Last Thursday Lululemon (yep, them again) continued their friendly assault on London ahead of their first full store opening. For a whole day, 20 studios across the city offered every class on their schedule for free courtesy of the Canadian clothing brand. That’s really quite some investment, but a brilliant PR opportunity to ensure the whole London yoga community knows that they’ve landed.

studioThey christened the day Cheeky Yoga, with the idea that you could nip out for a cheeky class during the day.With the opportunity to try out so many studios I thought I’d try and pack in a few. As much as I’m always keen to explore different studios, it gets expensive and time consuming if, like me, you have a local studio that you pay a membership for and already love. So I booked Thursday afternoon off work (I’m not cheeky enough to just bunk off…), logged onto Lululemon’s dedicated Cheeky Yoga booking site  and worked out where I fancied going.

With three classes ahead of me (I’ll write about the others in a later post) I started my day nice and early with a visit to Blue Cow Yoga for a 7.15am flow class. Blue Cow is located between Bank and Moorgate so perfect for all those stressed out City types who probably need some yoga after doing,erm, whatever it is they do all day. Inside, the centre is gorgeous – really glossy, clean and fresh but without being intimidating. The room where the class took place picwas beautifully light, with cream drapes like sails on the ceiling.

I can only assume a lot of people booked the free class but then slept through their alarm, as there were a lot of mats left empty for the first class of the day (speaking to the team at Yogahaven afterwards, they said this also happened to them with their early morning class). The flow was challenging but uplifting and, drumroll please, I managed my first ever side crow with my legs extended! My usual achievements pre-8am tend to be limited to getting out of bed and into the shower, so I was suitably happy with it.

pukkaPost class, I hit the showers in Blue Cow’s gorgeous changing rooms, which include some brilliant touches including cotton wool buds and disposable razors to use. Before I left I was given a lovely Pukka Love tea (I’ve since bought a box full) and could have happily stayed in the cozy reception area flicking through the yoga and lifestyle magazines that were there for a while, but sadly work was calling.

Thankfully, knowing there were only a few desk-bound hours before I could pull on my leggings and head off for some more Cheeky Yoga (and maybe that side crow) put a bit of a spring in my step.

recepBlue Cow Yoga, 7 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6AF