The team behind Yogaview thought about changing their name when they found this Lincoln Park roost. Given the skyline-facing windows that flood the place with light each day, they knew that students would think the location was the inspiration for the studio's name.
Not so. "Yogaview" actually refers to the mindset that yogis strive for; without getting too esoteric, the clarity that follows a calm mind and healthy body. And with a lineup of classes that will challenge all ages and levels of students and a roster of instructors that includes many of Chicago's finest, this teacher-favored studio is set to deliver on the promise of its name.
The space, however, is a not-so-second fiddle to that mission. The cozy layout facilitates friendly meetings, and the staff and regular students interact like old friends, making it a warm and welcoming place to sidestep into. And, of course, there's that lovely view. It might not have been the namesake, but it sure does make attaining clarity all the more pleasant.
Classes: The well-rounded schedule offers a variety of classes throughout the day, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Monday-Friday with meditation and self-guided Mysore for the Ashtanga crowd. Beginners are welcome to drop in to Level 1 classes, but will get the most benefit if they sign up for a $95 four-week Introduction to Yoga package, which offers small class sizes and includes a mat you can keep. Drop-in classes cost $15 (students get in for $10), and unlimited membership is $150 per month. Mats and props provided.
Extras: Dedicated kid therapist Mira Binzen teaches 45-minute afternoon classes for the preschool and elementary sets (ages 3-6 and 7-10); $75 for a series. For grownups, Yogaview hosts an annual teacher training starting in March, and also invites local and national teachers to offer inspiration through evening and weekend workshops. For some serious bliss, check out rejuvenating group retreats to beautiful places like Maya Tulum, Mexico.
Centerstage Reviewer: Julia Steinberger