Yoga is kind of a big deal in Chicago. But you probably already knew that. It’s almost impossible to walk down the street without passing a studio (or 10) and countless yoga-loving disciples with their mat in tow.
If you’re anxious to get in on the action, you’re in luck. Chicago has a ton of studios and yoga hot spots to try out. So many, in fact, that choosing just one place to practice is a challenge. We help you sort through your options by highlighting the city’s little slices of yoga heaven. Get ready to stretch, sweat, and strengthen your way through a tour of local yoga studios.
Just as the name implies, there’s a class for everyone at Yoga For All Beings. Situated in the heart of the Ukrainian Village, the studio takes pride in its intimate community. Though the classes are not heated, sunlight from the windows lining the exposed-brick studio provides a natural and welcomed change in temperature throughout the day. But regardless of the season, come ready to sweat.
Want a practice that goes beyond a sweat fest? Yogaview focuses on all elements of yoga, not just the physical. While the studio offers conventional Vinyasa classes, you’ll also find other styles of practices, such as self-guided Ashtanga classes, Bow-Spring Method classes, as well as straight-up meditative classes (which are free!). They offer a full slate of classes in Bucktown and the suburb of Wilmette, but no matter what you take, it’s always going to be about you.
This intimate space is proof that you don’t need high-impact movements to get in a good sweat sesh. This River North studio’s mantra is “breathe to the beat”, so some claim they’re the SoulCycle of yoga. And in a candle-lit, 98° room, you’ll be feeling the heat immediately. Fitt Tip: membership comes with complimentary laundry service, and considering how much you’ll sweat, it’s a huge perk.
Making waves in the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and the West Loop, Yoga Six’s ultra-chic studios are the kind of places you could imagine bumping elbows with celebrities (besides us, of course.) If you’re not lured in by fancy details like non-toxic, recycled studio flooring, check this place out for the huge variety of classes they offer, from bootcamp-style yoga to deep stretch.
This West Loop studio is owned by Carmen Aguilar, the creator of cYoga. What is cYoga? It’s a style that very rationally moves toward several peak poses that push yogis to new levels. Oh, and boy does it ever. If you want to get into one of those never-thought-my-body-could-do-this poses, you should get to the Lab.
Offering a little bit of everything, Zen is quite possibly Bucktown’s most balanced yoga studio. You’ll find bootcamps, all levels of Vinyasa, Yin yoga, yoga barre, and Buddha Yoga Burn, where you’ll do yoga with weights. True to the name, one of the practice spaces features a glass garage door that looks out at Milwaukee Ave. At the end of slightly-heated classes, instructors open this garage up just a bit to cool down the room. You’ll be sweaty and tired, and with that rush of cool air, we bet you’ll find your yoga bliss.
Moksha Yoga Center set-up in Bucktown is a hub within the yoga community. In addition to offering a variety of mindful and vigorous flows, Moksha hosts a ton of events, including workshops with nationally-renowned teachers, certification programs, and travel opportunities. Plus, you’ll find bodywork sessions, like acupuncture and massages, to help you get your body right.
The name says it all. Chicago’s original Bikram yoga studio is hot. Like, 105° hot. But when it comes to going through that Bikram flow until you think fainting is a real possibility, this studio in Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, and South Loop is the place to do it. Of course, that’s when you chill in child’s pose.
CorePower is the largest privately-owned chain of yoga studios in the country, but they’re not everywhere. That's why we Chicagoans feel so lucky to have nearly 30 studios throughout the city and surrounding areas. With so many locations and super-convenient schedules that offer a variety of classes throughout the entire day, we have no excuse to not take advantage of some of the best yoga classes out there. And bring a yoga towel, otherwise, your mat will turn into a slip n’ slide by the end of class.
Studio Three might also be known for its intense HIIT and cycle classes, but don’t let that distract you from just how great their yoga studio is, too. With a variety of heated and non-heated classes, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at their River North and Lincoln Park studio complexes. From relaxing Flow to Hi-Def with weights and cardio, and everything in between, Studio Three has it all.
Ahimsa isn’t an everyday word. Though, it’s something we could get down with every day. Meaning “non-harming”—interpreted as “peace”—Ahimsa Yoga Studio in Oak Park, Berwyn, Elmhurst, and La Grange will show you what it means to crush workweek stress. Try your hand at a Hatha, Vinyasa, or Anusara session and wave ‘goodbye’ to that thing that had you grinding your teeth.
Bringing a flavor of yoga designed to "get you out of your head + into your soul", the supportive instructors at River North's The Space Between lead three different classes. Alive is an infrared-heated, music-driven Vinyasa designed to get you moving and grooving. Rooted is an unheated fundamentals class that's best done before you flow hard with the Alive tribe. And Undone is basically a mindfulness class, where your candlelit practice is filled with slow, purposeful movement. Add on the amenities—the fully-stocked showers, the provided mats and towels, the boutique apparel shop—and you've got one top-to-bottom, modern yoga experience.
Okay, the name is a neat pun, but there's a lot more than just light-hearted humor to Om on the Range. When you walk into their North Center/Lakeview warehouse turned yoga hub, it’ll feel like you just walked into your own apartment. And their welcoming community is just as warm as their Baptiste Power Yoga-style flows.
TULA in Logan Square isn’t putting on a show. They claim to be real people with real problems (really) — they never try to take themselves too seriously. But one thing they do take seriously is connecting to yoga — no matter if that’s in their Vinyasa, Hatha, or Candlelight Yin class. That means turning off your brain (and your phone), and forging a mind-body practice. Chill out, breathe, and melt those worries away.
If fun is a must for your yoga practice, go play at Bare Feet Power Yoga. Their West Loop hot spot (hot like 90°) has built a yoga community of fun-loving, powerful yogis. How? It’s their classes. Yeah, they have Power Vinyasa. But classes like Turn It Up Dog — “a dance party on your mat”, the opposite and relaxing Slow It Down Dog, and the perfect partner workout of acroyoga make yoga so freakin’ fun.
This studio in Lincoln Park is all about making yoga accessible to everyone. So it’s no surprise that it’s so easy to feel welcome rather than intimidated here. Their schedule consists of Vinyasa classes that range from traditional and advanced Journey into Power, Powerful Flow, Powerful Beats, and Power Detox. Plus, all are heated and most are open to all levels.
**Updated May 2019.