Family Yoga – Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers & Kids
Yoga helps children and adults learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way while building fitness and having fun.
Breathing Space early childhood and family classes are full of age-appropriate yoga poses, creative movement, songs, rhymes and sensory play that emphasizes gross motor development, balance, body awareness, language acquisition, and parent-child interaction.
During class, babies and children and their grownups explore movement milestones, gain confidence, build strength and fitness, learn social emotional skills and set the foundation for healthy body attitudes and a fit lifestyle. Breathing Space encourages each child to embrace their own unique expression of yoga poses while supporting their development and growth.
Class age-ranges align with developmental shifts from precrawling babies to mobile babies and toddlers to bigger kids. Classes for younger children feature fun props and imaginative play, while classes for older children may incorporate journaling or art. Classes often revolve around a philosophical or natural theme and always include some form of quiet relaxation.
Our classes are offered in multi-week series; registration is required. We typically run 4 semesters per year, starting in September, January, March, and May. Workshops and single-date classes are noted as such. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when classes are enrolling.
Registration: Each early childhood yoga registration includes one child in the indicated age range plus a caregiver(s). Siblings - within 1 year of the stated age range, twins, and nanny shares are welcome. Non walking babies may tag along to Toddler Family Yoga and Preschooler Family Yoga free of charge; no need to register them. Up to two parents/caregivers can attend on a weekly basis. The same caregiver need not attend every class. Occasional caregiver guests are welcome.
Cost: Pricing is based on $22 per class for the length of the session with a built-in discount for sessions longer than 8 weeks. Registration pricing automatically prorates during checkout through the first three weeks as long as there is space for additional students in class.
Discounts: An early registration discount is automatic until 30 days before class starts. Sibling discounts are also automatic.
Siblings and Nanny Shares: A single caregiver may bring multiple children to class. Every child participant must be registered by their own guardian. Read about nanny share registration and discounts here.
Read more about our class policies here. Contact us with any questions.
“[Yoga] class is without question a highlight of our week...Our daughter was seven months when we started, and she has only grown more and more interested and engaged each week. Jen creates a warm environment for babies to play and learn, consistently introducing new concepts, exercises and experiences that make every session different. She also welcomes both parents to participate, and it has become a wonderful way for us to start our weekend together as a family.”
Family Yoga Frequently Asked Questions
How are Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play classes different from postnatal yoga or classes offered elsewhere?
There are a lot of yoga studios advertising parent & baby classes, but it’s sometimes hard to tell from the descriptions what will actually happen in class.
Some instructors focus exclusively on mom. They keep the lights low and the room warm in the hopes that baby will sleep.
Some instructors incorporate infant massage and movements in the first few minutes of class and then shift their attention to adult yoga for the rest of the class.
In a lot of classes, baby’s roll is relegated to being used as a weight, all be it a very cute one.
While there’s nothing wrong with any of these approaches, that’s not what we are doing at in Baby Yoga & Play.
Baby Yoga & Play focuses on the interaction between baby and caregiver with lots of baby-centric activities, but we do incorporate postpartum appropriate stretching and strengthening for caregivers.
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
Grownups in Baby Yoga & Play 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.
Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play series also incorporates developmental topics and time for parent-to-parent support during class. Our hope is that the community built in yoga will carry over into friendships and playdates off the mat.
Most appropriate from 6-weeks until baby is mobile. Moms, dads, grandparents or other caregivers welcome. No previous yoga experience necessary; be prepared/dressed for movement.
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