London is certainly not short on yoga studios. There are classes to suit everyone whatever your yogi inclination, from the hot and hardcore Duracell-bunny-style right down to the slow and simple chilled out yin sessions. Even your unborn baby, toddler or granny can get involved and hybrid yoga is all the rage.
So with so much choice, what are the best classes and where are the best studios in London for yogis in search of the very best? LUXOS has posed, stretched and found power and peace across the city. Here is our pick of the best places to lay down your mat and strike a pose...
The Secret Yoga Club
Rooftops make great al fresco yoga studios and pretty much any room with a view across London’s skyline makes for a fab place to practice yoga. The Mondrian London on the South Bank has turned its 12th floor Rumpus Room into a superb yoga studio for the summer and is holding Sunrise Yoga classes every Monday at 7.30am. Enjoy an hour of Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga as you watch the sun rise over London through the glass wall (until 30th September).
The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is also holding sunrise yoga sessions every Wednesday from 6.30am (until early September) while The Secret Yoga Club holds Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning classes on the roof of the very cool Bold Tendencies car park in Peckham. Perhaps the ultimate sky-high London yoga experience is Yogasphere’s yoga class 1000ft up in The View from The Shard - the world’s highest weekly yoga class.
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Indabar class with Stewart Cilchrist
If you’re looking for a challenging yoga class then Indaba Yoga in Marylebone is the studio for you. This is where the old school yoga masters go, and if you really want to put yourself through the paces, book in for a class with renowned tough teacher and the ever popular, Stewart Gilchrist. Indaba Yoga, various classes, www.indabayoga.com
Pure Power Yoga
For those short on time but with yoga high on the agenda, why not enlist your very own personal yoga instructor. Experienced yoga teacher Jo Arthur of London’s Pure Power Yoga offers private sessions at your abode, while if you find yourself checked in at The Halkin by COMO in Belgravia near Hyde Park, a yoga mat will be waiting for you in your room and private, appointment only yoga instruction is available.
Yoga with an 80s twist
At a Voga class, the phrase ‘strike a pose’ couldn’t be more fitting. Described as the ‘haute couture of yoga’ Voga is a fusion of strong yoga poses and vogueing arms to an 80s beat. This is a fun hi-tempo alternative to the more traditional yoga techniques, which is trending globally at festivals, Balearic retreats and pop-ups and workshops in Paris, New York and London. Classes across London, www.vogalondon.co.uk
© London Dance Academy
As the first and only school in London to offer AntiGravity® Yoga classes, The London Dance Academy is the place for aerial yoga enthusiasts. AntiGravity® Yoga is basically yoga in the air combined with acrobats, dance, gymnastics and Pilates. You hang from a silk hammock making many of the moves easier on your body than in regular yoga. It also allows spinal decompression, helping alleviate back pain. Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans. The London Dance Academy, various classes, www.londondanceacademy.co.uk
Yoga from A – Z
Triyoga really does have a class for everyone (toddlers and seniors included) and is particularly great for beginners. Their classes run all day, every day from 6am – 9.30pm depending on which studio, and with studios in Camden, Soho, Chelsea and Covent Garden they are super accessible too. Check their website for additional pop up sessions across town, including their rooftop classes at Selfridges. Triyoga, www.triyoga.co.uk
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Yoga and brunch
Serene Social yoga session
If you have a passion for yoga, a love of delicious food and want to get more out of your weekly yoga session why not try a yoga and brunch combo. Yogasphere run a weekly Yoga Brunch at Knightsbridge’s Buddha Bar while Serene Social are offering a post-session breakfast, including vegan super food pots, after their Vinyasa rooftop class at the new Storeys Terrace (the former BBC car park roof at Television Centre in White City) on Saturday September 5th.
For maximum results
Yotopia, just off Covent Garden, maybe be small but it certainly offers some of London’s best classes and top teachers. Add to this its state of the art heating and humidification systems, you can be assured of a fab workout. Yotopia, various classes, www.yotopia.co.uk