Reaching for the sky in a Sun Salutation now has a whole new meaning! Thanks to classes offered by one studio in London, practitioners are now upward dogging from 1,016 feet (310 meters) up.
London's Yogasphere has begun holding classes at the visitor attraction center atop Europe's tallest building known as the Shard. The space is called "The View" – and what a view it has. At that level, practitioners have a front row mat to London's entire panorama.
When the weather allows for it, they even take class outside to breathe in the air from the building's open-air space. The 90 minute class consists of a one-hour practice and a spare 15 minutes before and after to take in a sight that is truly meditative.
Yoga Up In The Sky and All Over The World
Yogasphere isn't the only studio taking their practice to new heights. In Australia, Sydney Tower's Eye is home to the yoga SKY program—and they literally are in the sky, at a height of 846 feet (258 meters).
The weekly hatha classes offer yogis a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Harbour City. To make the healthy start to the day nourishing to the body as well as the mind, class participants get to leave with a healthy breakfast too.
High above Singapore, 656 feet (200 meters) above the street, is the observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Banyan Tree Fitness Club. The 1.2 hectare tropical oasis is the site of regularly scheduled yoga classes, including one that gives yogis a stunning view of sunrise.
None of those high enough for you? You may want to head to Dubai and the tallest building in the world during one of their special sessions. Yoga at the Top is on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa. The 24-day-session, run by the health club chain Fitness First, invites practitioners to greet the day from 1,483 feet (452 meters) up.
These classes may be far away from the earth, but practicing at these heights may just be a great way for yogis to experience how it is to truly be grounded.Image credit: Fitness on Toast