2211 N. Elston Ave., Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60614
Anyone with a newly minted yoga certification can guide you through Sun Salutations, but at Yogaview the physical aspects of the practice are deeply connected with the spiritua, making it shine among the thousands of studios in the city and suburbs. The "yogaview," as it were, "gives birth to compassion, understanding and a profound ongoing curiosity into the nature of life." You probably won't that at the strip mall studio. Offering around dozen different levels of classes, from prenatal and teen to restorative and Yin, Yogaview's Chicago and Wilmette studios are helmed by extremely experienced instructors.
700 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Many are drawn to the non-competitive environment that yoga provides and the three Moksha studios focus on guiding new and experienced practitioners on their individual paths to a healthier body and mind. There are basic and intensive classes as well as bodywork opportunities like acupuncture and Thai massage to get you to feeling great. There are often special offers of discounts on classes, workshops, special events and even concerts.
Ganesha Yoga And Adventures In Fitness
3113 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
If you're okay with your chakras being a bit out of whack and just want to get in shape, Ganesha Yoga and Adventures in Fitness is your ashram for agility. Yoga (and dance, movement, pilates and even hula hooping) is all about feeling good and getting fit. Classes are not assigned "levels," but are given fairly clear titles. There's Gentle Chair Yoga, Ganesha Rx for your aches and pains, Mellow Flow, Stiff Guy and Ganesha Plus for any body shape.
441 South Blvd.
Oak Park, IL 60304
A father-daughter team, Chuck and Kelly Merydith, came to yoga for different reasons (stress relief, self-realization and surviving cancer chief among them) and have extensive training/certifications from YogaWorks in Santa Monica as well as Chicago's Moksha Yoga. Classes range from beginners to deep stretching and restorative yoga amid candlelight. Or perhaps you prefer some Vinyasa Flow to classic rock or Seva yoga accompanied by live music? There are a plethora of opportunities for children, and Ahimsa has a work/study program for students who can man a desk in exchange for free yoga classes.
407 E. Terra Cotta Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
A literal pain in the neck and 26 years as a flight attendant brought Ann Waring to yoga practice which not only eliminated that pain but changed the trajectory of her life. The business owner, certified yoga instructor and Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher has added study at the Chopra Center in San Diego in order to offer students more than a physical experience from the vast Vedic knowledge from which Hatha yoga stems. This elevates Yoga Seva above the vast number of centers dotting strip malls everywhere, and makes the trip worth your while. Classes are held seven days a week from gentle and beginning to multi-level, and Yoga Seva must be satisfying because there is a community of students who have been attending since 1998, proving the studio has been way ahead of the curve and doing backbends around most others.
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