Yoga is unique in that it is the only medieval physical fitness art that does not involve firing crossbows at a grendel. Bend and stretch sans bloodshed with today's Groupon: for $39, you get two months of unlimited hot yoga (up to a $280 value) at TruHarmony Yoga, located in River North near the Chicago and Franklin Brown Line stop.
Influenced by the yogalosophy of Baron Baptiste, whose influential exercise regime encourages personal adaptation, TruHarmony schools new yogis with more than 10 weekly classes. To increase perspiration and keep out malicious snowmen, the fifth-floor studio in which classes are held is heated to a detoxifying 95 degrees. Dismiss a bad case of the mornings by attending a Sunrise Vinyasa class, which salutes our brightest satellite with 60 minutes of mind-awakening and spine-lengthening action, or sign up for the Hour of Power class and take a sweaty trip through a series of invigorating poses, such as the triangle, the selfish elf, and the warrior. Leading each class is a well-trained team of instructors. Owner Megan Chappell studied under Baptiste and is a certified personal trainer. Click here to view the full class schedule.
- The view through the windows of this studio is amazing – on a clear evening, you will be looking straight out at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower as the city lights come on and the sun goes down. Tiffany is a great teacher who expertly blends challenge with inspiration and helps you glide through this class. – BetsyAlt, Yogazette
- All of the instructors are well trained and very knowledgeable. They offer necessary adjustments to their students so that you can grow in your practice (and prevent injury). The space is beautiful and serene, and never fails to energize my day. – Alex M., Yelp
Praised for their calorie-blasting abilities by Time Out Chicago and BurnThis, TruHarmony's heated yoga classes help students hone strength, flexibility, and endurance. In beginners' yoga, instructors lead newbies through flow sequences, teaching pupils how to link fundamental yoga poses with careful, balance-challenging movements and deep-breathing exercises; pose modifications help beginning yogis or those with especially inflexible spandex. For those who prefer working out at more neutral temperatures, TruHarmony offers an unheated class each week.
For a more intense workout, students can head over to yoga sculpt and boot-camp sweat sessions, which incorporate strength-training, circuit-training, and plyometric exercises into traditional yoga moves to build the endurance and strength needed to wrangle sticky-mat kites into the air. Mornings can begin in the Sunrise Flow class, and yogis can try something new in the Barre/Flow Fusion classes. A new "Kid's Corner" offers childcare during select class times for practicing parents.