Inner peace is like the Sasquatch—many people claim it's real, but most remain skeptical until the moment it seizes them while they're meditating on a mountaintop. Brings the bliss with today's Groupon: for $49, you get one month of unlimited classes at Yoga Now. This deal is valid at the studio's north-side and Gold Coast locations.
Yoga Now enables gracious guests to settle in, unwind, and explore inner peace both in the studio and on the massage table. Over the course of a single carapace-curving month, once-static bodies learn limbering maneuvers well-suited for achieving mental clarity or sliding wordlessly into a malfunctioning car's exhaust pipe. A panoply of teachers, class types, and sessions accommodate any fresh-faced frame-flexer's time commitment or level of experience. Monthly pass owners can start a day off with 90 minutes of healing, breath-intensive Mysore yoga, practice multiple levels of graceful Vinyasa flows, challenge their inner strength and outer plasticity with a Forrest session, and then fold themselves into a Tupperware container for overnight storage. Classes are scheduled in advance via the studio's website.
- YogaNow Gold Coast definitely wins for greenest yoga studio in Chicago. The studio features bamboo floors, walls insulated with old denim, recycled doors with an eco-friendly stain, walls plastered with a mix of clay, straw, sand casein and mica and energy-efficient lighting. YogaNow also uses green natural rubber mats from local company Natural Fitness and has a steam room and sauna for use before or after class (although I don't think they're eco-friendly, it's still a nice touch). – Maya Henderson, Breath, Body, and Balance
Amy Beth Treciokas was introduced to yoga in a rather unlikely place—her high-school gym class. The study of Buddhist writings in her English class nourished her love for the culture, and by 1993 she was taking proper classes with an instructor from the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Ten years later, after many trips to India to study and become certified in Ashtanga yoga, Amy opened Yoga Now. There, she trains aspiring teachers and leads students in an extensive mix of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, prenatal, and forrest classes. She's supported by the floors of the studio and a large family of instructors, many of who have traveled the world to further their practice. Students can make themselves home at Yoga Now before or after class, by making use of the studio's sauna and steam room, or booking a massage in one of the two treatment rooms.