November 10, 2018

Yoga Classes at Sheil Park

Yoga Classes at Sheil Park

Sheil Park is located conveniently in Lakeview at 3505 N South Port Avenue. We offer affordable yoga classes for seniors and adults in a variety of formats. All classes are appropriate for beginners and no prior experience is required. We recommend registering early as classes have a tendency to fill up fast.

Yoga Classes Available

All yoga classes are open to beginners! Some classes may be more challenging than others or certain postures may not be in a student’s practice but we encourage students to enroll based on their needs and modifications will be provided as needed. We encourage all students to ask for help if something doesn’t feel “right”

Currently, all yoga classes require students to be able to comfortably and safely get up and down off the floor. If you are interested in chair yoga, where students can practice with the support of the chair and not move to the floor, please join our chair yoga interest list.


Affordable Yoga Classes


Power Yoga at Sheil ParkPower Yoga Series

Summer 2019 Quarter

Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

June 22 – August 24

Cost: $45.00

Power Yoga incorporates slow vinyasa while holding postures for a longer period of time to develop proper alignment while increasing strength. This class is open to beginners and modifications will be provided to celebrate everyone in their practice. Participants must be able to get up and down off the floor as well as able to put pressure on their hands and knees. Please contact us if you are registering after the series start date. We can get you into class but will need to do so manually.

Register for Power Yoga Series


Beginner Yoga ClassesYoga 101: A Beginner Yoga Series

Summer 2019 Quarter

Wednesdays: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

June 19 – August 21

Cost: $55

This series is truly for the beginner to learn yoga with time spent each class to review and instruct certain postures in detail as well as a review of the previous week. Each class builds the previous. In this series students will learn:

  • Basic breathing techniques
  • Names and alignment of fundamental postures
  • Classical Sun Salutation
  • Sun Salutation A
  • Modifications appropriate for their personal practice.

Students must be able to get up and down off the floor comfortably. This series also includes a manual for first-time participants. Please contact us if you are registering after the series started. We can get you into class but will need to do so manually.

Register for Yoga 101


Yoga for the BackYoga for the Back Series

Summer 2019 Quarter

Wednesdays, 6:45 – 7:45 PM

June 19 – August 21

Cost: $55

Yoga for the Back is designed for people with back pain. Each class incorporates slow and easy transitions between postures that are safe for the back. This series focuses on not only the back but other issues that can cause back pain such as a weak core, tight hamstrings, or stiff hips. The classes are well balanced and incorporate repetition from one week to the next with some minor variations so participants can learn the postures to practice at home. Participants will need to be able to place pressure on their hands and knees as well as getting up and down off the floor comfortably. Please contact us if you are registering after the series started We can get you into class but will need to do so manually.

Register for Yoga for the Back Series


Yoga for Stress ReductionYoga for Stress Reduction

Summer Quarter 2019

Saturdays, 10:15 – 11:15 AM

June 22 – August 24

Cost: $45

This series focuses on stress reduction for both the mind and body. From a physical perspective, this class targets the stress on the body from a modern lifestyle behind technology and focuses on stretching the hips, lower back, hamstring, shoulders, and neck with some core strengthening. It also incorporates stress reduction techniques that will vary from class to class but will include breathing and mindfulness techniques. The format of the class will vary a bit from class to class but students should expect intense stretching sometimes holding stretching postures for minutes at a time. Participants will need to be able to place pressure on their hands and knees as well as getting up and down off the floor comfortably. Please contact us if you are registering after June 22. We can get you into the series but will need to do so manually.

Register for Series

Affordable Yoga Class Calendar


Complimentary Senior Classes (Registration is Required)

Gentle Senior YogaGentle Senior Yoga Series

Summer 2019 Quarter

June 17 – August 24

Mondays: 5:15 PM

Wednesdays: Chair Yoga 4:15 – 5:15 PM

Saturday: 11:30 – 12:30


Cost Free to Seniors

Senior Yoga incorporates slow and gentle movements with some strengthening postures. Participants will be spending some time on their hands and knees so we recommend a thicker yoga mat (but not foam) to help support the knees.

To register, please register either online with the Chicago Park District or in person at their location in Lakeview. Each class time must be registered for separately.

What You’ll Need For Yoga Class

While there are limited supplies at the park, for sanitary and practical reasons, we suggest everyone to have their own yoga mat. You may purchase these anywhere but we can also order them for you and bring them your first day of class. If you would like us to order them for you, simply register for class and you will see an add on button upon checkout.

Additionally, please bring a small hand towel to wipe down any supplies used from the park

Supplies for Yoga Classes

Participants will need the following supplies for class. We have provided several links to products we like for convenience but students are welcome to purchase whatever they like.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

The pricing is for the entire class series and not per class. We will make best efforts to make up classes that are canceled due to inclement weather, instructor sickness, or personal emergency. However, please be aware sometimes we are unable to schedule a makeup session due to meeting place requirements.

Please be advised we do not offer any refunds, exchanges, prorating, or transfers for any reason including medical reasons.  To make quality yoga classes available, we are unable to accommodate personal circumstances.

About the Instructors

Melissa Leger Yoga and MBSR InstructorMelissa Leger, E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®
MBSR Level 1 Instructor

Melissa has been practicing yoga for over 18 years and has been teaching since 2012. Her classes include various modifications for different body types, abilities, ages, and energy levels. She has owned several yoga studios and currently runs yoga teachers and retreats as well as mindfulness and stress reduction classes (MBSR) in Chicago. Her goal is to make yoga accessible through affordable options and teaching students how to modify their yoga postures and practice to their own personal needs. Melissa has completed training programs through Mindful Yoga Academy, Blooma Prenatal, Connection Coalition, Sunlight Chair Yoga, and Yandara Yoga Institute. She is a combat veteran, recovering corporate professional, and entrepreneur. In her spare time, she likes gardening, hanging out with her husband and dogs, and traveling.


Paul Yoga  Paul Czajkowski, RYT 200

Paul received his 200 YTA certification, under the instruction of Suddha Weixler, at the Chicago Yoga Center in 2017. A trained actor/improviser and musician, Paul fell into his yoga practice while studying Contact Improv with Chicago based performance company, Creative Wellness in 2015. Also, Paul recently was certified in Restorative Yoga, by Cindy Huston at Yoga Body Elements.

Paul’s Mindful Vinyasa class is a slow flow style class with a focus on deep breathing. Class starts with light Pranayama (breathing meditation), then a morning (sunrise) sequence that incorporates restorative yoga poses. This class is a great way to ease into your morning with breath work and awakening poses that helps to ease tension in the body, and to feel centered.


 Erica Bentley, RYT 200

In 2018, Erica spent 6 months living in India, immersing herself in the culture and traditions and studied with teachers of Ashtanga and Iyengar lineages.  She also fell in love with Yin; realizing the importance of finding balance to our high energy Yang lifestyles. Her playful and curious approach to life is reflected in her classes- whether leading a high energy flow, a slower, alignment focused sequence, or a deep stretching Yin or restorative class, a balance of discipline and lightheartedness keep things interesting and accessible.

Erica is Yoga Alliance certified in Ashtanga/Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and adaptive & trauma-sensitive yoga through Warriors at Ease.  She is enrolled in a 3-year training with IAYT to become certified as a Yoga Therapist.



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