Flamingo Yoga, Wellness & Lifestyle is owned by Hema Laxman, internationally certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance USA (RYT 500). Hema is fully registered with RepsUAE, the public register initiated and established by the Dubai Sports Council which recognises the qualifications and expertise of exercise instructors in the UAE.
Flamingo Middle East was founded in 2014 as an HR and Recruitment consultancy. High stress levels associated with work, high prevalence of life style diseases, lack of exercise in the region prompted Hema to begin Yoga and Lifestyle division of Flamingo to build awareness and introduce yoga and healthy living.
Flamingo Yoga provides Corporate Yoga services to the HR and business clients. These programs are customised and cater to the company's needs and budget. “Having worked in HR for more than 11 years, I interact with people very closely, understand their stress levels and the need to unwind and calm the mind. I am a strong believer that yoga is a “one-stop shop” for the health and well being of people.”
In addition, as part of the consultancy, Hema provides lessons in Power Yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative yoga and alignment based Yoga; focusing on deepening student’s practice. These lessons are conducted in various venues in Al Barsha, Dubai. She enjoys teaching small groups, giving individual attention and strong emphasis on alignment. Every lesson incorporates the right balance between strength and flexibility and props are used for prevention of injuries. Pranayama and meditation are an integral part of her routine. Her asana classes are energising, motivating; at the same time, meditative, encouraging inner awareness through focus and mindful breathing. She has the ability to motivate people and guide them through yoga to “connect with their inner warrior”.
Prior to setting up Flamingo Yoga and Wellness Centre, Hema taught voluntary lessons to beginners and intermediate students with a non-profit group she was part of. She also volunteered with a special needs group providing yoga lessons for children from the age of 6 to adults. She continues her free community yoga sessions during the weekends as a way of giving back to the society.
“Teaching deepened my interest in yoga and it was a beginning of a new journey. With an educational background in the Biological Sciences, I have a naturally inquisitive and scientific mind. This helped me to do persistent research and self study, which in turn has helped tremendously to reap the anatomical and physiological benefits of yoga, both in teaching as well as personal practice.”
Hema is passionate about music and dance and loves to incorporate it in her yogic journey. “The connection between music and chakras is fascinating. When your eyes are closed, you can feel the rhythm pulsating in your energy centers and you are completely absorbed in it. Everything else ceases to exist at that point. Similarly, dance allows you to let go of your ego and self and immerse in the movement and this is a form of meditation.”
Hema completed her 200 hour certification with Yoga Guru Mahi at Mahi Yoga in Dharmsala, India. The 300 hour course was completed at Association For Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India. In addition, Hema has a Masters Degree in Sericulture Technology, a Diploma in Sports & Exercise Nutrition and has completed a three month course in Ayurvedic studies through e-learning. She loves to travel and spend time with her husband, two beautiful daughters and their Labrador, Humphrey.