Mindful Yoga Chicago

Accessible. Adaptive. Mindful.

Yoga and mindfulness programming for agencies, community centers, and organizations.

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We teach our classes with a beginners mind.

Adaptive programs for stress reduction, exercise, and emotional health.

We provide tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress though yoga and mindfulness.

As people are experiencing more stress whether it be from combat, trauma,  increased workload, care-giving, financial concerns, and so on, yoga and mindfulness techniques are becoming more popular.


Americans who have mild to severe stress


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Americans who experience mild to sever back pain.


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Kind words from our students

Rich Cohen, USAF Veteran, Tampa, FL.

I met Melissa in 2013 when I moved to Tampa, Florida from NH. She had just opened a yoga studio and I wanted to get back into yoga and I was a caregiver for my wife. In the next few years as my wife’s health deteriorated I leaned on Melissa’s Yoga sessions with her focus on mindfulness to help my anxiety. At Melissa’s suggestion, as well as my wife’s I took yoga teacher training and after my wife passed away, Melissa introduced me to the Mindful Academy in Spain where I became certified in MBSR … and now 5 years after meeting Melissa, I have now taken what she started in me and I am now helping veterans at the Tampa VA hospital with Yoga and Mindfulness.   Last year Melissa moved to Chicago and while I do miss her, I fully recommend her to any studio, hospital, and/or employer for her great teaching style for Yoga, yoga therapy, and mindfulness.

Rich Cohen, USAF Veteran, Tampa, FL. -
Cheryl Johnston

I took my first chair yoga class, not knowing what to expect. The teacher, Melissa, was an excellent teacher for that class. She gave clear, specific directions for each pose while also demonstrating most of them. If someone had a harder time, she would tell them how to modify a position. Or if she saw someone was doing a pose easily, she would suggest ways to take it a step further. I was never confused as to what I was supposed to do. The pace of the class went smoothly. She didn't keep us in positions for too long and we didn't speed through from one position to the next. She was a great teacher for someone like me who was new to that type of class.

Cheryl Johnston -
-Michael T.

The yoga classes that you give have helped me in at least 3 ways:

1. Better balance when I need to put my clothes on but can’t bend over adequately.

2. I used deep breathing for pain and anxiety control.

3. Abdominal and pelvic muscle control and strength.

-Michael T. -

Meet the Instructors

Meet our yoga and mindfulness trainers.
Melissa Leger, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YAECP
Melissa Leger, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YAECP
 Paul Czajkowski, RYT 200
Paul Czajkowski, RYT 200
Erica Bentley, RYT 200
Erica Bentley, RYT 200

Our Blog

Some musings from our team of instructors.
How to set an intention for yoga class
June 20, 2019

Setting Intentions for Yoga Class

Introduction In yoga classes all over the world, instructors methodically direct students to set their intention at the beginning of a yoga class. Often there is no guidance as to what an intention is with little time to ask much less practice. Students may go through years of practice without having a clear idea of what an intention is and even less of an idea how to create an authentic one. However, intentions can be

Decreasing Barriers to Access for Mindfulness nad Yoga
April 16, 2019

How Yoga Teachers Can Decrease Barriers to Entry

I walked into a Whole Foods today. Mindfulness was on the cover of at least 3 magazines, all priced over $14. The covers had beautiful skinny white women on the cover. It got me thinking to when I did research for print ads and unspecified yoga magazine touted how its readers had an average of $65K in annual income with over 40% with income over $100K. Their media kit was graced with the under 30

affordable yoga mat
April 14, 2019

What yoga mat should I buy?

We often get asked, “What yoga mat should I buy?”. While we are firm believers you do not need to spend money to practice yoga, yoga mats can assist or detract from a yoga practice. A yoga mat that is too thin can make it hard to practice certain postures on the knees. Mats without enough grip can slide all over the floor. Cheap yoga mats will shred within a few hard uses. There is

April 11, 2019

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

Make Your Own Affordable Yoga Mat Spray Running a yoga studio, there were all sorts of random expenses that added up. One was simply keeping the mats and props clean. Commercial yoga mat sprays are not only expensive but increase the amount of plastic we use when there are more affordable and better options that don’t subject us to chemicals in our child’s pose. Ingredients 1/4 cup witch hazel or white vinegar 3/4 cup water

Myths about Mindfulness from Mindful Yoga Chicago
November 19, 2018

Myths about Mindfulness Meditation

As mindfulness becomes more mainstream, there is a concern that it becoming diluted and misinterpreted through promotional and marketing schemes. There are now blogs, books, and instructors promoting mindfulness for performance, mindfulness for employees, how to be happy with mindfulness, and so on. While these outcomes may occur, it is not a guarantee.  In his book, Full Catastrophe Living, John Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in

training for yoga teachers
July 13, 2018

Adaptive Versus Passive Assists

When I teach in our 200-hour yoga teacher or CE trainings, assists for students often come up. There are two ways to complete assists: passive and active adjustments. The way to distinguish between the two types is from the point of the student. An active assist or adjustment in a yoga class is when a teacher uses verbal cues, a light tap, or slight directional movement and the student actively makes the assist by moving

Continuing Education for Yoga Instructors
June 30, 2018

Continuing Education Courses

If you’re a yoga instructor who is looking for additional CE credits, we provide education to help enhance your classes as well as obtain Yoga Alliance CE Credits. Our teacher training courses focus on stress reduction techniques, safely instructing students, and the business of yoga. Courses currently offered are: Adapting classes to the individuals Teaching yoga with essential oils Teaching and Methodology Yoga sequencing To find out more check out our courses on our Yoga Certification

Yoga instructors for your business or fitness center
June 13, 2018

Yoga Programming

Yoga classes can significantly increase revenues, build community, and help your organization with their overall mission and vision. However, most organizations don’t know where to start with yoga. The coordinators may have never even taken a yoga class before. So they do what any smart person would do and post a job ad getting hundreds of applicants. Sure they all seem nice enough so they go with the one that interviewed well.  Fast forward one

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