It’s funny how much things can change in just a short amount of time. The West End used to be my playground on a saturday evening, where I would dance the night away. And now I find myself walking the streets that I used to know for an early morning Yoga session followed by a healthy brunch.
Yogasphere have already taken over level 72 of europes tallest building, the Shard and now they have a Yoga and Brunch series at Buddha Bar. Yogasphere plant 10 trees for every time a client attends a class, which is such a beautiful way to give back to the earth that we have taken so much from.
The morning started with a detox juice and I spent a few minutes chatting to my friend Nadia, before the class started. We sat by the bar, which made me smile because I was drinking a carrot and ginger juice as I was being eyeballed by champagnes, spirits and cognac.
The Yoga class took place on the lower ground floor and our instructor for the day was Leo. As the class begun, Leo’s personality started to light up the low-lit room. His witty comments made the room smile, which is something that doesn’t happen often during Yoga… but it should!
The hour long vinyasa flow session focused more on stability than mobility, which I really enjoyed because I am not particularly flexible but I do bodyweight exercises regularly. Leo introduced a new Yoga move to me, the Swan Dive, and I intend to include it in my weekly gym routine.
After we had finished it was time to indulge in a healthy brunch, complete with a Yogasphere cocktail. During the yoga class, Leo explained to us that in the later years of Yoga, people had been practicing living a more balanced lifestyle that wasn’t too far removed from the world and this included drinking alcohol. But this cocktail wasn’t your average Cosmopolitan or Dark and Stormy. It included ingredients and alcoholic herbs that had been hand picked by French Monks. If the French Monks gave it their seal of approval then it must be healthy!
We were treated to the most flavoursome savoury brunch and I choose the Salmon, Wakame and chicken salad. But, brunch wouldn’t be brunch without a sweet treat for dessert.
As for the location, Yogasphere proved that it isn’t the house that makes a home. Buddha bar felt calming, soothing and the restaurants decor was mesmerising.
What I love the most about Yoga is that it helps to restore balance and focus. Sometimes you don’t realise just how overworked and tired you are, until you are fully relaxed. After I returned home I had a two hour nap (sleep) and as I woke up I flashed my boy friend a huge smile, which prompted him to ask me why I was so happy. I simply replied “it’s because I am alive.”
The Yoga and Brunch takes place every Sunday until 20th September. I am looking forward to doing another class with Yogasphere, but this time it will be in the sky!