In 2010, Elaine Kelly founded Yogafest Middle East, the largest wellness festival in the region. Yogafest brings together teachers and students to support great causes. Elaine is a highly qualified and passionate advocate for workplace wellness.  With 30 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry, she has spent the last 15 years in the Middle East making a positive impact on people’s daily lives at work by creating healthy workplaces that support employee wellbeing and enhance productivity, collaboration and connection. 


Elaine is a Goodwill Ambassador for Gulf For Good, a Dubai based charity under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The charity organises exciting adventure challenges around the world inspiring people to do something unusual. Participants raise funds, which are then donated to handpicked charities in the region where the challenge is held. Elaine has completed 11 challenges since 2003. She regularly organises yoga events, retreats, corporate and workplace wellness programmes. In 2014 she opened the first eco-friendly yoga studio in the region, Eco Yoga Sanctuary combining her passion for sustainability and yoga. 






“As a yoga beginner, I had no confidence at all in my abilities – even after only a few sessions, the results were magnificent. Elaine consistently challenges me and it’s quite amazing looking back to see what I can accomplish now!”

Anwar Imam,Senior Counsel H.H. The Ruler’s Court, Government of Dubai

“I have known Elaine for 10 years as a physical trainer and yoga teacher. She is a dynamic teacher who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her students. I have had private and group classes with Elaine. Her strong understanding of the body, individualised corrections and suggestions have improved my practice in all aspects: body awareness, form, strength and positivity. Elaine’s approach is very holistic. I continue to be inspired by her example and total commitment to her own health and wellbeing. She continually motivates me to achieve my full potential. Elaine is highly recommended as a yoga teacher and mentor for those wanting to regain their health and wellness.”

Glenys Henry, Educational Consultant.

“Elaine is a very talented and inspiring yoga teacher. Very professional, and attentive to the students, she is eager to share her deep yoga knowledge. Moreover, she delivers an advanced vinyasa flow yoga class with a well balance intensity.”

Virginie Henriot, Sponsorship and Marketing Director.

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