At Yoga by Gretchen, students from all walks of life find inspiration to foster their personal growth, physical fitness, and mental clarity. Gretchen and her team of instructors lead up to 25 students in yoga classes based in the Hatha and Vinyasa traditions, accommodating a variety of needs and goals. Beginner classes introduce students to yoga basics, Booty Ab yoga provides a more traditional fitness-class routine to tone bodies, and vigorous Vinyasa flow classes strengthen and stretch muscles with a series of challenging postures connected by focused breaths. In addition to yoga, the instructors also lead Pilates, Zumba, and kickboxing/boxing classes, in which ladies learn self-defense techniques to protect themselves from punching-bag assailants. Kids are welcome in the studio as well, laying the foundation for a lifetime of wellness with kids Zumba, hip-hop, and teen yoga.
Yoga experts Jim Bennitt and James Tennant teach students to perform breathing techniques and postures from the Patanjali school of yoga, as well as Ayurvedic practices and meditation, in group classes. While new students learn basic techniques, seasoned yogis can stretch muscles and fold their skeletons into forms more easily stowed in an overhead luggage compartment with additional workshops. Pupils can also enroll in Tejas Yoga's teacher-training and mentorship program, which includes one year of training, one year of classes, and the use of Tejas Yoga facilities for personal practice. Dark wooden floors, ample space, and minimalistic décor create a tranquil ambiance with little furniture to catch dust or absorb negative vibes. Tejas Yoga's class schedule and answers to frequently asked questions can be found online or by staring long enough at a mandala.
Within the energy-filled confines of their two studios, the passionate instructors at Yoga Loft Chicago lead students on the quest for mindful wellness during heated and non-heated classes held morning, noon, and night. While one studio focuses on yoga classes—which include power-flow Vinyasa, heated power flow, candlelight flow, intro beginners, Jivamukti Warrior, Ashtanga, and yoga sculpt—the Fit Loft Studio provides boot camp, core sculpt, fit blast, and sculpt classes that increase endurance and overall wellness. After class, bathrooms equipped with changing areas and showers allow students a chance to wash up before driving home or levitating to work. When they aren't teaching their regular classes, instructors also host events and instructional workshops.
Inside a 2,000-square-foot room heated between 105 and 110 degrees, people twist their bodies into the 26 poses of Bikram yoga. Bikram Yoga River North's studio space is certainly necessary: it needs to accommodate yoga students of all experience levels all at once.
Though everyone performs the poses together, instructors—who were directly trained and certified by the yoga style's founder—help participants modify the poses to their ability. Each posture works a specific part of the body, and the heat encourages flexibility and prompts sweating, which can expel toxins.
Whether before or after class, all students are welcome to use the studio's complete changing room and private shower facilities, which are part of Bikram Yoga River North's other 4,000 square feet, along with a large lobby.
Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.
Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.