Child’s Pose: 6 Yoga Studios for Little Yogis
The 21st century kid has a busy, noisy life: school, homework, sports, friends and numerous iElectronics mean very little quiet time. What better way to take a break from the noise and bustle of everyday life then to spend time at one of these kid-friendly yoga classes, breathing deeply and stretching little muscles while learning some seriously fun poses? Get them started now and you’ll have a little yogi on your hands by high school!
Limber Yoga – West Seattle
Limber loves kids! And you can tell by the quantity, variety and flexibility of their kids’ yoga classes. From 0-12 (and even in utero), Limber has got the kiddos covered. Their goal is to provide fun postures and games that allow kids to find their own ways of relaxing. They also allow parents to sign up for all or part of most series, taking into account the unpredictable nature of young kiddos. Besides standard kids’ classes, Limber also has a Toddler Open Gym (a yoga workout for you and the kidlets), Family Yoga (namaste for the whole family) and a—wait for it—Childcare room so Mom and Dad can find their inner peace while Limber watches the tots ($5; reservations strongly recommended for these specific classes). Sounds a lot better than trying to do that yoga tape in your living room while your 2-year-old surrounds your yoga mat with toy cars, doesn’t it?
Happy Baby: Limber will be offering fun monthly kids’ workshops throughout the fall and winter. First up – Back to School on September 28 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Future workshops include Halloween, Harvest and Winter Wonderland. Check out their website for more info.Limber Yoga 6019 California Avenue SW Seattle, Wa 98136 206-963-8973 Online: limberyoga.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/LimberYoga Classes: Limber Babies (Newborn-18 months): Mondays, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm – ongoing Limber Babies (Newborn-18 months): Sundays, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm – ongoing Toddler Open Gym (1-4 years with parent): Thursdays, 9:45-11:15am – ongoing Childcare (6 weeks-9 years): Wednesdays, 9:45 am – 11:00 am – ongoing Family Yoga (2-12 years with parent): Sundays, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm – starts September 8 Childcare (6 weeks-9 years): Thursdays, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – starts September 19 Yoga for Kids (4-7 years): Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – starts October 1 Infant Massage (Newborn-precrawling): Third Tuesday of each month – starts October 15
8 Limbs Yoga – Wedgwood, Phinney Ridge, Capitol Hill & West Seattle
With comfortable and accessible studios throughout Seattle, 8 Limbs is able to offer a variety of classes for all age groups and ability levels. The mission for all 8 Limbs kids’ classes is the same as for their adult classes—with a twist. Their goal is to create a supportive, inclusive and non-competitive atmosphere where students can grow in their yoga practice, while making the tots’ classes all about FUN. Less about getting Warrior Pose just right, 8 Limbs’ instructors use games, imagery and music to draw kids into the practice of yoga. Makes us think we started yoga about 20 years too late!
Happy Baby: Practice your Eagle Pose next to The Eagle sculpture! On September 7 & 21 (from 10:30 am – 11:15 am), an 8 Limbs instructor will be leading family-friendly yoga in the Olympic Sculpture Park. The session is for any age, any level, and is free; just bring your own mat. If it’s raining (and let’s face it, with good ol’ Seattle weather, you never know), the class will be moved to the adjacent Pavilion.8 Limbs Yoga Studios Online: 8limbsyoga.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/8LimbsYoga Wedgwood 7345 35th Avenue NE Seattle, Wa 98115 206-523-9722 Online: 8limbsyoga.com/yoga-classes.php?loc=Wedgwood Classes: Tween Yoga (Girls 10-13 years): Sundays, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – starts September 8 Family Yoga (3-11 years with parent): Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – starts September 24 Family Yoga (newborn-5 years with parent): Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 11:45 am – starts September 25 Phinney Ridge 6801 Greenwood Avenue North Seattle, Wa 98103 206-432-9609 Online: 8limbsyoga.com/yoga-classes.php?loc=phinney-ridge Classes:
Kids Yoga (5-9 years old): Mondays, 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm – starts September 23West Seattle 4546 ½ California Avenue SW Seattle, Wa 98116 206-933-9642 Online: 8limbsyoga.com/yoga-classes.php?loc=west-seattle Classes: None currently available for fall Capitol Hill 500 East Pike Street Seattle, Wa 98122 206-325-1511 Online: 8limbsyoga.com/yoga-classes.php?loc=capitol-hill Classes: None currently available for fall
Center Studio – White Center
A resident of the Arbor Heights neighborhood in West Seattle, owner Lonjina Verdugo was working at White Center favorite Proletariat Pizza when she realized the small, tight-knit community needed more than just awesome places to eat, it needed a center for exercise, art and community. With that thought, Center Studio was born. Lonjina believes showing kids the fun side of yoga, with themes like Rainforest and Underwater, allows kids to gradually learn the skills necessary for dealing with the stress and intensity of everyday life as they get older. We parents can certainly relate to (and thank her for) that!
