“The greatest challenge yields the greatest possibility for change” – Bikram Choudhury
Bay Yoga is one of the hottest yoga studios in Dubai. The light filled studio is most popular for it’s Bikram Yoga classes though also offers a little Hatha and Pilates.
The teachers are friendly, welcoming and happy to share their tips. Housed within an office building in the fittingly named Business Bay area, the studio is most frequented by working professionals though has a relaxed, unpretentious feel.
The bathroom and change rooms are clean and convenient however the lockers are inconveniently squished in the small space between the change room door and the bathrooms, making it difficult to access the lockers without getting knocked out every time the change room door opens.
The large studio is set in a corner of the building with floor to ceiling windows with a glittering city view, making sunset classes something else. The studio can be a little tricky to find, but once you find the Grosvenor Tower the security guard can direct you the rest of the way. Just don’t bet on the locals or taxi drivers to know where the Grosvenor Tower is. Hopefully it will become easier to find as the business district continues to develop.
I was only in Dubai for 3 days but really wanted to try a new studio, teacher and country even for my favourite yoga practice (plus after trying Bikram in Thailand and Tasmania it has kind of become a thing I like to try in every country I go to). I caught the Metro to Business Bay station and assumed I’d be able to take a taxi from the train station to Grosvenor Tower. I was wrong..and that’s not something you want to be wrong about in a country that runs at an average of at least 30 degrees celsius (80F) and 60% humidity. Every taxi in the rank and the three stores across the road had never heard of Grosvenor Tower. I had no access to internet so I set out on foot eventually coming across a Costa Coffee shop. Bless Costa Coffee. The air conditioning was heaven and the almond milk latte was welcome after that laborious desert trek. And the wifi! I was just beginning to accept that I might not get the chance to try Bikram in Dubai when the CC wifi showed that Grosvenor Tower was only a block away. So I finished my coffee and continued the desert trek to Grosvenor Tower. I don’t recommend drinking coffee before Bikram in the desert btw. Unless you enjoy severe dehydration. I joined a single class for 80AED and hired a mat, towel and locker. I went into the studio 15 minutes before class to the surprise of the teacher who let me know it was okay to go in just before the class started. I guess I’m a sucker for a little heat and humidity. The studio was gorgeous, as gorgeous as a yoga studio can be. The large room was clean, light filled and set in the corner of the building with two walls of floor to ceiling windows. As the sun went down during the class the city skyline lit up and it was lovely to watch. The teacher was upbeat and the warmup was made easier thanks to the pre-yoga desert trek. Cold, crisp after class apples were heaven and gave me a little energy to trek back to Business Bay station. The sun had set so the walk back to the station was much cooler and provided a great, sparkling view of the Burj Khalifa. Although the locker room was a little squishy and the building hard to find I would go again for the Bikram, those floor to ceiling windows and the after class apples.
Address | Grosvenor Tower, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE
Website | http://bayyoga.ae
Telephone | +97144255960
Sunday to Wednesday | 8.30am – 9.30pm
Thursday | 8.40am – 7.30pm
Friday | 8.00am – 5.30pm
Saturday | 9.00am – 5.30pm
What is the most effort you’ve made to get somewhere? Have you tried Bikram Yoga, Hatha Yoga or Pilates? Do you have a travel tradition?