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CITYMATTERS.LONDON 03 - 16 April 2019 | Page 5

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Wellness <strong>Matters</strong><br />

SWEATY bodies of all shapes and sizes are<br />

welcome at Fierce Grace.<br />

It’s one of the few yoga studios in London<br />

where people aren’t obsessed with looks,<br />

preferring to focus on form and mindfulness<br />

instead.<br />

This makes it perfect for beginners afraid<br />

of slipping all over the place while trying to<br />

get into uncomfortable positions in front of<br />

strangers. There is absolutely no judgement<br />

here. In fact, making mistakes and looking silly<br />

is encouraged.<br />

Exhausting<br />

Instructors want people to try something<br />

different and to push themselves without fear of<br />

failing. All the while being safe, of course.<br />

The studio is hot and muggy and some of<br />

the classes can be truly exhausting, but these<br />

classes are refreshingly relaxed and void of ego.<br />

Definitely worth trying out.<br />

What is it?<br />

The Fierce Grace team works hard to help<br />

demystify hot yoga.<br />

It isn’t an Indian secret mystery club; nor<br />

is it about being the strongest or most flexible<br />

person in the room.<br />

But it is about getting off the couch,<br />

challenging yourself and simply perfecting a<br />

pose. It’s also about sweating out the stress and<br />

anxiety we build up in ourselves.<br />

The massive 2,200sq ft underground <strong>City</strong><br />

studio located by Old Street is a Mecca of hot<br />

yoga in London.<br />

It boasts eight different classes made for the<br />

yoga shy, the injured, and the advanced yogis,<br />

too. It isn’t just for the young and fit folk out<br />

there.<br />

We’ve never been to a yoga class which has<br />

such a varied make up of people taking part.<br />

That’s what makes this space so special.<br />

How does it work?<br />

First things first, you’ve got to choose one of the<br />

specially-designed hot yoga classes.<br />

For beginners, we recommend starting easy<br />

with ‘In’. It is a deep, slow class, based entirely<br />

on the floor. Think of it as yoga physiotherapy<br />

which is deeply correcting, aligning and<br />

releasing.<br />

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging.<br />

You’ll leave feeling you’ve worked out. But you<br />

shouldn’t get too dizzy or overwhelmed. And<br />



if you feel you’re up for more, jump up to the<br />

signature ‘Fierce Grace’ class which brings a<br />

little bit everything into one. It’s a great base<br />

for those who are semi-regular yogis or even<br />

beginners.<br />

‘Fierce’, ‘Wild’ and ‘The Fix’ are for the more<br />

experienced yogis and will really push you hard.<br />

Then, just make sure you drink at least 1.5<br />

litres of water two hours before class, and don’t<br />

eat much beforehand either.<br />

Bring in your own towels, a full water bottle<br />

(the regulars freeze their water at home for<br />

extra special refreshment) and a yoga mat. But<br />

you can hire mats and towels if you’d like as<br />

well. Once you’re done, drag your sweaty body<br />

to the communal open-plan showers and get<br />

ready to re-enter the real world.<br />

Again, everyone is very open and body<br />

positive here, so don’t fret about getting nude in<br />

front of others while washing off.<br />

What are the benefits?<br />

There are unbound body and mind benefits<br />

associated with hot yoga.<br />

For one, you tend to burn more calories due<br />

to your increased heart rate and metabolism.<br />

The blood flow to your arms and legs is also<br />

increased, delivering more oxygenated blood<br />

to the muscles. You also improve muscle tone<br />

Tried & Tested:<br />

Hot Yoga with<br />

Fierce Grace<br />

and flexibility much faster thanks to the heat<br />

and movements, while the general meditative<br />

qualities of yoga help reduce stress.<br />

It can also help with body detoxification.<br />

That’s not because you sweat out all the bad<br />

stuff you drank and ate on the weekend; instead<br />

most of it comes from the extra hydration<br />

you are forced to undergo. By drinking lots<br />

of water, your gastrointestinal, urinary, and<br />

cardiovascular systems will work far better,<br />

shaping up: classes<br />

raise the temperature<br />

naturally detoxifying tissues and cells and<br />

clearing the waste more readily from the body.<br />

And on top of all that, each class is designed<br />

for more specific benefits. Just pick and choose<br />

which suits your own needs and skill level.<br />

How much?<br />

The intro offer of 30 days of unlimited yoga is<br />

priced at £39, while the usual monthly pass is<br />

£105. Alternatively, drop-in classes are priced<br />

from £13-£17 depending on their length.<br />

Where?<br />

Fierce Grace, 53-55 East Road N1 6AH.<br />

get into the flow:<br />

hot yoga helps yogis<br />

get into some more<br />

testing positions

CITYMATTERS.LONDON 03 - 16 April 2019 | Page 21<br />

Wellness <strong>Matters</strong><br />


THE overwhelming feeling of crippling<br />

self-doubt and dread known as Imposter<br />

Syndrome has impacted a whopping 62% of<br />

people at work, according to a report by Access<br />

Commercial Finance.<br />

