1,Qanat Quartier, The Pearl-Qatar
Phone: (+974) 4468-2562

Vishnu’s Swasthi Yoga

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Vishnu is one of the leading well-being consultants in the Middle East. Hailing from India, he's an award-winning founder of 'Swasthi Yoga', and provides a range of wellness programs in hotels and resorts. At the moment he's based in Qatar and offers quality yoga classes in various locations throughout Doha. 

Vishnu observed that people in a fast-paced world demanded immediate results and, consequently, generally attended classes for a few weeks and then ceased, forgetting everything taught to them. Vishnu developed a more long-term approach to yoga, creating a more lasting way of achieving transformation within weeks. 

Price: QR 70 for a 70- to 90-minute class
Phone: (+974) 7053-8971
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Yogasha is the first center in Qatar to specialize in using yoga to treat stress and is sponsored by Professor Aisha Al Thani. They provide professional counselling and yoga services alongside meditation and relaxation classes for both individuals and groups. They have a selection of specialists and professors of international universities in the field of psychological guidance and yoga.

Location: Akherittiyat, Villa No. 157 
Phone: (+974) 4442-2052

Yama Yoga Studios

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Yama Yoga Studios is a center for yoga, dance, Pilates, and well-being, situated in Doha. They offer a peaceful environment and knowledgeable yoga instruction to help the community become happier and healthier through the regular practice of yoga, Pilates, dance, and other mindful practices. They offer over 100 classes a week at two locations, aimed at people of all ages and stages of life. They're registered with Yoga Alliance, an international yoga licensing association that meets all international standards. They also offer a 200-hour and 500-hour training facility for yoga teachers.

Price: QR 975 monthly for unlimited classes
Location: Asas Towers, Diplomatic Street, West Bay
Phone: (+974) 6617-5802

Yoga in Doha

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Yoga in Doha is a registered company in the name of Doha Yoga Training W.L.L and is associated with Patanjali Yoga Training and Research Center (PYTRC), India. PYTRC has been in the field of yoga for the past 12 Years, conducting seven courses for trainers, including post-graduate qualifications.

Their different courses are designed for those who wish to journey into the practice of yoga at a slower or less aggressive pace -- whether managing chronic muscle pain, renewing strength, and flexibility into a previously tight or injured area, or just looking to improve health through the practice of yoga.

Phone: (+974) 3157-8503

Do you practice yoga? Which is your favourite yoga destination in Doha? Let us know in the comments below and don't forget to like and share this article!