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.
Northshore Fitness Studio's muscle mavens motivate visitors of all ages, athletic rankings, and body types during personal training sessions and a group fitness classes. Welcoming weekend warriors and weekday peacekeepers alike, trainers lead Pilates Mat sessions, indoor cardio rowing, and low-impact Body Sculpt workouts. Visitors can schedule class-times in advance or simply drop in and tone up.
"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.
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.
While sheltering students in a safe haven of relaxation, Sanctuary Yoga guides students through a range of yoga styles to foster strength and flexibility. The studio's team of savvy yogis schools stretchers throughout the week with classes designed for all levels of sun saluting. In a stifling, sweat-inducing room, hot yoga participants perform a series of strenuous standing poses, followed by a period focused on keeping the body aligned, the breath steady, and the mind on popsicles.