Yoga brand flexes

Striking a pose: Fierce Grace studio owner Sally Whitewoods

A Queenstowner’s stretching out with a revolutionary yoga brand that’s swept the UK.

Sally Whitewoods is opening Australasia’s first Fierce Grace studio – designed for the yoga-shy through to advanced yogi – at Queenstown Central in September.

UK-born Whitewoods fell in love with the brand when attending classes in London and Bournemouth in 2017 – “it’s literally the best thing I’ve ever done”.

“It’s completely different to anything else; the system incorporates a range of yoga styles in a more relaxed, flowing manner.”

Designed for anyone, no matter their age, flexibility, fitness level or injury status, the Queenstown classes will be offered in a state-of-the-art upstairs studio heated to between 35 and 38 degrees – slightly more comfortable than most hot yoga classes.

Launched in London in 2013 by experienced teacher Michele Pernetta, who introduced Bikram yoga to Europe, the Queenstown studio will be the 10th in the world.

“With the expansion of Queenstown, and the number of people living here, the resort can definitely cope with another studio– except it’s not just another studio,” Whitewoods says.

Her studio will open with four teachers hosting five classes a day.

As a pre-opening offer, she’s offering 30 days’ unlimited yoga for $39.