Free yoga on the West Side!

Hey, there’s now three free yoga classes you can take in our neighborhood:

  • Wednesdays, 6pm (with Camelia)
  • Thursdays, 5:30pm (with Jessica)
  • Saturdays, 9am (with Camelia)

Located at the Gallo Center in Lincoln Park (the Gallo is that small, administrative building near the Harrison/West Side playground). Free parking! Beginners welcome! Please bring a mat. And yes, it really is free – the instructors are paid by the County of Hudson, so you’re all set. Classes are one hour.

I’m going to be really honest: yoga isn’t my thing. If there’s not music blasting and I’m not jumping up and down feeling like my heart is going to explode… well, it just isn’t my thing. I’m just not very good at relaxing – probably should work on that. But! I can say that I’ve taken Camelia’s class several times and she is totally terrific. Very sweet, genuine, and down to earth. And her class is really good. The people who attend are likewise very kind and welcoming, and it’s a really nice little community. This is not a Lululemon fashion show competition by any means; it’s yoga and gentle exercise for all bodies, ages, and levels. (I haven’t taken Jessica’s class but I’ve chatted with her and she seems equally lovely and supportive.)

If yoga is your thing, I think you really might like these classes. They’re a wonderful asset to our neighborhood.