Looking for Some Zen as you #Stayhome? NYU Abu Dhabi Athletics Introduces Weekly Virtual Yoga and Meditation Classes Open to the Public

The classes will be posted on Instagram and YouTube every Thursday at 8am GST

Press Release

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Athletics will be posting weekly virtual yoga and meditation classes every Thursday, at 8am GST. Led by NYUAD Physical Education Instructor Miriam Maher, the classes will be shared once a week to help the global community maintain their mental and physical health, and will include various yoga and mindfulness practices. 

The pre-recorded classes will be uploaded to NYUAD Athletics’ official Instagram account and YouTube channel. This initiative comes as part of NYUAD Athletics’ commitment to protect public health and ensure physical distancing in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus and support the UAE’s #StayHome campaign.


 “During difficult and challenging times, we have to do our best to stay healthy and maintain our mental and physical fitness levels by managing our thoughts and focusing on what we can change. We launched this initiative as an open invitation for people to learn practices and techniques that could help overcome challenges that they may be facing.” 

NYUAD Physical Education Instructor Miriam Maher

The classes will cover a diverse range of yoga and meditation techniques and exercises, including yoga for athletes, Yin Yoga, core yoga, stress-relief yoga and guided meditation exercises that help with maintaining mental health, focusing on different topics each time, such as emotional awareness and loving-kindness meditation.

Maher added: “Life lies in the space between action, when we take time to reflect we allow ourselves to become more aware and appreciate all the beauty that lies in front of us.”

Miriam has been working in Physical Education since graduating from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2009. 

To access the Yoga and Meditation classes, simply visit NYUAD Athletics’ Instagram page @nyuadathletics and NYUADAthletics YouTube channel.


About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.