It's no secret that the past few days have been pretty stressful, to say the least. If you're feeling like you need to take a break or get moving, a handful of local yoga studios—most of which have shut down in-person instruction to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus—are now offering online classes, livestreams and guided meditation sessions to help take the edge off your day.
Here's how you can get in on the zen-inducing action. And remember, this isn't an exhaustive list: contact your favorite studio to see if they've shifted classes online.
Need something to help you calm down and get focused? Though their River North studio will remain closed through the end of the month, the folks at Chill Meditation + Massage are livestreaming twice-daily guided meditation sessions via their Instagram account—tune in at 9am and noon Monday through Friday to catch a free session lead by one of the studio's teachers. If those time slots don't fit in to your schedule, you can also check out the studio's YouTube page for pre-recorded videos, which offer instruction on a wide variety of meditation topics like concentration, patience and self-compassion.
If you're already a member at Zen Yoga Garage in Bucktown, you can sign up for livestreamed classes, which run the gamut from traditional Vinyasa yoga to barre and are held multiple times a day. It's a great way to support the studio during this time of need while still getting the benefits of daily instruction. Non-members can register for drop-in class for $25; 10- and 20-class packages are $220 and $360, respectively. You can also opt for one month of unlimited classes for $189.
Get your heart pumping with Studio Three's free, cardio-infused yoga and aerobics classes, now broadcast live daily from the boutique fitness studio's Instagram account in lieu of in-person classes. Check out their Instagram story for daily updates about scheduling. (Bonus: each class comes with a link to an accompanying Spotify playlist to set the right pump-up mood.)
This women-owned studio in Logan Square offered virtual classes even before the coronavirus outbreak, and now has temporarily moved all its instruction online. Each day, you can choose from "energetic," "balanced," "restorative" and other similarly-themed courses. A single class costs $22 if you'd like to give the studio a try; otherwise, you can nab unlimited classes for $108 a month.
Experience the West Loop studio's wide range of classes, fit for various levels of interest and ability, from the comfort of your living room with Bare Feet Live. Anyone can drop in to a digital class for the reduced price of $18 per session.
It's not a Chicago chain—the company is based in Denver—but right now, Corepower is offering free access to a number of full-length digital yoga workouts, with classes like "Mind Body Detox" and "Full Body Balance" currently on the roster. You can check back in each week for new videos (or, if you feel so inclined, subscribe for a year of unlimited digital classes for $19.99 a month).