The long awaited day was finally upon us! Way back in November 2018, I organised, for my best gal Ella’s birthday present, a yoga class and meditation sound-bath at the top of The Gherkin in London. Three months later and off we went…
I understand if you’ve been at work all week it’s hard to motivate yourself to set an early alarm on a Saturday, but when you have something to look forward, a 6:30am alarm blasting through the room isn’t so bad! Weary-eyed, we got our yoga gear on, I’d recommend gym leggings and a top or some comfy and flowy clothes, and tubed our way to Aldgate Station. It’s so lovely to wander around the London streets during the early morning, the tranquillity is almost eerie!
We strolled towards The Gherkin, which looked far too posh for us to be visiting and signed in. They are strict with your belongings, you have to go through an airport-style security scanner, so just pack sensibly! From there, it’s two lifts to get you to the top.
We were greeted from the lift by the founder of Yogasphere, Leo Lourdes, and guided to the class. You wander up a spiralled staircase and are suddenly met by the beaming morning sunlight as you reach the glass dome at the top of The Gherkin. We were like spectators at a firework display that just keep saying “oooooh!”, “ahhhhh!”, “oh wow!”. It felt so fresh to be encompassed in all of the natural light and you experience the most unbelievable 360-degree views of Central London – including Tower Bridge and The River Thames!
The yoga class lasted around one-hour and the teacher was great; providing alternative intensities for each movement to cater for your own practice, adjusting your form and alignment in your movements, and cracking hilarious (and unexpected…) jokes throughout the class! You were able to really push yourself during the class and we definitely felt it the next morning – w o w. My headstand definitely has much to be desired, but practice is key…
After the yoga class, we experienced (our first ever) meditation sound-bath from a sound-bath professional. We lay on our mats, eyes closed and for the next half an hour were completely immersed in the sounds. I can only describe that you felt as though you could have been anywhere in the world, it took me straight back to being in India and I LOVED it! He was making sounds from a variety of bowls, bells, flutes and other instruments and, with the shape of the room, the sounds carried and echoed and completely overloaded all of your senses.
We were so gutted when the sessions came to an end because we were in awe of the morning and felt so at peace. Obviously, as this isn’t your typical yoga class setting, we stayed to take advantage of all of the amazing photo opportunities (along with the rest of the people from the class!).
I would highly recommend trying a class with Yogasphere, or even just a yoga or meditation class if you have never tried one before! A lot of people may think it’s an easy and rather insipid form of exercise, but I promise you will be shocked by how much you mind and body are challenged! My next hope is to go back to India to practice yoga, it is where it originated after all…
“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” – Amit Ray