UPDATED JAN 23, 2020
Yoga is kind of a big deal in Chicago. lt's almost impossible to walk down the street without passing a studio (or 10). If you’re anxious to get in on the action too, allow us to help you sort through your options by highlighting the city’s best spots to sweat, stretch and take a deep breath.
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, and meditative classes (which are free!). Grab your mat and book one of their classes in Bucktown or Wilmette.
Upon entering, YOGA 2.0 in River North encourages you to silence your phone and leave your worries at the door — which you’ll find easy to do as soon as you roll out your mat. The space is lined with exposed brick walls, views of downtown, and natural light, and classes are taught by some of the city’s most experienced instructors that will have you feeling empowered by the end of every workout. Yoga 2.0 offers 13 different classes that will have you sweating within minutes and relaxed by that final savasana. Plus, all heated classes are powered by infrared heat, which warms up the body from the inside out. Afterwards, cool down in their gathering area with kombucha on tap and vegan raw bars from @ingrainedchicago.
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 boot camp-style yoga to deep stretch.
The aesthetic alone of The Lab will have you feeling zen — with forest and mountain murals adorning the walls of the light-filled, minimalistic studio. But it's the classes that really shine at this West Loop space. Combining the spiritual with the functional, the Vinyasa and restorative classes—which blend Ashtanga, Prana Flow, Jivamukti, power, and Hatha yoga systems—possess a grounding realness that prepares your mind, body, and soul for anything the rest of the day may hold.
Offering a little bit of everything, Zen is quite possibly Bucktown’s most balanced yoga studio. You’ll find boot camps, 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.
One of Wicker Park’s best-kept secrets is Mirepoix Wellness Studio. What looks to be a cozy storefront from the outside is actually an intimate sweat haven once you’re inside. The mirrorless studio faces Ashland Ave., where a curtain is pulled once class begins (yet still enabling natural light to still shine through), helping create a memorable ambiance that will keep you coming back for more. The studio offers a variety of classes, but its most popular is Hip Hop Power, a Vinyasa class set to upbeat playlists. Plus, cold brew coffee and kombucha is always on tap at the front of the studio, so you can leave feeling rejuvenated, caffeinated, and as empowered off your mat as you do on it.
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 heal and feel rejuvenated.
The name says it all. Chicago’s original Bikram yoga studio is hot. Like, 105° hot. The Bikram flow is known to be intense, so if you think fainting is a real possibility, remember you can always return to child’s pose. Check out the studio in Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, or South Loop to get a feel for what made this yoga style take off.
CorePower is the largest privately-owned chain of yoga studios in the country, but they’re not everywhere. Luckily, Chicago has nearly 30 studios throughout the city and surrounding areas. With so many locations and super-convenient schedules that offer a variety of classes throughout day, it makes getting on your mat far more accessible. And don't forget to bring a yoga towel, otherwise, your mat may 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. After your sweat sesh, stop at GRAZE cafe located in the lobby, which serves superfood smoothies, creamy acai bowls, and other post-workout fuel that is naturally vegan and gluten-free.
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.
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 you feel welcomed as soon as you walk in. Their schedule consists traditional and advanced Vinyasa classes, as well as Yin and restorative styles. Plus, all are heated and most are open to all levels.
The best Chicago sweat spots 💪, healthy eats 🥗, and fitness events 🎟 delivered straight to your inbox.