Open since 1984, this stalwart Near North studio is one of the gems of Chicago's yoga community. Director and teacher Suddha Weixler heads a small staff of thoughtful, dedicated and absolutely approachable teachers who infuse their classes with both a deep knowledge of yoga principles, and their own interpretations.
The studio's signature Hatha style is influenced by the technical Iyengar method and the vigorous Ashtanga system. Classes often incorporate breathwork, meditation, and a sprinkling of easy-to-digest philosophy into the asana sequence. A hub for teachers as well as students, Chicago Yoga Center offers an annual teacher training as well as regular workshops with internationally known yoga leaders. The 1,500-square-foot space is a bright and welcoming place to practice, adorned with plants and classical Eastern artwork.
Classes: The studio offers a range of Hatha classes for all levels,including a beginner's class to train new students in the fundamentals of movement, breath and relaxation. Open-level classes welcome students of all backgrounds, and more challenging options include Ashtanga Basics and Ashtanga Primary Series. The schedule also includes Yin Yoga, a restorative practice. On Saturday mornings, students can practice Ashtanga in the self-guided Mysore style, with a teacher present to supervise and give adjustments. Drop-in classes are $15, with discounted packages and a $140 unlimited monthly option. Student discounts apply to packages and monthly passes. Private instruction starts at $80.
Extras: The studio provides mats. Check the website for upcoming teacher trainings and workshops, including yoga getaways in exotic locales.
Centerstage Reviewer: Julia Steinberger