With a few more weeks of warmth and sunshine, it is time to make the most of exercising outdoors. And there is no better way than joining London’s latest craze and taking your yoga practice to the roof tops. With so much buzz around roof top yoga this summer, Hip and Healthy decided to see what all the fuss is about and we joined Tri Yoga’s al fresco class on the roof of the iconic Selfridges department store.

On arrival, the mats and props were neatly laid out on the green “grass” together with a small goodie bag (no need to lug your mat across town!). We would recommend getting there a little early so that you have a chance to take in the gorgeous view over London’s rooftops, be still and breathe. Christina Singleton and her beautiful smile led our gentle flow class which was accessible to all levels from beginner to super-yogi, and there was always an option to take things down/up a notch. At the end of the class, the savasana in the sunshine with a light breeze blowing felt truly amazing.

After the class, The Juicery served up some of their delicious and fresh cold pressed juices. We got to choose from the Hollywood (carrot, orange, turmeric, mint), the bright pink Greenwich (beetroot, carrot, apple, pomegranate, mint) and the Orchard (lots of greens!) all of which provide perfect post-yoga nourishment and hydration.

Having experienced roof top yoga, we totally get this trend. There is something quite magical about practicing yoga high in the sky with the sun shining on your face and the breeze blowing through your hair. We think it is quite possibly the most perfect way to spend a summer morning in London!

Tri Yoga runs roof top classes at Selfridges every Tuesday morning from 10am-11am until 2nd September 2014. Classes are £20 and include yoga, a fresh juice, small goodie bag and a voucher for the Face Gym located in Selfridges.

words by Kathleen Fleming

image: Selfridges