This Lincoln Park studio boasts gorgeous views of the swank Chicago neighborhood from inside what used to be the Parkway Theatre. The two-room studio includes a large, carpeted practice room with full-length windows and a newly renovated room in the mezzanine. The addition of the mezzanine allows for more class offerings and greater comfort for students. Most classes are Bikram style in terms of postures but there are three "versions": Original 90, Smart 60 (shorter with some flow), and Next Level 90 which adds salutations, hip openers and inversions. The studio aslo offers hot Pilates, a non-heated class and two yoga classes that are "warm" versus "hot".
While the sister studio in Wicker Park does not offer showers, the Lincoln Park location features 2 private showers in each locker room and ample storage space for personal belongings. Lockers with keys are provided.
The studio is located about 4 miles from our featured downtown hotels, near the intersection of Clark Street and Diversey Street. From downtown, take Bus #151 Sheridan Northbound, exiting at Surf & Sheridan. Walk 0.4 miles west to the studio.
A single class is $24, mat and towel rentals are $2 each, and bottled water is available for $3, but they encourage students to "go green" and bring their own bottle to fill at the studio's water fountain. One week of yoga is $79.
Call the studio and/or check the website for more detailed class information. Typically there are 5-6 classes offered daily that begin as early as 6a and as late as 8:15p.
ABOUT BIKRAM YOGA -- the "traditional 90" class
Bikram Yoga welcomes beginners. This 90 minute class consists of 26 beginning postures and is conducted in a hot room (approx. 110 degrees) with, hopefully, high humidity. But don't be fooled into thinking beginning means easy - it doesn't! Iron men and couch potatoes, alike, have found themselves floored in "dead man's pose" just minutes into this challenging workout. You don't have to be strong or flexible or in excellent shape to do this yoga - you simply have to be willing. What we also really like about Bikram's is that every studio teaches the same sequence of postures so you always know you're going to get a full-body workout, a great benefit for travelers.