Early Saturday morning found me poolside at InterContinental Chicago, in the heart of Magnificent Mile. Why am I here? While admittedly not the Sporty Spice, I am here to spend an hour doing yoga. It's been a long week, and getting centered first thing in the morning seems like a great idea. Lucky for me, InterContinental has partnered with CorePower Yoga to offer "Getting Centered" summer yoga class series beside their beautifully renovated pool. Yoga with a view? Yes, please.
Taught by CorePower professional instructors, these classes take place every second Saturday of the month through September. They are free of charge and open to the public. Free yoga! No excuses. Time to get bendy.
After a lot of yoga and a little core work to boot, I am sweaty yet feeling energized and clear minded. I am more focused, my muscles are warmed through and fatigued, but in a good way. Time for final savasana, or relaxation pose, my favorite part of yoga. As I lay on my mat, eyes closed, Stephanie fans my face with a towel scented with aromatherapy oils. Pure unadulterated bliss, if you ask me. Namaste.
On the way to the locker room I look at the view out of the window. It is breathtaking and clear, a most spectacular day beckoning. I smile and head out to face it, rejuvenated. Namaste indeed.
InterContinental is located at 505 N. Michigan Avenue. CorePower Yoga studios have multiple locations in the Chicagoland area.
All photos by Gourmet Rambler.