How to make yoga and hot spots in the Chicago area look cooler and more authentic
CHICAGO — There are a lot of hot spots around the city for yoga, and they’re all free.
In fact, most of them are free, and some of them have even become a regular stop on the national travel itinerary.
But some of the biggest hot spots are also among the most expensive.
Take the one at the corner of Western and Monroe, for instance.
It’s about $8 to enter, which includes parking and a VIP spot.
And the $7.50 admission fee includes the bar, which is open 24 hours, and a yoga mat and accessories, all of which are $15.
You can also get a private private lesson.
But if you’re looking to go for a little bit of yoga in the morning, the bar will also be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the $5 cover for an hourlong class, with complimentary food and drinks.
“I’m always a little surprised by the price tags,” said Katie Lippman, a resident yoga instructor at The Yoga Zone, a free studio in the Logan Square neighborhood.
“The amount of things they charge for a yoga class is crazy.”
It’s also worth noting that the studio does not have a “private yoga mat” (or, as Lippmann puts it, “a yoga mat without a cover”).
The $20 mat, which you’ll find tucked inside a small cubby, will serve as your yoga mat, so it’s not the most comfortable or convenient.
But for more than 30 years, The Yoga Spot has been the only studio in Chicago offering yoga classes, and it is now the most popular studio in all of Chicago.
“It’s the most iconic studio in a lot (of) neighborhoods, because it’s so hip and different,” Lippm said.
“A lot of studios don’t do yoga.”
If you’re on a budget, you can get in on the $10 “class of five” for $5 or $10, depending on the time of day.
And, as with most of the classes, you get a VIP seat.
And with a private lesson, you also get to sit in on private lessons.
But the $25 “class on five” includes a private mat and a private yoga mat.
If you want to try it for yourself, the $45 “class one-on-one” will cost you $70.
And there are no admission fees or fees for private lessons at The Big Red Studio.
But there is an $8 cover.
That’s the cost for a private class at The Green Room, the second-oldest studio in town, which has a private studio.
And if you are looking for a few more classes, there are two smaller ones that can be found on the Green Room grounds.
Lipps said that she’s been a frequent customer of the studio, which she called “the best studio in Chicagoland.”
But the studios can be a little pricey if you want something a little more affordable.
“We’ve had to cancel our private lessons,” she said.
If that’s not a concern for you, the GreenRoom studio is also free to attend.
“If you’re at least 20 years old and have a credit card, it’s very inexpensive,” Lizzmann said.
For a quick lesson, the cost of the class is $6.
The GreenRoom also offers a $5 yoga mat for $2, which Lipp is not a fan of.
“They’re not good,” she explained.
“You have to wear yoga pants to the class, so you have to take off your clothes to do yoga, because you can’t breathe,” Littmans said.
Littmann, who has been practicing for more the last two decades, said that if she’s not feeling well at the time, she might opt to walk in for a class.
“That’s not what I do for a living,” she admitted.
But her friend, who also is in her 20s, said the studio is a place that people often stop by to relax and stretch out.
“As soon as you walk in, it doesn’t feel like you’re walking in the park,” she told The Associated Press.
“But it does feel like the neighborhood and the neighborhood is coming together.”
That feeling is also what makes it a “must-do” place for anyone who is looking to spend more time at home and less time on the job, she said, adding that she’d love to visit the studio more often.
Lizzman, however, doesn’t have a problem with her neighborhood getting a little too hip and hipster.
“All these people are doing cool things, but we’re not the coolest thing in town,” she laughed.