Lifestyle

Meditation in the Clouds

When I lived in Cape Town, I would go to Yoga classes every week. They were an hour and a half of joyful meditation for me every Monday and Thursday evening. This was my quiet time, and also my bonding time with my sister. There is so much that practising yoga has taught me since I started it three years ago. I have never regretted my decision to start. Yoga classes are so expensive, especially in London! I have yet to find a studio that I really like that is also within my budget. Convincing yourself that you are willing to pay £90 a month to sweat in front of strangers, is always a mean task. IMG_5334 IMG_5335

I have really missed not being able to go to my weekly meditations, which is why I jumped at the chance to do a breakfast session in the famous Sky Garden in London. This beautiful natural environment is on the 36th floor of the “Walkie Talkie” building in the city centre. It has amazing panoramic views of the city from all angles and beautiful shrubbery gardens give you an incredibly relaxed feeling even though you are 36 floors high. I am so incredibly afraid of heights, but even I could manage this amazing serene environment.

The yoga style is a beginners level Vinyasa Flow Yoga and it costs £10 for the lesson. This would usually be a bit too pricey for me, but I really went, more for the experience, than for the yoga class. In the end, I enjoyed both the experience AND the class. I would do it over and over again! An hour of vinyasa, followed by coconut water and a walk around the garden is the best start to the day.

From this floor, you can see the different vantage points of London. It has been one of my best mornings in London so far! It just shows you that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good outing in this amazing city.

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You can also grab a bite to eat after your class at the Darwin Brasserie located on the side of the building which faces the Thames. I am sure you can imagine what the view is like! The Darwin Brasserie has an arrangement of fresh squeezed juices, coffee and breakfast foods. They also have hot water bottles and pashminas for the faint hearted. There is no heating on this floor, they like to embrace the elements. This means that in the morning, in winter, it is COLD! This is fine once you have the blood flowing from the yoga but in the beginning, it is quite fresh!

The only thing that I would say put me off was that this space is very open and other guests are welcome to the 36th floor while the yoga class is in session. So, you may have some gawkers watching you while you try to perfect your crow’s pose. However, as uncomfortable as this made me, it wasn’t enough to completely turn me off this great idea! It was the perfect girly date for my friends and I and the perfect start to our Sunday morning.

If you would like to book yourself a spot in the next class, you can do so here.