Does cabin fever have you looking for some inner peace? If you’ve exhausted your Pinterest board of indoor activities, it’s time to turn to Buddha for help. Exercise your kiddo’s body and mind with a kid’s yoga class. From babies to school-age, the city offers a variety of yoga experiences to stretch, bend and flip your little yogi. Plus, at some studios, you can take advantage of simultaneous kid and adult classes so you can both get your fair share of enlightenment. Now, go find your Zen!
Karma Kids offers a daily selection of yoga classes incorporating games, music, art and storytelling. Start them young with Mom & Baby Yoga (6 weeks to new walkers) where mom can tighten her core while learning beneficial exercises to aid in sleep, digestion and muscle building for baby. The Parent & Child class (strong walkers to 3 years) teaches yoga through imitation of animals and nature. Toddlers will bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and flutter their wings in butterfly. For school-age yogis, Karma offers kids-only yoga classes and special events like Pajama Glow-in-the-Dark yoga, Dinosaur yoga, Super Hero yoga, and Circus yoga.
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99 University St., Union Square
Enlighten your Thursday afternoon with this playful and imaginative drop-off kids class (5-8 years). Your kiddos will love expressing themselves with the “name game” where they do a little dance, yell out their name and strike a yoga pose. Then, let them conquer their fears in the L-dog pose (a handstand with feet pressed into the wall and hands on the floor). Class ends with a relaxation savasana including foot and hand rubs. Don’t be jealous, you can find your own enlightenment shopping around Union Square. The studio also offers a postnatal yoga class for new moms and babies to find their ultimate zen together.
163 Bleecker St., 2nd Fl., Greenwich Village
This studio specializes in strength, spirit, and self-esteem for kids and caretakers. Drop-off your little yogi in the kids program offered for ages 3-7 years on Monday and ages 8-12 years on Wednesday and YOU can drop-in on the adult afternoon-express, a one hour Vinyasa class. The 45-minute kids class teaches yoga poses along with stories and art. Can you say namaste!?
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1018 Lexington Ave., 2nd Fl., Upper East Side
And locations on the Upper West Side and Long Island
Explore the largest kids-only studio on the Upper East Side where classes are offered for all ages starting with postnatal and mom and baby sessions on up to toddlers, children and tweens. All family members and care-takers are welcome – that’s right, let your mother-in-law sweat it out for a while. But if you’re ready for your own work-out, try the Bye Bye Bump Yoga class for mom and crawlers. The class offers parents the opportunity to experience a vigorous, core-focused yoga class for themselves while their baby beans are nearby being entertained by a caring, professional babysitter.
Many locations city-wide
Lil Yogi’s classes are offered all over Manhattan from Washington Heights and Midtown West to Kips Bay and SoHo. Just pick your closest neighborhood location and roll out a mat. Like a side of fresh air with your sun salutations? Beginning in April, yoga playgroups will be offered in three locations around Central Park. Or create your own yoga playgroup with friends where they bring the yoga to you at your apartment or kid-friendly play space. Classes are offered for all ages including a special-needs program. How’s that for full-service karma?
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44 West 125th St., 3rd Fl., Harlem
Take advantage of the family-friendly schedule at Harlem Yoga where all kid’s classes are offered at the same time as adult classes. Connect with other Harlem moms in the postnatal class for you to take along with your newborn to crawler, or entertain your toddlers in the Family Yoga class with games and music. Meanwhile, Kids Yoga (4-7 years) allows students to teach fun poses to each other and work in partners or groups. Or Kids Yoga and Art (7-10 years) reinforces the yoga lessons learned with an art project. Even better, sign up for a 10-pack of classes for a discounted rate and thank the yoga gods!
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22-56 31st St., Astoria
Since 2001, this yoga studio has been supporting local families in the community with family yoga programs. Classes are available for parents and babies (6 weeks to walkers) or parents and toddlers (walkers to 4 years). Take advantage of Baby/Toddler Playtime on Tuesdays where the munchkins can run, dance, play, and bounce on a blowup bouncy castle and you can chat up other parents. The Giving Tree also hosts kids yoga birthday parties with themes ranging from the dark jungle to the wild west. Yee-haw!
708 Sackett St., Park Slope
The strength of a wise tree, the confidence of a lion, the grace of the wind, the speed of the F train – toddlers and kids learn yoga through imaginative play at this Brooklyn yoga spot. Classes are offered Tuesday – Saturdays and range from postnatal (mom and baby) and Tots Yoga (walkers – 3 years) to Little Yogis (3-5 and 6-8 years). Plus, the Little Yogis class occurs simultaneously with a 60-minute open-level adult yoga class, so you can inhale and exhale in peace. Ahhh…
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Terrace Dance Studio, 273 Prospect Park West, Windsor Terrace, & Little Nest Preschool, 511 Church Ave., Kensington
Explore a Storytime Yoga class with puppets, animal poses, the alphabet and your favorite stories in this drop-in Park Slope parent and tot class (ages 1-5). What’s in it for you? Each class begins and ends with a simple restorative yoga practice for parents while a supervised play area is provided for the little yogis. The class is based on a sliding price scale – pay what you can. Now that’s good karma!
900 Fulton St., Clinton Hill
This preschool and activity center teaches Saturday yoga classes for kids ages 0-3 with a parent and 4-8 years (among a variety of other classes). Drop-in for a trial or sign up for a 12-week session. Let your little yogis laugh, sing and sweat through yoga poses, breathing activities, guided meditation, story time, bubbles, music, games and more. Say good-bye to boring weekends!
85 N 3rd St., Williamsburg
A Kula Kids class (3-8 years) looks like this: You take a kula hour class in one room, while your kid gets their yoga on right next door. (Or you drop your kid off for class and go home and take a nap.) Afterwards everyone enjoys at least 10 minutes of peace together before the yoga high wears off. No yoga class is complete without a sparkly lotion savasana and stickers. Then super wise little yogis leave with a piece of calm as they enter back into the chaos of the New York City streets.
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795 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights
This Young Yogis class is free. Free! Though donations are welcome at this class for ages 6-12 years on Friday afternoons. Let your kid socialize with other Crown Heights kids in a safe space while they explore their minds and strengthen their bodies. Did you know, yoga helps young people practice concentration, relaxation, self-esteem, flexibility, and coordination? What’s not to like about that?!
5000 Broadway, Inwood
Bread and Yoga offers a special after-school yoga program (along with a variety of other fitness and art classes) to local elementary school students in grades K-2 and 3-5. Along with teaching kids about health and having fun, they offer pick-up from school and include a snack! For the newbie parents, meet other moms in the community while practicing infant massage, meditation, and relaxation techniques in the Mom and Baby yoga (6 weeks – walkers). Ommmm.
3045 Buhre Ave., Pelham Bay
In this Bronx Kids Yoga class (5-12 years) held on Friday and Saturday, students practice basic vinyasa yoga poses to improve their strength, flexibility and coordination. Stories and games such as “guess the yoga pose”, keep the yogis coming back for more. The Mommy and Me class (2-4 years) gives mini tots the chance to socialize and practice non-competitive play.
Where does your little yogi practice poses in the city?