Fitness

Yoga up the Shard

I love the idea of being one of those girls who wears activewear everywhere, does yoga every day, makes fresh smoothies every morning but quite simply, I’m not. Although I am working on it.

I had always wanted to try yoga but was too scared to turn up to a class in case I couldn’t keep up and embarrassed myself. So I did what any logical person would do and got up ridiculously early for an 8:30am yoga session at the top of the Shard on a Saturday with about 50 other people.
But I’m so glad I did it! You have chance before and after the hour session to walk around and take photos which is great because the Shard doesn’t actually open until 10am so you have time to get your photos before the crowds storm in. When I left there was a queue of people snaked around the building waiting to get in and I think I’d have struggled to enjoy being up there with tonnes of tourists fighting for photos.

The actual yoga session is on level 69 but you can go up to 72 (the very top) to take photos and wonder around. Mats are provided and I have to say, it was an incredible experience. The yoga itself was challenging but not so much so that you couldn’t join in. When up there I soom realised that the sports bras and trainers were deceiving and there was actually a mix of abilities. I went on my own too and felt perfectly happy and not at all intimidated.

The price is £45 which isn’t an awful lot more than the cost of entry to the shard itself and like I said, you have exclusive access before it opens so I’d definitely recommend it as a one off treat for yourself. You get a goodie bag on your way out too, and everyone loves a goodie bag!

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