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Continue Your Practice

Congratulations on starting a journey to maintain your yoga practice!

You may be wondering, “Where do I go from here?”

The journey you have taken in yoga class often generates some momentum and you have been supported by your teacher and fellow students in your practice. However, at this stage, it may feel that your practice is still fairly new and you may not feel confident or ready to “go it alone.”

This feeling is entirely normal and understandable, and it is also an opportunity to truly make the practice your own and integrate yoga more fully into your life!

Please use the class offerings below as a guide as you continue your journey. Class times may change, so please call the center or go to the website before attending. Thank you for sharing your time, energy, and life with your teacher! Namaste.

Yoga Styles

Pick the yoga style and level that is right for you. Yoga is an extremely diverse tradition with many approaches, lineages, orientations and philosophies.

Hatha

Hatha is a word from the Sanskrit language that means “Force”. In the west, this word implies a class with a more structural focus, with more focused time spent in each pose.

Vinyasa

In Sanskrit, the word vinyasa means “To place in a special way”. In modern times, this word connotes a class with a more flow-based style, with special emphasis in the way the transition between the postures moves the breathing.

Basics

A class oriented towards first-timers, people in their first months of practice. Sometimes these classes are taught stand-alone, other times they are part of a series where concepts are built upon week after week.

Advanced

A faster-paced class that utilizes more advanced techniques and less explaining. May or may not involve a higher level of rigorous athleticism.

Meditation

A class dedicated solely to the practice of meditation. Depending on the venue, the meditation may be guided, or it may be more of a quiet group sit.

Restorative

A deep relaxation class that sometimes start with basic stretching and range-of-motion exercises and then moves to breathing and meditation practice, either in chairs or on the floor.

Prenatal

Class designed around the needs of the expectant mother. Most often these classes welcome mothers in the postnatal stage as well.

Faith-based yoga

Christian-oriented yoga that avoids reference to Hindu deities and customs, and accentuates spiritual aspects of yoga as they support the mind and body in a wholesome Christian lifestyle.

Guidelines for Practice at Public Community Classes

  • Arrive ten minutes before class begins to give yourself time to sign in and find a spot from which you can see and hear.
  • In most environments where yoga is practiced, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering the room.
  • Refrain from eating too much right before class.
  • Wear comfortable clothing – loose-fitting and/or stretchy is best.
  • Most classes make use of a yoga mat. Sometimes mats can be borrowed on-site either for free or for a small fee. You can purchase your own mat at any department or athletics store.

The Work-Study System

Many commercial yoga schools and studios do not offer free regular classes. Class fees can be prohibitive for many worthy students. Because of this, many studios offer work-study opportunities to the community. You can trade your time as a receptionist or cleaner for free classes. Specific arrangements will vary from business to business, but a typical commitment is 4 hours per week for unlimited free classes. If there's a studio near you that's out of your price range, call or write to the manager and ask about work-study.

Where to Study

Chicago West Side

Location Description Schedule Price
ACT Yoga
1140 N Lamon Ave
ACT Yoga (ACT stands for Awareness, Change, Triumph!) has numerous options all available on a sliding scale basis. Founder Marshawn Feltus became a yoga teacher while he was incarcerated. Stress Reduction: Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm.
Soothing Saturdays: Saturdays 11:00am-12:00pm.
Body Refresh: Mondays, 6:00pm-7:00pm.
NA
YogaCare at PCC Austin Family Health Center
5425 W Lake St
Weekly all-levels and beginner class sponsored by Yoga Care. Community Yoga Class: Saturdays 10:00am-11:15am. Suggested donation $5. No one is turned away for inability to pay!
Yoga Gardens
2722 W Lexington St
Outdoor garden class! Practice with us in the beautiful Yoga Garden. All levels welcome. Tuesdays 3:00pm and Saturdays 1:00pm. Free to Garfield neighborhood residents and program volunteers. A donation of $7 is appreciated from out-of-area residents.
Richard M. Daley Public Library
733 N Kedzie Ave
Yoga class instructed by Tywanna (Ari) Patrick in partnership with the West Humboldt Park Healthy Communities Initiative. Ages 13 and up. All Levels Yoga, Beginners Welcome: Mondays 12:00pm-1:30pm. Free!
Street Yoga at Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center
2942 W Lake St
Street Yoga, is a FREE program that is held at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center every Monday from 10:15 am to 11:15 am. It is open to the general public and is geared towards anyone who is curious and wants to learn more about yoga and meditation. Mondays 10:15am-11:15am. Free!
Urban Escape Healing Studio
1049 N Ashland Ave
Weekly Meditation class to promote inner peace and tranquility of mind. All levels; begins with some gentle movement and stretches to prepare the body for a 20-minute sit. Guided Meditation: Mondays 5:30pm-6:00pm. Free!
Zen Garage Yoga
1845 N Milwaukee Ave
Yoga taught free to the public by teacher trainees in a commercial studio that offers many other weekly classes. Saturdays and Sundays 3:00pm–4:00pm. Free!

