Dana Robert pushes herself. Throughout her life she's competed in dance, triathlons and Ironman events for the love of fitness. So it was no surprise that she was drawn to the high-stakes, uber-pressure world of the Board of Trade, where she worked for five years. But toward the end of her days as a trader, she felt something missing; teaching dance lessons and training others at Bally Total Fitness after work wasn't enough. She quit her job and opened The Yoga Boutique in the high-rise building where she lives.
The quaint studio, with warm wood floors and pale green walls, exudes the positive energy you expect from a yoga room. Robert, along with about seven other instructors, teaches classes in yoga (mainly hatha, prenatal and vinyasa), pilates, children's ballet and easy chair fitness (a class for seniors who suffer from severe ailments or are extremely out of shape). An outdoor yoga class meets during the summer on Montrose Beach. Except during December through February, boot camp and running groups meet at the studio and head outside.
Classes: Yoga and pilates classes cost $15 for drop-in, or class packages range from $65 for five classes to $200 for 20. Boot camp and running club cost $120 per three-month session, and easy chair fitness is $100 for three months or $160 for three months twice a week. You can also purchase unlimited classes, and $200 will get you a month of all the classes you can handle plus a 60-minute massage.
Extras: The majority of the Boutique's clients live in the high-rise the studio is located in. Robert says her classes have been a great way for neighbors to finally meet each other. The studio also boasts a small massage room that offers Swedish, deep tissue and prenatal massages.
Centerstage Reviewer: Christy Bonstell