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Evening Standard Online

Pound stretcher: free or discounted yoga classes in London


"Leaving you fresh, strong, Zen-like and, let’s face it, smug, there are few better post-exercise feelings than a good yoga session. So you book to go again, and again, and before you know it you’re hooked. It becomes part of routine until suddenly you’ve run out of money to go again — or anything else for that matter — until next payday.

While in theory money shouldn’t get in the way of good karma, the fact is that with many yoga classes costing around £15 and monthly memberships working out at around £100 a month, to many Londoners yoga is simply unaffordable.

Thankfully, there are a growing number of options where we can get our yoga fix when we’re not feeling flush — either at a reduced cost or, in some cases, completely free.

The latest 'studio with a conscience' offering cut-price classes is Fierce Grace, which at the end of the month is launching The Hot House. The teaching academy-cum-hot yoga studio in Kentish Town, the first of its kind, will run classes at half the price of their normal studios in exchange for a 'no frills' environment and new graduate teachers.

Fierce Grace founder Michelle Pernetta says she came up with the idea because she was determined to find a new discounted model that opens up lessons 'regardless of income'.

The Hot House

Hot yoga with newly qualified teachers in a 'no-frills' environment at half the cost of a normal Fierce Grace class, launching on June 30. 

All classes £8, 173-175 Queens Crescent, NW5, fiercegrace.com"

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