There’s plenty to love about exposing kids to yoga, from how it helps them build strength and flexibility to how it teaches them about the balance of body, mind and spirit. We’ve discovered 6 local spots where little ones can channel their inner yogi in super-fun, age-appropriate classes. (Before you know it, their downward dog will be better than yours.)
Kids Yoga at 5Focus
This weekly morning class blends games, storytelling and yoga poses to help kids build body awareness, strength and coordination, while also inspiring them to exercise and breathe. Saturdays, 10 am, South Lake Union, $14 + tax per child, ages 3 to 10. Read more.
Kids Yoga Class at Bikram Yoga at the SweatBox
An hour long intro-to-yoga class teaches kids the general yoga philosophy, lets them practice yoga postures and play yoga-inspired games. Capitol Hill; Shoreline, check website for schedules. $10 per child, ages 5 to 8. Read more.
Kids Yoga at The Ashram
This Kirkland-based studio offers hot vinyasa yoga for adults, but on several days a week, kids can take a simultaneous yoga class that includes games, animal postures, stores and snacks. (And no worries, the room’s temperature is kept cooler than traditional Bikram class!) Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 1 pm; Kirkland, prices vary. Read more.
Kids Yoga at Orange Blossom Society (pictured)
The folks at OBS offer several types of yoga classes. Kid Yoga is for ages 3 and up and includes stretching and strengthening exercises, plus imaginative thinking. Kids Yoga + Art is for ages 3 to 10 and is a yoga class, followed by art class where students draw pics inspired by their yoga experience. Kid Yoga + Movement is for ages 8 to 12 and combines yoga postures with other forms of movement such as modern dance, ballet and improvisation. And Family Yoga bring the benefits of asana and yoga poses to all ages. Tues. through Saturday, Times and Prices vary, Redmond. Read more.
Certified instructor Anna Starikov offers Baby, Tot and Tyke Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes at Yoga Studio Be in Kirkland and Orange Blossom Society in Redmond. Baby classes are for newborn to crawling and contain unique yoga postures designed to support baby’s development. Tot classes are for crawling to 24 months and offer tot-centric poses that encourage and support physical exploration. Tyke classes are for 2 to 4 and half and teach kids yoga through social interaction, repetition and play. FYI: Summer Session registration will soon be underway. Yoga Studio Be, Kirkland, Thursdays (for 5 weeks) starting July 7. Tot Itsy Bitsy Yoga: 10:00 to 10:45 am. Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga: 11:00 am to noon. $75 per child/caregiver pair. Read more.
Yoga, Art and Movement Camp at Limber Yoga
West Seattle yoga studio Limber Yoga offers a fun camp that includes yoga postures, breath exercises, dance, martial arts, park adventures, and storybook making. Aug. 8 to 11 for ages 4 to 6; Aug 22 to 25 for ages 7 to 11. 9 am to 1 pm, $165 per week (before June 30), West Seattle. Read more.