Written on 1 November 2017 by Alistair Boscawen in Belgravia
As energising as it is relaxing, yoga presents the perfect way to decompress and destress, a welcome respite from our otherwise hectic, fast-paced existences. Being both a physical and spiritual discipline, yoga works to improve posture, relieve stiffness and boost flexibility while reducing stress levels and instilling a sense of calm and wellness.
Yoga complements more active exercise, helping to enhance athletic performance when running, walking, swimming, or dancing. With this in mind, we’ve brought together some of the best venues for yoga and fitness within the Belgravia area. These should be useful if you’re looking for somewhere local to join to boost fitness and flexibility.
Grace Belgravia has grown in stature in a relatively short space of time. Opened in 2012, it’s billed as a ‘health, wellbeing and lifestyle club for women built on the philosophy that to thrive in today’s busy world we need to invest in our greatest asset, our health.’ Grace Belgravia emphasises the importance of prioritising health and wellbeing, providing a haven of tranquillity where women can feel revitalised and renewed.
This lifestyle club really does things properly. There’s a gym equipped with state of the art facilities, which offers a variety of yoga classes, including chakra yoga and vinyasa flow. There’s also a luxury spa, where a range of detox and beauty treatments are available. You’ll find medical practitioners, doctors and therapists on-site at Grace Medical, a private medical clinic. Unlike the other facilities, Grace Medical is open to members and non-members.
Located on the ninth floor of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, this spa, gym and health club provides a space where hotel guests and members can exercise, enjoy spending time in the sauna or steam room, or pay a visit to the spa and beauty centre. Yoga classes are held here, and this includes yoga flow, dynamic yoga and hatha yoga, so yoga enthusiasts are well catered for.
The Berkeley Hotel is renowned for its understated grandeur and the quiet splendour of its interiors. Its health club and spa are equally luxurious and inviting. One fitness or yoga session in the studio, and you won’t be able to stay away. There’s a swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym, and a range of spa treatments, including facials, waxing and body wraps.
Both yoga beginners and those who have been practicing yoga for years will find something at the Light Centre Belgravia. The venue hosts more than 30 yoga classes every week, catering for beginners and advanced yoga practitioners, and everyone in between. Yoga and Pilates is the focus here, but the centre also offers a range of training courses and physical therapy sessions.
For those who want to improve their fitness, flexibility and general wellbeing, these four venues offer a good place to start – and all are within easy reach of the heart of Belgravia.