Flexibility | Low impact | Strength | Core | Restorative
Class - Sunrise Yoga
Instructor - Issy Scobie
Suitable for - Everyone
Fitness/Workout level - All levels, though absolute beginners may find it a little too fast
Length - 60 minutes
Equipment - A yoga mat and warm clothes (especially in winter)
Perks - Amazing vista. The class only option is very reasonably priced given the setting
Drawbacks - One for the early risers, starting at 6:30am Tuesday-Friday, 8am on Saturdays and 8:30am on Sundays. Must book quite far in advance. Noise from the café might be disruptive
Cost - £20 for class + breakfast, £10 class only (plus booking fee)
Location - 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF
Website - https://skygarden.london/
The sun rose above the nebulous skyline, piercing the billowing clouds to unveil the glistening grey concrete mass of the city below. 155 meters high in the exquisite surroundings of the Sky Garden, you’ll feel a world away from the awakening city, its hustle and bustle, marking the dawn of a new day.
While the appeal of this class is undeniably the location, the yoga is equally tantalising. The Vinyasa flow style is fast and strong – a sure fire way to generate heat through the muscles and connect mind to body. For those new to yoga, Vinyasa is characterized by smooth and continuous movements linked using breath. The benefits are plentiful, both physically and mentally. Though poses are not held for a long time, repeated postures and sequences increase flexibility, adding a functional strength and toning benefit. The speed of movement also burns more calories than other forms of yoga, such as Hatha.
Our instructor, Issy, welcomed us in soothing tones before beginning a light warm-up of Sun Salutations  to ambient background music. My preoccupation as a total beginner, though futile, was that I’d struggle to move in and out of the postures in the seamless manner so intrinsic to Vinyasa. I was heartened to discover that after a few combinations the movements became familiar, allowing for a shift in focus towards synchronised breathing to reap the full benefits of moving meditation.
 Sun Salutations are the typical warm-up sequence in yoga, combining deep breathing with flowing movement
I found myself lying on my mat in no time, eyes closed in Savasana , feeling the warmth of the rising sun reflecting onto my sweat-glistened brow. Sixty minutes had felt like sixty seconds. It was a moment to reflect, contemplate and be still with myself – a rare luxury.
 Savasana means lying flat on your back and translates literally as ‘Corpse Pose’
As the music stopped and I peeled my eyes open, my senses gradually awakened to the bright daylight. Objects began to resume their form and the subdued din of the café below permeated my consciousness.
An optional buffet breakfast awaited in the Sky Pod Bar, offering tea and coffee, fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals and pastries. If you have time, take a moment to explore the luscious tropical greenery and snap some pictures of the stunning panorama - it’s pretty special.
Conclusion: Dynamic, energising yoga to boost the mind and the soul. A therapeutic way to channel your inner Zen before heading to the office, or a perfect start to a lazy weekend. If there’s any reason to surface at an ungodly hour, it’s surely to take a sunrise yoga class in one of London’s most iconic buildings. For £10 you really can’t go wrong, though I will say that the breakfast is fairly basic and perhaps not worth the extra cost. Be aware that the Sky Garden is open to the public, so noise might prove an issue.
Details: The Sky Garden is located at 20 Fenchurch Street in central London, a few minutes’ walk from Monument Underground. Tower Hill, Tower Gate, Aldgate, Bank and Mansion House stations are also less than a 10-minute walk away. The class costs £10, or £20 with breakfast, and you will need to book a place quite far in advance due to popular demand. Remember to arrive early to bag the best spot near the front.
To find out more about the Sky Garden and book your class, visit the website here.
Picture Credits: Sky Garden & Kate I'Anson