Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?

Our kids and family yoga classes require full session registration and, while we allow single class drop-ins to our prenatal and postnatal classes, we encourage adult students make the same commitment and here’s why:

1) Consistency & Commitment

Kids Yoga - Washington DC - Fall SessionsBuilding a habit takes consistency and humans often need accountability to get that. By committing to attend every week you establish that consistency for yourself. Having already paid can be a strong motivator to keep that weekly yoga appointment with when possible conflicts arise 1.

When I wanted to start running more than once in a blue moon, I signed up for a training group. Perhaps the marathon was overkill, but I’m always more consistent – running, yoga, and everything else – when I’ve made a public, social commitment. ~Jen

Children, even more than adults, benefit from consistency. It often take a few classes for children, especially toddlers, to feel comfortable in a space, with a teacher, and with other students and start to show their true personalities. Some children warm up more slowly than others and might not participate very much for weeks (even if they are teaching entire classes to their dolls or siblings at home).

Children benefit from the repetition. Instructors will do similar routines from week to week to help students learn activities and sequences. By creating consistency in class, children feel secure and are more able to learn. Your toddler doesn’t get that many opportunities to demonstrate their expertise. Their pride upon showing that they know the sequence of their tot yoga class warmup awesome to witness.

2) Community

Practicing next to the same friendly faces every week, struggling through the same challenging poses, chuckling over the same jokes or instructor’s verbal gaffs (no, that never happens), and simply being together every week builds community. Friendships are established in yoga classes and we are practicing with our neighbors.

winterclasses3That community helps bring us back every week and helps create a safe space where we can do the inherently vulnerable work of yoga. It’s not just that we are bending into unfamiliar positions in yoga pants – though that’s vulnerable enough, the reason yoga is so effective in reducing stress is that a major component of it is learning to let go. Many yogis find the postures and balancing effort and surrender in the poses help them access parts of themselves that are often hidden away during our daily lives.

It can be disconcerting to adults to be surrounded by strangers and expected to try something new. That’s much worse for kids. Not understanding why they are uncomfortable, children will act out and disengage from class. Having the same students (and parents in our family classes) in class each week helps children feel safe, let their guard down, and learn.

3) Progressive and Customized Teaching

Another benefit of a weekly commitment is how it enables progressive teaching. Because the same students attend week after week, your instructor can build on skills learned from week to week.

prenatal-postnatal-sliderAdditionally, over several weeks, your instructor will get to know the students’ bodies and preferences and can customize teaching to match.

4) Safety

Consistency in attendance enables progressive teaching and enhances safety. Your instructor won’t teach the advanced versions of a pose before instructing the basics. When students come back week after week, your instructor will get to know any special conditions and limitations and be able to personalize their instruction to students.

Commitment at Breathing Space

All our classes are offered in multi-week sessions. Families sign up for season, or semester, of classes, which is typically 6-14 weeks, depending on the calendar. If you must miss a class, you can take advantage of our generous make-up policy.

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1) Of course we understand that life happens, which is why we have a generous make-up policy should you have to miss class.

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9:45 am Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 28 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
This class is a blend of zumba-esque dancing to contemporary pop music, yoga conditioning, and relaxation. You will get a workout and have fun with your baby. Most appropriate from about 6 weeks (or when… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?
11:00 am Preschooler Family Yoga (21 mo-4... @ Realignment Studio
Preschooler Family Yoga (21 mo-4... @ Realignment Studio
Nov 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Preschooler Family Yoga (21 mo-4 yrs) @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families of almost 2- to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, dance and creative movement, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?
12:00 pm Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
Infant Massage – Nov @ Realignme... @ Realignment Studio
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Infant Massage - Nov @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Massage is a great way to connect to your baby and has been shown to help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. Our classes teach parents massage techniques in a… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?
7:30 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?
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29
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10:00 am Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families 21-month to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. No yoga… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?
11:00 am Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 24 month old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?
6:00 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?
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9:30 am Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Tot Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 24-month-old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and games while… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?
10:30 am Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Nov 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Preschooler Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families 21-month to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. No yoga… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?
11:30 am Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio
Nov 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Baby Yoga & Play @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play features fun yoga-inspired postures and movements as well as calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep. Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held… Continue Reading Four Reasons to Commit to a Weekly Yoga Class?

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