Do you and your crew need to calm down and find your center? Yoga isn’t just for grownups – it has lots of great benefits for little yogis’ physical and mental well beings. It increases flexibility, strength and coordination, helps kids relax and focus and does wonders for their self-confidence. And did we mention yoga is fun? Read on for a list of our favorite places in the city and on the Eastside where the whole fam can practice their downward dog.
photo: Next Generation Yoga
Kula Movement – Ballard
Ballard’s Kula Movement covers all the kid years—from prenatal through teen. Relax with yoga while you’re expecting, then join a gentle mom and baby class when your little one is just two weeks old. Once your tyke is toddling around the yoga mats, it’s time for Next Generation Yoga—a great program that promotes love for one’s self, inside and out. Your family may also want to have a go at Family Jam Yoga; it’s open to all ages and is a chance for families to practice yoga together in a welcoming environment.
5340 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Classes: Prenatal, Mom & Baby (2 weeks to early walkers), Next Generation Kids (ages 3-10), Next Generation Tween (ages 11-13) and Family Jam (all ages)
Cost: $50/New Student 5-Class Pass; $85/5-Class Pass; $150/10-Class Pass. Monthly and annual passes available.
photo: 8 Limbs Yoga Centers
8 Limbs Yoga Centers – Phinney Ridge, Wedgwood, Capitol Hill & West Seattle
Games, music, storytelling and art are integrated into Kids Yoga (for grades K-2) at 8 Limbs’ Phinney Ridge studio. Little yogis will learn kid-style asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing) in a playful, supportive and safe environment. 8 Limbs also offers Family Yoga and Tween Yoga at its Wedgwood studio. You and your little ones will learn poses, breathing exercises, mediation and relaxation techniques in a fun family workshop. Plus, girls ages 10-13 can take part in Tween Yoga, where they’ll learn techniques for self-awareness and inner peace; helping them deal with their increasingly busy tween-age lives.
8 Limbs Yoga Center – Phinney Ridge
6801 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Kids Yoga (grades K-2). View schedule online.
Cost: $60/4-week series (parents can drop-off)
8 Limbs Yoga Center – Wedgwood
7345 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
Family Yoga Workshop (ages 3-7). View schedule online.
Cost: $20/Adult & Child; $15 per additional child
Tween Yoga (girls ages 10-13)
Cost: $60/4-week series; $25/additional sibling (parents can drop-off)
8 Limbs Yoga Center – West Seattle
4546 1/2 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98116
Pre/Postnatal Yoga. This mixed class is open to moms, moms-to-be and newborns. Classes embrace the perinatal journey from pregnancy through motherhood.
Cost: Prices vary; call for details.
8 Limbs Yoga Center – Capitol Hill
500 E. Pike St.
Seattle, Wa 98122
Postnatal Yoga. This Hatha-style class works gently to regain abdominal tone and body strength while addressing pain in the shoulders, back and pelvis. Dads and newborns are welcome.
Cost: Prices vary; call for details.
Prenatal Yoga. Practice the art of relaxation through breath awareness, reduce physical tension and safely prepare for labor. Classes are ongoing and may be started at anytime.
Cost: Prices vary; call for details.
Limber Yoga – West Seattle
Parents can share yoga with their children or take time to unwind sans kids. Psst! Limber Yoga offers childcare during grownup yoga classes! There’s Family Yoga classes and a super-fun Toddler Open Gym. During Family Yoga, you’ll learn yoga postures, breath awareness and creative play through movement and relaxation. Toddler Open Gym gives tykes a place to run, jump, stretch, breathe and meet new friends and is also a great place for mom and dad to recharge and chat with other parents. Limber Yoga offers an extensive program of pre and postnatal classes as well including Couples Yoga for Labor, Hypno-Yoga Birth Series and Limber Babies. See their website for more details.
6019 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98136
Family Yoga (ages 2-12)
Cost: $20/class or $10/visit with a New Student Special Pass
Toddler Open Gym (ages 1-4)
Cost: $8/class or $5 per visit with a 10 Toddler Open Gym/Childcare Visits Pass
Cost: $8/class or $5/visit with a 10 Toddler Open Gym/Childcare Visits Pass
Yogalife – Queen Anne & Green Lake
Yogalife offers Next Generation Yoga for ages 10-14 at their Queen Anne studio. Teacher Megan Olsen combines the structure of an adult yoga class (meditation, yoga poses and breathing) with age-appropriate themed classes that weave in education about nature, anatomy and connection with feelings. Growing tweens and teens will gain a deeper understanding of the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga. Psst… Yogalife hopes to add Family Yoga soon, so keep an eye on their schedule.
