While sunny LA may be a relaxing, vacation destination for some, navigating the daily hustle and bustle in this sprawling town can eventually take a toll and leave even the littlest ones feeling a bit frayed around the edges. So when you and your kids are in need of some major zen in the city, check out these favorite family-friendly yoga spots that will give your crew a chance to “ohm” and “namaste” their stress away.
photo: Shorty Yoga
This intimate, chic-meets-tranquility, all-kids (from newborns to tweens) studio is where you’ll find dope mini yogis doing downward dog most days of the week. Though it’s located in Beverly Hills, the ambiance here is anything but hoity-toity. Your little ones will dance, jump and soar across the studio while listening to pop music for the better part of the class. Cheery teachers use ribbons and other yoga props to help kids get their wiggles out during the 45-minute session.
The 2 to 4-year-old class is artfully instructed to include imaginative games and all-out silliness mixed in with basic yoga poses. When class winds down, even the most energetic of kids will surprisingly (and impressively) melt into the sweetest teacher-led savasana.
Insider tip: The signature Mamastay class centers on little ones but also gives caretakers a chance to stretch those tired limbs. And a heads up for new clients—use code REDTRI to try your first class for free.
333 1/2 South Robertson Blvd.
photo: Antonia K. via Yelp
Ask any parent across the city where kids like to get their yoga on, and they’ll unanimously say Zooga Yoga. With outposts in Culver City, WeHo, and the South Bay/Redondo Beach, these kid-centered studios teach both dance and yoga through storytelling, animal imitations and games. There are classes for kids of all ages, plus the classes are ongoing, so you’re welcome to drop-in anytime! There’s really no easier way to find peace and joy in the city.
Insider Tip: Postnatal moms can take yoga and other classes like Baby Booty Barre with their infants in tow.
11054 Washington Blvd.
2206 Artesia Blvd.
8302 Melrose Ave., Suite A
photo: Shahrzad Warkentin
Warrior & Co
Warrior & Co offers an array of classes to accommodate families with kids of all ages. For the preschool set, the Parent and Mini Warrior class combines equal doses of yoga and play: kids are encouraged to practice alongside you but can always opt out and grab a nearby toy. Teachers here help instruct kids into poses with the help of an adorable posable yoga bear. Asanas are kept short to keep kids present and interested. In between poses, little ones will sing songs and pop a few bubbles, all while you’re getting a few stress-relieving forward folds in for yourself.
Bigger kids enjoy Junior Warrior class (ages 5-8) and Tween Warrior (ages 9-14). Both classes incorporate movement with the more meditative aspects of yoga, like breathwork. And while the big kids are getting their Om on, you can work out as well: adult classes of all levels are taught throughout the day.
21015 Oxnard St.
Silver Lake Yoga
Silver Lake Yoga caters to expecting and postnatal moms plus parents with toddlers up to age 3. New moms looking to ease back into their exercise routine will benefit from the stretching and strength-training exercises. Though the classes here focus more on the mothers and parents, toddlers are encouraged to join in on the movements which promote flexibility and fun. Restless toddlers will create a flow all their own as they attempt to mimic their parents’ every move! With almost 70 classes every week, there is something for every family member here.
Insider Tip: Parent and Me class which accommodates both babies and toddlers is currently scheduled for Sundays at 9:30 a.m. which is a great option for working parents looking to bond on the weekend.
2810 Glendale Blvd
photo: Brandy L. via Yelp
For over a decade this family-run community fixture has been inspiring yogis of all ages. Liberation Yoga offers a one-hour family yoga class for ages “4 to infinity!” In this Hatha based class, participants young and old(er) will explore interactive games, standing poses, breathing and relaxation techniques. For little ones ready to dive deeper into their practice, the Toddler Yoga class puts the spotlight on them and give parents the chance to encourage and support their mini yogis as they develop. Visionary story-telling, music, and games are used to inspire kiddos to learn in an entertaining way.
Insider Tip: For parents looking to up their zen game, Liberation offers Reiki and other healing bodywork by appointment.
124 South La Brea
photo: Melissa Heckscher
Happy Baby Yoga
The schedule here is brimming with exciting classes for both you and your kids to try. Happy Baby Yoga offers classes for toddlers that introduces basic yoga concepts in an enchanting way. Little ones too young to focus on the poses will stand at attention in Tadasana (mountain pose) when they hear the “Wheels on the Bus” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Moms in need of a good workout can bring infants along to Mama Cardio Blast. And for older kids, Happy Baby boasts traditional yoga classes, as well as, groovy heart-pumping dance classes.
Insider tip: Does class time conflict with one of your baby’s feedings? Nab a seat on the comfy nursing couch in the room and get back to your flow as soon as baby is full and content. Need some baby-free time to unwind and regroup? Check out hbYOGA nightcap class for adults-only from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., twice a week.
353 Main St.
photo: Georgina O. via Yelp
Two Hearts Yoga
From conception to your child’s 12th birthday, Two Hearts Yoga offers a class for you and your offspring. Round up your entire family and join in on the fun and flow at the Baby and Me/Whole Family yoga class.
During the “MindBody Adventure” class for 4- 12 yr olds, kids “explore their physicality and feelings through movement, sound, and rhythm. In addition to yoga and mindfulness exercises, this class gives developing yogis the opportunity to truly understand and express themselves.” This community studio is on a mission to gently and lovingly support you along the different phases of parenthood. At this Sherman Oaks sanctuary, it’s all about two hearts beating as one.
Insider tip: At Two Hearts, yoga and wellness go hand in hand. Self-care is prized above all else here. And what better way to show yourself a little TLC than with a massage and acupuncture?
4454 Van Nuys Blvd. #216
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