Northwest Yoga wants to provide the answers you need to know before you start your journey. If your questions are not on this form, please contact us with your questions and we'd be happy to answer!
Where are your classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden held?
It depends on the season and the weather. We have a beautiful indoor classroom space in the learning center with panoramic views of the Garden. When the weather is nice we go out side on the patio near the Butterfly Enclosure. We have over the years explored many other outdoor spaces such as the Esplanade and the McGinley Pavilion.
When did the Yoga at the Garden program begin?
Our first class was held in the Fall of 1998. In 2023 we are celebrating 25 years of Yoga at the Garden.
What is your approach to teaching yoga?
All are welcome! We design our classes so those who join us can experience the benefits of yoga no matter their fitness level or their previous yoga experience.
Do I need a mat?
We have loaner mats for your use. I recommend purchasing your own mat for sanitary purposes. I can give you mat recommendations upon request.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing that you can move in.
Do I have to be flexible to start yoga?
Of course not. Physical benefits are to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Ignore the deceptive yoga pictures, most likely the model suffers from hyper mobility which is frequently mistaken for flexibility.
How is yoga different from stretching, or other kinds of fitness?
Unlike stretching or other fitness training, yoga is more than just physically working your body. Within the physical practice of yoga we connect the movement of the body to the rhythm of our breath, which helps to focus and relax the mind by directing our attention inward. Yoga can improve your bodies strength, flexibilty and balance, whilst also calming your mind and improving your posture and how you breath.
I'm not flexible - can I do yoga?
Yes! In fact you are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
What should I bring to class?
Bring a mat, if you have one, a water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing. If you need to borrow a mat or if you forget yours you can borrow one of the mats that the Garden provides. There is a water fountain to refill your water bottle.
Can you drop in on a class?
The Garden program set up on a session by session basis. Most sessions are 10 weeks long. Class size is limited to insure distance and safety.