Welcome to our friendly yoga studio, staff and teachers. We are committed to ensuring that you get the most out of using and enjoying our studio and its facilities, so thought it would be good to answer some important questions to get you started and keep you going!
We are committed to supporting you in maintaining, improving and developing your health and wellbeing. Our staff and teachers are all highly trained and have a full understanding of the facilities we offer and what the Fierce Grace system will provide for you. If you have any unanswered questions, please ask the teacher before or after class or just pick up the phone and ask our staff.
What facilities does the studio have?
The studio is brand new with high quality and reliable heating and ventilation system designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
The reception is on the ground floor with changing rooms with showers, basins and hairdryers. We have lockable lockers, so your kit will be safe and secure. Wifi is available throughout the ground floor.
The yoga studio is in the lower ground floor, providing a large, spacious area to practice yoga.
What is Fierce Grace?
Fierce Grace is the only integrated yoga class model available. It is a systematic series of five yoga classes designed to deliver fitness, health and vitality while keeping you motivated, interested and challenged. “The Fierce Grace system is really one class presented in 5 different ways”: Michele Pernetta, Founder.
The five classes – Classic, Fierce Grace, Fix, Core, and Fierce – are linked by the same foundation postures so you can choose which class suits your schedule or what you want to work on, knowing that whatever class you do you will continue to make the muscular and skeletal improvements that allow you to progress your practice, essential to maintaining and developing your core strength and flexibility.
Fierce Grace is designed from the founding principle that yoga is open and suitable to all, whatever your age or shape or size or fitness or flexibility. Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned practitioner, our classes will challenge and stimulate you, and reward you with enhanced health, fitness and vitality. If you have any special medical condition or injuries, please consult your doctor first and inform the teacher before class begins.
Why the heat?
The studio is heated for all of the classes, which allows you to stretch further safer as well as stimulating circulation and promoting sweat, which is great for your skin and de-toxifying.
Our heating and humidification system is designed to carefully monitor and maintain the correct temperature, humidity levels and oxygen content, ensuring a comfortable and healthy environment in which to practice yoga.
What do I wear?
Wear something which is comfortable and allows you to move freely and is not too loose because you are going to sweat a lot! We recommend shorts or leggings and a sports vest or crop top for women and shorts with or without a T-shirt for men.
What should I bring?
You should bring a mat, two towels (one to put on the mat and one to shower afterwards) and a large bottle of water. But don’t worry – if you forget or prefer, we have them for hire or sale at reception.
How should I come, prepared for class?
We recommend not eating for two to three hours before class but to drink plenty of water because you are going to do quite a bit of stretching which is best done on an almost empty stomach but well-hydrated. During class, take regular small sips of water to moisten your mouth and feel comfortable
Do I need to be fit and flexible to practice?
No – not at all. Fierce Grace is designed for all, whatever your level of fitness or flexibility. If you are not fit or flexible, this is the perfect place for you to restore and maintain your natural fitness and flexibility! You will be amazed how quickly your flexibility and fitness are improved.
What if I have an injury which might affect my ability to practice?
If you have any special medical condition or injuries, please consult your doctor first and inform the teacher before class begins. We encourage you to be your own teacher, so listen to your body and how you are feeling and what your body is telling you. Yoga rewards persistence and hard work, but it is equally important to rest and recover when you need to.
Is there any yoga etiquette for me to observe?
Always try to arrive at least 15 minutes before class so you can get ready and settled in the studio. Classes will start on time, and latecomers will generally not be admitted as this will disturb others.
On arrival, please remove your shoes and leave them in the shoe rack as we are a shoe-free zone. Indoor flip flops can be worn and left outside of the yoga studio. There are lockers and hooks and pegs for clothes and personal belongings in the changing rooms. Please avoid using heavy scents or colognes or using deodorant sprays in the changing rooms.
Once in the yoga studio, please observe that it is a quiet space, so please do not talk or use your mobile phone. Place your mat at a convenient place on the floor, and put a towel on top of it. During class, feel free to take as many breaks as you feel are necessary – but always remember that the more breaks you take the less benefits you will get!
When class is over, please feel free to continue relaxing and meditating. Remember to leave the yoga studio as quietly as possible so as not to disturb others who are completing their class in their own way.