imageBy far the most iconic recent addition to the London skyline is The Shard. (I spent the night before it opened two years ago sitting with friends outside a pub in Southwark telling everyone there was going to be an amazing light show to launch the building. By 10.30pm someone had the sense to Google its launch date and discover that we were in fact 24 hours early….) Standing as the tallest building in Europe, The Shard already attracts tourists, and gourmands to its exclusive restaurants, but it’s going to start seeing a lot more people in lycra and bare feet as  it’s started to offer the highest yoga classes in London.

2014-06-03 08.30.25Yogasphere has launched classes on Saturday mornings at The View from The Shard, which is twice as high as any other viewing platform in London (put that in your pipe and smoke it Canary Wharf). After jumping in two lifts, yogis disembark at the 68th floor to be met by Mandy and Leo, Yogasphere’s teachers.

imageThe 40mile view is unquestionably stunning, even on the grey miserable day that I attended, and Leo and Mandy have transformed the space into a studio, with their mat at the front on a slight angle, and two groups of yogis facing towards them on two of the View’s four sides. The class was open to all levels, and was pitched perfectly to make sure you didn’t fall out of a balance while gazing out at the Tower of London across the river (yes, that might have happened to me…)

IMG_20140603_140058At £40, it’s not the cheapest of classes but when you take into account that it costs £25 just to visit The View, it’s worth every penny. If you’re a yogi visiting London, or just have a Londoner’s love of your city, I can’t imagine why you would miss the opportunity to try this.

The View from the Shard, Joiner Street, London, SE1 9QU