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Fall Family Yoga – Baby, Toddler, Kids – Classes Start Sept 22

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Yoga for children supports motor skills, language acquisition, and social-emotional development while having fun. Breathing Space classes incorporate playful, age appropriate yoga poses, breathing exercises, movement games, rhythm, stories and songs for little ones and parents/caregivers to do together.  Most fall classes begin the week of Sept 22 and run through early December. Classes offered on Capitol Hill (DC) and Cheverly (MD).

Capitol Hill (DC) Family Yoga Classes

  • 3 PM Sun  @ Realignment Studio (Eastern Market)
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  • 10:30 AM Wed @ Shananigans Art Space (Union Station)
  • 9:30 AM Sat  @ Capitol Hill Presbyterian (Eastern Market) **FULL**
  • 10:00 AM Sun @ Hill Center (Eastern Market)
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  • 9:45 AM Tue @ St Mark’s Church (near Capitol)
for crawling babies to 24 mo old toddlers with parent or caregiver
  • 9:30 AM  Wed @ Shenanigans Art Space  ***FULL***
  • 8:30 AM Sat  @ Capitol Hill Presbyterian
  • 11:00 AM Sun @ Hill Center
is a blend of fun, yoga-inspired movements and activities for pre-crawling babies and postpartum-appropriate yoga for mom/caregiver.
  • 10:45 AM Tue @ St. Marks Church (2nd & A SE, dance studio)
  • 11:30 AM Wed @Shenanigans Art Space (316 F Street NE)

Baby classes are offered in shorter series – 5 or 6 weeks – to make participation during maternity leave easier and does allow drop-ins if there is space available in the series.Register Button

Cheverly MD Family Yoga Classes

Cheverly classes are offered by Breathing Space thorough a partnership with Wildflower Yoga at Cheverly United Methodist Church, 2801 Cheverly Ave, 4th Floor (yoga room). Fall weekday classes in Cheverly begin Sept 27. Weekend classes begin October 13. Both run through early December.

preschooler yoga classThursdays beginning Sept 27

  • 10:00 AM – Toddler Family Yoga (walking through 3 year old toddlers with parents)
  • 11:00 AM – Baby & Me Yoga (newborn-precrawling) – offered in 5-6 week series, drop-ins welcome

Saturdays beginning Oct 13

  • 9:30 AM – Toddler Family Yoga (walking through 3 year old toddlers with parents)
  • 10:30 AM – Family Yoga (3–8 yr olds, younger siblings from 2 years and up welcome)

Announcing Summer 2018 Kids Yoga Camp

It’s summer camp planning time in DC! Parents are weighing options and looking for convenient, affordable and enriching camps to provide their kids with an awesome summer.

Breathing Space summer camp provides children with a fun, creative, and educational experience through yoga movement classes, mindfulness activities, relaxation, games, crafts, field trips and outdoor time. Each week-long camp is sure to create lasting memories, new friendships, and a foundation for health and well-being!

What’s new for Breathing Space Kids Yoga Camp in 2018?

More camp for rising PK4!

The weeks of Jun 25, July 17, Aug 13, Aug 20 all welcome rising PK4 campers but space is limited, so don’t wait to enroll.

More camp for upper elementary!

We will run our popular Girl Power camp (rising 3rd-6th) again this year, but in June, so our Aug 13 camp week enrollment will not be limited by gender. We are also running a Harry Potter-themed camp for 2nd-5th graders the week of July 23 and would be open to running a boys-focused (2nd-5th?) camp the week of Aug 6 if there is enough interest.

New themes, but we’ll repeat old favorites!

Music & dance and Harry Potter-inspired camps are new this year. We are repeating colors, superheroes, fairy-tale inspired themes and our outings-focused camps too. While some themes repeat, activities are always different.

All camps are at Christ Church.

We are happy to announce that all 7 weeks of camp are at Christ Church (620 G Street SE) this year, even our double camps will be based there.

 

Summer 2018 Camp Themes

Enrollment update June 5, 2018: There is very limited availability in camp the weeks of June 25 (K+) and July 30, and Aug 6 (2nd-5th) only.