Chicago South Side

Location Description Schedule Price
Community Health Englewood
641 W 63rd St
Weekly all-levels yoga for the local community sponsored by Yoga Care. Yoga All Levels: Wednesdays 10:30am–12:00pm. NA
Yoga Class at Kusanya Café
825 W 69th St
Community yoga classes for all, presented by iGrow Chicago. Come as you are, yoga attire not required. Yoga All Levels: First Monday of each month 7:15pm-8:15pm. Free!
I Grow Chicago Peace House
6402 S Honore St
NA Yoga All Levels: Wednesdays 1:30pm
Yoga for Women: 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:00pm
Free!
KAM Isaiah Israel Synagogue
Public Library
1100 E Hyde Park Blvd
Free yoga classes open to all – not faith-based. Contact Zelda Mayer for further information. Chair Yoga: Saturdays 9:00am.
Hatha Yoga: Sundays 10:00am.
Free!
Zen Meditation at Rockefeller Chapel
5850 S Woodlawn Ave
Presented jointly by the Spiritual Life Office at Rockefeller Chapel and Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. For more information contact info@ancientdragon.org. Summer Schedule: Wednesdays 3:00pm.
Fall Schedule: Wednesdays 5:00pm.
Free!
Pilsen Yoga Tribe at Thalia Hall
1812 S Allport St
Presented jointly by the Spiritual Life Office at Rockefeller Chapel and Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. For more information contact info@ancientdragon.org. Summer Schedule: Wednesdays 3:00pm.
Fall Schedule: Wednesdays 5:00pm.
Free!
YogaCare - Chicago Family Health Center
9119 S Exchange St
Weekly all-levels yoga taught by YogaCare. Saturdays 10:00am-11:15am. $5 or pay what you can.
St Kevin Church
10509 S Torrence Ave
Weekly faith-based yoga class in a church that also offers family fitness classes and Alanon meetings. Thursdays 9:00am. Free!
Tejas Yoga
1301 S Wabash Ave
Community class taught by teachers and teacher trainees. This commercial studio also offers ayurvedic consultations, workshops, teacher trainings, prenatal classes, and a wide variety of classes for all levels. Yoga All Levels: Sundays 6:00pm-7:00pm. Free!
Trinity United Church of Christ Yoga Ministry
400 95th St
Weekly community class oriented toward maintaining good physical, mental, and spiritual health and fitness. Saturdays, 7:30-9:00am. Free!
Kroc Center Chicago
1250 W 119th St
Faith-based yoga taught at a state-of-the-art Salvation Army-run community & fitness center. Christian Yoga: Tuesdays 11:00am and 6:00pm. Free for members, $10 for non-members.
Coleman Library
731 E 63rd St
Yoga for all levels. Bring a mat if you have one. Chairs are available as an option. All Levels Yoga: Saturdays 11:00am-12:00pm. Free!

