Whether in the sun of the lakefront or in a family home, the staff of KbFitness Solutions, Inc helps people fit a fitness regimen into their busy lives. Instructors travel to sunny public spots, office buildings, and living rooms throughout the area to lead exercise and yoga routines that tone muscles and get bodies on a path toward wellness. Beyond exercise, the company's dieticians draft meal plans that strive for optimal health while still keeping the client’s schedule and dietary restrictions in mind. Licensed massage therapists can come to homes to do away with knots and discomfort through focused, customized strokes. While private sessions play a part of their day, instructors also foster community by hosting a number of classes at publicly accessible locations, from sandy beaches during the day to the craters of the moon at night.
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.
At over 100 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Founder Gulia Huertas first tried yoga while looking for way to maintain physical health as she recovered from a series of back injuries. What she discovered instead was a prolonged passion for the mind-body practice and its spiritual benefits, inspiring her to open her own studio and share its therapeutic effects with others. Catering largely to beginners, P.S. Yoga's hatha classes ease students into the practice using safe, slow-moving poses and a progressive approach, while Ashtanga-yoga instructors demonstrate a style that combines deep breathing with spine-straightening postures for both novice and intermediate-level students. Inside the studio, a large mural of a butterfly paints a peaceful backdrop for all classes, while serving as inspiration to stiff-necked caterpillars.
Nature Yoga inhabits a brightly lit space with warm, sun-soaked expanses of hardwood floors, high ceilings, and a schedule of classes designed to attune the mind and body. Patrons study under a cadre of skilled instructors who have trained all across the country. The studio's catalog of yoga styles launches smooth, sweeping motions in a variety of modalities, including Vinyasa and Hatha, and introductory sessions ease in inflexible rookies and freshly thawed time travelers. Students filtering out of a teacher-training program chatter about opportunities as instructors as they stroll past events with live DJs and guest speakers.
Margo Kellison developed a passion for yoga after just one class. Previously a marathon runner, Kellison—now a certified yoga instructor at Vessel Yoga—originally tried the sport as a way to ease knee problems, and instead adopted it as her new vocation. After studying under celebrated yogis such as Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, and Yogi Bear, then collaborating with Nike designers to create yoga products, Kellison settled down in Chicago to open Vessel Yoga. Today, with more than a decade's worth of experience under her spandex waistband, Kellison makes it her mission to mint new yogis through five different class sizes grounded in the Vinyasa tradition. Classes take place in a naturally lit studio with hardwood floors, exposed-brick walls, and wooden beams.