Week  – Theme – Age Range

  • group pose18-Jun  — DC Adventurer — K-3rd
    Campers will explore the community in which we live and many of the fun, fabulous and things to do in and around our city.   Register: K-3rd
  • 25-Jun
    • Long Ago & Far Way — PK-2nd
      Knights, princesses, wicked witches, noble heroes and evil villains pervade this week as we explore yogic qualities in ourselves through classic children’s stories and fantasy. (Limited PK registration) Register: PKK-2nd
    • Girl Power — 3rd-6th
      We’ll explore things our campers care about and how they can make a difference in their world. Girls will share yoga, art, creative activities and relaxation. Register: 3rd-6th Girls
  • 16-Jul — Music & Dance– PK-2nd
    Yogis will explore creative expression, how our bodies and every-day objects can make rhythm and song, and how sounds and music can affect our mood and well-being. Register: PKK-2nd

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  • 30-Jul — Superhero Me — K-3rd
    Campers are invited to find their own superhero qualities as we explore classic stories and real-life heroes in our world. Register: K-3rd
  • 6-Aug
    • Colors — K-3rd
      With topics ranging from prisms to chakras, campers will explore a rainbow of colors with yoga, breath, and crafts. Register: K-3rd
    • Mindful Movement Masters — 2nd-5th G Boys
      This week will be all about the guys – 7-10 yr oldboys. We’ll do balancing and strengthening poses, mindfulness and relaxation, art and creative expression, and outings. Just like our Girl Power camp, expect a questionnaire in May so we can get a to know your camper and further customize the week to match his interests. Register: 2nd-5th Boys

  • 13-Agroup poseug — Animal Adventure — Two Groups: PK/K,1st-4th
    Quick as cricket, slow as a sloth . . . what can yogis learn from the animal world?
    Register: PK/K or 1st-4th, two groups will have some combined activities.
  • 20-Aug — Senses & Science — PK-4nd
    Expect momentum, reactions, and more . . . as we explore our experience of the physical world: beginning chemistry and physics. Register: K-4th, PK4

 

How can parents get a better sense of kids yoga camp?

1. Watch Camp Highlights

2. Or check out our photo album on Flickr or on our Facebook page.
3. Check out our camp page for full details.
4. Read our FAQs.
5. Get in touch with specific questions

Season of Gratitude

gratitude and joy quote image“For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast

We are encouraged by culture and media to be joyful and grateful during the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Years. Sometimes that comes easily, sometimes not so much. For those of us struggling, a gratitude practice can be powerful.

We often visit this theme in kids yoga classes, but simple practices can be incorporated into home routines as well. A colleague of mine recently described her family’s simple routine. She uses her 10-minute school commute for their practice with a few simple rules: Everyone must share sometime, anything, no judgement, so long as it’s not what they shared the day before. She finds that simple routine gets everyone’s day started on a positive note and brings her family closer together with a daily check-in.

These practices can be especially helpful during the holiday season, which encourages us to spread love and joy but also can seemingly revolve around what we want and do not have, something known to make us less happy!

One of our favorite practices in kids yoga is gratitude relaxation. We listen to a guided meditation while remembering all our gifts and advantage and the people who support us and love us. Thanks to Childlight Yoga, the program that Jen uses to teach kids yoga teacher trainings, you can now listen to audio recording of the gratitude relaxation from Yoga for Children, by Lisa Flynn.  Find a comfortable position (instructions for the one on the right are posted on the CLY blog too).

At Breathing Space, we are grateful you have chosen to share your family time with us through classes and workshops. We are looking forward to seeing you this holiday season and in 2018.

Winter 2018 Class Registration

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Weekly early childhood classes

Yoga for babies and toddlers features fun, age-appropriate poses, breath exercises movement games, rhythm, and songs for little ones and caregivers to do together. Yoga supports motor skills, language acquisition, and social-emotional development. Learn more.
Classes are offered in multi-week class series; registration is required, no drop-ins. Winter classes begin January 6 and continue through mid March.

Tot Yoga (crawling-24 mo)

  • 11:00 AM  Wed with Jamie @ Shenanigans Art Space
  • 9:30 AM Thu with Rebecca @ Realignment Studio **starts date: Feb 8!
  • 9:00 AM Sat with Jessica @ Christ Church
  • 11:00 AM Sun with Jen @ Hill Center

Toddler Family Yoga (steady walking-3 yrs, younger siblings welcome)

Preschooler Yoga (21 mo-4 yrs, younger siblings welcome)

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  • 10:00 AM Wed with Jamie @ Shenanigans Art Space
  • 10:30 AM Thu with Rebecca @ Realignment Studio
  • 10:00 AM Sat with Jessica @ Christ Church
  • 10:00 AM Sun with Jen @ Hill Center

See also:

Kids Yoga & Mindfulness (4-10 yrs)

Homeschooler Series

Kids yoga class encourages children to move creatively in a non-competitive environment while honoring each child’s unique expression of the poses.

