When staying away from home it’s important to look after yourself, even if you feel pushed for time or unsure about the facilities available. Whether you are travelling for work, leisure or any other reason at all, take a little time out for yourself. There are several great ways to do this, but yoga, pilates and meditation are among the best for clearing your mind and keeping it in tune with your body.
There are several different types of yoga, but they all focus on strength, flexibility and breathing through practicing postures and movements. One of the great things is that yoga requires little specialist equipment, meaning most people can arrive at a class in the exercise gear and get started.
Not too different from yoga, pilates focuses on core strength and improved fitness. Over time, the results of regular pilates sessions can be seen in other areas of life.
Meditation can be achieved in various different ways, but it generally refers to achieving a state of consciousness where the content of the mind does not overwhelm a person. Guided meditation can be a great place to start, with classes leading to breakthroughs against stress and overwork.
While using the business travel lifestyle as an excuse not to look after yourself is so easy to do, it’s worth making the effort to incorporate one of these disciplines into your routines. Simply ensure you always pack some loose-fitting exercise gear, as most classes will be able to provide anything else you need.
Classes in The City of London
Offering more than 30 yoga and pilates classes for everyone from beginners to more experienced enthusiasts, Light Centre Moorgate is likely to have a day and time that will fit into your busy schedule. Even better, the centre offers a free class by printing a voucher from the website, so you can see if you like it. Class sizes are limited to 12 people, allowing you to get one-on-one attention from the teacher.
Drop-in classes start at £12, but members get £2 off each class and it’s just £5 for annual membership. Light Centre Moorgate is just a ten-minute walk from Cannon Street and is located close to Moorgate and Liverpool Street Tube stations.
With classes running throughout the day Monday to Friday, you could always fit in some yoga prior to starting work, between meetings or to unwind afterwards at Blue Cow Yoga. This centre offers three very different options – from dynamic flow sessions to more gentle stretch classes, so decide on the best approach for yourself before booking.
You can walk to the Blue Cow Yoga Centre in eight minutes from Cannon Street and the nearest Underground station is Bank. Drop-in sessions start at £16, but you can purchase a class pass, which buys you multiple classes, getting cheaper the more you opt for. This can bring them down to £12 a time.
The tagline “Reset your day; yoga to energise you”, which Energy Yoga promotes is certainly tempting for busy business travellers trying to get the most out of a trip to The City. Its more challenging style of yoga has been taught in India for generations and includes various energy-boosting practices.
Single classes start at £10, but you can buy multiple sessions in bundles that bring the price down to as little as £3.50 a class, if you are aiming to do a lot of yoga during your stay. Bring a colleague along for free on a Wednesday, as Energy Yoga offers a deal for new participants who come with a fully-paid ticket. The centre in a ten minutes’ walk from Cannon Street and close to St Paul’s Underground station.
This new pilates facility is located within a studio gym and comes with all mod-cons and personal trainers. This means as well as booking a class, you can ramp up your workout to improve posture, balance and strength in a one-on-one environment. There are several different types of class from mat-based ones for beginners to more advanced options and those that work on specific areas, so decide what you want to achieve prior to booking. Single mat classes are priced from £16, but you can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free offer online that makes them very reasonable and perfect if you’re just in The City for a week. All sorts of packages are available, combining classes and personal training sessions. An eight-minute walk from Cannon Street, Mansion House is the most convenient Tube station.
The great thing about meditation is that you don’t need to spend a long time doing it for it to make a huge difference. This centre offers half an hour sessions scheduled to coincide with the lunch breaks of City workers. So pop along at 1pm during the week and enjoy a free stand-alone class.
Inner Space runs its City classes at Templeton House Studios, which are less than 20 minutes by foot from Cannon Street. Barbican and Liverpool Street stations are around equidistance from the venue.