Glow Yoga, Good Vibes: The Lowdown
FORMAT: Glow yoga is warm yoga (delicious) in an infa-red studio. It’s like stepping into a heated, calm, dimly lit room for the most relaxing session. As it’s warm, you still feel the heat and work up a bit of a sweat, but without any of the smelly, sweat flying everywhere, unhygienic feel of some hot yoga studios. Yoga sessions range between 60-90 minutes with a variety of different teachers and styles (there’s also warm Pilates on offer).
HOW MANY PEOPLE: I have been to hot yoga studios where it’s a stampede to get in for the ‘best’ position, and you are mat to mat with strangers to the point that I was once dripped on by someone else’s sweat. Rank. However, at Good Vibes mats are pre-laid and spread out. I would say there is space for maybe between 20-30 people in the studio in Covent Garden, all with a nice bit of distance between them. I went for a month on the intro offer and there were often only up to ten people in the morning classes.
INSTRUCTORS: Are all brilliant in my opinion. I went to a couple with the same instructor to really get a feel for them and my favourite was founder Nahid’s. Sounds obvious given she's the founder but her first class I wasn’t so sure, as it was a little bit different to what I was used to - she deconstructs yoga positions and works through them with purpose and multiple times. On top of that Nahid comes across as quirky, very easy going in her style, offers lots of alternatives, plays uplifting music (I loooove good music in yoga rather than silence) and she is really encouraging. I took Dan to one and he loved it too, and it’s clear she has an army of regulars in all shapes and sizes and ages who are avid followers and create a warm and friendly atmosphere within class.
YOU WILL LIKE IT IF YOU LOVE: Any kind of yoga but especially if you’ve tried hot yoga and found it slightly intense. If you want a good yoga workout (Nahid’s classes are hard!) but in a relaxing environment then it’s definitely the place for you.
SWEAT FACTOR: 2.5/5: I mean it’s yoga and it does depend what class you go to. The warmth adds to the sweat factor, and the instructors put you through your paces, although you can always stick to the beginners adjustments if you are struggling.
VALUE FOR MONEY: As usual, the welcome offer is fantastic (£45 for 30 days), although it used to be even more generous than this. Don’t’ miss classes you have booked though or you may end up getting blocked from the online booking…ahem. There are various packages on offer, and normally a good sale on packages at various points in the year. They are also on Class Pass.
LOCATION: Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road, which confuses me a bit as I would have thought they are probably serving a similar demographic. The Tott Court Rd studio has a spinning studio and both offer Power Plates (hence the ‘Good Vibes’ name as far as I know). My preference is the CG studio which is downstairs so cut off from any noise and a bit of a sanctuary, rather than next to a spin studio with the music and shouting that comes with that.
CHANGING ROOMS: Tiny as you would expect in a yoga studio. And as with all other yoga studios I have been to, you need to hire towels which is a bit of a pet hate of mine (added cost of paying for a towel vs carrying round a wet one all day at work).
THE VERDICT: I have a real soft spot for Good Vibes, it’s definitely my favourite yoga studio in London. It’s the first place I EVER did yoga and I find everyone there so friendly and inclusive, unlike some of the newer studios in London which are super swanky. The ‘warm’ studios are so unique so it's worth trying out for that alone. They also did a run club for a while in conjunction with Shake Shack - any run club that ends with free chips wins in my book!