White Iris Yoga became Evanston's first commercial yoga center when seasoned instructor Paula Kout opened the studio in her home in 1991. In 1995 she moved White Iris into its current Ridge Avenue location, where it continues to nourish a warm and welcoming community.
Former instructor to the Chicago Bulls, Kout knows how to make just about anyone comfortable with yoga. The studio emphasizes Hatha style, with a focus on breath, movement and fluid sequences. An ensemble of instructors offers classes ranging from intimate, personalized beginner courses to advanced levels, including a special course geared specifically to young women ages 9-13. In addition to classes, the studio offers workshops like Partner Yoga, Meditation and Family Yoga, and also leads an annual yoga retreat in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
The sun-filled studio space boasts oak floors in two studios, with large skylights embedded in the 20-foot ceilings. Props and a limited number of mats are available, but it is strongly recommended that you bring your own; mats and other equipment are available for sale at the studio. Drop-in classes are $15; package discounts available. Private instruction available by appointment.
Centerstage Reviewer: Julia Steinberger