A brand new yoga and Pilates place in the midst of Covent Garden next to St. Martin's Courtyard. This studio only opened end November so while they are settling in, I am already reviewing them!
A few days ago, I passed by this new studio that I had heard about recently and thought I could just pop in and have a look since I am looking for a new studio and they were offering a free trial at the moment. I went in on 1st December to find them still setting up the office / reception equipment (but since they only just opened, this little faux pas is forgiven).
As I did not have the time then to take a class I was given some information about the various classes they offer and a consultation on what courses would suit me best. Afterwards I had to take off my shoes and got a little studio tour.
And what a studio! They have two studios - one normal, one warm - where classes are taking place. They offer courses for all levels, beginners to advanced. The studio provides yoga mats so all you need to bring is yourself, clothes to change and of course a towel.
The classes they offer range from traditional yoga to Pilates but also a new style called myo-fit which is a combination of the two. Additionally, workshops are offered, usually over two hours to deepen your knowledge of yoga and train your core.
I also got to see the changing rooms which are practical (just bring your own padlock) and which also also equipped with showers (in which you can find shower gel and shampoo - very good service!!)
So, check this studio out if you like to try out new styles and developments in yoga and Pilates and take advantage of the free trials that is offered until the end of 2011! Although I have not yet taken a class at Yotopia, I am very much looking forward to it and will update this as soon as I have more information. Until then, Yotopia gets a good four-star rating for now which I might alter once having attended a class. Enjoy!
Yotopia gets a solid three stars from me.
+ Great location.
+ Hot classes and non-hot classes, and no Bikram (you can read about why he's problematic).
+ Great changing rooms, with shower facilites.
+ We've only had one class, but the instructor was solid.
- Their prices just went up.
- The hot room is seeeeriously funky-smelling, indicating poor ventilation. And I get that they want to get classes in there back-to-back, but having a 10min window to /open/ the windows to air the room out would be great. That, or invest in some proper air filtration.
- No super-early (pre-work) classes, which is a big bummer. Weekend offerings are a bit sparse.
- The classes are seriously packed. I get cozying up to your neighbour, but not being able to make a single move without accidentally pawing someone's sweaty thigh or having someone's hand whack your shoulder is uncool.
I get the feeling that Yotopia is still getting its bearings and feeling out the market. I look forward to watching them grow. Hopefully, they'll only get better with time.
Hello sexy! This is definitely the type of interior design where I can ease my mantra. Cool sleek designs and love that the waiting areas and locker rooms which are generously spacious. Bring a lock with you - they have lockers unlike the typical open space hot yoga studios usually provide. Also, I really do appreciate the separate shower cubbies!
I've practiced all sorts of yoga the past couple of years and it was nice and refreshing to take the beginners hot yoga class to break down really good techniques like where to put the weight in your hands in a downward dog. I love that the hot studio has windows that brings in a lot of natural light but there are no mirrors. I think it's good to change the focus to how you feel rather than your form which is important in bikram yoga.
Watch this space - will update after I take a few more classes. Namaste.
Yotopia is a luxurious Yoga centre in central London, offering the best in hot and traditional yoga, both in our facilities and quality of classes. Our state of the art facilities provide a comfortable environment in which to practice and escape. We offer both a hot and a temperate studio, so you can choose between a deeply detoxing, sweaty class, and a more ambient experience. We offer traditional styles of yoga, as well as our unique Myo-Fit classes, which are based on the latest scientific understanding of how the body moves. The benefits include greater flexibility, strength, tissue hydration and less likelihood of injury, as well as increased energy and bounce!
Established in 2011.
Set up by yoga enthusiast Lisa Campbell. She runs and owns the studio. She is supported by a fantastic team of highly experienced yoga teachers, as well as a team of lovely receptionists.
Lisa has a passion for yoga, borne from a career in banking and a history of practicing many sports, including triathlon, marathon, and mountain climbing. Yoga not only transformed her ability to manage her intense work schedule, but also improved her performance in the sports she was practicing. It was such a revelation that she wanted to bring yoga to more people in London with similar lives. Her vision for the studio was to offer a hot yoga and yoga studio that provides a quality experience in every way. You can find her at the studio, or when not, she's always available to answer any questions you may have.
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