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Published on August 7th, 2015 | by Sophie Coulthard

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Sky High Yoga at Sky Garden

With the blossoming trend of ‘yoga with a view’ continuing to sweep across London, we checked out Sky Garden’s Sky High Yoga to see if achieving zen to a breathtaking city landscape was worth the 6.30am start (groan).

Running on Wednesdays and Thursdays until mid September, the sessions are held by Flex London’s Issy Scobie, and are surprisingly cheap at just £10 a pop; much more reasonable than any of its competitors. Nestled amongst Sky Garden’s famed tropical greenery, yogis can salute the sun as it rises behind the Gherkin and other London landmarks and end the session with a complimentary Love Taste smoothie.

On paper it sounds like the sort of way Victoria Secret models start their day, and the perfect place and time to start toning up without having to compromise your precious evenings. In reality, having to get up at 5.30am and catch the first bus or train to the Walkie Talkie building in the city is a little less inviting (we may or may not have succumbed to the temptation of an Uber to allow for an extra 15 mins of shut eye).

The first thing that will strike you as you travel up to the 35th floor is how many other Londoners have also managed to drag themselves out of bed; there were almost a hundred people at the second session, which pays tribute to how overwhelmingly popular these classes are. The terrace may be roomy, but it was a little cosy once everyone was packed in; yoga mats mere centimetres from each other and the yoga instructor wired up to a mic to be heard.

Although the sessions are mixed ability and Issy throughout the classes recommends easier poses for newcomers, it became clear that this is a place to see and be seen in the amateur yoga world, and more suited to those with a little more experience, stamina and knowledge. If this sounds like you, book your session, before the rest of the London yogis snap up a coveted spot.

To book a session, visit https://billetto.co.uk/en/users/rhubarb

Sky High Yoga 2

If you’re after a more intimate yoga session with a view, why not try one of the below classes:

Panoramic Yoga: Yogasphere at The View from The Shard

Saturdays, 8.15am – 9.30am

Boasting the highest view in London, The Shard is offering yoga on the 72nd floor with 360 degree cityscapes as you practise your downward dog. Each session includes extra time to capture the views before getting spiritual, and goodie bags are distributed which offer over £100 worth of healthy snacks, promotions and discounts.

Classes cost £40 in advance or £175 for a five class package. Book by calling 0203 086 9899.

Skyrise Yoga in Rumpus Room at Mondrian London

Mondays, 7.30am – 8.30am

Led by Rebecca Kernaghan who teaches a mix of Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga, the Skyrise yoga sessions are intimate and tailored to ensure each attendee is looked after individually. Classes welcome beginners all the way up to advanced yogis, and showers and changing rooms are provided by the hotel’s agua Bathhouse & spa after each session.

Classes cost £20 for day guests and can be booked by calling 020 3747 1010.

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