If you haven’t jumped on the hot/bikram yoga bandwagon yet, now is the time! This may sound counter-intuitive – the sun is out so why would you want to spend an hour and a half in a hot room? I’ll tell you why. Because hot yoga is THE way to get that summer bod you’ve been talking about. It tones and defines your muscles and I could swear all that sweating out of toxins gives me better skin! It is also good for your mind and soul, relaxing you and giving you time to think about what’s really important in life (hint: it’s not work). Anyhoo, I’m not writing this post to convert you into a yogi. Instead, I’m going to review the class I attended – Classic with instructor Mark Oram. Here’s my verdict.
1. Barely broke a sweat
2. Too out of breath to sing along
3. In the zone!
4. Couldn’t move the next day
The class scores a 3 – I haven’t practiced bikram yoga for a while so was expecting the class to be pretty damn tough. It was hard, of course, but not the worst class I’ve had. It didn’t feel as hot as some other classes I’ve tried and some of the posture variations were a little easier than the standard bikram postures. However, do not be fooled by these words! I had to sit in child’s pose through at least two of the postures so it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park (or on the beach?). Mark was a great instructor, walking around throughout the whole class to help correct people’s positions and giving demonstrations when necessary. The studio is very welcoming of newbies and so, while it was hard, it can be tailored to all levels so don’t be afraid to try it!
1. I would rather be in bed
2. Glad I tried it once
3. Such fun!
4. Sign me up now
The class gets a 4! My love for yoga aside, this was a great class and experience as a whole. The venue is easy to find and close to Old Street station, the reception staff are friendly and helpful, the changing rooms are a bit on the small side and not too fancy but certainly nothing to complain about, and the studio..aaah the studio! It is huge. In some studios you feel like you’re going to camel pose right onto the person behind you. And I have definitely encountered other people’s sweat on my mat before due to confined spaces (disgusting, I know). But this studio is different – there is so much space, you can actually see the floor around the mats! The only downside with the big studio is not being able to see yourself in the mirror in busy classes but this is a problem pretty much anywhere. The class was enjoyable, with Mark cracking jokes every so often, and I left feeling energised yet calm, and very happy 🙂
The Fine Print
Fierce Grace City is a 5 minute walk from Old Street station – other branches are West (Queen’s Park), North (Chalk Farm), Finchley, Primrose Hill and Brixton. There are 5 different types of classes (all yoga) available across studios, with an extensive timetable to suit all schedules. Newbies can try the studio with a 30 day pass for £39. Otherwise, City class prices range from £17 for a drop in to £98 per month for unlimited classes.
If you’re already a yogi but open to trying new studios, you might like Fierce Grace as it offers something slightly different. If you’ve never tried yoga, this is a great, friendly place to start! I’ll certainly be going back, see you there?
What class did you try this week? Let me know in the comments or on social media using #WorkoutWednesday