Monthly workshop series for older children and teens

Classes for older children and teens feature more challenging poses and sequences than those for younger children along with breathwork, concentration, introductory meditation techniques and much needed relaxation time.

Family Yoga & Mindfulness (4yrs+)

Teen/TweenYoga & Mindfulness (8-12 yrs)

Registration for monthly workshops can be the full series or a single class. Minimum 8 enrolled to run any individual class.

Fall Family Classes Enrolling Now

tot balanceClasses feature age-appropriate poses, songs, activities, and more. Read full class descriptions on our early childhood or kids yoga pages.

Nov/Dec Weekday Early Childhood Classes

Late fall classes start Nov 1-7 and run through December 13-15, unless noted. See links below for descriptions and details. 6 week series costs $108.

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Preschooler Yoga (21 mo-4 yrs, younger siblings welcome)

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Kids & family classes are offered in multi-class semesters, registration required. Fall series are 6 to 10 weeks long, depending on the day and venue. Price varies by length of series. See individual links for details.

Need to carry-over a makeup class from the last series? Use the code “sessionmakeup” at checkout to reduce registration price by one class.  Only applies to  full season registration. Read our makeup class FAQs.

Due to holidays and church events in December, Saturday classes at Christ Church end on Nov 18. No classes Columbus Day weekend or the Wed-Sun of Thanksgiving weekend. 

See also our classes at Brent ElementaryCapitol Hill Montessori at Logan and Peabody Elementary. Register through the school aftercare provider.

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Returning to Our Community Roots

superhero camp collageThank you so much for sharing your kids and family yoga experience with us. We’re having a wonderful summer so far and hope you’ll be joining us for great classes and camps we have planned.

The biggest change for Breathing Space in coming months is that we’ve decided to let go of the 1123 Penn location at the end of the summer and go back to a mobile program format.

We are excited to work with community partners again to offer classes and camps in a variety of locations around the Hill, both SE and NE!

Breathing Space started as a mobile program and the model makes a lot of sense for us given the limited hours needed for children’s and family programming. We took the 1123 Penn lease in the fall of 2014, starting classes there in 2015, because we had seemingly reached our limit for growth at our class spaces at the time and were anticipating our summer camp venue to be unavailable in 2015. The neighborhood yoga and wellness landscape has changed quite a bit in the past two years, with many more options for adult yoga and new opportunities for partnership locations for our family programming. As much as it is nice to have complete control over a studio space, it simply make better business sense to let go of the full time location.

Mind JarWhat’s more, community is a defining characteristic of family yoga and we’ve missed being a regular member of our partner communities over the past two years. By returning to a mobile model, we are excited to be able to reach further on Capitol Hill and are launching our first Northeast location classes at the Parish of St. Monica and St. James in September! If you have connections to community locations or ideas for classes not on our upcoming schedule, please let us know.

How to Drop-in to Prenatal, Postnatal or Baby Classes

Baby & Me Yoga ClassOur public weekly Prenatal Yoga and Baby & Me Yoga classes welcome drop-in students. Classes can be reserved one at a time or using a multi-class pass.

Please set up an online account and pay for your drop-in class in advance. Our registration site is mobile friendly and accepts drop-in payments right up until class starts. Most of our class venues do not have a receptionist so it’s a great help to the instructor if you take care of this yourself in advance, but if you don’t manage that, come anyway. Please note that instructors do not accept cash.

No single class drop-ins to any class for children/teens from crawling or older. Kids and family classes require series registration.

Makeup Classes FAQ

IMGP5062Our classes are offered in multi-week sessions with students committing to 6-12 consecutive classes. There are lots of benefits to committing to a weekly class but we understand that modern life is busy and sometimes unpredictable. So, we offer a generous makeup policy. Any family member may take any other appropriate class within 4 weeks of the original series dates – this means a similar class or something different.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Tot (for us that’s ~8 mo+), kids, and family classes require series commitment. Need to miss due to travel, illness or other conflict? Take advantage of our generous makeup policy.

