ATH­LEISURE LIST: NYC, Lon­don, Brazil, Swe­den, Ire­land and Rome

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We took a class at Fierce Grace when it first opened. Al­though we have taken a few hot yoga classes and have a go to that we en­joy, we had to add an­other to the list with this stu­dio that just came to the States af­ter the suc­cess that it has en­joyed over­seas!

Fierce Grace is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary sys­tem of 8 in­ter­con­nected classes, and is the brain­child of one of the UK’s most well known teach­ers, Michele Per­netta (who led our class). The stu­dio is owned by 3 yoga teach­ers. Tri­cia Done­gan, a renowned teacher in the NY yoga scene and owner of the orig­i­nal Bikram stu­dio on Allen St., Kelly Isaac en­tre­pre­neur, yoga teacher and busi­ness part­ner of cloth­ing brand Yo­gang­ster and Michele Per­netta, an ex-fash­ion and cos­tume de­signer, and one of the UK’s most respected yoga teach­ers and founder of Fierce Grace, who brought hot yoga to the UK in 1994. FGNYC isn’t a fran­chise, it is a deeply per­sonal project, a trans­for­ma­tion of a loved stu­dio into the hottest yoga brand in the UK.

They rep­re­sent 45 years of yoga teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. They will be hands on run­ning work­shops, events, train­ings and bring­ing the Fierce Grace man­i­festo to the Lower East Side, in its ir­rev­er­ent, down to earth, no-non­sense way.

“Fierce Grace is the per­fect fit for the yoga com­mu­nity I’ve built here, it’s the log­i­cal next step. It’s a bril­liant yoga sys­tem that wel­comes all body types and lev­els, has in­spir­ing classes - from strength and fit­ness classes, to slow deep classes, flow­ing classes to great mu­sic and align­ment and in­jury classes, but all in an in­te­grated sys­tem that brings con­ti­nu­ity and safety," says Per­netta.

Fierce Grace launched in 2013 and cur­rently has over 20 lo­ca­tions with the NYC stu­dio open­ing a month ago. There are cur­rently six Fierce Grace stu­dios in Lon­don, with a brand new one open­ing in the sum­mer, and classes of­fered in ten more UK lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing the pres­ti­gious David LLoyd clubs, as well as li­censed stu­dios in

Dublin Ire­land, New York City and in-Rome, Italy. There are stu­dios of­fer­ing run­ning the busi­ness, teach­ing there, the method in Ohio, Cincinnati, Wash­ing­ton DC, Swe­den, Sao Paolo, and Brazil. There are in­struc­tors trained to teach the Fierce Grace method glob­ally.

In the UK, they have col­lab­o­rated from time to time with UK brands such as "Yes to” and Ja­son, Aveda, Vita Coco, and they have their own in-house juice man/chef called Da­vide who makes or­ganic juices.

At Fierce Grace, they value sim­ple, safe poses that ev­ery­one can do and the rep­e­ti­tion of tem­plate poses has huge ben­e­fits. From Per­netta's Ash­tanga Vinyasa's prac­tice she be­lieves in the value of a more flow-based prac­tice and how non-static move­ments, such as Sun Salu­ta­tions, which de­velop a sense of free­dom and non-rigid­ity can al and men­tal level. As the body is so com­plex, one needs a large num­ber of asanas in or­der to ap­proach the body from ev­ery an­gle and to con­fuse weak or dor­mant mus­cles and ha­bit­ual phys­i­cal pat­terns. To this end, the Fierce Grace sys­tem is a sys­tem of classes that en­com­pass all th­ese qual­i­ties and con­tains nearly 200 poses. This en­sures the en­tire body is used and moved in ev­ery way pos­si­ble.

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