Family life is busy and full, so adding a little Zen with kids yoga classes is a welcome fitness avenue. From learning the art of yoga poses and meditation to improving self-esteem and encouraging mindfulness, we’ve found 11 San Diego studios that sprinkle some “Om” into your norm. Read on to find where you and your young yogis can learn to Namaste today.

photo: Buddhi Yoga

Buddhi Yoga

Keep calm and carry Om at this bright and airy studio located above Lululemon in La Jolla. Buddhi Yoga offers a wide range of classes for the whole family. The Kids Yoga class is dedicated to children age 3-7 while Tween Yoga is offered to the older set. The younger kids learn breathing and relaxation techniques by using their imaginations to help them move from one pose to another. Older students learn techniques that teach mindfulness and resilience. Both classes focus on tuning into the body to improve self-esteem.

7843 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Online: buddhiyogalj.com

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Namaste Fitness

Littles or Kids? There are two different classes for Littles (ages 4-7) or Kids (ages 8-12) that include poses, games and animal sounds to make it fun for everyone. Even more, if you have a baby in tow, you can opt for the Baby and Me Yoga. There are also many different types of classes for grown-ups––and there's childcare too.

2015 Birch Rd.
Chula Vista, CA 91915
Online: namastefitness.com

Mello Yoga

Drop-off your little yogi (ages 3-9) at the 45-minute My Kids class and let him/her learn basic poses, breathing and play yoga games. What's more, there are tons of community events to do with the family, for you (and teenagers too). You can choose from several experienced teachers and many different classes. You can even take a family class too.

12234 Poway Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
Online: melloyoga.org

Hapa Yoga

Kids learn so much more than postures at Hapa Yoga. They learn how to stay focused and how to better handle stress through breathing. The class consists of 45 minutes of yoga and 15 minutes of free play, which includes singing, tumbling and interactive activities. You'll find many options for both adult and half-pint yoga classes. Even more, if your kiddo wants to play instead, they have childcare available ($12 for 90 minutes) seven days a week!

Mission Valley Studio
4242 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108

Eastlake Studio
2334 Proctor Valley Rd., #101
Chula Vista, CA 91914
Online: hapayoga.com

photo: Natiya Guin Photography for If I Was a Bird Yoga

If I Was a Bird Yoga

Every pose is a child's pose at If I Was A Bird Yoga. The great thing about this studio is that it's solely focused on kids' yoga, so all classes are created with the purpose of supporting child development. Teachers take kiddos on an imaginative journey with a series of movements designed to capture a young yogis' interest and attention. Creative props and even an educational craft, which ties into the class theme, are all part of the fun.

Flower Hill Promenade Studio
2670 Via De La Valle, #A-125
Del Mar, CA 92104

Liberty Station Studio
2590 Truxtun Road
San Diego, CA 92106
Online: ifiwasabirdyoga.com

photo: Trilogy Sanctuary Yoga

Trilogy Sanctuary Yoga

Taking yoga and the mind-body connection to a whole new level is Trilogy Sanctuary located in La Jolla. This gorgeous space offers a number of classes catering to kids ages 4-12. One of their specialties is aerial yoga, which features the use of silks suspended from the ceiling to give your child the feeling of safe weightless flight. On your way out be sure to stop in their organic, gluten-free, vegan restaurant so you get the full experience of what this holistic gem has to offer.

7650 Girard Ave., Ste. 410
La Jolla, CA 92037
Online: trilogysanctuary.com

Namaste Today

With a mission like breathe, bend, balance, and focus, these yoga classes are perfect for elementary students in San Diego or the South Bay. The best part is your little yogi can take the class on campus after school. See if your school is offering classes, or request one today.

San Diego, CA 92101
Online: namastetodaysandiego.com

photo: Peace, Love and Yoga

Peace, Love and Yoga

With a motto like PLAY, blossoming yogis have fun learning playful yoga poses, animated breathing exercises, and imaginative relaxing games in the Kids Yoga (ages 3-7). This class is geared toward stimulating a younger kid's curiosity and is sprinkled with music, craft, picture books, and fun (age-appropriate) props. Even more, bigger kids can take classes that help enhance maturing bodies' emotional balance, preteens' physical strength, and self-confidence in the Tween Yoga class (ages 9-12 years). Classes emphasize traditional yoga poses, flowing sequences, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, and meditation techniques as well as reflection. Also, it's cool that you can take hot yoga (or another class) at the same time as your kid!

2599 El Camino Real, Ste. O
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Online: peaceloveandyoga.com

Kids Yoga Zone

If you live in North County San Diego and would like to host a yoga party (ages 6-15) or take a private class with a few other friends, then Kids Yoga Zone is your place. Kiddos will be engaged while practicing poses and trying strength exercises. 

Encinitas, CA 92007
760-846-6571
Online: kidsyogazone.com

photo: Yoga Rascals

Yoga Rascals

Yoga Rascals has been enhancing kids lives through yoga for the last decade. Offering a wide variety of classes at locations throughout San Diego County, it has earned a stellar reputation and many accolades. Yoga Rascals also offers a summer camp at the La Mesa Community Center, where mini yogis embark on a different yoga adventure every day. Kids will love to take on their favorite animal poses as they stretch like cats, jump like frogs and fly like eagles. Most importantly, students learn that by using their own breath they can learn to relax, feel calm and remain peaceful.

Locations Vary
619-865-9506
Online: yogarascals.com 

photo: Next Generation

Next Generation

Next Generation Yoga teachers demonstrate and engage kids in developmentally appropriate yoga poses, breathing exercises, chanting, meditation and relaxation techniques. The kids and family yoga classes emphasize lessons in creativity, self-acceptance, interpersonal skills, positive thinking, personal and environmental awareness and fun. Next Generation Yoga offers family classes, as well as classes for little yogis ages 1 to 10. Classes are offered throughout San Diego County and prices vary by class and location.

866-NGY-YOGA
Online: nextgenerationyoga.com

Featured photo: Namaste Fitness via Yelp

–Aimee Della Bitta and Nikki Walsh

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