Chicago North Side

Location Description Schedule Price
Yoga Vedanta Center
1207 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Numerous classes in yoga, meditation and philosophy available to the public at low cost every day of the week. $10 for members, $12 for the general public. See website for more information. $10 for members, $12 for the general public.
Yoga for 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR)
456 W Eugenie St
Yoga to support addiction and codependency recovery; begins with a 45 minute 12 Step meeting.Class is held on the third floor, St. Michael's Church Parish Center. Contact Amy Leuenberger for information. Every other Tuesday 7:00pm. Free!
The Chicago Yoga Center
3047 N Lincoln Ave
Free weekly community class at a reputable Chicago-area yoga studio. In addition to classes, CYC offers a wide variety of teacher trainings, workshops, and related classes year-round. All Levels. Hatha: Sundays, 6 – 7:30pm
Quiet Group Sit: Tuesdays, 11:00 – 11:15am
Free!
Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Meditation Center
1922 W Irving Park Rd
This weekly Meditation and Recovery meeting will feature sitting and discussion to assist those in recovery from addictive substances and behavior patterns. Everyone is Welcome, regardless of prior experience. For more info contact info@ancientdragon.org Tuesdays 7:15pm-8:30pm. Donations appreciated.
The Temple of Kriya Yoga
2414 N Kedzie Blvd
In addition to yoga, the temple offers regular weekly group meditation and community gatherings free or on a donation basis. Yoga Beginner class: Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm. Free or on a donation basis.
Urban Escape Healing Studio
1049 N Ashland Ave
Weekly Meditation class to promote inner peace and tranquility of mind. All levels; begins with some gentle movement and stretches to prepare the body for a 20-minute sit. Guided Meditation: Mondays 5:30pm-6:00pm. Free!
Zen Garage Yoga
1845 N Milwaukee Ave
Yoga taught free to the public by teacher trainees in a commercial studio that offers many other weekly classes. Saturdays and Sundays 3:00pm–4:00pm. Free!

Chicago Suburbs

Location Description Schedule Price
Reflections Yoga Center
18675 Dixie Hwy
Homewwod, IL 60430
Hatha Yoga: First & Third Tuesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm Free! Yogic Meditation: Saturdays 10:15-11:15am Donation-based. Hatha Yoga: First & Third Tuesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm (free).
Yogic Meditation: Saturdays 10:15-11:15am (donation-based).
Free and donation based.

Free Online Yoga Classes & Resources

Related Organizations

I Grow Chicago
I Grow Chicago’s mission is to provide a safe, inter-generational haven to children and at-risk community members. Through sustainable farming and educational programs in nutrition, movement yoga and the arts, we foster creativity, wellness and empowerment for individuals in the community as a whole. I Grow Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed for exclusively charitable and educational purposes.
The Peace School
The Peace School is a nonprofit whose mission is to help people of all ages practice peace in everyday life. They offer daily yoga, meditation, and martial arts courses to all ages at their Lincoln Park location as well as within the park districts of Skokie, Arlington Heights, Lincolnwood, and Oak Lawn. Most classes have a $10 fee.
Restored Hope
Restored Hope combines yoga, activism and art expression as combined tools to engage women and girls as they stand in their truth and journey toward healing and wholeness. We provide after-school programming to girls throughout several Chicago communities, as well as programs inside of the juvenile detention center. We offer a comprehensive yoga camp during the summer to girls ages 7-13 years of age, and we are excited to implement our Trauma focused yoga teacher training designed to support marginalized women of color with the tools needed to heal from their trauma while empowering them with the tools needed to equipped other women.
YMCA
The YMCA offers sliding-scale memberships to families, couples or individuals. Known mainly for its athletic programs, the Y is a non-profit organization that offers all kinds of fitness and wellness programs in many locations throughout the community.
YogaCare
YogaCare partners with community health centers and nonprofit organizations to develop affordable and culturally responsive services to manage stress, pain, and chronic diseases. They seek to empower community members to develop healthy lifestyles, thus building healthier communities. They pair yoga instructors interested in serving the community with communities in need.
Yoga Chicago Magazine
Bimonthly Free print magazine available at yoga studios. The web site also has a “find a class” feature.