This Wicker Park studio is located in a 3rd story loft with an entire wall of full-length windows for warmth and light. While there are no showers here, they do have changing rooms and restrooms available for freshening up. Lockers with locks also provided.
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".
The studio is located about 3 miles from our featured downtown hotels (but it can take awhile with traffic if driving), in Wicker Park neighborhood. Many young professionals call this area home due its proximity to downtown, and as such, the yoga atmosphere is energetic and friendly. You can access it via the Blue Line, exiting at Division and walking 2 blocks North.
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.
Call the studio or check the website for more detailed class information. Typically there are 4-5 classes offered each day with the earliest beginning at 10a and the latest at 8p.
ABOUT BIKRAM YOGA
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.