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Fresh Air and Flexibility

Where do you go to get your exercise? Down at the gym? Watching a workout DVD at home? Why not put some fresh air into your routine? I know what you're thinking, but getting fresh air doesn't necessarily have to mean a gruelling run in the park. It could just mean taking a class with Lucy.

Lucy Bannister is a qualified yoga teacher who likes to do things differently. First of all instead of teaching regular yoga, she specialises in a form called Dru Yoga, which focuses on releasing blocked energy, relaxing the muscles, and working on spinal flexibility. Like tai chi, the movements are free flowing and designed to reduce stress.

The second thing about Lucy's classes that are unique is their quirky location. Leaving the stuffy gym behind, she has moved her classes to a higher plane of existence. Or at least a higher floor.

With skyline views of the town, you can practice yoga on the roof of a Peckham car park. While a car park might not sound like a particularly inspiring place to relax your mind, body, and spirit, there is a surprise waiting for you inside. Every summer, Bold Tendencies transform the top three floors of the building into a cutting edge sculpture park. Frankie's Cafe is also on hand if you need a light refreshment after your workout.

This is one of Lucy's favourite places in London, which is why she has chosen it for her weekly Saturday morning yoga sessions. Classes are from 10am-11am until the 14th September and cost 9 a class or 30 for four weeks; yoga mats can also be rented for a 1. As the weather is unpredictable, she does have undercover arrangements, but hopefully that won't be needed.
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Why? For fresh air and flexibility
When: Until 14th Sept
Phone: 07751 520 889
Where: Peckham
Cost: 9 per class, 30 for four classes
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What a fun way to exercise, great article!
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