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Born in India—the same land where yoga originated centuries ago—Poonam Gupta has felt a profound attachment to the ancient discipline since childhood, when her father led her through the first steps of what would become a lifelong journey. Those early sessions with her father led Poonam to spend countless hours meditating, meeting with teachers, and perusing spiritual texts. In the course of her studies, she discovered that the physical practice of yoga was only part of the equation; the process of studying and furthering her knowledge of the art proved equally self-empowering.

Poonam thought back to this breakthrough when it came time to found her own studio, naming it Yoga Gyan Jyoti, which translates to “light of yogic knowledge.” Today, her daily yoga classes help practitioners to improve their flexibility, build their strength, and overcome weight issues. The center complements its yoga classes with training in ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine that focuses on correcting imbalances that result from years of poor nutrition or one-handed pushups.

481 North Commons Drive
Aurora,
IL
US

Kristin was nervous before her first pole-dancing class. Sure, she?d spent years as a fitness specialist with a background in classical dance, but she was also working as the volunteer director at her church. What would people think? At her first turn around the pole, however, her fears vanished. ?I felt like a goddess and an acrobat,? she says.

Today, Kristin is a certified pole instructor, a master trainer for Pole Move, Inc, and a member of the Pole Fitness Association. Inside her 3,400-square-foot studio, she works alongside 16 PFA-certified instructors to teach women body acceptance through pole dancing. More than 3,000 female students so far have sampled the studio's liberating, confidence-boosting classes. There's a broad selection of class types, including eight stages of pole dancing, burlesque, aerobic classes, core conditioning, aerial silks, and aerial yoga. Each class caps attendance at 10 students to ensure instructors know everyone?s name and favorite sandwich, and that they can keep an eye out for safety and technique.

4222 Meridian Pkwy.
Aurora,
IL
US

Kettlebells are a dynamic fitness tool that allow you to conquer much more in less time by blurring the lines between strength and cardio training. Kettlebells will help you:

Develop strength and flexibility Build an incredible cardiovascular system in minimal time Drop fat and get lean Prevent injuries to your back, knees and shoulders Train anywhere, anytime

Kettlebell classes at Center-Fit are designed to help you build muscle and burn fat during intense drills and workouts. With small class sizes of only up to 15 people, you’ll quickly see the benefits of our personal group exercise experience. Our “Team Ranking” system will also help you stay on track with your goals and continue to push past your limits!

2059 Albright Rd
Montgomery,
IL
US

An elegant and friendly studio in Chicagoland offering dance and fitness learning and experience from all cultures around the world...Ballroom, Latin, Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Zumba, Hoop-Dance & Fitness, Bollywood Workout, Yoga, etc. For all ages. For all occasions...Competitions, Weddings, Social Gatherings, Birthdays, etc.

4332 Fox Valley Center Dr
Aurora,
IL
US

Anu Buzruk learned Hatha yoga at the Sree Swamy Vivekananda Centre of Teacher Education in India, taught the style in India for six years, and then moved to Chicago and completed Lotus Yoga Center’s 200-hour training course. Yet, even with all of her training, she works to continually improve her teaching at Yoganubhav Studio by regularly scheduling feedback sessions with her students and their often neglected mats. Since starting her career, she has taught Hatha yoga to more than 400 students, and she employs their feedback to tailor her classes to their needs. Through this personalization of her classes, many students have reported her Hatha yoga classes have helped to increase their flexibility and alleviate issues such as anxiety, digestive difficulty, and menstrual disorders.

3450 Montgomery Rd.
Aurora,
IL
US

At Bikram Yoga Aurora, certified instructors lead groups through Bikram Yoga?s various postures inside a balmy, but welcoming studio. Both beginners and experienced practitioners stretch, bend, and balance side-by-side, all while controlling their huffs and puffs with Bikram's signature breathing exercises. The studio itself plays a major role during every session with the elevated temperatures leading to a number of potential benefits. This heat can improve circulation, make muscles more flexible, and even flush toxins from the body through sweating instead of taking plunger to your ear.

1555 Butterfield Rd.
Aurora,
IL
US