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Early Childhood Yoga – Mobile Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Breathing Space classes for crawling babies through 4-year old preschoolers are full of tot-centric 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 toddlers 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.

Each class incorporates dozens of age-appropriate yoga poses, activities, and relaxation specially designed for children from newly mobile babies and confident walkers, jumpers, and runners and their grownups.

Upcoming Classes

  

Note: Registration includes one child in the indicated age range plus a caregiver. Younger siblings are welcome to attend. Walking siblings older than 1 year attending Preschooler Yoga must register for half price. The same caregiver need not attend weekly. Occasional caregiver guests (grandparents, second parent, etc) are welcome. A second caregiver may attend weekly for a discounted enrollment fee. Contact us for details.

Yoga for Toddlers & Preschoolers

We focus on:

  • moving and having fun,
  • exercises that enhance
    • coordination,
    • strength
    • and good posture,
  • brain-boosting activities, including connecting movements to words and music,
  • breath awareness, and
  • relaxation.

These parent-child classes are engaging and fun, encouraging each child to embrace their own unique expression of yoga poses while supporting their development and growth (Nannies, grandparents, and other caregivers welcome too).

Tot Yoga (crawling - 24 mo)

- Crawlers & Walkers

This class is for newly mobile babies to pre-verbal toddlers still finding their footing. This class moves a little slower than our other early childhood classes and features lots of repetitions. Parents help tots execute poses as much or as little as suits each adult-child pair.

Preschooler Yoga (21 mo - 4 yrs)

- Runners & Jumpers

Yoga can help preschoolers learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills, and increase attention span by actively following directions. Class incorporates more storytelling and imaginative play and movements tend to be faster with these confident movers.

Toddler Family Yoga (~1 - 4 yrs)

- Walkers and Confident Movers

This class draws on material from both Tot and Preschooler Yoga for this crossover age range. Approriate from confident walking through preschool/preK.

Classes are offered in multi-week class series; registration is required, no drop-ins. Registration includes one child and caregiver.

Younger siblings welcome: walkers older than 1 year must register at half price; no charge for non-walking infants. Additional caregiver may attend weekly for a discounted registration fee (contact us). Occasional caregiver guests welcome.

See class attendance and makeup policies for more details 

“[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.”

– Caroline, Tot Yoga parent

Jen has done an amazing job making yoga fun and accessible to toddlers and preschoolers. She takes the extroverts bouncing off the ceiling and the shy ones under grownups legs and manages to engage them all every class. Each class involves adventures to exciting locations, a menagerie of animal poses and a soothing "yoga rest" with bubbles.
- Danielle, Little Family Yoga parent

Tot & Toddler Yoga Frequently Asked Questions

In Person Classes

  • Commit to a series, $18 per class
    Our prenatal yoga classes are scheduled in 5-8 week minimesters.
    Register for Series

  • Automatic 10% discount applies when registering for a full series 30 days in advance.
  • Online Classes

    • Commit to a series, $16 per class
      Our prenatal yoga classes are scheduled in 5-8 week minimesters.
      Register for Series

    • All prices at subject to 6.75% DC fitness tax

    Makeup Policies for In Person Students – Adult/Prenatal Yoga

    If you miss a class, you may attend a different one within a month.

    • To schedule another in-person prenatal class during the same semester, use our makeup scheduler. Email if you have any questions.  
    • To makeup in Zoom, register for a drop-in and use the discount code in your class instructions email or purchase receipt. 

    Makeup Policies for Zoom Students

    Zoom recordings are posted to the class page within 24 hours of the class and are posted for 7 days. Watch the recording anytime that week.

    You are also welcome to makeup in any other zoom class, even for a different age range, using our makeup scheduler.


    Please pay for your drop-in class or registration in advance. Our class venues have limited point-of-sale options and instructors do not accept cash. Our registration site is mobile friendly and accepts payments right up until class starts. In-person students show proof of COVID vaccination. See full policy.

    What if baby comes early and I don’t get to use all my classes? Send us a note when baby is born and we’ll transfer unused class credits to your account so you can apply the value to future registrations.

    Students should wear comfortable clothing for movement that is not too stretchy and be prepared to practice in bare feet. Our venues have yoga mats to share, but carrying your own may be preferable. We have all the other props you might for exercises during class. Please bring a water bottle and you may wish to bring a small towel or cloth to cover your eyes during relaxation.

