Get Zen: 8 Yoga Studios for Kids and Families
City life can take a toll on even the youngest yogis at heart. Help your kids unwind from the hustle and bustle of daily activities with a calming, centering, and stimulating session of yoga. Here are 8 classes in Los Angeles that will put some Zen back into your family’s hectic schedule.
Golden Bridge LA
This Mecca for yoga devotees offers two amazing children’s yoga classes for kids ages 3-5 and 6-12. Animal- and nature- themed games and yoga postures and dance and songs are at the heart of these classes designed to help kids express their “unique physical, emotional, mental and spiritual gifts.” Teamwork is highlighted through partner poses and group meditations, and kids even name and teach their own yoga poses to the class to develop leadership skills and confidence.
Life Moves Through
Laura Fuller teaches a weekly class on Thursdays at the reDiscover center just for kids and families. Classes are organized by age group, and kids as young as 4 years old are welcome to pull up a mat and strike a pose.
Zooga isn’t like many yoga centers in that all of their classes are designed specifically for kids. Little yogis will learn how to hold yoga poses through storytelling, animal imitations, and games. New moms can stop by too–there’s a Happy Babies class (ages 6 weeks to crawlers) that incorporate yoga poses with exercises to help strengthen muscles, aid digestion, and promote better sleep. After you’ve finish your Zooga class, lie down for your own yoga nap, which teachers pass around scented eye pillows and lead kids on a guided meditation.
Ra Ma Yoga Institute
This studio and community is dedicated to the practice of Kundalini yoga and meditation. Since Kundalini is heavy on dynamic movement, chanting and singing, it’s an excellent fit for little ones, and Ra Ma offers Aquarian Family Yoga (as well as Pre/Postnatal classes) several times a week so the whole family, from infant to adult, can practice yoga and dance together, nurturing bodies and spirits while connecting to each other.
Most yoga studios offer baby and me classes, but as your child gets older, it’s harder to find classes that accommodate both of you. Silverlake Yoga is a great option because they have a baby & me class and a toddler & me class on their schedule. Mom, baby and even partners are welcome to the baby and me yoga session, which focuses on easing mom back into her body with flexibility and strength-training exercises. And the toddler and me class, for walkers up to age 3, also focuses on mom, but invites toddlers to imitate and join in on the exercising, stretching and fun.
No need to find a babysitter for your preschooler in order to squeeze exercise into you and your partner’s schedule — how liberating! Liberation Yoga offers a one-hour family Hatha yoga class for ages “4 to infinity.” Entertaining, interactive games, standing poses, breathing and relaxation techniques and sun salutations will keep the whole family engaged, healthy and flexible!
Family Yoga Tree
How many parents do you know that wish they had enough time to get a workout in but can’t because they are stuck watching the kiddos? At Family Yoga Tree, your little ones can pull up a mat right alongside yours and practice their own poses while you channel some of that much needed energy back into your life. Held in the back of Dragonfly Dulou, yoga classes can be held in a group setting or by private instruction.
Mini Yogis is primarily a mobile yoga studio which travels to homes, camps and schools to teach yoga, but the kid’s yoga classes are also taught on a drop-in basis at UCLA Family Commons in Santa Monica. Parent and me classes for ages 0-3 and 1-4, as well as children’s classes for ages 3-6 and 4-10, are inspiring and invigorating for attendees of any age. Moms and dads are always free of charge if they wish to join their child in a yoga class.
Where’s your family’s favorite spot to take yoga classes? If you’ve got a suggestion for our list leave us a comment below.
— Beth Shea