July 30, 2018

Yoga 101: A Beginner Yoga Series


Yoga 101: A Beginner Series 

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 A, and Sun Salutation B

Students are required to bring their own yoga mat. 


How to Get Here

Classes located at Sheil Park

Located in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago at 3505 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Brown Line Southport Stop

There is street parking available, however, it can be a challenge on occasion, especially during Cubs games.

What Can I Expect?

We recommend everyone coming with no expectations or goals and to simply experience the practice. This yoga class is geared towards beginners where one class builds upon the next focusing on the basic postures of yoga and transitions. However, in terms of format the class structure is as follows:

  • Each class starts with about a ten-minute review of the poses learned from the last class.
  • The rest of the class will run as a traditional yoga class with certain postures being broken down step by step during class.
  • Students are encouraged to ask questions during class. It does make the yoga class less meditative than a traditional class because we are talking more (and your neighbors too). However, we wanted to create an environment so people can really ask– what the heck am I supposed to be doing. For a less chatty class, we encourage attending one of our other classes or scheduling private lessons.
  • Students will learn how to use props to enhance their practice.
  • Participants will learn how to adapt postures to their ability and bodies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear to yoga class?

Whatever you are most comfortable moving around in that allows movement and stretching in the body. We will be folding forward and stretching our legs so please wear appropriate undergarments.

What should I bring with me?

We require students to have their own mat, yoga strap, and two yoga blocks. There is a limited supply at the park but we cannot guarantee these will always be available. If you do not have these items, you can purchase them on your own or you can purchase them through us as you register. Many students also like to bring a water bottle and a towel.

I have never done yoga before and I’m a senior– is that okay?

Sure. However, this class does require participants to get up and down off the floor and place their knees on the floor. If this is a challenge, specifically for knee issues such as replacements, we recommend coming to chair yoga which is a great class.

I can’t make a few classes, can I get a cheaper price?

Unfortunately, because we already have such affordable yoga classes we cannot accommodate for missed classes for any reason including medical reasons. Our pricing is for the quarter regardless of how many classes are attended or when someone registers.

Can I try a class before I register?

Our classes have a tendency to fill up quickly. You are welcome to try the class one time for a $10 fee if space is available. The $10 will be applied to the series should you register. However, please contact us in advance as we may not have the capacity to take additional people in the class even to try out as space is limited.

I can’t make the times for the Yoga 101: Beginner Yoga Series. Do you offer it another time or location?

All of our times are currently posted. However, when we go onto a waitlist we may open another series. It’s helpful when people tell us what parks and times they are interested in. We recommend contacting us to let us know and then join our mailing list to find out when new classes are offered.

How are the classes so cheap?

Our founder, Melissa Leger, has owned several yoga studios and felt that it was a challenge to bring yoga to the masses while struggling to pay overhead expenses. We work with the Chicago Park District and other venues to help overcome those obstacles to make classes affordable. It may mean that perhaps the floors or walls aren’t as beautiful as other environments but the quality of instruction is not affected.

Is yoga religious?

While some instructors out there may bring their own “stuff” or beliefs into yoga, we teach in a secular format. Our primary focus is moving the body, stress reduction, and creating a community with our neighbors.