Let’s face it: life for kids in this town can be quite the whirlwind. From jammed-packed schedules to competitive preschool admissions, the noise and bustle of New York City isn’t for the faint-hearted. Enter Monkey Do! Yoga, a new Gowanus studio that caters to busy NYC tykes who are yearning to stretch their little muscles and get their Ohm on. Whether you want to introduce your tot to some fun new poses or turn your weekly yoga class into a family affair, Monkey Do! is worth the trip. Here’s the scoop:
If you live in Park Slope or BoCoCa, you’re in luck. The studio is centrally located on 3rd Avenue between President and Carroll. Owner Marni Sandler opened the space in early December and has already developed a loyal clientele of young yogis. This studio was built for kids and those who have them: visitors will find brightly-painted walls and fun props to please the younger set, and stroller parking and a diaper-changing station the adults will appreciate. The Monkey Do! space also features a backyard, where events and outdoor classes will be held during warm months.
What are the classes like?
Unlike other studios that host one or two kids classes per week, Monkey Do!’s lineup of programs is focused on young yogis of all ages. Group classes offered here allow kids ages 3-5, 4-7, 8 and up, and teens to practice fun postures and deep breathing with their peers. Other classes are more specialized, such as movement-infused singalong sessions or the Girls Are Superheroes class, in which gals ages 7 and up get to experience the art of “flying” on the mat, as well as going sideways and upside down. (The latter is designed to encourage focus and independence and is a nice complement to Monkey Do!’s Boys Do Yoga class, which caters to lads of the same age.) For the cooped-up little ones who need to run off the squirmy wormies, the studio offers open play on Mondays and Fridays.
Drop-offs and Date Nights
Want to make a Whole Foods run sans child? Grab a quick bite at one of the many new restaurants popping up in Gowanus? Go on a much-needed date night? Monkey Do! also offers several drop-off classes, so the pipsqueak can work on her Cat-Cow while you take a breather. In addition to drop-off classes, the studio holds Friday night workshops for kids, which give parents a chance to go out without the brood tagging along.
Adult Yoga, Special Events & Birthdays
Although the studio caters to kids, you’ll also find plenty of classes for adults, such as family yoga, as well as prenatal and postnatal sessions. Additionally, the studio holds special events each month for all ages, including postnatal support groups, teen workshops, mindfulness and meditation sessions and kids nutrition seminars.
The space also throws birthday parties that take the stress out of planning; leave it to them to set up all of the essentials, including games, food and favors so that you can relax and enjoy. The studio’s Yoga Party package includes up to 10 children and use of the space for 1.5 hours for $475, as well as party staff and yoga teacher, yoga session (let the kiddo choose the theme!), pizza, cake, decorations and more. To take it up a notch, opt for the Super Yogi Party package for $750, which offers all of the highlights from the standard package, plus use of the space for 2 hours, a Design-your-own Mat” craft and favor, Custom Evite and managed RSVPs.
Monkey Do! Money
Thinking about making Monkey Do! your new go-to yoga studio? The monthly memberships are quite reasonable and include unlimited classes. An individual membership for yourself or the little one is $150 per month; family memberships are $250. For those who aren’t ready to commit to a membership, drop-in pricing and multi-packs are available. Bonus: The studio offers easy online booking so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of calling in advance.
Monkey Do! Yoga
279 3rd Ave. (between President and Carroll)
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–Michelle McIvor Cohen