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Stay Warm This Winter: Sweat Lodge Yoga

December 10, 2014 by kathleen fleming 

Winter Rooftop Yoga Yoga Social London

On first glance, morning yoga on a London rooftop in mid-winter doesn’t sound terribly appealing. But this unique experience, organised by Serene Social, is something quite special. The class takes place on the rooftop terrace of famous City restaurant Coq d’Argent and in sync with this winter’s craze, the Coq d’Argent has transformed its terrace into an Alpine lodge (think mountain scenery, outdoor heaters and fluffy blankets).

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Fortunately for me, last Saturday was beautifully sunny and there wasn’t a cloud in sight. However, I was still quite apprehensive – the air was icy. What was I thinking when I signed down for outdoor yoga in December?  On arrival my fear subsided as I saw the yoga mats set out on the gorgeous “Alpine” terrace surrounded by several outdoor heaters and cosy blankets. Leslie from Serene Social welcomed us all and introduced us to Lucy Bruegger, our teacher.

Lucy guided us through a blissful flow class, perfect for any level. It felt quite surreal practicing outdoors in Central London in mid-winter. The City is quiet on a Saturday morning and we had birds tweeting and the air felt fresh (at least as fresh as it gets in London!). Lucy has a very kind and sensitive way of teaching and she took time to give everyone some hands-on adjustments. Also she made sure we had time for a long, relaxing savasana wrapped up in our blankets – bliss. Oh, and the mats, the Liforme mats. I have practiced on a fair few mats in my yoga-years but these are the best. You don’t slip, you don’t slide, they are soft, comfortable and even have markings for feet and hands (particularly handy for skew downward doggers like me!).

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Following the yoga class, we all sat down together to enjoy tea and coffee, croissants and an enormous selection of fruit. It was lovely to chat to the other yogis over a well-deserved breakfast and the perfect start to a mid-winter Saturday morning.

I cannot recommend this experience highly enough, especially the classes taught by Lucy.  Classes are £15 for members of Serene Social and £25 for non-members and the price includes coffee and croissants. You can book by clicking here