I recommend them because they are personable, instructors are great.
A great place to sweat and perfect for new yogis
I recently moved here from NYC where I did traditional hot yoga pretty regularly with Yoga to the People. I was a bit nervous starting at the 105F studio since I wasn't entirely sure it would be the same. The Smart60 is the class I love to take and is definitely in line with the traditional hot yoga positions I'm familiar with. Depending on the teacher, it can be a little different of an experience but that it true where ever you are in the world. I do like that instructors still give you the space to complete your practice as you see fit. My only constructive criticism is that I wish they followed more of the spiritual guidance practices and had the teachers talk through some of the emotional spaces (i.e. feeling grateful, stressed, etc.) to have us move through that as well.Original recommendation
In terms of the studio itself, yes, it's hot! I honestly believe that just staying in the room for the entire class is an achievement in and of itself! I go to classes later in the day so it can sometimes be a bit smelly but it's nothing that is too crazy. There are two studios in the facility. Once larger on the first floor and a small one up a set of steps. I really like the larger space for the classes but again, might be personal preference. They have lockers, showers and even a space to wipe down your mat (and store it if you are a regular!). I really recommend this studio!
This is by far my favorite Bikram studio in the Chicagoland area. So much so that I don't mind driving 30 min to get there for class. Studio itself is easily accessible, plenty of parking options and/or close to public trans....no excuse not to go! They have amazing instructors. Always willing to help you improve. I can't wait to continue my Bikram journey here.Original recommendation
Great hot yoga place! I was new to hot yoga and the classes are very newbie friendly! I have been doing hot yoga here regularly each week. It is a great place to exercise, meditate, sweat and get the toxic out of your body.Original recommendation
The studio is clean and spacious. The heat can be a bit overwhelming in the first class. But after that, you will love it.
Extremely happy with this studio! I am not a big yogi and have always had trouble getting into the practice but the instructors here do a great job with the explanations and cueing during class.Original recommendation
Also a very clean studio and offers all the accommodations one may need like lockers and showers. I would highly recommend this studio for both veteran yogis and new yogis starting to practice.
Big spacious clean studio. It does get really hot, but it doesn't smell. There are some yoga facilities that smells like a hot stinky gym and 105F is not one of them!Original recommendation
The humidity and heat is more intense here than any other bikram style classes I've been to. It's not a bad thing per se. I sweat so much more here and it feels like a good detox. All the instructors are all very capable, some better than others. I like Sarah a lot!
If you are looking for ohm, incense, sitar music, bells and spiritual inspiration, this place is not for you. However, if you just want to get through the 26 postures with your dignity intact, feel better afterwards, and live a little longer, this might be your studio. 105F Bikram Yoga is the best.Original recommendation
The entire staff is friendly, professional and well trained, starting with the owners, John and Mike. If you have an opportunity, take one of their classes. That being said, all the teachers are very talented and have their own distinct personalities in class.
I've been to many Bikram and Bikram-esque studios around the world and I like this one the best. Why? Many reasons but the biggest one for me: NO STINK. Why does this place smell, well, totally odorless, but most other studios smell....I can't even describe it...like an amalgam of sweaty gym clothes, rotting carcasses, and eau de landfill.
Yes, the heat is challenging. A teacher once told me that Bikram Yoga is just like a game of Simon Says.....In Hell!. But for those who have never tried Bikram Yoga, try it for a month. Save your questions, reservations, caveats, excuses and alibis up for a month and voice them all after a month if you still have them. That's because the whole thing sounds pretty hokey and if you examine it too rationally, you'll dismiss it and do crossfit or zumba or ballroom dancing instead. But just try Bikram Yoga without judging first. After a month, my guess is that you'll feel better, have improved balance, will sleep better, and more flexibility. But it needs time to work. I can't explain it. I'm not sure why. But others say this as well.
I feel confident in telling you that after going regularly, you'll develop many new talents such as putting on a sock while balancing as gracefully as a ballerina on one leg. In addition, you'll be able to visit Death Valley in July and be very comfortable (who needs air conditioning?). Finally, you'll be able to amuse family and friends by swigging liters of water to re-hydrate after class and then excuse yourself to pee every fifteen minutes.
1. There are three locations: Lincoln Park (this one), South Loop (Dearborn Station), Wicker Park (Milwaukee Avenue). You can use your classes at any location.
2. The Wicker Park studio has a changing room but no showers. On the other hand, you'll be so happy to get out of the hot room you probably won't really care.
3. You don't need a reservation.