West Cook YMCA


The West Cook YMCA is happy to announce we are re-launching our yoga program.  As a way to express our appreciation for our members support and commitment, Yoga will be offered complementary through the rest of calendar year 2021.  Registration is required and we will ensure all classes meet social distance requirements.  We will be offering different styles of yoga that include: Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha

Have you ever wondered what yoga is all about? Hint: it's not just about stretching, and you definitely don't have to be flexible to practice yoga! The ultimate goal of yoga is to still the mind. This is achieved through practicing physical poses (or asana) and connecting with our breath (or pranayama). Yoga is a holistic practice, uniting the body, mind, and spirit.  


meet our new yoga instructor


Jiwon is a professional violinist and educator who strongly believes in the healing power of yoga. She was first brought to the mat at the age of 18 when she was going through extreme physical and mental exhaustion from years of practicing and performing on the violin. Since then, finding time for yoga practice and spiritual growth has become the most important part of her life.  Her belief in the power of yoga inspired her and in 2013, she began teaching Vinyasa yoga in South Korea and continued to share this passion across the United States. She joined the YMCA family to bring yoga to every individual, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation. It is Jiwon’s goal at the West Cook YMCA to serve a community where every individual feels included and nurtured through the practice of yoga.

Certifications: RYT-200 | Laughing Lotus Yoga NYC (2016)

health and safety precautions

  • Masks required
  • Instructor will wear a face shield
  • Bring your own mat
  • Deep clean and sanitizing of room
  • 100% of staff are fully vaccinated
  • Social Distancing

yoga schedule

CLASS DAY TIME $ WCY Member $ Non-Member
Sunrise Yoga Monday 9:00-10:00 am Complimentary through 2021 $15 per class
Introduction to Yoga Wednesday 10:00-11:00 am
Vinyasa Yoga Saturday 8:00-9:00 am
Minimum of four participants are needed to run the class. Starting October 17th, classes will be cancelled 24 hours in advance and an email will be sent to participants if the minimum is not reached.

yoga class descriptions

Introduction to Yoga:

This class focuses on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. The basic postures that form all styles of yoga practice, including the Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Ashtanga, will be demonstrated and guided with modifications. Meditation and breath exercises will be offered in each session to quiet the mind and awaken our senses. Gentle Vinyasa yoga is a great way to transition from the weekend into the work-week.

Sunrise Vinyasa:

Sunrise Vinyasa focuses on connecting one posture to the next using the natural cycle of breath. It is a smooth practice that feels most natural. Class is designed to strengthen connection between the mind and body without judgement or expectation. Modifications are offered for all levels to welcome everyone to flow in all shape. Daily Vinyasa practice helps you improve posture, flexibility and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find contentment in our surroundings.


Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement”. In a Vinyasa class, poses flow from one to another in conjunction with the breath. Yoga is an ancient practice that helps create a sense of union in body, mind, and spirit. The physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation practices of yoga have been proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and regulate heartbeat. Participants leave feeling more relaxed, while increasing flexibility and creating harmony of the mind and body. Classes are open to all levels.


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