Hot yoga isn't for everyone, but if you're just learning the practice or are hoping to shed some sweat, Om On The Range is perfect. Their Basics class helps to set a great foundation for yoga practice while advanced classes offer heat, humidity, and time variations. A Bikram class will certainly get you toasting in these late winter months, with studios heated to 95 and 105 degrees with 40 to 60% humidity. As a special bonus for new students, they also offer a $20 introductory week. With locations in Bucktown and Lakeview, you're never too far from Om.
Om on the Range, 1834 North Avenue, 2nd floor; 773-772-9642.
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If you're more interested in strengthening your abs than perfecting your ojai breathing, Core Power Yoga is the place for you. With the enlightenment on the light side and the muscle toning in focus, this popular city spot has nine locations in the Chicago area. If you're just starting yoga then there's no better place, because they offer a full week free for new members. Although they're membership based, they offer drop-in rates and student discounts. They also provide a program that allows members to volunteer to earn free classes.
Core Power Yoga, 959 West Webster Avenue; 773-388-9642.
Looking to deepen your yoga practice past the basic classes in a great neighborhood setting? Yogaview Elston and Division are great studios for medium to advanced yogis. The instructors such as Sara Strother spend plenty of time working one-on-one with students as well as encouraging new poses, inversions, and teaching workshops on special topics. For smaller classes, take a class on Division right above the Ruby Room. For a wide open atmosphere and lots of parking, take a visit to their Elston location. Either way, you're certain to find something new and probably bump into a neighbor!
Yogaview, 2211 N. Elston Avenue, Suite 200; 773-342-9642.
Om indeed! If you want to focus on the inner peace and spiritual side of yoga practice, Moksha is the place for you. Moksha offers a well-rounded selection of workshops, teacher training and bodywork. Their three different locations have more intensive classes than most studios as well as the basics. Traditional Vinyasa and Hatha classes are aplenty, but you can also deepen your practice with Tantric Vinyasa, candlelit classes and lots of Ashtanga Mysore for those hoping to grow their personal practice.
Moksha Yoga Center, 3334 North Clark Street; 312-942-9642.