Yoga Circle has been offering authentic tradition yoga in Chicago’s River North for 33 years.
We offer yoga classes that accommodate all ages and abilities and we welcome every BODY. Our highly skilled instructors include Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers CIYTs, Certified Yoga Therapists C-IYATs, and Yoga for Scoliosis Trainers.
Teachers are accredited, experienced and able to address limitations and cultivate strength and stability, flexibility and focus through the profound practices of yoga. When practiced regularly, yoga can be a pathway towards health and self-awareness: physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Our facility has 2 practice halls and 2 changing rooms. Studios are well equipped with props, both general (blocks, belts, chairs) and specialized (including 30 sets of wall ropes) to support students and stimulate their capacities to practice yoga in an inspiring and safe environment.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word derived from ‘yuj,’ to yoke. Harnessing and uniting the powers of mind and body under the guidance of one’s intelligence is one aim of yoga. Traditions of practice include self-mastery, pursuit of the sacred, and meditation. Techniques that develop body (hatha), mind (jnana), emotions (bhakti), actions (karma) and soul (raja) are yogic paths of self-realization.
Hatha yoga is classical system which coordinates body, breath, and mental focus. Consistent practice over time structures alignment, releases tensions in the muscles, calms nerves, increases oxygen absorption, changes brain wave patterns, and induces felicity through improved respiration and hormonal circulation.
Iyengar Yoga is named for yoga master BKS Iyengar (1918 – 2014). Called the “Michelangelo of yoga” and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2004, Mr. Iyengar has been acknowledged as a modern master of yoga.
B.K.S Iyengar was taught yoga in his youth by his brother-in-law, T. Krishnamacharya, and refined his practices for over 80 years. He developed an inspired approach to yoga through intense practice and self-study. His seminal book, Light on Yoga, has been continuously in print since originally published in 1966.
He promoted yoga as an art, science and philosophy, and made practice accessible to ordinary people regardless of race, gender, age, religion, or physical capacity.
BKS Iyengar was a teacher par excellence. His innovative methods include: (1) emphasis on standing poses to develop strength, vigor, alignment (2) use of props to facilitate ease and depth of learning, and (3) specific sequencing of postures for general and therapeutic benefit.
BKS Iyengar taught classes at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India through his 80s, and continued daily practice there until shortly before his death in 2014. From RIMYI, the Iyengar family oversees CIYT curriculum, standards, and assessment procedures around the world.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) undergo rigorous training and evaluation to earn certifications. IYNAUS (Iyengar Yoga National Association of United States) certification credentials represent a high standard of teacher education, experience and excellence. Only CIYTs are permitted to describe their method of instruction as “Iyengar Yoga.” CIYTs are trained to provide clear demonstrations of postures and are skilled in the use of props to maximize the opening and awareness of the body, providing support when needed.
Each Iyengar Yoga class is a unique sequence with a particular focus that has been developed by the CIYT. Through skilled instruction and practice, students learn to penetrate the physical body and beyond towards the layers of mind and spirit, gaining vitality, clarity and calm.
At the onset of many of our classes, we chant an Invocation to Patañjali to honor the traditions and lineage of yoga.
Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is a collection of sutras (aphorisms) articulating the philosophical and practical wisdom of yoga.