International Yoga Day falls on Thursday 21 June 2018, which also happens to coincide with the first day of summer. Guess that means it’s time to take work those warrior poses outdoors, with The Resident’s pick of London’s best alfresco yoga classes
Lead image: Aviary’s RooFIT yoga
1 Climb and Yoga Experience at Up at the O2, North Greenwich
As long as you don’t have a fear of heights, a yoga class on the roof of the O2 Arena might be an experience perfect for you. Up at the O2 is offering a morning climb plus yoga class for all abilities on top of the O2 Arena on 23 and 30 June 2018. Each session will include the full 90-minute Up at The O2 climbing experience, pausing at the summit 52 metres above the arena roof where yoga instructor Craig Norris will guide a 50-minute yoga class. Prices start at £50 and spaces are limited.
Peninsula Square SE10 0DX; tickets.aegeurope.com
2 RooFIT Aviary, Shoreditch
Aviary’s new summer wellness pop-up series, RooFIT, will deliver yoga, boxing and ballet classes to its sunny rooftop terrace for a fresh, fun, summer of fitness. First up, Aviary is partnering with triyoga to run yoga classes from 21 June, International Yoga Day, until 29 June. From 19 July it’s BXR with its signature SWEAT class, then, from 16 August its En Avant Ballet with Royal Ballet-trained dancer and teacher, Karis Scarlette. Aviary is located on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel in Finsbury Square with great views of London. Tickets are £25 and include 50% off breakfast from Aviary, use of the shower facilities in the hotel spa, a PRESS juice and a goodie bag with treats from the brands involved.
22-25 Finsbury Square EC2A 1DX; aviarylondon.com
3 Sunrise Yoga, The Shard
While this one may not be outside, Sunrise Yoga at The Shard is still quite the experience. Hosted on the 24th floor of one of Europe’s tallest buildings, this class has all the benefits of rooftop yoga (think views) while keeping you sheltered from the elements. Yogasphere will be hosting early Monday morning yoga and meditation classes, taught by Yogasphere founder Leo Lourdes and accompanied by spectacular views. Suitable for any age and skill level. A MoveGB membership is required.
32 London Bridge Street SE1 9SG; movegb.com
4 Neverland London, Fulham Beach Club
Yoga on the beach is a pretty novel in London, so head for Neverland London before the summer season is over. Surrounded by palm trees, water and a sandy beach, you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise for your yoga class, with sand between your toes and the Thames lapping nearby. Classes are led by Cassie McClements of Find the Om every Saturday from 10.15am-11.30am. Yoga in the sand has extra benefits – the unstable surface means you need to work harder to keep your balance, so ditch the studio and head for the beach instead. Tickets are £16.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; neverlandlondon.com
5 Summer Rooftop Yoga at Madison, St Paul’s
Back for another year, Summer Rooftop Yoga at Madison takes place on the restaurant’s rooftop terrace from 7am every Wednesday morning this summer, from June to August. Instructor Sophie Dear of Sophie’s Fitness will be teaching her vinyasa flow yoga classes to get your day off to a good start. Classes are £13 and run for one hour. Don’t forget to bring your mat!
One New Change, St Paul’s EC4M 9AF; sophiesfitness.co.uk
6 Sunrise Yoga & Breakfast at Sky Garden
This one isn’t alfresco, but at 36 floors up you probably wouldn’t want it to be… Sky Garden in the Walkie Talkie is hosting yoga classes with a view among the tropical greenery of the 36th floor observatory. This class, suitable for all skill levels, will be followed by a continental breakfast at Darwin Brasserie on weekdays, while smoothies, muffins and pastries are offered on weekends at Sky Pod Bar. Classes take place at 6.30am from Tuesday-Friday, 8am on Saturdays and 8.30am on Sundays, lasting one hour. Tickets are £10-£22.
20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 1DT; skygarden.london
7 Wanderlust 108, Battersea Park
This one’s a little bigger than a yoga class, this is a whole wellbeing festival, but alfresco yoga does feature! Wanderlust, producers of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, will be hosting Wanderlust 108 on 15 September at Battersea Park. Wanderlust 108 will include a Mindful Triathlon consisting of a 5K run/walk, a 90-minute yoga session led by Julie Montagu, and a 30-minute mass meditation. This will all be alongside The Uncommons featuring acro-yoga, aerial yoga, hula-hooping, organic and artisan food and lifestyle markets, as well as a new Tea Garden and Speakeasy. 7.30am-5pm. Tickets £31-£91.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; wanderlust.com
8 Morning Gloryville’s Fifth Birthday Party – The Five Senses Special, Studio 338
Morning Gloryville is celebrating its fifth birthday in style on Saturday 7 July. Taking place at Studio 338, this huge event will feature six whole hours of sober raving with yoga classes by More Yoga, a massage station and plenty of healthy food options. And of course, there will be a dance floor, hosting a secret superstar DJ to be announced at a later date (previous DJs include Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx and Carl Cox). Studio 338 has recently been refurbished and relaunched following a tragic fire a couple of years ago, so this is a great way to show the North Greenwich venue some love. Tickets do sell out so book asap!
338 Boord Street, North Greenwich SE10 0PF; eventbrite.co.uk