Last Wednesday morning, ten three-year-olds and I went on a trip. We packed our bags, took an airplane ride, went swimming on the beach, and went dancing in New York City, all without leaving their colorfully decorated classroom in Northwest DC.

Partial class plan for Planes, Trains and other Mobiles:

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tykes - Tree Posepack our bags

  • wash our clothes: seated twist to rhythm
  • dry our clothes: arm movement to rhythm
  • hang them on the clothes line: side stretch
  • iron the fancy stuff: leg stretch
  • fold the shirts and pants: toes to nose
  • put everything in the suitcase: forward bend

pack the car: in-out breathing

drive to the airport: red light-green light x2 or x3

check our bags at the airport: ring around the yogi

airplane ride: play The Airplane Song: jump, spin, gallop, dance (Laurie Berkner)

visit the beach

  • make a sand castle: wide angle forward bend & variations
  • swiming with ocean animal poses
  • read book: sing These Are My Glasses (Berkner)
  • take a bicycle ride

train ride home


Sure yoga teaches patience and mindfulness and is a physical exercise that’s good for kids, but it’s also wildly fun.

See our current class schedule and come check it out for yourself!

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Jennifer Mueller has been teaching yoga for children and families in Washington DC since 2008. Jen is a Yoga Alliance® Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RTY 200) and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCTY) as well as a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Jen teaches Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play classes, Tot, Toddler and Little Families Yoga, afterschool classes, and directs day-off and summer camps . . . in addition to a bunch of behind the scenes stuff to keep it all running.

Photo credit:
Preschooler demonstrates tree pose photo by Flickr user naturalmom / CC BY 2.0

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