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Capoeira is an art form with mixed Brazilian and African heritage that combines elements of martial arts, music, folklore and dance. Practiced as a fitness routine, capoeira builds muscle and flexibility, helps improve balance and coordination, and provides a great cardiovascular workout. Graduado Negro has been running the Abada-Capoeira group in Oman since 2008 and now teaches 13 classes a week for all levels, including children and teenagers.

Location: Future Health Club, Shatti Qurm or the beach

Time: Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays between 4.30pm and 9pm, and Fridays between 4.30pm and 6.30pm

Price: RO3 - RO4 per class

Contact: 95624829


Salsa is one of the most popular Latin social dances. Its energy makes it great for weight loss, rhythm and coordination, and it's a good confidence booster. Classes are available with the Oman Salsa Group and are taught by more than seven instructors from all over the world. The classes involve warm ups and stretches, line-ups, individual and social dancing and cater for all

skill levels.

Location: British School Muscat, MQ

Time: Sundays, 6.45pm

Price: RO4 per class or RO30 for a package of ten classes

Contact: 99326632

Mum and Baby Yoga

Obviously, this one's just for mums and their little ones. Taught by Karen Wilmot, an experienced midwife and yoga teacher, the hour long class begins with baby massage and then yoga, where every move involves the baby either with maintained eye contact or actua-lly using the baby as a weight. Both mums and babies benefit from the special time they spend together because the exercise helps stimulate the babies' auditory and visual sen-ses, and its great for relaxation.

Location: Hayati Spa,

Shatti Qurm

Time: Saturdays, 12pm

Price: RO5

Contact: 97319976

Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga is an alternative therapy that combines laughter with yogic breathing (Pranayama). It is based on the idea that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter, and so it gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. Laughter yoga is said to help people deal with a wide variety of issues from mental health problems to just improving their general well being, and classes are suitable for all age groups.

Location: Whispers of Serenity, al Ghubra

Time: Tuesdays, 6.30pm

Price: RO6

Contact: 24614268

Tai Chi

The ancient Chinese martial art form Tai Chi uses slow, rhythmic, meditative movements designed to help you find peace and calm. It teaches self-defence techniques whilst the gentle movements make it a great de-stresser. Tai Chi is offered at Whispers of Serenity by South African Tai Chi instructor Leigh De Bruin, who has been a qualified Tai Chi instructor for over a decade. Classes are offered for all ages and skill levels.

Location: Whispers of Serenity, Ghubra

Time: Mondays 6.30pm, Wednesdays 9am and 4.30pm, and Thursdays 9am

Price: RO6

Contact: 24614268

Belly Dancing

This popular dance form of Arabic origins is great for all-round fitness as it uses every part of the body with particular focus on the hips. It provides a lively workout as well as developing posture and muscle control.

Location: Hayati Spa, Shatti Qurm

Time: Mondays 7pm

Price: Non-members RO4, Members RO3

Contact: 24601255


Zumba is one of the fashionable fitness classes of the moment. Combining aerobics with elements of hip-hop, samba, salsa, martial arts, belly dancing, mambo and soca, the class is good for weight loss and a great cardiovascular workout.

Location: Hayati Spa,

Shatti Qurm

Time: Saturdays 5pm, Sundays 4pm and 7pm, Mondays 10am and 7pm, Wednesdays 10am, Thursdays 11am, 2pm and 7pm

Price: Non-members RO3, Members RO2

Contact: 24601255

Boot Camp

Boot Camp is led by certified fitness trainer and marathon competitor Dan Baldwin, and will motivate and challenge with new exercises each day. Each individual works to their own pace so all levels of fitness are welcome. This is a great class for strength, weight loss and higher energy levels and one class a week is held outdoors.

Location: RevGX studio in al Hail (outside on Thursdays)

Time: Sundays 7.30pm, Tuesdays 7.30pm, Wednesdays 6.30pm (ladies only), Thursdays 8am

Price: RO4 for one class with discounts available for multiple classes

Contact: 95041446

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a combat sport originating from Thailand. Similar to kickboxing, it uses the hands, elbows, knees, shins and feet to strike the opponent. The class provides a serious cardiovascular workout, and is useful for anyone who wants to see fast results. It's also a great alternative to the more common martial art classes.

Location: RevGX studio in al Hail

Time: Sundays 6pm, Tuesdays 6pm

Price: RO4 for one class with discounts available for multiple classes

Contact: 95041446

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Apr 21, 2012
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