Victoria Grove

Victoria Grove

I was first introduced to yoga as a daily warm up in my movement class at drama school. I took to it instantly and knew I wanted to expand my knowledge and practice, but didn’t really know how or where. A friend asked me to join her at her first Bikram class, and I had no idea what I was walking into. It was the most challenging 90 minutes I had ever experienced. My friend hated every second… and I relished it. I felt incredible (once it was over). I went at every opportunity. However. I’m a restless soul and like to dress in many guises, so continued to flirt with many other sports- I ran marathons and began training as a pro ice-skater; I tried Capoeira and threw myself into first Kung Fu, then boxing for a time. But I just kept coming back to yoga. It helped to heal my delicate knees after severe poundings on the tarmac. It made me breathe deeper, sleep better, walk taller, feel stronger, and less inclined to gorge myself, smoke and drink. I decided to take it seriously in 2014, after discovering Fierce Grace- initially to support my acting, though the more I teach, the more yoga begins to be the dominant force in my life. It feeds my soul like nothing else. I had never practiced with music before, or any kind of flow in fact. It was transformative- I discovered how to bring grace, softness, and breath to my practice. To smile through it- to genuinely enjoy it. To slow it down. It became FUN. I left the studio so happy and uplifted- when previously I had approached it as an endurance test. My body opened accordingly, and I knew that this was a path I had to follow to see where it would lead. Michele, Emma and Karen were the most inspiring of guides, and these past 2 years of teaching at Fierce Grace have changed my life entirely. It’s not only a privilege, but such a joy to be sharing something i’m so passionate about. I love to hear laughter in my classes. I want my students to approach their practice as a form of play- to try, to fall, to laugh and try again, and to leave the room feeling uplifted and energised.