Maile Wicklander dreamed of bringing yoga to her neighborhood in a welcoming and nonintimidating way. And last October, she accomplished this when she opened Tula Yoga Studio (@TulaYogaStudio, 2827 W. Belden Ave.).
Wicklander, a resident of Logan Square for the past seven years, knew the neighborhood would be supportive of a yoga studio. “I love yoga. I live down the street and craved a clean, beautiful space to practice yoga and meet new friends.”
To differentiate itself from other chain yoga studios popping up in the city, Tula Yoga aims to be unique by providing classes tailored for the whole family, such as Family Yoga, Baby and Me, Prenatal and Yoga within Reach (for bodies of all shapes and conditions, plus-sizes, seniors and beginners).
In addition to traditional yoga classes, typically featuring the Vinyasa style, the studio hosts events such as Midnight Yoga, Breakti (fusing breakdancing and yoga), kids’ yoga birthday parties and yoga book club. A women’s self-defense class is coming up on June 24, along with free morning classes offered at the farmer’s market (@LSFarmersMarket) every Sunday this summer.
Situated across the street from Revolution Brewery (@RevBrewChicago, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.), the modern and clean studio space is painted in bright red and purple, and is large enough for students to spread out and have plenty of space of their own. The small changing room provides cubbies, benches, and complimentary towels and mats in case you forget yours. Students gather on couches and chairs in the lobby, enjoying a glass of wine after the Happy Hour Yoga class every Friday. Local, hand-dyed yoga clothes are available for sale in the merchandise area.
Because Wicklander believes in giving back to her community, she offers donation classes once a month that directly benefit a local charity.
“We believe that yoga should be fun and that it truly can bring a community together. We are inspired by and grateful for our neighborhood everyday,” Wicklander said.
About Tula Yoga
Tula Yoga Studio is a locally owned, independent yoga studio. Owner Maile Wicklander believes that unwinding, having fun and being part of a community is as important as the yoga itself, and that yoga should always be encouraging and never intimidating.