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Chicago is a town of insatiable yogis. Over the past years, we’ve seen the rise of CorePower Yoga, a new hot spot arrive in the form of Ritual Hot Yoga, and the homegrown Yoga 2.0 emerge — yet, there’s no saying no to more yoga. And one studio, famous in LA and NYC for flows to hip-hop, downward dogs to Drake, and bends to Beyoncé, is leaving the coasts for the Heartland for the very first time. Y7 Studio, “A Tribe Called Sweat”, will take over River North in 2020.
When you bring Jay-Z into the yoga studio, you can expect a flow workout that is absolutely lit. Actually, candlelit — it’s all part of creating a unique, incomparable experience deepening the mind by connecting with carefully choreographed sequences to music that ranges from The Weeknd to Stevie Wonder. The playlists, infrared heating technology, candlelight, and dark, mirror-free room have made Y7 a cult hit.
With their almost-sensual vibe, it’s about how you feel, not how you look. That means that no matter your body, fitness level, or yoga background, you’ll feel comfortable closing your eyes, bopping to Kanye, and adding breath to movement. Stop worrying about that headstand; you’ve got a mighty-fine chaturanga. And no, we can’t tell if that downward dog makes your butt look big.
While Dr. Dre and Cardi B might help lighten up the pressure to perform, if you’re looking for a solid sweat sesh, you can get that too. No one loves a plank, but if you have to hold a plank for 60 seconds, Missy Elliott certainly helps. And pause lunges might be tough, but a little Kendrick certainly makes them more enjoyable.
Between the 80–90-degree infrared heat and choreography, we guarantee you’ll leave with a nice sweaty glow, restored and transformed from the inside out.
Since 2013, Y7 has grown from a pop-up shop in Brooklyn to a full-blown chain with over 12 (and counting) locations between NYC and LA. It’s the brainchild of Sarah and Mason Levy, who just wanted some stellar beat-driven yoga.
Now, Y7 Studio takes on a new city, landing on N. Clark St. in River North, right by Ingrained and Foxtrot Market. As of this writing, no official opening date has been set, but in 2020, you know you’ll want to get your cat-cow on to Chance The Rapper.
If you’ve got 99 problems, a yoga studio certainly shouldn’t be one. Follow along on Instagram because this studio is hot, and they’ve got vibes to match. And whatever you do, make sure you check out their special “We Flow Hard”, signature gear because you might as well dress the part, Chi.
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