Three Pillars Wellness Center fills a yoga void felt by many on the South Side. "There wasn't anything like this in Hyde Park, or really on the whole South Side," said Tim Wang, owner and Tai Chi instructor. So three and a half years ago, Wang decided to bring alternative fitness to the neighborhood.
The carpeted stairway that takes you to the center, located above Valois Cafeteria, gives way to the clean-as-a-whistle class spaces, both of which are sunny, with light hardwood floors and minimal decorations.
Classes: With an average of five classes a day, you can take your pick of yoga, pilates, tai chi, kickboxing, belly dancing and meditation. Mats, blocks and other equipment are available to use during classes, as well as storage if you'd like to leave your equipment on site. Yoga classes are the most popular (with Monday morning beginner classes boasting the highest attendance), followed closely by Egyptian-style belly dancing.
Classes are small, usually with less than a dozen people. "It's definitely the most mixed school I've taught at in the city," said Michelle Gaza, a yoga instructor at the center. "There are university students and people from the area, people of every size, every shape, every ability level. It's a crazy mix."
Extras: Massage services are available.
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Rockwood