Category Archives for Prenatal Yoga

Kids & Family Winter Schedule Preview Classes

During our Winter Solstice Open House from December 19-21, join us  for any of our usual weekend schedule classes for $15 per class in advance ($20 in person, makeup credits and class passes accepted). Great opportunity for new students to try a class before registering for the January session.

SATURDAY

  • Tot Yoga - class for baby and toddler crawling to 2, with parents9:30 am – Little Families Yoga (ages 2-4 years) with Amalie – This class is for yogis ages 4 and younger with a parent or other favorite grown-up. Join us for toddler-friendly yoga poses songs, stories, games and relaxation for the whole family. The majority of activities will be focused toward almost-2- to 4-year-olds and their parents, but younger siblings are welcome and will be included in the fun. No yoga experience is required. Registration for this series is by child. Siblings may register at a discount. No charge for non-walkers younger than 1 year.
  • 10:30 am – Family Yoga (normally Kids Yoga ages 5-8) with Amalie – Families with children ages 4 and older are encouraged to join us for age-appropriate yoga poses, breathing exercises, songs, movement games and relaxation, with an emphasis on interactive and partner activities for kids and adults to do together. Parents should plan fully participate in class, but no yoga experience is required. Yoga mats are used in this class so feel free to bring your own or borrow one from us. (Note: Our 10:30 am class is usually for children ages 5-8 without their parents, but we are inviting parents to join in for this special class.)

SUNDAY

  • 8:45 am – Prenatal Yoga with Jen – In this all-level 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 Hatha Yoga postures, breath work, vocal toning and meditation. No previous yoga experience necessary.
  • 10:15 am – Little Families Yoga – Toddler (walking-3 years) with Jen – In this class for families of toddlers, we’ll do poses, songs, and games while little ones explore new movement and social skills. Parents fully participate in class but no yoga experience or yoga mat is required. Simply wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to move. Best for walkers through 3 year old preschoolers. Crawlers are welcome to join in for half price, contact us about registering at a discount. No charge for pre-crawling younger siblings.

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More Flexible Adult Yoga

Updated: May 15, 2014

Adult Classes – Commit or Keep Your Options Open

With the debut of our new registration system, all adult classes, including prenatal, will offer a partial registration class bundle. We still have full session registration and we also have a monthly membership. What are your options?

  • Session Registration – $14 per class, total cost depends on length of session
    Commit to your practice! Attend the same class each week, but feel free to make up classes you must miss in any other appropriate class, including our children and family classes.
  • 5-Class Bundle – $17 per class, total $85, expires at the end of the current session
    Attend any class on our adult schedule – Hatha Basics, All Levels, Gentle, Open Flow or  Prenatal Yoga – over the course of the session.
  • Single Class Drop-in – $18 per class in advance, $20 cash in person
  • Weekly Class Member –  $12 per class, total $54/month
    Attend any one class per week with an auto-renewing membership each month, 3 month minimum commitment.

FAQ: Where Else Can I Find Yoga on the Hill or Yoga for Children?

No class schedule can accommodate everyone (practical reality) and no one teacher or class is right for every student (this is actually a good thing). Thankfully, we living in a community with a wealth of yoga opportunities for all ages of student.

Our instructors teach in a variety of places:

  • jen and maya, double boatJen Mueller Yoga – Almost all of Jen’s classes are through Breathing Space right now, but you can check out her website or Facebook page.
  • Rebecca Gitter Yoga – Follow Rebecca on Facebook to stay up to date on her non-Breathing
    Space Family Yoga classes, including at Budding Yogis and Willow Street Yoga which are listed below. Rebecca teaches classes for mom & baby, toddlers, preschoolers, kids, tweens and yoga for special needs.
  • Most of Jessica LaGarde’s classes are taught through Breathing Space.  Keep an eye on the youth schedule at Joe’s Movement Emporium for baby and tots classes in Mt. Rainier, MD (classes break June-August). Jessica practices pre- and post-natal massage and private infant massage instruction in College Park, MD at Shine Massage & Wellness studio. Visit their website or email Jessica for more information or to schedule.

