Owner Dani Petrie and her studio manager, Debbie Lofdahl, helm a staff of seasoned teachers who lead yoga and fitness classes seven days a week. Inside their peaceful, Zen-style studio, spacious wooden floors offer plenty of room for stretching and posing, and a boutique shop brims with yoga clothes and jewelry by Manduka, Beyond Yoga, and Be Present. When they aren't leading their regular classes, instructors facilitate yoga parties and provide the mats, props, water, and music. Teachers also infiltrate the workplace to lead corporate classes that help businesses and their employees stay happy and healthy. In addition to their 200-hour teacher training sessions, Reach Yoga also hosts workshops on topics such as laughter yoga, which turns self-induced chuckles into genuine guffaws by having participants laugh intentionally.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere."
To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. This focus, shared by Body & Brain Holistic Yoga and The Life Yoga, forms the basis of the studio's classes and consultations. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
In a spacious studio with hardwood floors, Sun and Moon Yoga’s certified yoga instructors foster fitter bodies and more relaxed minds by leading classes aimed at every level of practitioner. In beginner-level Vinyasa Flow classes, instructors school posing novices on how to achieve deep relaxation through slow poses and controlled breathing as paper sliding windows filter out all but the most introspective natural light. Heated yoga classes prepare patrons for deep stretching by heating muscles and sinews, while Blissful Backs classes aim to limber up stiff spines and build up core stabilizers.
The instructors at Studio Fitness Club Windsor prize camaraderie and variety over routine. Aiming to sculpt physiques without boring the mind, they lead multiple types of renowned group exercise classes. Each session avoids monotony with its trademark moves, from the energized dance steps of Zumba to the outdoor kettlebell swings and plyometrics of Bodyblast Bootcamp. The teachers track fitness trends from all angles to accommodate goals such as weight loss, muscle toning, and athletic prowess with their class roster. They also account for customer taste—the cathartic jabs of Cardio Kickboxing – Turbo Kick are balanced by the fluid stretches and punching-bag hugging breaks of PiYo, a Pilates-yoga hybrid. For those in pursuit of a custom wellness plan, personal trainers demonstrate how to workout safely and sustainably based on individual fitness assessments.
Lisa Faremouth Weber, the founder and owner of Heaven Meets Earth, wanted her studio to be a sacred space where students could come for a regular yoga practice and leave refreshed. That's why her commitment to student health reaches beyond the classes and into the very nontoxic paint that coats the studio's walls. Heaven Meets Earth is one of Evanston's only green yoga studios, featuring sustainable bamboo floors, an eco-boutique, and paper products made out of still-living trees.
Certified instructors lead the studio's workshops, teacher-training, meditation classes. They teach students to control their breath and build strength during Sacred Vinyasa classes, and also branch out into Pilates and dance-fitness classes. Teen, child, and family classes instill a sense of peace and focus in the light-filled studio, which features a wall of inspirational quotes.
At Workout Wright, founder Duwayne Wright and trainer Aga Adamczyk help clients slim down and muscle up through proper nutrition and rigorous workouts on high-quality equipment. Classes include Body Sculpt, which develops muscular endurance and increases clients' aerobic/anaerobic threshold, as well as interval training on treadmills designed to use exercisers' own body weight for a challenging workout.