YogaFest Middle East 2016
Yogafest is a free sustainable community event that brings teachers and students together to support great causes in a tranquil outdoor setting.
Type of Event
- Core Strength
- Mom & Baby
This year we have over 100 classes in 5 tents from 8am to 7pm as well as our opening night event. Browse through our classes on offer and plan your day. Registration is in person on the day.
Yogafest is about Community, Connection and Contribution. We create community by offering free classes in beautiful outdoor spaces so everyone can attend. We create a connection by bringing wellness professionals and students together to learn, share and experience. We contribute by organising donation-based events to raise funds for needy charities in the region.
HOW IT ALL STARTED Elaine Kelly founded Yogafest ME, the largest and only sustainable wellness event in the Middle East, in 2010 when she became a certified yoga teacher while working for Microsoft. With 30 years experience in the fitness industry, she wanted to support her fellow employees with their work-life balance, and the idea for Yogafest was born.
On 21st December 2010 a one day event was held to celebrate the full moon taking place on the winter solstice, something that only happens every 400 years. 350 people attended 7 yoga classes from sunrise to sunset.
Since then Yogafest has been held every year to raise funds for various children’s charities. n 2013, Full Moon Fridays were launched and offer participants the opportunity to enjoy yoga and meditation by the lake once a month from November to May.
In 2015, 4400 participants attended Yogafest’s 145 classes in 7 themed tents. AED 200,000 has been raised to date for children’s charities around the region.