Locally owned and operated, Forever Om Yoga Studio has truly flourished since its opening in 2010 and now serves as the go-to hot yoga studio for the residents of the Lake Forest area. Starting with a small studio tucked into the back corner on Western avenue, Forever Om worked from the ground up and now has a more ideal location in the heart of downtown Lake Forest (near Ferentinos). Not only do they now have a more accessible location, but owner Cilla Stoll has also opened a second studio in Vernon Hills.
Cilla Stoll truly is an inspiring business woman. Born and raised in Lake Bluff, where she still currently resides, Stoll’s passion for yoga and her desire to share that passion with others has propelled her career successfully.
Initially, Cilla Stoll, 52, was frustrated with the lack of yoga studios available to the residents of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff and turned her frustration into a benefit. “I wanted a specific kind of hot power yoga and there was nothing in town at all,” says Stoll. Thus, she opened a small studio near Goshgarian Orthodontics, on the far end of Westminster Ave.
Due to the fact that is a locally owned business, Forever Om provides an incredibly unique and personal experience. “I want all students to feel welcome,” assured Cilla. “Whether they’ve been there many times, or whether it’s their first time at the studio, it can be intimidating starting something new.”
Forever Om prides themselves on following the philosophy of yoga, which embodies the idea that we are all not separate from one another and should treat each other with the utmost respect. According to Cilla, “We teach in a very specific way which is meant to bring people to their greatest potential, and from that, their greatest release.” Cilla and the staff’s dedication to the empowerment of others coupled with their desire to truly help each individual learn and succeed is what makes Forever Om such a special place to practice. For Cilla, the most rewarding aspect of this entire experience is not about the success of her business, but rather the success of her students.
“The most rewarding aspect of owning FOY and teaching is all of the people’s lives who have been changed or enhanced by the studio,” states Cilla. “We have people tell us all the time how their life has changed–they feel a sense of confidence they haven’t felt before.”
All these things and more make FOY a completely unique and special experience. Not often do you come across a workout studio fully dedicated to the individual experience of each and every student who comes through the doors. At the end of the day, Forever Om is much more than just a business for both Cilla and those who practice there.