Baby Yoga & Play

This interactive, fun class for newborn to pre-crawling babies and their grownup(s) contains dozens of yoga-inspired movements, postures, songs, rhymes and activities designed to support baby’s development. Each class is filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding, soothe the inevitable cranky moments, and improve baby’s sleep.

What happens in baby yoga & play?

Having trouble imagining your newborn laying quietly through a yoga class? Our classes are a bit different than some others advertised as baby & me yoga. This is not designed as a parent exercise and instead is a parent-baby enrichment activity involving movement and yoga.

Developmentally Supportive Activities for Baby

Babies participate while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For grownups, this class is a special opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers, get support, and learn about baby’s emerging personality.

Movement, Mindfulness and Community for Caregivers

Grownups will also get to do a bit of postpartum-appropriate yoga themselves, including strength- and flexibility-building postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to address common physical complaints and mental/emotional stressors during the new-parent period.

tummy time in baby yoga

Upcoming Class Series

Class Venues and COVID-19 Pubic Health Precautions

Breathing Space is offering classes indoors, outdoors, and over zoom this fall. We encourage students to participate in the way that works best for their family.

We are taking the following steps help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (and other infectious diseases) during indoor classes

  • All participants 5 yrs+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor classes--no exceptions;
  • Masks required for students 2 years and older;
  • Class sizes are small, so there is room to spread out;
  • Studio is well ventilated, with more than the recommended HVAC air-exchange rate, and we run two large air purifiers during classes;
  • Students are requested to wash hands upon entry and high-touch surfaces are frequently cleaned;
  • Students are expected to follow DC DOH recommendations for quarantine after COVID-19 exposure or travel.

Outdoor classes are will be cancelled/rescheduled for inclement weather. Students must bring their own mats. When appropriate distancing can be maintained, masks are optional outside.

Please don't attend class if you or anyone in your family is exhibiting COVID-like symptoms or has recently been exposed to to coronovirus.

See our full Indoor Classes Health & Safety Policies.

Baby Yoga Frequently Asked Questions

Our classes are generally 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 several options to make it up:

toddler family yoga

Family, kids, and family classes require a series commitment. Need to miss due to travel, illness, or another conflict? Take advantage of our generous makeup policy.

  1. Take another class.

    Any family member of the enrolled student may take any other appropriate* weekly class during the same semester, even in advance – this means the same class on an alternate day or something different; Use our makeup scheduler. (See instructions here. Please email if you have any questions.)

    Family members should take a class appropriate for them – for example, a younger sibling and parent may attend an early childhood class or a parent may take a mat-based adult class. Exception: Yoga Trapeze classes and infant massage are only open to makeup by students enrolled in that type of class.

  2. Bring a friend.

    If space is available in your mat-based or family yoga class, you may bring a friend as your make-up (instead of option 1). This is not allowed in trapeze yoga. Please confirm space availability with your instructor. Guests will be asked to sign a waiver upon arrival.

  3. Practice with our video library.

    If scheduling a makeup doesn’t work for you, you can view selections from our video library and practice at home. You’ll find recordings in the Parent Portal of our registration site.

  4. Carry over one credit to your next series registration.

    Continuing students may carry one class over into the subsequent session by taking a registration discount on your next series. See below.

Additional Detials by Class Type

Weekly Mat-based Classes (non-trapeze)

balancing preschoolersCarry-over Makeup – Mat-based

We get that scheduling a makeup class isn’t always possible, so we extend the following courtesy to continuing students: carry the value of one class over into the next semester by taking a registration discount.

Use discount code “seriesmakeup” when registering to take your credit. This only applies to students registering again for a full semester and cannot be used as a drop-in, but it can be used if you are changing class type or even the family member enrolled. Note: If you are registering multiple family members who need to take the makeup credit, each student registration will need to be its own transaction.

Prenatal, Postnatal, and Baby Yoga class carry-over exception: Due to constraints of due dates and return-to-work scheduling, we allow students in these classes to take their one class carry-over in person without registering for the next series. That class must be attended during the first 4 weeks of the next semester, or within 4 weeks of being cleared for activity if you are making up a prenatal class postnatally (so by the time baby is 12 weeks old). The makeup scheduler will not work for this; just email to let us know which class you will attend. No other makeups are allowed after a semester ends.

Yoga Trapeze

Space is limited in Yoga Trapeze by the number of rigs, however, we have two ceiling attachments that are not included in our class capacity count, so there is usually space for makeup students in those spots. 

Trapeze students or a family member may make up in any other appropriate class during the same semester time frame. There are several ways to reserve your spot in a makeup class:

  1. Use the makeup scheduler to reserve another Yoga Trapeze class (Note: A family member may only take a trapeze makeup if they themselves are enrolled in or have completed a semester of Yoga Trapeze or a week of camp);
  2. Use the discount code “trapezemakeup” to drop in to any adult-mat class – all levels, prenatal, etc; or
  3. Email us to let us know you’d like to attend a family class.

