Rise & Shine: Yoga At The Shard With Yogasphere
Posted: May 18, 2015
We sent two very excited Clipper yoga bunnies, Dominique and Amy, off to try out Yoga at The Shard with Yogasphere, and here’s what Dominique had to say:
Greeted by a queue of yogis on a somewhat drizzly April morning in London, I arrived at the entrance for The View to The Shard. With the time nearing 8.15am for an 8.30am start, I had risen bright and early for a workout with a seemingly envious view. Having walked past The Shard countless times and become slightly desensitised to its sheer enormity, height and arresting architecture; I was, for the first time, in awe. Amy arrived and soon enough the doors opened, and the queue began filtering into the building. Two elevators (and a few ear pops!) later we were ushered into the yoga studio.
The studio was impressive to say the least; all the mats were pre-laid and light emanated through the floor-to-ceiling windows, creating an open and airy ambience. The serene studio spread around three sides of the building and after claiming our mat territories, Amy and I migrated towards the windows to see the much-anticipated view; the natural inclination amongst all class participants. London looked miniscule; the hustle and bustle silenced, the capital seemed like a surreal and paradoxically all-too-real Legoland. Embedded in the clouds, the view was breath-taking.
With a focus on breath, the class began; a gentle hum of meditative melodies accompanied Mandy Jhamat, our yoga teacher for the morning. Although Mandy was not visible to all participants, her voice resonated around the studio with the help of a microphone. Participants not in view of Mandy were assisted by Leo Lourdes, who was mirroring Mandy’s flow, as well as correcting our postures at times.
The hour long class flowed seamlessly, both instructors guiding us through a series of sun salutations, spine strengthening stretches and planks a-plenty! Post-inversion/shoulder stand, the class wound down as we slowly transitioned into a restful Savasana. Having closed down the practice with a ‘Namaste’, the instructor informed us that not only had we planted 600 trees (from the 60 attendees), we could also ascend to the highest accessible point of The Shard, Level 72, the open-air viewing platform, where classes are sometimes taken in the summer.
With just enough time for a few more camera clicks to snap a couple of #peakpose yoga selfies, Amy and I ascended to the open-air platform. Again, I was pretty mesmerised by the view and, feeling a slight chill in the air, we decided to descend – not forgetting to collect our goodie bags en route. The goodie bags included natural, fair and delicious Clipper Green Tea amongst other lovely bits and pieces. With metabolisms fired up, it was brunch o’clock and we headed to Le Pain Quotidien to refuel with green juices and eggs!