Yogalife – Queen Anne
8 Boston St. Ste. 11
Seattle, Wa 98109
Next Generation Yoga (ages 10-14)
Cost: $84/6-class pass
Yogalife – Green Lake
7200 Woodlawn Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
photo: Papermoons via flickr
Yoga on Beacon – Beacon Hill
Yoga on Beacon, aka YoBe, offers Next Generation Yoga for kids and families. Kids will learn playful poses, animated breathing and relaxation techniques in a fun, creative setting. Next Generation Family Yoga workshops are a chance for the whole fam to be yogis together, in a lighthearted, laughter-filled environment. Family Yoga themes include Lunar New Year Adventure, Rainbows & Chakras and Summer Solstice. Yoga on Beacon aspires to fill the world with happy, loving, peaceful little yogis. A win-win in our book.
Yoga on Beacon
303 Beacon Ave. S., Suite A.
Seattle, Wa 98144
Next Generation Yoga for Kids (ages 3-10)
Cost: $110/10-week session; $14/drop-in class (if space is available)
Next Generation Yoga for Families (ages 2-12)
Cost: $20/Family of two with pre-registration; $25/Family of two with drop-in; $5/each additional family member
Times: First Saturday of the month from 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
photo: The Ashram
The Ashram – Kirkland & Bellevue
Storytelling and interactive games are all part of The Ashram’s fun and creative approach to Kid Yoga offered at their Kirkland studio. Kids learn stretching, yoga postures, breathing and visualization techniques. Plus, each class has a theme, so kids get to learn about animals, nature and stories of courage, compassion, caring and giving along with their yoga.
The Ashram – Kirkland
12637 N.E. 85th St.
Kirkland, Wa 98033
Kid Yoga (ages 4-12)
Cost: $12/drop-in class or $7.25/class with purchase of a class pack
photo: Be One Yoga Facebook page
Be One Yoga Studio – Kirkland
Kids learn Next Generation Yoga; giving them a greater sense of body awareness and interpersonal skills through balancing poses, breathing exercises and cooperative games. Be One Yoga aims to spark a child’s inner yogini by mixing in music, crafts, picture books, puppets and more. They also partner with Blossoming Yogis to offer prenatal yoga and Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes for babies, tots and tykes.
Good to Know: Be One Yoga offers kids’ classes at the same time as grownup classes, so you can enjoy the peace and calm of yoga while your kids enjoy their own experience.
Be One Yoga Studio
11220 NE 124th St., Ste. 101
Kirkland, Wa 98034
Next Generation Yoga (ages 3-13)
Cost: $15/drop-in class; $12.50/class with purchase of a class card (parents can drop-off)
Itsy Bitsy Yoga
Cost: $64/4 classes for adult and child; $32/additional child
photo: Discover Yoga Facebook page
Discover Yoga – Redmond
Discover Yoga teaches yogic principles to kids in a fun and engaging way. This Redmond studio offers Yoga for Pregnancy, Infant and Me Yoga, Kid Yoga, Yoga Dance and Tween and Teen Yoga. Discover Yoga also aims to help children see the connection they share with each other, with the planet and with the universe as a whole.
15744 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Wa 98052
Yoga for Pregnancy and Infant and Me Yoga (partners are welcome)
Cost: $20/2-class pass for new students; $80/5-class pass; $150/10-class pass; $270/20-class pass. Monthly and annual passes also available.
Kid Yoga (ages 3-5)
Cost: $14/drop-in; $45/4-class series
Yoga Dance (ages 6-9)
Cost: $15/drop-in; $50/4-class series
Tween and Teen Yoga
Cost: $16/drop-in class; $55/4-class series
photo: Julia Bobrov
Kid Yoga Fun Club – Redmond
Dana Dalassuji, creator of Kid Yoga Fun Club, believes we can restore our connection with nature through the practice of outdoor yoga. Dana combines yoga, environmental restoration, educational activities and other outdoor adventures into a fun experience for little yogis of all ages. KYFC classes are held in city parks and farms and venture up to the mountains in the winter for SNOGA (that’s yoga in the snow!). Classes include Family Yoga, Meditation and Yoga and Yoga Dance. KYFC also offers yoga and climbing (a great way to stretch and learn body awareness) at Vertical World’s indoor climbing center.
Good to Know: You’ll also find Dana Dalassuji teaching Kid Yoga at Discover Yoga.
Kid Yoga Fun Club
Redmond Parks and Farms
Did we miss your family’s favorite yoga studio? Let us know in the Comments below!
— Helen Walker Green