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Wellness Matters

SWEATY bodies of all shapes and sizes are

welcome at Fierce Grace.

It’s one of the few yoga studios in London

where people aren’t obsessed with looks,

preferring to focus on form and mindfulness

instead.

This makes it perfect for beginners afraid

of slipping all over the place while trying to

get into uncomfortable positions in front of

strangers. There is absolutely no judgement

here. In fact, making mistakes and looking silly

is encouraged.

Exhausting

Instructors want people to try something

different and to push themselves without fear of

failing. All the while being safe, of course.

The studio is hot and muggy and some of

the classes can be truly exhausting, but these

classes are refreshingly relaxed and void of ego.

Definitely worth trying out.

What is it?

The Fierce Grace team works hard to help

demystify hot yoga.

It isn’t an Indian secret mystery club; nor

is it about being the strongest or most flexible

person in the room.

But it is about getting off the couch,

challenging yourself and simply perfecting a

pose. It’s also about sweating out the stress and

anxiety we build up in ourselves.

The massive 2,200sq ft underground City

studio located by Old Street is a Mecca of hot

yoga in London.

It boasts eight different classes made for the

yoga shy, the injured, and the advanced yogis,

too. It isn’t just for the young and fit folk out

there.

We’ve never been to a yoga class which has

such a varied make up of people taking part.

That’s what makes this space so special.

How does it work?

First things first, you’ve got to choose one of the

specially-designed hot yoga classes.

For beginners, we recommend starting easy

with ‘In’. It is a deep, slow class, based entirely

on the floor. Think of it as yoga physiotherapy

which is deeply correcting, aligning and

releasing.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging.

You’ll leave feeling you’ve worked out. But you

shouldn’t get too dizzy or overwhelmed. And

CITYMATTERS.LONDON

COMPLETE YOUR PILGRIMAGE TO THE ‘MECCA OF HOT YOGA IN LONDON’

if you feel you’re up for more, jump up to the

signature ‘Fierce Grace’ class which brings a

little bit everything into one. It’s a great base

for those who are semi-regular yogis or even

beginners.

‘Fierce’, ‘Wild’ and ‘The Fix’ are for the more

experienced yogis and will really push you hard.

Then, just make sure you drink at least 1.5

litres of water two hours before class, and don’t

eat much beforehand either.

Bring in your own towels, a full water bottle

(the regulars freeze their water at home for

extra special refreshment) and a yoga mat. But

you can hire mats and towels if you’d like as

well. Once you’re done, drag your sweaty body

to the communal open-plan showers and get

ready to re-enter the real world.

Again, everyone is very open and body

positive here, so don’t fret about getting nude in

front of others while washing off.

What are the benefits?

There are unbound body and mind benefits

associated with hot yoga.

For one, you tend to burn more calories due

to your increased heart rate and metabolism.

The blood flow to your arms and legs is also

increased, delivering more oxygenated blood

to the muscles. You also improve muscle tone

Tried & Tested:

Hot Yoga with

Fierce Grace

and flexibility much faster thanks to the heat

and movements, while the general meditative

qualities of yoga help reduce stress.

It can also help with body detoxification.

That’s not because you sweat out all the bad

stuff you drank and ate on the weekend; instead

most of it comes from the extra hydration

you are forced to undergo. By drinking lots

of water, your gastrointestinal, urinary, and

cardiovascular systems will work far better,

shaping up: classes

raise the temperature

naturally detoxifying tissues and cells and

clearing the waste more readily from the body.

And on top of all that, each class is designed

for more specific benefits. Just pick and choose

which suits your own needs and skill level.

How much?

The intro offer of 30 days of unlimited yoga is

priced at £39, while the usual monthly pass is

£105. Alternatively, drop-in classes are priced

from £13-£17 depending on their length.

Where?

Fierce Grace, 53-55 East Road N1 6AH.

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hot yoga helps yogis

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Wellness Matters

FOUR WAYS TO BEAT DREADED ‘IMPOSTER SYNDROME’ IN THE WORKPLACE

THE overwhelming feeling of crippling

self-doubt and dread known as Imposter

Syndrome has impacted a whopping 62% of

people at work, according to a report by Access

Commercial Finance.

The survey of over 3,000 adults in the UK

shows over two-thirds of women (66%) have

suffered from the condition compared to over

half of men (56%) within the last 12 months.

This raises a significant question: are women

more likely to experience feeling inadequate in

the workplace?

International Women’s Day may have come

and gone but Instant Offices, an office broking

service, delved further into the data.

They looked into why many women

experience this adverse phenomenon, and why

UK industries have the highest ratio of selfdoubters

and how employees can beat imposter

syndrome at work.

Equality

Over the last 20 years, the number of womenowned

firms has increased, yet despite the

growing number of female entrepreneurs and

major global progress towards gender equality

in the workplace, more and more successful

women are speaking out about the burden of

imposter syndrome.

Despite evidence of success, women

experiencing this paralysing self-doubt are

more likely to believe they are intellectual

frauds.

This level of stress – waiting to be found out

by peers – can lead to anxiety, burnout and

increased unhappiness among everyone from

entrepreneurs to employees moving up the

ladder.

As research suggests, men suffer 10% less

than women, and when considering why women

sometimes experience imposter syndrome at

a higher rate, factors like workplace

inequality and the pay gap may come into

play.

Statistics from YouGov reveal that, when

asked whether they have had the opportunity to

lead on a project at work, only 44% of women

said yes, compared to 59% of men. Women are

also less likely to have experienced a pay rise or a

change your tune: learn to

recognise negative habits

Squash self-doubt

bonus not connected to promotion, at only 40%

compared to 53% of men.

In addition, women say they are also more

likely to be asked about their personal lives

compared to men.

Even though so many people have

experienced imposter syndrome, the good news

is that it’s not a permanent condition but rather

a reaction to a set of circumstances, unrealistic

self-expectation and stress.

Some of the most popular suggestions on

ways to turn it around are listed below.

Accept praise and know

your self-worth

Don’t shy away from praise and compliments;

accept your achievements and, if need be, write

them down.

When you try to talk yourself out of

feeling confident in your role, all the proof is

on paper. Knowing your worth means allowing

your work to speak for itself and letting others

see it, too.

Stop thinking like an imposter

Learn to recognise self-defeating thought

patterns and replace them with more positive

affirmations.

The only way to stop feeling like an imposter

is to stop thinking of yourself as one.

Don’t seek perfection

Stop believing that if you don’t excel at every

facet of your job that you’re a failure at all

of it.

Facing challenges and losses is a key part of

growth, so recognise that you don’t have to be

good at everything.

Know you are not alone

Imposter syndrome tends to be the domain of

overachievers, while underachievers tend to

internalise less when faced with failure, or the

prospect of it.

If you’re constantly worried about not being

good enough, chances are you’re in good

company – most successful people constantly

over analyse themselves.


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Section 17 Licensing Act 2003

Licensing Act 2003 Application

for a new Premises Licence

Notice is hereby given that The New Black Coffee has applied to the City

of London on 18 March 2019 for a new premises licence to use The New

Black Coffee, 10 Philpot Lane, London, EC3M 8AA for the provision

of the sale of alcohol and playing of recorded music for the purposes of

regulated entertainment.

A record of this application is held by the City of London and can be

viewed by members of the public online by visiting www.cityoflondon.gov.

uk or by appointment at the offices of City of London licensing authority,

Walbrook Wharf, 78-83 Upper Thames Street, London EC4R 3TD.

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The licensing authority must receive representations by the date given

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