Our children’s and family classes and some special topics are offered in multi-week series with students committing to multiple consecutive classes. There are lots of benefits to committing to a weekly class but we understand that modern life is busy and sometimes unpredictable. If you must miss a class, you have three options to make it up:

  1. Any family member may take any other appropriate class within 4 weeks of the scheduled series, even in advance – this means the same class on a alternate day or something different;
  2. If there is space in your class, you may bring a friend as your make-up class (instead of option 1). Please confirm space availability with your instructor.

How do I reserve a makeup class? No advanced registration is required to take a make-up class but it an RSVP always appreciated. Simply email to let us know you are coming.

I really am only able to attend a couple classes, can I drop-in? For adult or parent & pre-crawler classes, yes. That means Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Baby & Me Yoga. We do not allow drop-ins for any class focused on children crawling or older.

No advanced registration is required to take a make-up class but it an RSVP always appreciated. Simply email to let us know you are coming.

Category: makeups

Rebecca Gitter teaches baby yoga classYes. If you know you will be out of town or will miss class for any reason, feel free to take your makeup class whenever it’s convenient in the same session.

This is particularly helpful for prenatal and postnatal students who expect babies to arrive or maternity leaves to end before a session is over. Feel free come more than once a week as your schedule permits.

We allow one makeup to carry over into a different session, within a month of the original series dates, so feel free to come a couple weeks before or after your class begins or ends.

Categories: attendance, makeups

prenatal yoga forward bendsIf you or your child falls into the proper age range for the desired makeup class, yes you may.

Parents of registered children may take a makeup in Prenatal or Baby & Me Yoga. Your teenager can take a makeup for your toddler and vice-versa, so long as the student attends an appropriate class. Any weekly yoga class is open to make-up students, even if they are marked FULL (though please give us a heads up in that case).

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Full Registration for Kids & Family Classes

Breathing Space does not allow single class drop-ins to kids & family classes for crawling babies or older children. Why?

Session Commitment is Best for Both Students and the Program

We’ve written before about the benefits of committing to a weekly yoga class. Children, even more than adults, benefit from the consistency and progressive teaching enabled by full registration.

Kids yoga operates in an unusual context. While adult yoga classes are very often drop-in based, you cannot just occasionally show up to any other kind of teacher-directed children’s class. There’s no drop-in ballet, gymnastics, music, art, karate, etc. All of these programs require registration in a series of classes or monthly membership. This creates a stable class and allows lessons to build upon on each other.

Session Commitment Encourages Consistent Attendance

As a parent, there are tons of demands on my time and regularly attending a class requires commitment. Paying ahead of time gives me that sense of obligation to actually go every week. This is true for me with my own classes and it’s doubly true for me to motivate my child out of the house, even for activities she (or we both) adore.

Session Commitment Enhances the Student Experience

As a children’s instructor, I find:

  1. Drop-ins detract from the experience of the students who have committed to a full session of classes because my attention is drawn to the new student – on everything from taking payment and filling in the parent on policies, facilities, and expectations, to making the new child feel comfortable.
  2. Drop-in classes are not in the best interest of the child. It often takes 3 or 4 classes for a child, especially a toddler, to feel comfortable with a new place, new people, and a new routine. Children benefit from repetition and structure. Since drop-in students tend to only show up once or twice a session, they miss out on the full benefits of the experience.

But . . .

There are two major objections that I hear from parents to registering for an entire session:

  1. That they aren’t sure if class will be right for their child. We get that. It can be hard to even imagine a toddler or preschooler yoga class if you’ve never attended one.

    That’s why we offer a No Risk Refund Policy – Not sure if class will be right for you or your child? Register and come to the first class. If you notify us in writing within 24 hours of class that you will not be able to continue the session, you will pay only $20 for the class you attended. (See refund policies for more information.)
  1. That they have travel or other schedule obligations that prevent full attendance. We understand schedules can be tricky. We intentionally skip holiday weekends and other high-travel times and offer a very generous make-up policy. To make up a missed class:
    • Any family member may take any other appropriate class during the same session – this means a similar kids class or parents can take an adult class;
    • If there is space in your class, you may bring a friend as your make-up class. Please confirm space availability with your instructor.
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