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In the age of digital revolution, where we are always contactable, there’s something satisfying about leaving technology behind to stretch, reflect and chill out. For many, this is where yoga comes in. The ancient practice, which celebrates the union of body and consciousness, has risen in popularity over the last decade, offering a sanctuary in which busy individuals can switch off, disconnect and do something for their body and mind.
In celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21, we’ve downward dog-ed our way through five of the best yoga studios in the City of London and West End.
With six types of yoga on offer across four (soon-to-be five) clubs, there’s no excuse not to warrior your way through a Third Space class. These luxurious health clubs make working out a breeze, with a member’s concierge, Cowshed skin and hair products in the changing rooms and a diverse timetable that caters for morning, lunchtime and evening classes. Sweat your way through an Ashtanga, Rocket or Hot yoga class, or chill out with a session of yin. Should you be feeling really tight, complementary classes like roll and release and Pilates will ensure you float out of the studio, straight to the on-site café for a made-to-order smoothie.
Tower Bridge, Soho, Marylebone, Canary Wharf (The Yard opening September 2018) and City (opening summer 2018).
From acro and kundalini to iyengar and relax and restore, there’s over 40 different styles of yoga practice to try at one of TriYoga’s six locations. Start your day with Hot Yoga in Camden or end it with Ashtanga in Chelsea – wherever you are and whatever type of workout you’re after, it has something for everyone. Both the Shoreditch and Soho studios offer over 125 yoga, Pilates and barre classes, include an infrared heat studio and have an on-site café and juice bar. Workshops and courses are also available should you want to deepen your practice or extend your knowledge.
Camden, Chelsea, Shoreditch, Soho, Ealing, Covent Garden
Blue Cow Yoga
Whether you’re an MD or PA, Blue Cow has a spot for you. This City-based studio offers three types of yoga – dynamic, flow and flow & restore – as well as Pilates and Barre classes, meaning there’s an escape for every type of exerciser. Advanced yogis looking to sweat should be opting for the dynamic option, which features Vinyasa sequences held and worked at a fast pace. For something a little more relaxing, try the Flow & Restore class – otherwise known as anti-desk yoga. Its sequences will target tight shoulders, hips, necks and backs and leave you feeling tension-free. Located just five minutes from both Bank and Moorgate, it’s perfectly positioned for some pre-work pranayama or post-work warriors.
7 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AF
Located in Old Spitalfields Market, this unique clubhouse emphasises the community element of working out, offering a fusion approach across hot yoga, cycling, barre and strength calisthenics. Their hot yoga offering, the Elementals Hot Yoga system, was developed by SOMA’s founder, Jennifer Hersch. It incorporates Bikram as a base and then is distinguished based on the elements – Earth is a slow, deep flow, while Fire combines power hot flow with Pilates, and Soul (their signature class) combines dance-inspired hot flow movement with core work. Fusion classes also appear on the menu, with TRX Yoga Core, straight Bikram and a combination of the Elemental classes.
Old Spitalfields Market Terrace, 8 Horner Square, E1 6EW
From its studios in Covent Garden and Fitzrovia, the team at Good Vibes spread a love of yoga through a range of styles. Their signature class, Glow Yoga, takes a modern approach to the ancient practice, offering a Vinyasa-style class in a heated room with SAD lighting. If that’s not your style, stress not – there’s also foundation classes for complete beginners, as well as flow & restore, bliss and Qigong yoga flow sessions. Showers, lockers and towel hire mean there’s no worrying about working up a sweat – you’ll walk out mentally and physically refreshed and ready to embrace the day.
Covent Garden and Fitzrovia
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