Center Yourself In These 6 Chicago Neighborhood Yoga Studios
In a city that’s bustling around the clock, making time to zen out and practice mindfulness in Chicago is key to staying centered.
In search of the perfect neighborhood yoga studio? Check out these six studios that offer a wide array of classes that appeal to yogis of all ages and skill levels.
Yoga Loft Studios
Yoga Loft Studios operates within chic, unassuming spaces that encourage students to breathe, sweat and play. With locations in River North and Oak Park, Yoga Loft’s lineup of power flow vinyasa and ashtanga classes are equally part invigorating and challenging for yogis of all skill levels. In addition to yoga classes, Yoga Loft also offers a series of Fit Loft classes that focus on circuit training, core-strengthening exercises and boxing for a blast of cardio that’s sure to build lean muscle in no time.
Located in Chicago’s Near West Side neighborhood, The Lab’s yoga class schedule focuses on challenging courses that strengthen both the body and mind. For yogis who are interested in taking the next step to leading their own students, The Lab also hosts once-yearly yoga teacher training classes, which arm students with the fundamentals of yoga instruction in 200 classroom hours. Don’t live near The Lab? You can keep up with the studio’s monthly yoga challenges that are hosted on Instagram, featuring an array of challenging postures and poses.
Hailed as an “urban playground for the body and soul,” Bender takes a playful approach to wellness and yoga by immersing its students in a fully interactive fitness experience. Bender’s yoga events are invite-only, with invite sign-up forms being released prior to each event. Once you receive your invite, you’re in: join Bender at their location of choosing and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable blend of yoga, dance and music. Still not sold? Bender’s most recent Chicago event featured rooftop yoga at sunset, accompanied by live music.
Bare Feet Power Yoga
Planted in Chicago’s trendy West Loop neighborhood, Bare Feet Power Yoga primarily offers heated yoga classes that encourage participants to move, breathe and sweat to their heart’s desire. Not a fan of heated classes? Don’t sweat it! Bare Feet’s Loft is a secondary, non-heated location that hosts yoga classes, workshops, private lessons and more. For yogis with an adventurous heart, Bare Feet also offers destination yoga workshops in gorgeous settings, like its upcoming November 2017 yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico.
River North’s Studio Three focuses on three main areas of fitness: yoga, interval training and challenging cycling classes. For yoga fans, the studio is a must-visit destination for students who want to stretch their bodies and minds to the limit. Drop into the third-floor yoga studio for classes that focus on hot, restorative and athletic yoga practices which are sure to work every muscle in the process. If you’re seeking a full-body workout, Studio Three recommends a regular routine of yoga, interval and cycling classes to experience a full-body transformation.
Zen Yoga Garage
Located just north of Wicker Park, the Zen Yoga Garage offers an array of yoga classes that emphasize modern fitness practices in an urban setting. Ready to challenge your body in a yoga class like never before? Classes at Zen Yoga often entail twisting, jumping and headstands, so come to class prepared for a rigorous yet rewarding experience. In addition to its more advanced classes, Zen Yoga also offers regular children’s and prenatal yoga classes that share a more approachable, gentle yoga experience with students.