Fierce Grace is my favourite hot yoga studio in London. The City branch (based in Old Street) is my home studio and I’ve adopted the standalone Brixton branch as my second studio.
Fierce Grace is a bespoke hot yoga practice with roots in Bikram but modified to include a more expansive range of poses and range of different classes. All their classes take place in a heated studio, normally around 37 degrees with high humidity. They also offer a beginner class which is “warm” rather than hot, to ease the transition for those new to hot yoga.
I’ve been practising with Fierce Grace since 2014 and during that time it’s grown to be one of the most popular yoga studios around. They have some amazing experienced teachers and are committing to supporting and growing the new teacher that come through their teacher training programme. If you’re not sure which teacher to pick, I can personally recommend Emma Croft, Mark Oram, Nina Rashid, Sara Gordon, Lisa Hong.
In terms of classes, there are 6 different ones available:
- Classic: most akin to Bikram, practised with no music, 90 minutes.
- Fierce Grace: a modified version of the Classic class with music and more inversions, 90 minutes.
- Core: a deep stretch class, less inversions and more floor work but with deeper stretches and poses which offer advanced flexibility variations, 75 minutes.
- The Beast: an advanced class, based on the Fierce Grace class but with extra inversions, arm balances, deep stretches and advanced backbends, some really impressive stuff! 105 minutes.
- Fix: a condensed version of the Fierce Grace class, designed to fit into 50 mins rather than 90 minutes.
- Wild: a yoga cardio hybrid class that involves lots of transition in and out of postures to fire up the muscles. 60 mins.
I love all of the classes but my particular favourites are the Core class and the Fierce Grace class. The Beast is also fun to try on Saturdays when I’m free, as long as I haven’t had a heavy Friday night!
Admittedly all that comes at a price, and I’m the first to admit that it’s not cheap. A drop in is £17, with additional discounts for packs, monthly or yearly subscriptions. A 10 class card takes it down to around £12.50 each class (depending on which studio you are going for), a monthly subscription is around £100 and a yearly subscription just shy of £1,000. Students can benefit from concession prices which are around 20% off. Full details can be found here: http://www.fiercegracecity.com/buy.php
It is quite an expensive package and for some people it will be out of budget. The good news is that they do an excellent intro offer at £39 for 30 days of unlimited yoga, and even better, it’s on CLASSPASS!
I love the teachers and the studios so I think it is really worth it, particularly if you are paying through a bulk package rather than one-off drop ins, but try it out and let me know what you think. It’s a no brainer if you are on Classpass.
Both the City studio and the Brixton studio have clean wood / plastic laminate floors, changing rooms and showers. Mats and towels can be rented for around £1 each.
The studios are equipped with hairdryers but not the full set of mod cons (a la 1Rebel). Shower gel is provided but you have to bring your own shampoo and conditioner.
If Fierce Grace revamped the changing rooms and added that “lux” spin, then I think it will take it a class above the rest of the yoga offerings in London and give it a USP. Watch this space…