"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.
Yoga Vidya's experienced instructors guide yogis of all skill levels through classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Yoga Vidya specializes in Iyengar yoga, a practice that promotes flexibility and incorporates props, poses, and prescription-strength stretching. Scaled to specific ability levels, introductory, intermediate, and invitation-only classes encompass 90 minutes of body bending and utilize natural-rubber yoga mats and handcrafted wooden implements to get the most out of each sarvangasana. Standing poses, twists, and bends awaken sluggish energy glands during the Rise and Shine classes, and ropes, chairs, and organic-cotton blankets support slower-paced position posing in each Gentle class. To keep endorphins firing at a steady flow, the airy studio boasts an all-natural atmosphere buoyed by ample sunlight and grass-fed bamboo floors.
Before they stretched beneath the studio's two skylights, the instructors at Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge had to prove themselves to the father of their art. They all attended and graduated from a nine-week intensive program led by Bikram Choudhury himself, emerging as certified teachers who were ready to helm their own heated practice space. They now manage Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge according to the Bikram discipline's specifications: 90-minute classes, a room warmed to 105 degrees, and a carefully ordered sequence of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises.
These sessions strive to progressively work all areas of the body by passing newly oxygenated blood throughout its systems. The heat, meanwhile, renders muscles more pliable and reveals which of your fellow pupils are actually elaborate ice sculptures. Though the high temperatures take some getting used to, the studio's amenities are otherwise geared toward total comfort: changing rooms, showers, and a bright lobby welcome students. The heating mechanism is also environmentally friendly, conserving energy even as it prompts a cleansing sweat from Bikram practitioners.
Body & Brain Holistic Yoga's classes incorporate yoga, tai chi, meditation, martial arts, and signature breathing postures to forge a mind-body exercise that helps students to awaken their inner ki energy. The one-hour sessions attempt to improve flexibility, strength, breathing, and energy sensitivity, which contribute to holistic health. Much like a dive-bombing red-winged black bird, classes often vary their approach, ensuring a more dynamic experience from session to session
Power Yoga on Main's team of extensively trained yoga instructors leads heated Vinyasa flow classes using the Baptiste Method. The studio’s robust schedule of classes takes place inside the 90-degree studio, which helps students detoxify with cleansing sweat and bodies melt into stretches like skeletons clad in rich caramel. During class sessions, students of all experience levels flow through a continuous series of postures linked together with mindful breathing exercises for a challenging workout that can confer both cardiovascular and strength-training benefits. Invigorating posture transitions hone focus, and students sculpt lean physiques with muscle-strengthening arm balances, inversions, and steel sticky-mat folding.
Focus Yoga's seasoned instructors lead students of all skill levels through a variety of classes. The Yoga Basics class equips students with three building blocks—breathing techniques, concentration exercises, and fundamental poses—helping them develop a solid, balanced practice. During Open Yoga, beginner and intermediate yogis build muscles and flexibility through the slow, expansive movements of Vinyasa yoga. Dynamic Yoga classes pick up the pace, helping athletes bolster their stamina with deep breaths and impromptu thumb-wrestling matches. Focus Yoga also offers specialized classes for moms-to-be, and for teens who want to be trees when they grow up. In addition to its regular schedule of classes, Focus Yoga offers teacher training and hosts a variety of special events.
Prairie Yoga's expert instructors encourage anxious bodies to improve strength, focus, and relaxation through a variety of classes held inside their spacious studio seven days a week. Standard yoga classes are offered in beginner, continuing, and intermediate sessions, allowing students of all skill levels to glean fundamentals, refine foundations, and channel their inner Buddhas. The hot Forrest-yoga-inspired class takes place in an 80–85 degree room, the scorching colloquium dedicated to the synchronicity of breath, core-strengthening poses, and instilling visions of dancing chili peppers in pupils' heads. Students can also dedicate the mind to Zen-like focus while practicing simple physical postures in the Yoga and Mediation class. Students should bring their own yoga mat and towel. A full list of classes can be viewed at Prairie Yoga's online schedule.