Niyama Yoga has been located in Wilmette for over 15 years: providing room temperature vinyasa, yin & restorative as well as Niyama Hot yoga classes, not just to Wilmette, but also Evanston, Skokie, Winnetka and the rest of the north shore.  We’ve been a space where individuals can find the time for moving with their breath, at their pace, while also becoming part of a community.

Thanksgiving at Niyama Yoga:
Thursday, November 28th

Thanks to everyone that made it to Thanksgiving Day classes this year.  Together we raised $605 towards the Greater Chicago Food Depository!

The Giving Tree RETURNS ON Thanksgiving at Niyama

Every year we partner with RefugeeOne; a local, Chicago non-profit, that works with global refugees (Congo, Burma, Ukraine, Syria and more) who have recently resettled here in the Chicagoland area and aren’t always prepared for what Chicago winters are like.

Take a tag off the tree, help a family in need.
Each tag lists the ages/sexes of the family members and where they are from.  Bring back your gift(s) wrapped, with the tag, and we’ll get it to RefugeeOne and they’ll get it to the families.

This year RefugeeOne is suggesting “Bathroom”, “Cleaning”, and/or “Bedding” gift baskets.

Many of the families are on food-stamps which do not always cover items we tend to take for granted.  

Here are just a few suggestions: 

Bathroom basket:

  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Hand towels
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lotion etc.

Cleaning basket:

  • 10qt. bucket
  • Broom
  • String mop
  • Sponges
  • Scouring pads
  • Cleaning supplies

Bedding Basket:

  •  Sheet sets – Twin & Queen only
  •  Comforters
  •  Blankets
  •  Pillows

Hats, scarves, coats, boots are also great as some families are not always prepared for Chicago Winters.

Or, if you would rather not go shopping: 

  • Monthly CTA Passes can also be donated to RefugeeOne as most families rely on CTA for transportation to and from work. 
  • TARGET Gift Cards (as those allow families to get a range of needed items) are also good ideas if you’re not sure.
Please contact Helen Sweitzer at if you have need more information. 

Glow in the Dark with Kristin

Saturday, January 11th
$30 in Advance, $35 Day of

Register HERE

75min class taught by Kristin under the glow of dark lights.

You’ll hear great tunes while doing yoga with black lights, glow in the dark body paint, glow sticks and more… Wear BRIGHT White or NEON if you wanna GLOW even more

Afternoon of Dance with Amy
Saturday, January 25th

Register HERE

JoinAmy Osterman for a West Africa dance class at Niyama. It’ll be a great time while enjoying a workout in disguise and is great for both beginners or more seasoned dancers.

Two to three drummers will provide rhythms from Guinea, West Africa as Amy leads the class. The melodies will be richly polyrhythmic and dynamic and it’ll be a fun hour of music and dance intertwined. Amy will break down the dance steps in a simple format for all.

African dance is generally aerobic, so be prepared to sweat. Class is usually danced barefoot, but you are welcome to wear comfortable gym shoes if you have any foot and or joint necessities that require you to wear support.

Amy, a native of northwest Indiana, got her first taste of African dance and music twenty years ago when she lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There she performed as a dancer in Blue Tribe performance company. Nowadays, Amy teaches weekly dance classes in Evanston at Ridgeville Park District and she is excited to share her love of African dance and music at Niyama Yoga. When she isn’t dancing or studying West African drumming, she is doing science in a structural biology lab at Northwestern University.

Karma Classes for 2019:
Niyama has two classes on our schedule that are Karma/Donation classes where students pay what they would like: our Friday 6:30pm Niyama Hot class & our Saturday 12:45 Yin class.  It’s been Niyama’s goal to find ways to do some good and not JUST be a place that offers yoga.

2019’s Karma Classes will benefit two Wilmette based non-profits with similar missions for local youth in the area: The Warming House and Haven Youth Services.  Proceeds from the two classes for the entire year, will be even split between these two non-profits.  So come do some Yoga, but also do some GOOD.


You can find more info below or by going here.

Friday and Saturday Karma/Donation Classes

2019’s Karma/Donation classes will benefit The Warming House Youth Center and Haven Youth and Family Services.  Proceeds will be evenly split between the two non-profits.

The Warming House Youth Center offers 6th through 12th graders the opportunity to enjoy a structured and supportive environment. Teens can speak freely in a confidential space, seek guidance from staff and peers, build healthy peer relationships, and develop valuable leadership skills. The professional staff is trained to assess teen needs and address relevant issues through educational, prevention-based, and recreational program offerings.

Haven Youth and Family Services has been serving youth and their families since 1976.  Haven began as an outreach program for youth and has continued to grow and develop throughout the years.  Programs such as crisis response and prevention activities were added, as well as the counseling program, which has become one of our most frequent methods of delivering service to the community.  Today, Haven responds to the physical and emotional needs of youth and their families by providing emergency housing services, individual, group, and family therapy, 24-hour crisis intervention, daily outreach to area schools, psycho-educational workshops, youth leadership positions, and service-learning opportunities.

Friday 6:30pm Niyama Hot Yoga™ with Brad

Saturday 12:45pm Yin with Mac

Besides using our Thanksgiving classes to benefit The Greater Chicago Food Depository, and helping global refugee families and RefugeeOne with the Giving Tree in December it also means letting the proceeds of our Karma Classes go to a charity or charities for the year. In years past we have helped Syd RocksCurt’s Café, Erika’s Lighthouse, Designs 4 Dignity and others through the donation classes.

The deciding factors have always been to find local non-profits that are small-scale where we know that the money that Niyama donates, has the chance to do the most good possible.

Having been a high school teacher for 5 years, there was a part of me that wanted this year to find local non-profits that are in some way providing services to our youth that might at times be over-looked in public education.

And if you missed our last Newsletter, you can find that here:
July News

February News
January News
December News
November News

Renovations are Complete!

THANK YOU for all those that have helped to show Niyama Some LOVE: whether through the GoFundme, the Karma classes, the May 5th Silent Auction or any number of other ways.  None of this would have been possible without the help of the community.  After a long week of Renovations, Niyama is back open with our regular schedule.  Come see how things came out!

And if you’re curious as to how this all started: The Beginning