Fierce Grace Hot Yoga and Bikram: what’s the difference?

Is this Bikram?

Hot Yoga – that’s Bikram, right? This is something we get asked at Fierce Grace Brixton by soon-to-be members and those who are curious about what goes in our hot room. And it’s no surprise, as both hot yoga forms are known for their strengthening and restorative benefits, not to mention cult status amongst yogis! Naturally there is some cross over of postures, so what’s the real difference?

What’s the difference with Fierce Grace classes?

The Bikram system casts a large net and comprises of one class featuring 26 poses. Classes are practiced in a heated room. Technically, Bikram is a version of Hatha, a traditional branch of yoga that combines postures and breathing.

The BIG difference

The Fierce Grace system stands apart from Bikram in that we offer a series of interconnected classes, which – alongside keeping our members stimulated and giving a varied practise; offer progression for the whole body and mind. Members often tell us about the benefits of a Deep Core class following a tough marathon training session or their transition to the Beast class when looking for that extra challenge in postures which can be modified and taken to another level.

We don’t just look after the body

Previously called ‘a new wave’ of yoga where ‘people want to do deep inner work, not just have great abs.’ Fierce Grace offers accessible classes for all ages, shapes and sizes – and it’s definitely not just for girls, as anyone who comes to our Brixton studio will know! Self-development, balancing of mind and emotions are all part of the Fierce Grace experience. We strive to maintain this balance with the addition and development of new classes, such as IN. Described as ‘yin on steroids’ , IN encourages members to look INwards, ending with a Yoga Nidra to calm, restore and engage peaceful sleep.

Evolution from Bikam

It’s well known piece of yoga history that Fierce Grace founder Michele Pernetta was the first person to bring Bikram to the UK, opening her first Bikram studio in 1999 and later segueing to the Fierce Grace class system: “an interconnected series of classes based on a series of core poses, with each class having a different emphasis, duration and intensity to suit your experience, fitness, schedule, energy level and mood on any given day.”

Not just for the young and fit

We’re interested in yoga for life, as Michele Pernatta says: “I wanted to offer a range of classes to fully meet the needs of the students that come to my studios, as well as those that haven’t yet felt we could serve them. My hope is that this system will support you at every age and stage of your life. My vision is that in 30 years from now the practitioner practicing Fierce Grace will be a new breed of older person. Gone are the Zimmer frames, walking sticks and aches and pains. This new breed of Yoga Elder will up a mountain in their hiking shoes at 80, teaching their grandchildren handstands or scuba diving on a beach in Goa. Yoga Granddad will be leading fitness revolutions. Yoga is not just for the young and fit. It is to make every age young and fit.”

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