Michele Pernetta

Michele Pernetta

Fierce Grace Founder & Chief Instructor, Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher (UK and USA), Certified Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher, Certified Rocket® teacher, Fierce Grace teacher and Certified Bikram teacher. Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do Black Belt, ITEC Certified Massage therapist.

Michele brought Hot Yoga to the UK and Europe in 1994. After opening four Hot Yoga studios, and becoming the UK’s leading Hot Yoga business, Michele launched Fierce Grace in 2013.

Michele Pernetta studied martial arts for 10 years, as well as dance and gymnastics. She began studying with Bikram Choudhury in LA in 1990 when she was trying to avoid knee surgery. This awakened her keen interest in yoga for healing injuries.

Michele has over 25 years' teaching experience. She has also written and contributed to countless magazine and newspaper articles and appeared on many TV and radio programmes. Michele has been a judge five times at the International Bishnu Charan Ghosh Yoga Championships. Michele was a fashion designer for 17 years, trained at the prestigious Saint Martins School of Art and has designed costumes for award-winning films. She has been a spiritual practitioner of a Buddhist discipline for 25 years and has a keen interest in homoeopathy and Ayurveda.

Michele has trained personally with the famous Larry Schultz in Ashtanga Vinyasa, and also credits Erich Schiffman, Brian Kest and Steve Walther with inspiring her in her work on Fierce Grace.

Fierce Grace is the culmination of all her years of study and her observation of the over a quarter of a million bodies she has had the privilege to observe in her years of teaching in her four London studios. She leads the FG Teacher Training programme, teaches on her FG Retreats and at workshops, festivals and seminars around the world.

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Michele Pernetta
  • Uplift and Relax with Michele in Italy

    The one where Michele gets mauled by feral cat Grey Boy. Twice. 11 minutes of mood boosting opening poses and breath work, followed by ten minutes of affirmations and a deep guided relaxation. Guaranteed to leave you feeling renewed both mentally and physically. Extra cat-attack giggle factor inc...

  • Quick FIIT (Legs, Arms & Abs) with Michele

    A re-style of our high intensity strength class FIIT where instead of working each body part in each section, we work one body part per section. This 14 minute strength workout will tone your legs, glutes, arms, upper back and abdominals. Legs x 3 exercises, arms x 3, Abs x 3. A short warm down t...

  • Complete Leg Stretching with Michele in Tuscany

    A warm up prepares legs, hips and spine for gradually deepening stretches. Standing warrior poses, slow drills and hip and leg stretching poses will being balance, freedom and openness to all the leg, glute and hip muscles. A must for runners, yogis or anyone wanting to improve their yoga, genera...

  • 15 mins Partner Stretching with Michele and Kam

    Waiting for dinner to be ready? Don't waste it. This short class suitable for any level opens the body up through simple assisted stretches, massages and releases. Filmed during lockdown, it shows how a small space is enough to perform some great stretches. Shoulders, legs, hips and spine get som...

  • Fierce Grace 90 Group Class with Michele (Spain)

    FG90 taught by its creator Michele Pernetta on our Spanish retreat.

    Everything you always wanted in a yoga class. Multi-level, multi-style. Fluid and expansive. Strength and power balanced by depth and relaxation. Fluid but not a “flow” class, Fierce Grace develops freedom of movement, breath an...

  • I've only got 20 minutes! with Michele in Mexico

    It's amazing what you can do in 20 minutes. This standing series will align and strengthen, open and release. Michele explains alignment while taking you through this medium paced sequence. A short standing flow to open back, and chest leads to classical poses like Chair, Eagle, FG Warrior Series...

  • Intense leg stretch sequence with Michele

    Michele will take you through hip flexor, hamstring, quad, foot and pelvis openers to get your lower body loose and open ready for more advanced poses. Dragon, Crescent Lunges, Runners Stretch. Paschi, Quad Stretch, Janushirasana, Lifted Double Leg Stretch and more will increase your flexibility ...

  • 14 min FIIT Flow with Michele

    Strengthen your whole body and improve stamina with the yoga flow sequences from FIIT. Down Dog, Bear Hold, Spiderman, Plank Holds, Cartwheel, Twisted Cartwheel, Warrior poses, One legged Side Plank, Dragon Twists and more

  • Deep Core 75 Livestream with Michele #4

    Deep Core is a stretch class that includes an aligning warm up, then moves to the floor to open and realign hips and lower back. Time is spent on the flexibility of legs, hips. The "true core" is the centre of the body, hips, pelvis and lower back, so learning correct alignment is key. Demonstra...

