Yoga at the Top of the Shard

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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We had time to enjoy the view before and after the class, as well as plenty of time to take pictures doing various poses.

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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.IMG_5312

We also got a goody bag with some food and drink samples (coconut water!) so that was a fun surprise.

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Outtakes: trying to kick up into handstand!

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Got there eventually!

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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!

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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!IMG_5345

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