Even if you’re just doing it for the shavasana (same here), yoga’s become a pretty important part of your life. But finding a yoga studio that’s not only great but also convenient is key to fitting in a flow. So put on some leggings and find out which studio closest to you has earned a 5-ommm reputation.
The Best Yoga Studio in 8 Chicago Neighborhoods
Don’t be fooled by the sweeping views from Yogaview’s airy loft. The studio’s name refers to forging a fresh perspective on oneself and the outside world. Its blend of ashtanga, mysore and vinyasa yoga (always with a focus on breath) helps you achieve just that.
2211 N. Elston Ave.; 773-342-9642 or yogaview.com
South Loop: Corepower Yoga
With 28 locations throughout Chicago, CorePower Yoga has become a reliable option for hot, sweaty vinyasa. Only at its South Loop location, however, can you enjoy some stunning views of the skyline. We consider it greater inspiration to grow tall in our tadasana.
55 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 312-829-9642 or corepoweryoga.com
River West: Moksha
Moksha takes its name from the Hindu concept of release from the cycle of rebirth. We can’t promise a visit to the studio will get you there, but its instructors (some of the best in the city) will definitely help you release something.
700 N. Carpenter St.; 312-829-9642 or mokshayoga.com
The Loop: Bottom Line Yoga
With locations in the Board of Trade and the Civic Opera House, Bottom Line caters to nine-to-fivers. Classes are scheduled before the workday starts, at lunch hour and after five, but the nap and meditation room might beckon you all day long.
Multiple locations; bottomlineyoga.com
Wicker Park: Zen Yoga Garage
This boutique studio is run by a flock of former Core Power Yoga instructors, so you can expect skilled instruction with a warm community. It will get even the staunchest “I’m here just for the workout” types signing up for a gong bath or two.
1845 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-227-7748 or zenyogagarage.com
Lincoln Square: Bloom Yoga Studio
Forget Mommy and Me. This Lincoln Square studio is widely touted for its prenatal and mom-and-baby programming. Even if you don’t have a mini me, you’ll vibe with the unstuffy attitude.
4663 N. Rockwell St.; 773-463-9642 or bloomyogastudio.com
West Loop: Bare Feet Power Yoga
This neighborhood studio’s brand of hot vinyasa has proven quite popular. So much so that its expanded to a second location just around the corner. The “Shut Up and Flow” class is our go-to when we need a workout that lets us work it out.
1006 W. Monroe St.; 312-624-8068 or barefeetpoweryoga.com
Gold Coast: Exhale
A spa that also offers yoga and barre? Now if that isn’t a genius business model. Come for the massage, stay for the power flow, then maybe get another massage.
945 N. State St.; 312-753-6500 or exhalespa.com