The number of Londoners, male and female, who list 'yoga' right at the top of the 'interests' section on Spareroom took me by surprise. I like yoga, but I hadn't expected it to be a deal breaker when it came to finding somewhere to live.
The thing is, there really is a yoga class out there for everybody!
Take the yoga classes I attended for example: very slow, and mostly seemed to involve lying on the floor, listening to Kate Bush, and telling yourself how great you are. It was a lovely way to relax in the evening, but not exactly a workout.
For anyone keen to work up a sweat Bikram Yoga seems to be the one to try. Bikram is a style of yoga which consists of a series of 26 postures (asanas) carried out in a heated room (approximately 105°F (40°C) and 60% humidity). The heat warms up your body allowing you to stretch into the positions more easily. Plus, the combined heat and humidity of the room makes you sweat buckets, which in turn flushes toxins from the body. Yummy.
I would recommend 'Hot Bikram Yoga' near London Bridge. A state of the art studio with over 40 classes a week and with all classes suitable for beginners, there is plenty choice.
Here you can test your strength, stamina and flexibility with Bikram Yoga or enjoy something a little softer like Yoga Nidra (meditation), Broga or Yoglow classes (to music).
All newcomers start on an introductory offer of 20 days for £35.