Carry-over Makeup – Trapeze

Continuing students may “carry one class over” into a subsequent session by taking a registration discount on your next series. Use discount code “seriesmakeup” when registering to take your credit. No other makeups are allowed after a semester ends.

Infant Massage

Because instruction is progressive and space is limited, only students enrolled in infant massage may makeup in infant massage.

Enrolled students can access an online course reviewing all the material in the live class. Additionally, because the content is always covered in the same order, infant massage students who miss are welcome to make up that same class in a subsequent series – if you miss class #2, attend the next class #2. Just email to let us know


Frequently Asked Questions

Which class can I take as a makeup?

The only multi-week classes with a makeup restriction are yoga trapeze and infant massage. You must be enrolled in one of those classes to make up in one of them.

Otherwise, take any class appropriate for the family member doing the makeup. You can even send different family members to do the makeup class. Students may make up in any location. 

For example, if you miss a baby yoga class and there isn’t another that suits your schedule, you may bring your toddler to Little Family Yoga as a makeup (baby can even tag along). If you and your child miss Little Family Yoga, you and an older child may attend family yoga, you and a younger child may attend Baby Yoga & Play, or you may attend an adult class for yourself. Anytime we have a “Pop-Up” class on the schedule, that can be a makeup.

How do I reserve a makeup class?

Our registration system has makeup reservations. Log in to the system and look for makeups in the drop-down menu under classes (this option only appears for registered students). See instructions here.

Scroll back up for special notes for Yoga Trapeze students.

I really am only able to attend a couple classes, can I drop-in?

Adult classes – Prenatal, Postnatal, All Levels Yoga (adults), and Yoga Trapeze (adult 16+) – are the only classes where we allow drop-in attendance. If you sign up for multiple drop-in classes in the same transaction, there is an automatic discount.
 
If a drop-in must be rescheduled, it must be used within 4 weeks of the original date(s). 

Making Up in a Pop-Up Class or Intro to Yoga Trapeze

Occasionally we offer “Pop Up” classes not associated with a series. Advanced reservation is required. Pop-ups with insufficient registration 3 days in advance may be canceled. 
 
We publish pop-up classes on our regular class calendar. They tend to happen at the end of a term, but Baby Yoga & Play is occasionally scheduled for weekend pop-up classes! Get on our newsletter list to be notified.
 
If the pop-up doesn’t appear on your makeup scheduler and we didn’t send out a discount code for current students, email us to get on the roster.

This class provides a non-competitive environment for teens and preteens to explore more complex poses and asana than in classes for younger children as well breathing exercises, movement games, mindfulness activities, and much-needed relaxation techniques. 

Students learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way, while still being playful and fun. Classes often revolve around a philosophical theme and may include discussion, journaling, or mindful art.

Individual classes may be for more specific age ranges, so see descriptions for details.

We offer classes in multi-week series. There are lots of benefits to committing to a weekly class but we understand that life happens. We have a very generous makeup policy. We allow students to make up in nearly any other class on our schedule in the same semester and allow family members to take makeups in the registered student’s place.

This is quite flexible. For example, if you miss a baby yoga class and there isn’t another that suits your schedule, you may bring your toddler to Little Family Yoga as a make up. If you miss Little Family Yoga you may take a prenatal yoga class or come to Baby & Toddler Singing Time (weekly class, not weekend workshop). Parents of children enrolled in a class make take any adult mat class on our schedule as a makeup. Students may make up in any location.

Note: Due to space constraints and safety considerations, students may only makeup in a trapeze class if they are registered in another trapeze class.


Makeup Scheduling Online

There is a makeup scheduler in the MainStreetSites registration system. You must be logged into your account for the makeup scheduler to appear and you must be enrolled in a class for makeup spots to be available.

screen shot of makeup scheduler and drop down menu

Once you are logged in, simply choose an appropriate makeup from the classes that appear. The student drop-down must match the enrolled student. If you are sending a different student than the original enrollment, just note that in the text field.

screenshot of makeup class options

Note that toward the end of the semester, there may not be any available makeups in your desired class. We recommend scheduling your makeup as soon as you know you will miss and when you can attend instead. Makeups do not carry over to the next semester.


Yoga Trapeze Makeups

Note: Due to space constraints and safety considerations, students may only makeup in a trapeze class if they are registered in another trapeze class.

Students who miss a trapeze class may make up in any other appropriate class, trapeze or mat-based.


Workshop Makeups: Infant Massage, Birth & Baby Series

Many of our workshops are one time events and there is no makeup option if you do not attend. See our workshop enrollment and refund policies for details.

For short series classes such as Infant Massage, students may attend the same class in a subsequent series as a makeup. Those makeups are not in the scheduler. Email us to confirm.

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