Happy Baby: Center Studio is just a few doors down from Full Tilt Ice Cream’s first store. Ice cream and pinball for the kiddos, beer for you. ‘Nuf said.Center Studio 9611 16th Avenue SW Seattle, Wa 98106 206-708-6080 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: whitecenterstudio.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/whitecenterstudio Classes: Mommy and Me (newborn to walking): Fridays, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm – ongoing Preschool Yoga (3-5 years): Fridays, 10:00 am -11:00 am – starts September 13
LaVida Dance and Yoga – Bellevue
LaVida Dance and Yoga wants yoga to be fun, while teaching kids poses that will help them learn to concentrate and calm their minds and bodies when it’s most needed. La Vida’s kids’ yoga instructor Thereza Howling uses her previous experience as a Montessori Enrichment teacher to bring fun to her classes! She believes that allowing kids to use their imaginations to create their own poses, instead of following a set sequence of postures, helps the Littles find their own understanding of yoga. With the use of music and fun props, each of her classes include breathing techniques, warm up exercises, individual, partner and group poses, games and time for relaxation. We’re relaxed just reading about it!
Happy Baby: LaVida has childcare during their classes! Just call them 12 hours in advance to schedule; $7 per child or $60 for a 10 pack. Unlimited memberships include free childcare, and memberships can be used within a family.LaVida Dance and Yoga 13620 NE 20th Street, Suite G Bellevue, Wa 98005 425-643-LIFE Online: lavidastudio.com Facebook: facebook.com/LaVidaDanceYoga Howling Kids Yoga Thereza Howling Email: email@example.com Online: facebook.com/howlingkidsyoga Classes: Mommy and Me Yoga (2.5-4 years): Saturdays, 9:30 am – 10:30 am – ongoing Kids Yoga (4-6 years): Fridays, 6:15 pm – 7:15pm – ongoing Kids Yoga (7-11 years): Saturdays, 10:30 am – 11:30 am – ongoing
Kid Yoga Fun Club – Redmond
The Kid Yoga Fun Club (KYFC) is an outdoor yoga and activity group for kids. Led by Dana Hein-Skaggs, creator of KYFC, the Kid Yoga Fun Club combines yoga, environmental restoration, educational activities and other outdoor adventures into a fun experience for kiddos of all ages. From studio classes to classes held in city parks and on farms to Snoga in the winter, Ms. Dana believes we can restore our connection with one another, with nature, and with the universe as a whole through the practice of outdoor yoga. One question…can we sign up too?
Happy Baby: You’re probably wondering “What the heck is Snoga?” It’s yoga in the snow, of course! KYFC heads up to one of the nearby mountain passes for asanas in the snow. Check out Ms. Dana’s website for upcoming Snoga adventures this winter.Kid Yoga Fun Club 425-319-2514 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: kidyoga.tumblr.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Kid-Yoga-Fun-Club/112466448818507
Held at Discover Yoga in Redmond
Yoga Together (parent/child, ages 3+): Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm – starts September 19
Kid Yoga (8 & up): Thursdays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – starts September 19
Kid Yoga (3-5 years): Mondays, 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm – starts September 23
Kid Yoga (6-7 years): Mondays, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm – starts September 23
The Ashram Yoga – Kirkland
Located just off 405 on 85th Street, The Ashram has scheduled their kids’ yoga classes to coincide with the weekend adult Hot Power Yoga sessions, so that parents can bring their kids for a family yoga day! Their kids’ classes include games, stretching, breathing work and music, while teaching basic yoga postures (asanas) to supply kids with tools to deal with their growing bodies and the stress of everyday life. Older kiddos are also welcome to take the hot yoga classes offered. And they must be doing something right–The Ashram had an 11-year-old who graduated from their teacher training last year. Sounds like this is the place to send your future yoga guru!
Did we miss your kiddo’s favorite yoga studio? Let us know in a comment below!
Photo credits: Limber Yoga Facebook page, Julia Bobrov/Kid Yoga Fun Club Facebook page, 8 Limbs Yoga Facebook page, Center Studio, Thereza Howling, Julia Bobrov/Kid Yoga Fun Club Facebook page, The Ashram Yoga