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What better way to celebrate Global Wellness Day and Yoga International day if not with picturesque sunsets, smoothies and an escape from a stressful week? Grab your yoga mats and head out for a soothing session at events across the emirates mentored by professionals. Here are six places where you could step up your fitness game and relax this International Yoga Day.

1) Wellness Celebration at Anantara Eastern Mangroves

Lose yourself in an outdoor yoga session at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves followed by a 20-minute meditation. Offering healthy snacks and smoothies at the end of an eventful day, they are also conducting a session on stress management. Book your spot to secure a goody bag, soon! Call 02 656 1146

Where: Anantara Eastern Mangroves and Spa, Abu Dhabi

When: June 21, 5.30-7.30pm

2) Palm Yoga by Fitness First

Fitness First is hosting a sunset yoga session at The Palm Jumeirah, which will focus on both, physical and mental wellbeing. The free event is open to the public across age groups and also offers free valet parking.

Where: Rixos The Palm, Dubai

When: June 22, 5.30-7pm (Doors open 4.30pm)

3) YogaOne

Begin your weekend with sun salutations on International Yoga Day. With trainers from India, their 90-minute session will on various poses and the Savasana, which is definitely advisable for beginners. The session is free to attend.

Where: Mangrove One, Abu Dhabi

When: June 22 from 11am to 12.30pm

4) Mindful Yoga & Sound Journey

A slow and focused yoga session with Mindful Yoga & Sound Journey will zone you out from your hectic life with the help of Tibetan Bowls and Gongs. For bookings, email info@ahappinesscenter.com or Whatsapp +971527774809

Where: Dubai Design District

When: June 21, 6.30pm

5) Consulate General of India

Don’t miss out on the yoga demonstration lead by Nouf Marwaai, the first certified yoga instructor in Saudi Arabia and a recipient of India’s highest civilian award, the Padma Shri. Be part of on-stage fitness competitions and session by yoga schools. Entry is free at all events across the country.

Where: Zabeel Park, Dubai

When: Thursday June 21st, 6pm onwards

June 20 - Al Arabi Sports Club, Umm Al Quwain at 6.30pm

June 21 – Indian Association Premises, Ajman at 7pm

June 22 – Expo Centre Sharjah, Sharjah at 4pm

June 22 – American University, Ras-Al Khaimah at 7pm

June 22 – Media Park Convention Centre at 6.30pm

6) Lifestyle Yoga

Celebrate Global Wellness Day with your family and friends with a free 90-minute session on Hatha Yoga and Chakra Awakening under the guidance of professionals at Lifestyle Yoga. For bookings, call 055-2223542 or email lifestyleyogabooking@gmail.com

Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Shaikh Zayed Road

When: 6-7.30pm

7) Let’s Yoga 2018 by Pratimoksha

The yoga centre is offering two free sessions for individuals across ages to mark the day. A 75-minute morning session from 10.30am will include practicing Asanas (postures) and a quiz. You can also be part of the 90-minute evening session at 6pm, where the centre will focus on pranayama and meditation.

Where: Pratimoksha - Enlighten Yoga Studio, Oud Metha, Dubai

When: June 21

— Simran Kanal is an intern at Gulf News.