Yoga retreats are all well and good, but have you ever done yoga at the top of a major tourist attraction or on a helipad? Here are some of the most unusual, and downright blissful, places to do yoga around the world. (Coveting bragging rights may not exactly jive with yoga philosophy, but we definitely won't judge.)
1. At the Top of The View from the Shard, London
London's tallest building, The Shard, hosts weekly classes in its viewing platform, The View from The Shard. At 1,016 feet, Yogasphere claim its the highest yoga class in the world.
2. On Top of the Walkie Talkie, London
Sunrise yoga sessions are held every morning 35 floors above London, in the Sky Garden, London's highest public garden on top of 20 Fenchurch Street (also known as the Walkie Talkie).
3. On the Helipad at Four Seasons, Los Angeles
Off-limits for years, the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills opened its helipad to private yoga groups last summer. Seventeen floors up, the space offers the chance to peek the Hollywood sign from downward dog pose.
4. Among Dolphins in Las Vegas
Less downward-facing dog more dolphin face-to-face, the Mirage offers serene Dolphin Yoga sessions in its underwater viewing area within Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.
5. In Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
San Francisco's most popular yoga class is not held in a chic studio but on a medieval-inspired limestone labyrinth surrounded by the Gothic architecture of Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill. The donation-based classes take place every Tuesday evening and are accompanied by live music.
6. In Times Square on Summer Solstice
On June 20, when summer officially begins and the sidewalk temperature reaches uncomfortable heights, over 10,000 hardcore yoga enthusiasts gather in "the crossroads of the world" for a yoga session that may look excruciatingly uncomfortable, but is promised to provide "mind over madness."
7. In Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York
Every weekend through spring and summer, Long Island City's Socrates Sculpture Park holds free yoga sessions on the waterfront, idyllically surrounded by art and nature.
8. In Chihuly Garden and Glass
In the Seattle Center, home also to the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass showcases the work of American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. On select mornings, yoga sessions are held in the exhibit's centerpiece, the Glasshouse, a light-filled space featuring a100-foot long vibrantly colored suspended sculpture.
9. At a Wanderlust Festival
10. At the Lost in Translation Hotel
Made famous by the movie Lost in Translation, the Park Hyatt Tokyo affords some of the best views across Tokyo, from the neon-bright Shinjuku district, all the way to Mount Fuji. If you are lucky enough to spend the night there, book a yoga class in the 47th-floor Club on the Park fitness center. Just try to look more dignified than Bill Murray did during his exercise session.
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