Many of London’s skyscrapers offer yoga practice high above the city. Brunch n Grind signed up for a class in the clouds at Sky Garden…
Class: Vinyasa flow
Studio: Sky Garden
Location: the City
Blowout or budget: £12 for 60 minutes
An hour of dynamic Vinyasa flow yoga at Sky Garden, London’s highest public garden, or the ‘walkie-talkie building’ as it’s affectionately known.
On arrival at 20 Fenchurch Street, I went through a security check point and then up in the lift to the 35th floor. Arriving at the Sky Pod Bar, surrounded by luscious greenery, I scaled the stairs whilst taking in the spectacular 360 degree views of the city, spotting the city’s most well-known buildings: the Shard and the Gherkin.
The Sky Garden is naturally ventilated so the temperature is similar to that outside, so I recommend wearing long sleeves and bringing a jumper and socks for extra warmth during Shavasana.
The class itself was fairly gentle and aimed at beginners, which was ideal for such an early morning class, when the body can be stiff and in need of a good stretch.
Being so high up and surrounded by palms and plants, the Sky Garden makes for a very serene yogic experience. As we flowed through sun salutations, warrior series, binds and stretches, the time flew by and soft music masked the distant clang of the Sky Pod Bar as it geared up for the day.
After a dynamic class which really did work the entire body, it was time for a relaxing 15-minute Shavasana. Gazing up at the clouds above, you feel like you’re practically floating – it certainly beats looking up at a ceiling!
It was all over by 7.30am, so there was plenty of time to head to work with a renewed sense of calm in an otherwise hectic city.
I’m not exactly a morning person, so getting up at 5.30am to trek across London was not ideal. But I have to say, looking out at a spectacular view across the city as the sun rose, it was worth the early start.
As sleepy Londoners all over the capital kick into life, there’s something awe-inspiring about that fact that you’re already 35 floors up and doing something positive for your body and mind.
Up in the clouds, I was overcome by a renewed sense of gratitude, setting a positive purpose for the day ahead and began to feel like anything is possible.
Right now, Sky Garden is only offering private yoga classes followed by breakfast, but stay tuned for the next batch of public classes coming up in spring.