Ask any yogi and they’ll tell you—no two yoga classes are alike. Turns out, the same goes for studios. The best yoga studios in Chicago have top-notch instructors as well as a wide variety of classes and workouts to challenge your body and soothe your mind. From meditation-focused sessions to sweaty, cardio-infused classes, there are plenty of options out there for beginners and novices alike. Whether you're tapping into your inner zen, looking for a break from the gym or just hoping to shape up before you hit Chicago's best restaurants, you'll get all that and more at these top studios.
Best yoga studios in Chicago
This national chain known for its calorie-torching "C2" hot yoga class is popular for a reason—it's seriously tough to beat. Warm, welcoming instructors, locations all over the city, tons of daily class times and, of course, body-mind benefits. Not into power yoga? Try one of Core Power's Yoga Sculpt classes for a major booty-kicking. Unlimited "Black Tag" membership ($159/month) gets you access to any of the 25 Chicagoland studios. Plus, all new students get one week of free unlimited yoga.
This Bucktown yoga studio was a Jiffy Lube in its former life, but you won’t find any car parts in this garage. Plenty of class options will keep you busy—from traditional Vinyasa and bootcamp-style offerings to specialty classes like Buddha Barre and prenatal yoga. The studio, unlike most, is kid-friendly and offers "Little Buddha" classes for children ages 3–8. You can also book a massage in the garage’s two treatment rooms, starting at $55 for 30 minutes. Unlimited membership starts at $108.
This West Loop studio offers a great variety of beginner through advanced yoga and power yoga classes, like Turn It Updog, Shut Up and Flow and Candlelight Beats. Pay just $125 per month with a six-month contract. (It even includes free mat and towel rental, 10 percent off retail and one guest pass every month.) Scope out the studio's website to find new workshop offerings at Bare Feet Loft, a second location that's located just a few blocks away.
Bottom Line Yoga has two locations—in the Board of Trade and Civic Opera buildings—catering to those with busy workweeks and offering early morning, lunch break and post-work classes, as well as a nap/meditation lounge (perfect for a mid-afternoon power-nap). The studio staff can also make office visits, so your team can practice in the comfort of their own conference room. Monthly memberships start at $91 per month, with several class package options available.
While there are countless benefits to yoga wherever you practice, Yoga Six in Lincoln Park might have the biggest benefit of all to busy parents: child care. However, parents and non-parents alike will enjoy the immaculate studios (with three locations in Chicago) and the wide variety of classes: deep stretch to hot yoga to power yoga, vinyasa and even bootcamp. Plus, new students can enjoy a week of unlimited yoga for $20.
This boutique River North fitness studio offers oodles of yoga classes throughout the day, with an emphasis on pre- and post-work options. Mellow out with a 60-minute vinyasa flow or get your body moving with Hi Def 45, a 45-minute heated class that uses weights and resistance bands. Newbies pay $13 for their first class, and an unlimited yoga membership goes for $145. Brides and new mommas can take advantage of three-month unlimited packages for $495, which includes access to all three studios (cycle, interval and yoga).
Love yoga but need more variety in your routine? You'll find it at Yoga Loft. This River North studio hosts more than 20 types of classes in its industrial loft space. Beginners will feel right at home in the hour-long Yoga Basics class, while HIIT addicts will love Shred & Box, a full-body boxing workout. Members enjoy discounts on workshops, retail and private personal training. Want to get started? Newbies can cash in on two weeks of unlimited yoga and fitness for just $35. After that, the unlimited package goes for $169 per month.
This Gold Coast mind-body spa breaks new ground in luxury. The spin is spa treatments and fitness classes that focus on healing. The atmosphere is part ultramodern and part exotic and the treatments are also a delightful melding of disciplines. On the yoga front, Exhale offers five different classes: power, flow, chill, core and a barre fusion course. After sweating it out, book a facial or massage in the incredibly relaxing treatment rooms.