January is a great time to reset your intentions and focus on YOU. How about starting the year by de-stressing the body and mind with relaxation and movement? Yoga classes hit the mark in all these areas, whether you are a complete beginner, an occasional participant striving to hit the mat more often, or you're an experienced yogi. Chicago has unlimited places to practice yoga; even better, there are high-vibe environments with a great atmosphere too. Mix up your practice in original spaces with unique offerings. Here is our list of interesting yoga studios and classes in Chicago that definitely fit the bill!
Unique and Interesting Yoga Studios in Chicago
1. Modern Techniques, Industrial Design
Zen Yoga Garage
Once an old car repair garage, Zen yoga opens its big garage doors to all kinds of classes and students. They focus on postures and share the feeling that comes from dynamic movement. Their classes feature a modern twist like Zen Burn—Yoga with weights or BYO Baby with Yoga, and popular classics like Flow and Vinyasa. Workshops, massage, and aesthetics offerings are available too. Find out more about Zen Yoga Garage Classes here.
2. Yoga With The Best Views of Chicago
Sky Yoga at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck
Location: Downtown Chicago
It's the yoga class at the highest location in Chicago at 1000 feet up! Breathe, move, and strengthen your body while gazing at the city's best views and Lake Michigan. Instructor Britta Eumann welcomes all ages and skill levels and takes the intimidation out of yoga, so everyone benefits from a class. Every class ends with a complimentary beverage, including a cup of artisanal Kikwetu coffee or a decadent Hot Toddy to kick-start you into the rest of your day. Yoga class is also an admission ticket to the observation deck, so stay around after class and enjoy the whole 360 observation deck experience. Register for a Sky Yoga class here.
3. Yoga in a Historic House
Sat Nam Yoga
Location: West Loop Downtown
This three-level space, in the historical Abraham Groesbeck House in the West Loop, has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy their studio and small boutique spaces, a garden courtyard, and a student lounge. Sat Nam Yoga uses ancient and therapeutic traditions relevant to modern times, including services such as Kundalini Yoga, Reiki, Sound Therapy, and Traditional Thai Massage for all levels. Sat Nam translates to "Truth is My Identity," meaning come to this place to be who you are. Find the weekly list of classes at Sat Nam Yoga.
4. Up Close with the Origins of Yoga
Practice yoga in a peaceful and meditative place at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, Illinois, 22 miles from downtown. Learn techniques from ancient Indian origins with a Hatha-style class. HTGC's goals are to train the mind, body, and spirit to achieve inner peace and harmony. All ages and levels are welcome, including all cultural or ethnic backgrounds. Classes run every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
5. Pop-Up Yoga In Unexpected Places
Collective Yoga Co-op
It's a yoga studio for the people, created by the people. The Collective Yoga Co-op's goal is to provide accessible classes for everyone throughout Chicago. They partner with local businesses, groups, or charities to use their space for pop-up yoga and hybrid virtual classes. These unique Chicago yoga studios are in locations such as The Daley Library, The Dovetail Brewery for a Yoga + Happy Hour Session, and the Lululemon Experiential Store. Certified yoga instructors travel around to provide classes such as Vinyasa Lift and Vinyasa Steady varieties.
6. Yoga Surrounded by Masterpieces
Van Gogh Chicago
Location: Lighthouse Artspace
Practice yoga surrounded by art and a complete multi-sensory experience at the Van Gogh Immersive art exhibit. This 35-minute class with a certified yoga instructor stimulates the mind and body with a choreographed show of music, sounds, light, and imagery of the works of Van Gogh's prized masterpieces. After the class, receive a sample of Kefir compliments of Lifeway Kefir. Find out more about Van Gogh Chicago classes here.
7. Yoga While Floating on Lake Michigan
Chicago SUP Yoga
Location: Montrose Beach
It's the yoga class that is only available in the summer. How about combining a yoga class with the peace and tranquility of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)? That's right; your yoga mat is a paddle board to practice sun salutations on Lake Michigan. SUP yoga is a great way to develop balance, flexibility, and whole-body fitness while connecting with water and nature around you. Meet at Montrose Beach for a class open to all levels. If yoga on the water makes you feel a little queasy, Mary Lou Cerami offers outdoor yoga classes in the park. More about Chicago SUP yoga classes here.
8. Yoga With Furry Friends
Nature's Trail Goat Yoga
Location: Orland Park
A unique and unconventional yoga space list is only complete with a place that offers Caprine Vinyasa or baby goat yoga. It's the most laid-back (and the funniest) form of yoga class for light exercise and pure entertainment. Take part in yoga poses while baby goats attempt to break your concentration to play with them instead. At Nature's Trail Goat Yoga in Orland Park, classes help with concentration and breaking out of a typical mindset. It's an ideal class for mental health and overall stress relief. After all, it's pretty hard to take yourself seriously when baby goats are involved! Classes run throughout the year indoors and out. The 1.5-hour class includes yoga and playtime with the goats. Find out more about this unique yoga class near Chicago. Nature's Trail Goat Yoga is located on a 5-acre family-owned mini farm.
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