On Saturday morning I was up unreasonably early to get part of my birthday gift--the boy knows me well and got me a yoga class voucher!
It wasn't just any yoga class, though. It was yoga at the top of the Shard! The geniuses at Yogasphere have organised weekly classes at 1,000 feet above London. These guys are pretty cool--they have yoga classes around London and for every time you go to a class, they plant 10 trees. Yoga that genuinely makes the world a better place. Love it.
Anyway, I'm a bit of a London nerd, so doing a class at the highest point in London, with incredible views over the city, was the perfect combination for me. My birthday was actually about six months ago but I wanted to wait to book my class when the weather and views had a better chance of being nice.
I really couldn't have hoped for a better day than last Saturday! As you can see from the photos, it was spectacular. You could see Wembley stadium, Alexandra Palace and so many other London landmarks.
The class itself was pretty good -- a strong yoga practice but accessible to all levels. But to me the best part was how, in some poses (a twist, looking over your shoulder; or a warrior pose) you could breathe to the movement of the clouds passing, slowly, right at eye level. It was so soothing and beautiful, and although we were miles high in steel, man-made structure, to connect with nature was such an incredible moment.
After the 60-minute class, we also got the chance to go up to the highest observation deck (which is where they do the class in warmer weather -- it was too cold because of the wind on Saturday) for a private viewing before it opens to the rest of the public. Brilliant!
And, on the way down, as if all of that wasn't totally worth the price, we got a great goody bag.
I'd say I would go again, but it was such a special moment, I almost wouldn't want to ruin it by trying to recreate it. Almost. If you have the chance, definitely go!
Where's your favourite place to practice yoga? Have you practiced outdoors and connected with nature?