Live Life With Fierce Grace


Written by Esme Rees
29 Wednesday 29th October 2014

A question posed to me regularly by my mother on a Thursday night as I settled in for the evening to the tune of television, tea and biscuits.

I always refused the offer but somewhere along the way my dad was roped in. At first this was probably his idea of hell but, as a doting husband, he was willing to sacrifice one evening a week to bending over and performing down facing dog amongst a crowd of (apparently flatulent) women. I take my hat off to them though, as they've rarely missed a session since.

I, on the other hand, continued to refuse to join them in what I imaged would be a gruelling two hours spent contorting my body into various uncomfortable positions at a grotty old village hall somewhere in the arse end of nowhere.

However, I find myself in my twenties with a slightly different attitude. I fear I may have been a little too dismissive. Spending my days working at a computer has landed me a terrible posture, the nature of my lifestyle also means I spend most of my time either sitting or sleeping. I fear that if I do not do something about my core strength soon I will forever be untagging myself in photographs where my silhouette resembles that of Mr Burns.

What's more, I can't touch my toes. Not even close, and yet my 93-year-old Grandma can rest her palms flat on the floor?! Something is definitely amiss.

IF ONLY I had gritted my teeth and joined my dad on those dutiful trips to yoga.

But, it is not too late. Thankfully, the London yoga scene has a lot more to offer than the Thursday slot at home did; Fierce Grace recently appeared on my radar. It's website is cool, sophisticated and goes against all my preconceived ideas of yoga, as I was immediately faced with studio shots of tattooed men sitting comfortably in various positions, of which I do not YET know the correct terminology.

Fierce Grace is a new five class hot yoga system which is built around the same core poses and philosophy, but each class has a different emphasis. Designed to offer all the freedom to develop a yoga practice that can be tailored to taste and personal fitness, as well as energy levels and time available.

So, whether you are a complete yoga newbie, unable to touch hand to toe - like myself - or esteemed regulars like my parents, there is bound to be something for you, right?!

The five classes are as follows – Core, Classic, Fierce Grace, Fierce (aka The Beast) and The Fix and they are designed to be accessible and effective for everyone. The variety of classes gives you different options to suit your experience, schedule and mood whilst still working together as a whole. So you can show up to any class and you will still get the core poses and core hot yoga experience the studios have built their reputation on.

With studios all around London and very reasonably priced sessions, I urge anyone who has an interest in Yoga, old or new, to check these guys out. The website is where you can find out more information.

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