So you want to practice yoga but your apartment is too noisy, the gym is too hectic and the people at the park are starting to stare. Try taking your moves to YogaNow, a friendly Edgewater studio where the vibe is relaxed, the instructors are knowledgeable, and the only noise you'll hear are the chants that begin the Mysore class.
YogaNow's traditional, no-frills studio is open to students of all levels, but is a perfect fit for experts looking to practice and improve upon their technique. Director Amy Beth Treciokas studied yoga in India and is the only instructor in Chicago authorized to teach Mysore yoga, a self-practice class where the instructor observes as students individually practice a series of moves. Other classes are more formal (think health club style: instructor stands in front, students follow), and are probably a better fit for beginners. But no matter your level, you'll feel welcomed by both instructors and students when you step through the doors of YogaNow: a true urban oasis. Ommm…
Classes: YogaNow offers a wide-variety of classes, ensuring that everyone from yoga newbies to yoga pros will find something that works. If you're a beginner, try the highly accessible Yoga Basics class; experts should checkout the Forrest or the Ashtanga classes. Craving a little independence? Try the Mysore class, where you'll practice at your own pace as the instructor looks on and makes any necessary adjustments. Mats are available, but most students bring their own. Take a drop-in class for $16 or pay per class series (five classes for $70; 10 for $130; 20 for $225). The best deal is the monthly rate of $150 and student receive a 20-percent discount on all class series.
Extras: YogaNow doesn't have much amenities-wise, but there is a shower (bring your own towel) and a free "tea corner" to enjoy post-class.
Centerstage Reviewer: Ashley Hamilton