Other DC area Baby and Toddler Yoga Resources

  • Bluebird Sky Yoga – offers prenatal, postnatal, and kids programing (Brookland, DC)
  • Budding Yogis – offers baby, toddler, and kids yoga classes at Circle Yoga (Northwest DC near Chevy Chase, MD)
  • Honest Soul Yoga – offers a full family program, prenatal-teen (Alexandria, VA)
  • Lighthouse Yoga Center – offers prenatal, postnatal and early childhood classes (Petworth, DC)
  • Past Tense Studio – offers prenatal, postnatal classes and occasional kids series (Mt Pleasant, DC)
  • Simon Says Yoga – offers classes for children and families as well as summer camp. (Bethesda)
  • Sun & Moon Yoga – offers a variety of family programs (Arlington,  VA)
  • Tranquil Space – offers prenatal, mommy & me, as well as Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes (Dupont Circle, DC)
  • Willow Street Yoga – offers prenatal, baby, toddler, kids and teen classes (Takoma Park and Silver Spring, MD)
  • Yoga District – hosts prenatal, postnatal, and toddler classes out of their NW studio spaces (various)
  • YoKid – a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing yoga to all children (Arlington and DC area)

Yoga for Special Needs Children

  • Be Yoga – Krista offers Yoga for the Special ChildTM based out of northwest DC.
  • Budding Yogis – Director Linda Feldman offers private sessions for special needs students (Northwest DC near Chevy Chase, MD).
  • Conaboy & Associates – Offers baby, toddler and kids classes out of their occupational therapy practice. Classes are for both typically developing and special needs children. (Union Station)

Classes for Grownups? Studios and Instructors on Capitol Hill

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Dedicated yoga studios:

Independent Instructors:

If you are a yoga instructor living on Capitol Hill, teach a public yoga class in the neighborhood, or teach children and family classes anywhere in the DC area, please email Jen: jenmuelleryoga [at] gmail [dot] com to have
your website listed above.

Yoga Weekend – Reflecting on Yoga During Pregnancy

 

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My daughter attended all nine Anusara
Yoga Immersion Weekends – but only
one on the outside.

 First cold weather car ride on Flickr

Back in February at the same time we decided it was finally time to have a baby, I signed up for a nine month Anusara Immersion program.

For the past eight months, I spent one weekend a month practicing asana and exploring Anusara, Tantric, and other schools of yogic philosophy with an amazing group of yogis.  For eight months, they watched Maya grow.  This weekend, they met her.

I was just a few weeks pregnant when I wrote the following essay on the meaning of the first principle of Anusara yoga.

Opening to Grace

Right now, to me, opening to grace means relinquishing the illusion of control in order to surrender to the divine.

If proper Attitude is a balance between effort and surrender, my challenge is to let go of my effort drive.  The drive to do more, push harder, set more goals, make more plans, and take on more projects can have an addictive quality and interferes with balance.  Resolution, willpower, creativity, and enthusiasm, crowd out mindfulness, quiet, harmony, and acceptance.

It is my practice on the yoga mat that regularly reminds me to release and surrender, opening to grace and a balance of essential heart qualities.

My husband and I are expecting our first child in November.  Even the first few weeks of this pregnancy has broken down any illusion of my control over it. No amount of effort on my part ensures a happy outcome and healthy child. There is no perfect dose of vitamins, exercise, rest, or extensive research that guarantees a healthy delivery. In fact, indulging a desire to control every aspect of pregnancy is not only futile, it may be harmful as it will inevitably lead to frustration, worry and stress.  While I can be a partner in creating this new life, I am not in charge of it; it is the work of the divine. This pregnancy has driven home the undeniable truth that only in surrendering to the divine, can I truly become a partner in creation.

Over the next several months, I will work to balance effort with surrender both on and off the mat for, at this moment, that is what opening to grace means to me.

 

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