Last weekend, I did yoga 1016 feet in the air, at the highest yoga class in the world!
I did a yoga class at the top of one of London’s coolest skyscrapers, The Shard, which is the tallest building in Western Europe.
The class is pretty pricey, but I got a ridiculously cheap promotional deal in September through the yoga studio that hosts the class, Yogasphere. Normally the class itself is £40, but they were offering a 10-class pack (for classes at other locations) plus a class at the top of the Shard for £100!
Now, £40 is pretty steep for a yoga class, but it’s held on the viewing deck of the Shard which costs £25 anyway, so if you think of it that way, you’re really only paying £15 for the class, which isn’t that bad. I think it would be a great thing to do as a tourist if you want to splurge!
The class at the top of the Shard is only offered once a week, on Saturday mornings, and I managed to postpone it until almost the last weekend before it expired. I was hoping for a gloriously clear day but London’s winter weather is always gray and foggy, or even rainy, most of the time, so it was just a gamble since I had to reserve the class in advance.
I woke up on Saturday morning and looked out the window and audibly groaned: foggy. SO FOGGY! I hoped some of the fog would burn off once the sun was fully up, because it was too late to cancel.
It actually wasn’t that bad once we were up there. Did we have incredible expansive views of 40 miles into the distance, where you can see Windsor Castle on a clear day? No. Was it still a great view and a ridiculously cool place to do yoga? Absolutely.
The class itself was taught by one of Yogasphere’s teachers. I thought she taught a great, well-paced class. She gave many options for beginners as well as options for more advanced yogis, and gave us ample opportunity to enjoy the view during the poses.
It was a very invigorating and refreshing class. I think the location had something to do with it. It felt so free and expansive to be up in the clouds, stretching and balancing and doing deep breathing. It was a great way to start the day!
We had time to enjoy the view before and after the class, as well as plenty of time to take pictures doing various poses.
The yoga class is on the 68th-floor viewing deck, but we also had the opportunity to ascend to the open-air viewing deck on the 72nd floor.
We also got a goody bag with some food and drink samples (coconut water!) so that was a fun surprise.
Although it wasn’t the perfect weather, it was a beautiful view and incredible place for a yoga class. The fog made it an even more authentic London experience…that’s what I told myself, anyway!
After the class I met my flatmate in Covent Garden for brunch at one of our favorite Indian restaurants, Dishoom. Definitely check it out if you’re in London!
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