Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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Laila Saif’s road to Illuminations Abu Dhabi began when, as a hard-working executive, she googled Theta Healing and came across the original wellbeing center in Dubai.  Intrigued, she soon headed up the highway from her home in Abu Dhabi to investigate. She didn’t know it then but it was a move which she says ended up completely transforming her life.  “At the time I was always stressed, with a lot of suppressed frustrations and anger and...

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I didn’t always crave sugar or feel shame when I ate it. When I was a toddler, my mother used to leave me a little pile of raisins or marshmallows on the kitchen table so I could grab a snack when I wanted. By all accounts I hate them sparingly and happily. When I was a little older, she’d hand me a little bag of soft banana candies from the corner store when we went...

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Today is the last day of the Livehealthy Festival. Below, you’ll find the full schedule of Saturday, January 25 sessions. (Make sure to scroll all the way down to today’s sked.) Our first-ever community event is at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi. Sessions start at 10am, but you’re welcome to come early to sample food and drinks from participating vendors. There are panels, workshops, workouts, yoga, meditation and much, much more. (We’ll amuse your...

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There are just days to go until the first Livehealthy Festival, an event for the whole family that will be held this Friday and Saturday (January 24 and 25) at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Check out our preliminary schedule here (we are still happily planning, so it is subject to change) and read on for more details. All workouts are free That’s right! Free. Our schedule begins at 10am on Friday and Saturday and ends at...

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We weren’t sure what to expect from The Bee Cafe, the first business in Abu Dhabi to employ an entire team of people of determination. With no website or social media handles and located within the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, this progressive coffee shop got lots of press when it launched and already seemed like it could be a cool hidden gem.  The location and vibe It’s refreshing to walk into this...

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Neli Merris has been a mainstay on the Abu Dhabi yoga scene since she first arrived 12 years ago. Now the Bulgaria-born yoga teacher, soundworker and mother-of-two has joined forces with two Emirati sisters to open Seven Wellness on Reem Island.  “I taught one of the sisters yoga and it’s how we got together, but they had been working on this project for two years before I met them and so it was all in...

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We get a lot of great health and fitness advice from some really smart people here at livehealthy.ae. Here are some of the best of the year.  Build a community  Every person at some point in their lives has to find their place in a new situation. That’s why we loved the excerpt from Dubai-based Rachael Lynn’s book At Home Anywhere. The author, community organizer and writer suggests that you first get to know yourself – and...

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Last year, Marcus Smith completed 30 marathons in 30 days as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge. It was a monumental achievement in which he had to dig into his deepest physical and mental reserves to pull through. Since opening InnerFight gym in Dubai 11 years ago, Smith and his team of coaches have helped numerous people overcome smaller, but equally significant, challenges –  building their overall physical and mental health.  The stigma around mental...

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At the start of her education, long before she offered therapy in Dubai, Reem Shaheen dived straight into psychology. While studying at the American University in Cairo, she worked for an organization that helped refugees from across Africa.   “It was everything — from rape to witnessing your family being murdered to witnessing your children being murdered — it was quite traumatic,” she says. “It took me a while to recover from that.”  While treating...

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Louise Ryan did everything right: the British opera singer, who has performed with the UAE National Symphony Orchestra, eats well, exercises regularly and manages her stress. But in February last year, she experienced the worst headache of her life and after being rushed to hospital, found out she had a type of aneurysm known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage — a very rare form of stroke in which there is bleeding into the brain. She underwent...

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No more being jealous of Dubai. These days, there are so many homegrown Abu Dhabi gyms that residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to where to work out. Whether you like boxing, RPM or CrossFit, if you want something for both men and women, the capital is exploding with made-in-the-UAE options. Here are some of our favorites.  Volt Fitness This brand-new gym at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has beach access, a beautiful...