  • Short Flow Sequence with Michele in Tuscany

    A great whole body workout suitable for all levels. Down Dog is a user friendly way to get strong, while also being in a relaxing inversion that lengthens spine, neck, hips and hamstrings. Perform leg stretches, hips, psoas, glutes and groin. Get strong and loose.

  • Fierce Grace 75 Group Class with Michele

    Join our latest Teacher Trainees and some other familiar teachers at our North studio for our signature Fierce Grace class - a little shorter with a few poses taken out and a few variations added in.

    75 minutes of Flowing Warm up, Warrior Series, Balancing, Arm Strengthening, Core Work, Back St...

  • IN 30 Group Class with Michele in Tuscany

    A short version of our usual 75 minute class here we focus on legs, hips and spine. IN 30 in a Tuscan forest with a group of yogis. We first warm up in a whole body routine, then progress more and more deeply INwards. We finish with deep restorative relaxation.

  • All fours 8 minute mashup with Michele - Mexico

    Down Dog is the template to work into Plank, Spiderman, Glute-gate and more. Strengthen the whole body especially arms, shoulders, wrists, upper back, abs and glutes in this quick whole body yoga sequence which will get your breath flowing. A warm down will stretch out your shoulders and wrists.
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  • Deep Core 75 Livestream #3 with Michele

    The deepest stretch out there in our ever popular Deep Core class taught by FG founder Michele Pernetta.

    This cult class is favoured by both men and women alike, from athletes to the very stiff.

    Foundation standing poses improve alignment while this mainly floor based class allows us to drop an...

  • Deep Core with Michele in Tuscany

    Michele guides this group class through a stabilising opening sequence concentrating on alignment. She then moves you into ever deepening leg, hip, glutei, pelvis and spine openings.

    Suitable for all levels.
    Blocks and strap useful for anyone with stiffness, knee issues or tight shoulders.

    Jo...

  • Fierce Abs with Michele in Tuscany

    Abdominal Strengthening with Michele. Get the vibe of a summer retreat group class. Each set of abdominal muscles are strengthened, along with your lower back, arms and legs. The core is the seat of health and digestion - so drink some water and let's get ripped.

    Join Michele and try out our bea...

  • True Core Workshop with Michele

    Discover how to use your core muscles in every pose and create a power centre that will ignite your life and your yoga practice.

    Our most popular workshop in Fierce Grace studios, this full length 90 minute session will improve your understanding of your own alignment in yoga. Michele delves int...

  • Neck, Arm, Hand and Shoulder Release with Michele and Jungle Drummer

    Everything you need to realign, release and open up tight neck, arms, hands, shoulders. This 30 minute class with special guest The Jungle Drummer involves the whole body and spine while it works out all the kinks from fingers through to neck and upper back.

  • Morning Stiffy with Michele

    A 14 minute sequence for when you feel stiff and in need of natural functional movements to get the whole body opened up and feeling free. Sometimes we just need a simple warm up to give us more space.

    Mich takes you through standing warm up to release hips, ribcage, back, neck, spine, shoulders...

  • The Rush with Michele

    The Rush increases strength, stamina and mobility, while counteracting shoulder, back, hip, neck and wrist stiffness from sitting at a desk.

    The 20 minute class is an effective set of exercises to do for any age or fitness level, when you're too busy to get to a full class. It can be performed ...

  • Deep Core 30 #2 (Legs) with Michele

    Practice key leg stretching yoga poses from our Deep Core class. Expect slow deep stretches to open up hamstrings, abductors, glutes and hip flexors.

    In this #2 version of Deep Core 30, Michele will guide you through safe steps, with guidance for props for the stiffer practitioner, or deeper op...

  • IN 30 #2 (Legs) with Michele

    Michele Pernetta leads you through some key poses from the IN class, with a particular emphasis on the lower body.

    IN is a slower floor-based class with deep stretches of shoulders, hips, hamstrings, quads, and wrists. This, the second 30 minute version of IN for FGTV On Demand, will leave you ...

  • Fierce Grace 60 #2 with Michele

    Fierce Grace in 60 minutes.

    Each class varies slightly to keep us on our toes. Michele guides you through with expert modifications and suggestions in this shorter version of our flagship class. The popular flowing format, with stretching, strengthening, arms, abs and hip and leg opening this f...

  • FIIT 50 with Michele

    FIIT - FIERCE INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING. Beautiful and Beastly.

    What happens when classical yoga meets traditional Bootcamp and cardio drills in a high intensity interval training format? An east/west fusion that gets you FIIT FAAST.

    Expect a fluid yoga-inspired warm up, Yoga/HIIT hybrid dr...