The Core Collective in Kensington has just launched a new Power Yoga class, adding to its schedule of interval-training, spinning and TRX classes. Having already explored many of the yoga and fitness studios around London, I went along to try it out.
The studio itself is gorgeous. Possibly one of the most spacious fitness studios I’ve been to, which makes a change from the cramped basement spaces usually on offer in the city. Walking into their expansive reception and café, it looks like exactly the kind of place you’d like to relax in after a class. They serve cold-press juices, healthy snacks and a plant-based food menu with a range of delicious-looking salads and mains.
Their changing rooms are luxurious, with fluffy white bath sheets to rival the top five-star hotels, gorgeous aromatherapy toiletries, GHD straighteners and hairdryers and huge showers, which is a great reward for the intense workout you would have just put your body through.
Yoga is in Studio 2, which again was spacious with mirrored walls and a fourth floor-to-ceiling window wall. They had top equipment with thick, non-slip mats and a variety of other yoga props. I also popped my head into the spinning studio, which looked state of the art and suitably futuristic. The resistance and interval training studios are huge, which means you’ll never be conscious of bumping into the person next to you and can instead focus on the exercise you’re doing.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Power Yoga but this 55-minute class fittingly put us through our paces. It was an intimately small class, so the teacher was always on hand to correct alignment or offer guidance when needed. The class was fast-paced but without compromising the integrity of the poses. We flowed through vinyasas before holding some of the standing poses for lengthier periods, developing strength and flexibility. We were frequently reminded by Emily that this was a mind and body workout, to stay in the present moment and focus on how your body feels right now. When we eventually melted into the final relaxation of Savasana, I felt like I had completed an intense, full-body work-out but my mind felt totally at rest.
The Core Collective is the true definition of a luxury fitness studio and those small touches make a big difference when choosing a place to workout. I’ll certainly be back to experience their other classes and perhaps enjoy a lunch in their healthy café.
Classes start from £28 for a single class.