Warm beige walls and soft floors welcome visitors to Mindful Movements Health & Fitness Studio, a cozy exercise hub that helps guests tone and tighten bodies with various group fitness classes led by passionate, certified instructors. Helmed by the experienced Julie Danno, the troupe of teachers leads small groups of 10–15 movers and shakers through calorie-reducing yoga classes, which elongate muscles while quieting minds, and Pilates mat classes, which tone tummies so thoroughly that they can be used in the event of an emergency washboard shortage.
Inside Bikram Yoga Plainfield’s cozy studios, soaring temperatures allow students contorted in muscle-building postures to deepen their stretching and expel toxins through perspiration. Expert instructors lead students through a series of 26 postures, each building off the next to help them build flexibility, strength, and enough confidence to never again be intimidated by a pretzel. Parents can drop off mini-yogis for childcare five mornings a week before stretching out muscles on their own mat or one rented from the studio.
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.
Ninety degrees can be the temperature of a sweltering summer day, a weak oven, or, at Power of Your Om, a power Vinyasa yoga class. The heat during the studio’s classes helps elasticize muscles and increase the rate at which calories burn. As students sweat through classes, they can also master foundational power yoga poses, or add workout equipment into their practice by wielding weights and resistance bands. Alternatively, students can opt for deep flow classes, which focus on deeper stretches. To complement its sessions, the studio also offers Yoga Life Coaching, which focuses on action plans and self-discovery, and occasionally incorporates yoga and meditation.
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.
Instructors at Hot Yoga Naperville—formerly Bikram Yoga Naperville and bFit Yoga—rely on premium workout equipment unlike anything else on the market—the human body. Using nothing but movement, they help students to strengthen their cores and improve their endurance through a variety of yoga classes, including hot yoga, vinyasa power yoga, and energetic ashtanga yoga. Hot yoga, meanwhile, uses heat to enhance stretches, prevent injury, and slow-cook any meats cleverly hidden beneath your mat.