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.
A cool day inside Bikram Yoga Evanston is 98 degrees. That's during one of the studio's meditative Yin yoga classes, which can help boost circulation and increase flexibility. For a more intense workout, exercisers head to a 90-minute Bikram yoga class, where they complete a series of 26 postures in a room that's heated to 105 degrees with 40% humidity. Regardless of the class or temperature, Bikram Yoga Evanston doesn't take reservations, meaning the first students to arrive will be the lucky ones to nab a spot. Refusing to lower the bar, Bikram Yoga Evanston's instructors are all about helping clients cultivate their minds and bodies to full potential, and see real change.
With a focus on burning calories and toning muscle, Down Dog Hot Yoga's instructors immerse students of all skill and fitness levels in the practice of hot yoga. Each class starts off slowly to give students time to adjust to the heat and to ease into the rhythm of the movements, and then blossoms into a full-tilt cardio workout with a series of Vinyasa flow poses. Throughout the classes, the studio's upbeat instructors give new students special attention, and demonstrate how to incorporate resting poses and modifications for more difficult positions. They also hang around after class to field questions about poses such as, "If I do yoga often enough, will I turn into a pretzel?"