Hey yoga bunnies! Are you tired of doing the downward-facing dog in the same old gym? Well worry not, we've got just the thing to rejuvenate that inner yogi.
Armed with a yoga matt and our trusty Oyster card, HuffPost UK Lifestyle scoured the four corners of the
world London Underground to bring you a selection of classes with a twist.
Scroll through our shortlist for everything from pregnancy yoga for those expectant mothers to Secret Yoga Club (a fusion of exercise, live music and tasty vegetarian food).
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Inspired by film 'Paris Is Burning', yoga teacher Juliet dreamt up the fabulous fusion - which combines the dance craze of vogueing with regular yoga - one summer in London. Not content with the yoga postures currently on offer, she created a few of her own to fit the fabulousness of Voga (for a visual cue think: the Unicorn and the Pheonix). Practised to the soundtrack of funky 80s classics - including Janet Jackson's 'What Have You Done For Me Lately' - you can't help but smile when strutting around on the yoga mat. Listen to it here. While it may not be for everyone - serious yogis approach with caution - anyone with a sense of humour, who is partial to a boogie will LOVE it.
Designed to balance the male and female forces within the body, Fierce Grace meets strength with flexibility to promote health, emotional harmony and mental clarity. A combination of classical Hatha, Bikram and Ashtanga yoga, Michele Pernetta has designed a system (of which there are five types of class - see here for breakdown) based on feedback and observations over years of teaching from her four London-based studios. The classes are conducted in a hot room (approximately 38 degrees) to allow optimum results in the minimum amount of time. Find our more about Fierce Grace here.
Set in different venues around London, Secret Yoga Club is a yoga class, intimate gig and delicious supper club all rolled into one. Not to mention it's seriously cool. Founder and yoga teacher Gabrielle Hales teaches yoga flow and Jivamukt to a class of no more than 18. At the end of the class during savasana (where yogis lay on their back in relaxation "dead body" pose) the class is treated to a private gig with an up-and-coming artist -- for us it was the dulcet tones of Luisa Gerstein from The Landshapes. The table is then set and the class are treated to a delicious vegetarian meal -- ours was prepared talented chef and ice-cream maker Nina Parker. "One of the reasons that people aren't keen on yoga or exercising in the evening is that they feel like they are missing out on socialising or doing something with friends," Gabby told HuffPost UK Lifestyle. "I thought if I could bring everything together -- the yoga, beautiful live music, food and friends -- then it would be the perfect evening!" She's certainly on to something. But shh! it's a secret. Our class was held in the eccentric Dalston Boys Club, which -- filled with mannequins and lit by candlelight -- made for the perfect ethereal setting. (See image) Find out more about Secret Yoga Club here
Inspired by aerial circus art and Vinyasa Yoga, the silk hammock is hung from the ceiling and used to suspend participants into seemingly impossible yoga postures. The class begins with simple poses like downward dog, lunge and warrior, but uses the soft trapeze as a prop for an even deeper stretch. Then it progresses into more challenging postures like hanging diamonds, handstands and the inverted yogi, to create a weightless alignment that strengthens muscles and releases pressure from compressed joints. Try it at Virgin Active Health Clubs
It might seem nigh-on impossible to do yoga with a belly the size of a football, but regular practise can help not only with pregnancy but labour itself. Strength :: Practising yoga will build muscle mass, which will give you more energy and make your pregnancy easier. It will also make it easier to lose the weight you put on while you're pregnant. :: Pregnant women typically shift their pelvis forward in response to the increased weight, which places significant strain on the lower back. Yoga strengthens the core muscles, resulting in better posture and alleviated back pain. Breathing :: Concentrating on breathing properly will teach you to relax your mind and your body, even in frightening or high-stress situations, helping your pregnancy to develop healthily. For more visit Yoga Bellies, for classes and DVDs
Housed in a pop-up inflatable heated studio -- think bouncy castle, but without the inflatable floor -- Hotpod Yoga aims to bring heated yoga classes to the masses. Classes are taught using the Vinyasa (or flow) yoga method, which uses controlled breathing and a range of challenging moves to strengthen, tone, detox, calm the mind while promoting weight-loss (one session promises to burn 700 calories). READ MORE