Rooftop Yoga London!

Rooftop Yoga London – Get your yoga high!

Rooftop Yoga London
Wednesdays at 6.30pm, Shoreditch

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.45am, London Fields
Saturdays at 10.30am, Qbic Hotel* Aldgate East

We have plenty of sunny Rooftop Yoga London vibes coming your way this summer so watch this space 😉

As long as the skies are clear and the temps are up, we’re UP on the ROOF getting our YOGA HIGH!

£12 Single
£45 Five Class Pass
£80 Ten Class Pass

*Head to the Qbic Bar & Restaurant on the ground floor after your Savasana for a healthy breakfast or snack: menu highlights include cold-pressed juices, chia seed puddings, iced coffee and even a delicious matcha cappuccino.

Where does the yoga high come from…

That dazed feeling you get after you practice is all too familiar and tends to shift you towards a more relaxed state for the rest of the day. You might find yourself less reactive to the guy who cut you off on your way home from work, more patient towards a family member or colleague, and just less overwhelmed by anxious thoughts in general. While much remains to be uncovered about the effects of yoga on the brain, science has certainly already given us some clues as to what mechanisms lie behind yoga’s effect on our mood.

Much of it comes back to the chemical signaling pathways in the brain. In particular, some of the research has indicated γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, as a potential player. Levels of GABA tend to be low in people who suffer from anxiety and depression. GABA may even be behind some of the mood swings women experience before their period as well since these levels tend to be low in the premenstrual phase.

The answer may lie in the ability of yoga to increase the parasympathetic nervous system response  (the “rest and digest”). More specifically, our breathing practices during yoga have been associated with stimulation of the vagas nerve, an important component of the parasympathetic nervous system. This is also why simply taking a deep breath can make you feel a little better when you’re overwhelmed.

So there, you have it – the next time you’re feeling “zen,” “blissed-out,” “yoga-stoned” or even “yoga high” when you’re on the mat, you thank the universe for γ-aminobutyric acid…and Rooftop Yoga London!

  • 30th May 2017