The survey of over 3,000 adults in the UK<br />

shows over two-thirds of women (66%) have<br />

suffered from the condition compared to over<br />

half of men (56%) within the last 12 months.<br />

This raises a significant question: are women<br />

more likely to experience feeling inadequate in<br />

the workplace?<br />

International Women’s Day may have come<br />

and gone but Instant Offices, an office broking<br />

service, delved further into the data.<br />

They looked into why many women<br />

experience this adverse phenomenon, and why<br />

UK industries have the highest ratio of selfdoubters<br />

and how employees can beat imposter<br />

syndrome at work.<br />

Equality<br />

Over the last 20 years, the number of womenowned<br />

firms has increased, yet despite the<br />

growing number of female entrepreneurs and<br />

major global progress towards gender equality<br />

in the workplace, more and more successful<br />

women are speaking out about the burden of<br />

imposter syndrome.<br />

Despite evidence of success, women<br />

experiencing this paralysing self-doubt are<br />

more likely to believe they are intellectual<br />

frauds.<br />

This level of stress – waiting to be found out<br />

by peers – can lead to anxiety, burnout and<br />

increased unhappiness among everyone from<br />

entrepreneurs to employees moving up the<br />

ladder.<br />

As research suggests, men suffer 10% less<br />

than women, and when considering why women<br />

sometimes experience imposter syndrome at<br />

a higher rate, factors like workplace<br />

inequality and the pay gap may come into<br />

play.<br />

Statistics from YouGov reveal that, when<br />

asked whether they have had the opportunity to<br />

lead on a project at work, only 44% of women<br />

said yes, compared to 59% of men. Women are<br />

also less likely to have experienced a pay rise or a<br />

change your tune: learn to<br />

recognise negative habits<br />

Squash self-doubt<br />

bonus not connected to promotion, at only 40%<br />

compared to 53% of men.<br />

In addition, women say they are also more<br />

likely to be asked about their personal lives<br />

compared to men.<br />

Even though so many people have<br />

experienced imposter syndrome, the good news<br />

is that it’s not a permanent condition but rather<br />

a reaction to a set of circumstances, unrealistic<br />

self-expectation and stress.<br />

Some of the most popular suggestions on<br />

ways to turn it around are listed below.<br />

Accept praise and know<br />

your self-worth<br />

Don’t shy away from praise and compliments;<br />

accept your achievements and, if need be, write<br />

them down.<br />

When you try to talk yourself out of<br />

feeling confident in your role, all the proof is<br />

on paper. Knowing your worth means allowing<br />

your work to speak for itself and letting others<br />

see it, too.<br />

Stop thinking like an imposter<br />

Learn to recognise self-defeating thought<br />

patterns and replace them with more positive<br />

affirmations.<br />

The only way to stop feeling like an imposter<br />

is to stop thinking of yourself as one.<br />

Don’t seek perfection<br />

Stop believing that if you don’t excel at every<br />

facet of your job that you’re a failure at all<br />

of it.<br />

Facing challenges and losses is a key part of<br />

growth, so recognise that you don’t have to be<br />

good at everything.<br />

Know you are not alone<br />

Imposter syndrome tends to be the domain of<br />

overachievers, while underachievers tend to<br />

internalise less when faced with failure, or the<br />

prospect of it.<br />

If you’re constantly worried about not being<br />

good enough, chances are you’re in good<br />

company – most successful people constantly<br />

over analyse themselves.

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Section 17 Licensing Act 2003<br />

Licensing Act 2003 Application<br />

for a new Premises Licence<br />

Notice is hereby given that The New Black Coffee has applied to the <strong>City</strong><br />

of London on 18 March 2019 for a new premises licence to use The New<br />

Black Coffee, 10 Philpot Lane, London, EC3M 8AA for the provision<br />

of the sale of alcohol and playing of recorded music for the purposes of<br />

regulated entertainment.<br />

A record of this application is held by the <strong>City</strong> of London and can be<br />

viewed by members of the public online by visiting www.cityoflondon.gov.<br />

uk or by appointment at the offices of <strong>City</strong> of London licensing authority,<br />

Walbrook Wharf, 78-83 Upper Thames Street, London EC4R 3TD.<br />

Any person wishing to make a representation in relation to this application<br />

must give notice in writing to the licensing authority at the address shown<br />

above, giving in detail the grounds of objection by 17 April 2019.<br />

The licensing authority must receive representations by the date given<br />

above. The licensing authority will have regard to any such representation<br />

when considering the application. It is an offence, under section 158<br />

of the Licensing Act 2003, to knowingly or recklessly make a false<br />

statement in or in connection with an application for premises licence<br />

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