Best Places To Buy Yoga Gear In Chicago

July 14, 2015 7:00 AM

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Unlike simply going to the gym and getting on the treadmill or elliptical, practicing yoga will eventually require some specialized gear. Be it the importance of choosing the perfect yoga mat or utilizing equipment like blocks and straps to assist in more challenging poses and stretches, yoga gear is a personal and essential aspect of yoga practice.  As yoga’s popularity continues to blossom with yoga studios and classes popping up all over the Chicagoland area, it’s important to know where to shop for your yoga needs. Here are some of the best places to buy yoga gear in Chicago.
Ganesha Yoga And Adventures In Fitness
3113 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 904-7870
www.ganeshayogachicago.com

Despite popular misconceptions about yoga, not all yoga students are petite and gazelle-like. Just like “Yoga for All” revolutionary Dianne Bondy has been advocating size acceptance and promoting yoga for anyone of any size, so is Ganesha Yoga And Adventures In Fitness in Chicago. In addition to standard yoga classes, they offer the unique “Ganesha Plus” and “Stiff Guy Yoga” options as well, and the store aims to offer something for everyone, carrying a variety of brands that make high-quality and colorful yoga clothing for women of all sizes. In addition to the staple yoga products and gear, Ganesha Yoga’s shop is one of the only places in Chicago with a vast selection of plus size active wear.

Nature Yoga Sanctuary
2021 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-5720
www.natureyoga.com

Located in the West Town/Ukrainian Village area, Nature Yoga Sanctuary offers classes an array of yoga styles. Run by a husband and wife team of yoga instructors, Nature Yoga Sanctuary has a boutique which carries a variety of recycled, fair-trade and eco-friendly clothing and yoga gear. From yoga mats, towels and straps to a selection of jewelry, scarves and blankets, Nature Yoga Sanctuary provides essential yoga products, as well as items that represent yoga lifestyles and like-minded interests. Alternative, Aura Cacia, Hard Tail Forever, Teeki and Onzie are just a few of the brands the Nature Yoga Sanctuary boutique carries.

Yoga Six
1150 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 643-0693
www.chicago.yogasix.com

Set in Chicago’s lovely Gold Coast area, Yoga Six also has additional locations in Lincoln Park at 2105 N. Southport and the South Loop at 1136 S. Delano Court. Yoga Six is a more upscale yoga studio, which offers a variety of both heated and non-heated yoga classes.  Catering to all levels of yoga practice from beginners to experts, Yoga Six’s mission is to foster students to live empowered lives. The Yoga Six Boutique provides a full line of yoga clothing, yoga accessories and gear, as well as necessities like water, coconut water and towels.

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Bloom Yoga Studio
4663 N. Rockwell
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 463-9642
www.bloomyogastudio.com

Run by a husband and wife team of Chicago-area natives, Bloom Yoga Studio has served the Lincoln Square area for more than a decade now. Offering a wide assortment of yoga classes for all ages and levels of fitness, Bloom Yoga Studio also features workshops, classes for families and several forms of massage therapy. In February of this year, Bloom hosted a sold-out yoga retreat in Costa Rica, and students are now anxiously awaiting the next one. Yoga students and enthusiasts can stock up on books, yoga products, clothing, music, yoga-related art, children’s items, and exclusive gifts in the Bloom Yoga Studio store.

Moksha Yoga Center
3334 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 975-9642
www.mokshayoga.com

In the heart of Lakeview, and with two additional locations in Riverwest and Bucktown, the Moksha Yoga Center is dedicated to sharing the wisdom of yoga in order to bring about greater health, well-being and happiness. Each week’s schedule is brimming with different yoga styles and levels, with classes in Ashtanga Mysore, Vigorous Flow, Phoenix Phlow, Tantric / Yoga Nidra, Turbodog Yoga, Mindful Flow, Kundalini, Candelight Restorative and several more to choose from. With products for sale at all three locations, Moksha carries the products of businesses that practice fair-trade, and which are eco-friendly and sustainable.  With a variety of manufactures to choose from, ranging from well-known to local businesses, available brands include Alternative Apparel, Purusha People, Teeki, Karma and more. Moksha also offers an ample selection of yoga props like mats, bolsters, blocks and straps.

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Soon after earning her BA in journalism, Melanie Falina began writing about one of the loves of her life – music. Since then, she’s covered some of the biggest names in music, in addition to writing on an array of other topics as well. She has written for Black Belt magazine, KISS: The Official Authorized Quarterly Magazine, Examiner, AXS.com, Yahoo Voices, and more, and was editor for Don Lemmon’s KNOW HOW Book Three, Refuse To Fail. Melanie is also a poet with five published collections of poetry available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various establishments.

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