    Category: prenatal yoga

    prenatal yoga at Realignment StudioYoga practice during pregnancy is designed to help expecting parents build strength and fitness while accessing the inner resources to face the challenges of labor with confidence and calm. A our prenatal yoga class might involve:

    • Breathing. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques might help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
    • Stretching. You’ll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body, such as your neck and arms, through their full range of motion while standing, sitting or lying on the ground.
    • Strength Work and Dynamic Movement. Students in prenatal yoga are working to maintain fitness for a comfortable pregnancy as well as train for the endurance event that is labor and birth. Holding your bodyweight in postures while working against gravity is a great way to build strength. We’ll also do pregnancy appropriate vinyasa, moving with breath, to build fitness.
    • prenatal moms in savasanaCool down and relaxation. Every prenatal yoga class sets aside time for conscious relaxation. You’ll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You might be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra or word to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner calm.
    Category: prenatal yoga

    Our pregnancy yoga classes are held at 641 Pennsylvania Ave SE, lower level.  The studio is within one block of the Eastern Market metro stop and convenient to many bus routes along Pennsylvania Ave SE and 8th Street SE. Read more about locations.

    Category: prenatal yoga

    Prenatal Yoga Class - Teacher AdjustmentAn in-person prenatal yoga class with a qualified instructor offers benefits you simply cannot reap on your own in front of a dvd or streaming video. Personalized sequencing, a watchful eye for alignment corrections, and customized adjustments complement camaraderie of a group class. Breathing Space prenatal instructors are also knowledgeable about birth, babies, and resources in Washington DC.

    Category: prenatal yoga

    Absolutely. Our classes are all levels, with variations offered for newer or more experienced students. We have plenty of props and adaptations ideas for moms who are not super flexible and offer postures and exercises specifically tailored to pregnancy and beginning students. All students should be cleared for exercise by their healthcare provider.

    Category: prenatal yoga

    Expecting parents are welcome anytime and we often have people in class who are anywhere from a few weeks along to counting down the days to baby.

    During your first trimester, you may find you prefer your regular yoga class or fitness routine or that are too tired/uncomfortable for exercise. Consequently, many people start prenatal yoga during the 2nd trimester, as early pregnancy discomforts ease or because the growing belly and pregnancy discomforts compel them to seek us out.

    We also have students who start class in their final month. It’s never too early or too late.

    Category: prenatal yoga

    Prenatal Yoga Class - Balance PosePrenatal yoga classes focus on the fundamentals because so many women start yoga for the first time during pregnancy. We work to build flexibility, strength and fitness through modified postures and movements designed for pregnancy. We focus on exercises that might address common pregnancy discomforts and prepare for the endurance event moms are training for: birth.

    More experienced yogis who take care to adjusting for their changing bodies may try to keep up their non-prenatal weekly class well into pregnancy. That’s fine, but I still recommend adding prenatal yoga to your routine.

    The breath-exercises, concentration, and therapeutic work we do is not typical of a non-prenatal asana or vinyasa class. Also, the pregnancy-customized postures you learn can be incorporated into your non-prenatal yoga classes when the group instruction isn’t appropriate for you.

    What worked for me (Jen) was continuing my one regular weekly class (with self-modifications as my belly grew) and one prenatal class for pregnancy and birth specific techniques and  to be in community with expecting moms. 

    Category: prenatal yoga

    In this all-levels yoga class, students will cultivate the flexibility, concentration and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other pregnant parents while we practice modified yoga postures, breath work, vocal toning, meditation, and relaxation. No previous yoga experience necessary.

    Read more about prenatal yoga.

    The following props are recommended for our prenatal yoga class:

    • Yoga mat;
    • At least one yoga blanket, or dense blanket (wool, heavy cotton, tight weave polyester);
    • Two yoga blocks or equivalent sturdy approximately 9 x 4 x 5 inch objects;
    • A yoga strap, marshal arts belt, shower robe belt, tie, or other sturdy 4-5 ft piece of thin cloth or rope;
    • A small towel or two are really useful;
    • A bolster or cushions for relaxation

    Don’t have “official” yoga props? No worries. Read some tips for DIY props here.

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