I have purposely tried to NOT over-schedule my children’s days this year. It’s my son’s first year of all-day education and I knew he would be worn out. And quite frankly, I don’t always enjoy driving two kids to different places every night of the week. But I realized one important thing over the holiday break: my children are stressed out.
Case in point? Getting out of the door in the morning. “Hurry up and eat. No you can’t wear a tank-top — it’s winter. Brush your teeth; longer, but hurry up! Where is your homework??WE ARE GOING TO BE LATE!” And I can only imagine what it does to their cute little brains.
But over our winter break, life was peaceful. We all got up when we wanted. We chilled out watching Christmas movies, we baked and assembled tons of legos. We ate our breakfast slowly and got to actually enjoy it! Our days were slow, unplanned, and happier.
As parents, much of our day is completely filled. We have work, school pickups, after school activities, the after after school activities. Oh wait, and dinner… what are we eating for dinner? So naturally, our stress can spill over to our children.
Yoga is one way my children can help manage their stress. I personally just spent 2015 grounding myself through breathing and building my self-confidence through challenging stretches,; why didn’t I think to try this with my children earlier? (Well, maybe because there wasn’t time…).
In the spirit of helping our kids ground themselves this year, here is a round-up of kids yoga classes in Baltimore to try. Hoping it brings your whole family a little namaste!
kids yoga classes in baltimore
Ages 6-16 ⎟ Green Spring Station, Lutherville ⎟ Website ⎟ (410) 878.7400
Wee Chic offers yoga and zumba once a month in their studio. Classes are $5 and 100% goes to the instructors. Instructors are all local — many from Charm City Yoga. They rotate but include Annie Truax, Erica Chesnick and Bethany Britton. The next yoga for kids class is January 23rd. Yoga, Mom and Me Zumba, and Barre classes are offered on rotation each week. Check the website for schedule.
Yankee Doodle Art Studio
Ages 5-14 ⎟ Shawan Plaza, Hunt Valley ⎟ Website ⎟ 410-229-9905
Join Yankee Doodle for a Yoga and Craft Event on January 17th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm! Children ages 5-14 will enjoy a yoga class and then create a speciality craft! $30 per child, payment is due at time of registration and preregistration is required. The yoga is geared towards children but adults are welcome to participate as well! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-229-9905 to reserve your spot today!
Yoga on York
Ages 1-12 ⎟ Towson ⎟ Website⎟ (443) 600-1305
Together with Toddler
Saturdays from 11:00-11:45 am running from January 16-February 13th
This class is designed for toddlers ages 1-4 along with a caregiver. They focus on gross motor skills, basic breathing, cognitive development, and, of course, fun! There is music and storytelling, and the toddlers learn basic yoga poses through games and activities. $65 per toddler for the workshop, so additional adults are welcome to attend at no extra cost! *There is also a Together with Toddler on Mondays , from 9:30-10:15 am. The cost is $15 drop in (parent and tot).
Yoga for Kids Ages 5-8
Sundays, from 11:00-11:45 am running from January 17th-February 14th
This is an opportunity for children to explore their own yoga practice through songs, games and creative movement. Students will begin to answer the question “What is Yoga?” as they learn the basics of postures and breath. This class is appropriate for children who are new to yoga, as well as to those who are continuing their practice. $50 for the workshop.
Yoga workshops for 9-12 yr olds
Sundays 12:00-12:45pm running from January 17th-February 14th
Children will learn yoga poses to develop strength, flexibility, focus, concentration, self-esteem and how to breath and relax while respecting themselves and others. Students will also start to explore some basic yogic philosophies. $50 for the workshop and is appropriate for new and returning students.
Baltimore Yoga Village (Mt. Washington at Lake Falls Village Center)
Ages 5-16 ⎟ Mt. Washington ⎟ Website ⎟ 410-377-4800
Kids Yoga for Ages 5-11
Mondays, Jan 11-Feb 29 at 4:45-5:45 pm
This class is built on the foundation that children deserve the benefits of yoga just as much as adults! Through traditional postures, games, breathing techniques and relaxation practices children will experience fun, challenges, and joy, while increasing their self-esteem and decreasing their stress. $96 for 8 weeks, $20 to drop in.
Teen Girl Yoga Squad with Maura Roth-Gormley
4:30-5:30, Falls Road location, Tuesdays, Jan 12-Feb 16th
Yoga is good for every BODY and every mind. Learning to stretch, strengthen, and tone simultaneously is great for the muscles, joints, and even the internal organs. Most importantly, yoga teaches meditative breathing, relaxation, and focus during times of challenge. You learn to enjoy challenge, stretch the mind into new shapes and possibilities, and relax on command! Whether you are an athlete, an artist, an academic, or a unique mixture of the three, yoga skills are useful in all life situations. Dedicated students are welcome! Bring an open mind. $80 for six weeks if registered by Jan 5, $90 thereafter, $20 to drop in.
Baltimore Yoga Village also offers Mommy and Baby Yoga starting in February.
Ages 3-5 ⎟ Locust Point ⎟ Website ⎟ 443.873.7902
Little Warriors Mommy and Me Yoga
Starts Sunday Jan 17, 2016, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Practice along side of your little yogi or yogini with this 4 week series where your child will be learning yoga postures through story telling and game playing. In each 45 minute class, your child will practice listening and motor skills while discovering new ways to move and connect to his or her body. $60 for 4 weeks (1 parent & 1 child).
Sunlight and Yoga
TBD ⎟ Woodberry⎟ Website ⎟ (443) 597-7217
Kids Yoga is coming to Sunlight and Yoga in February. $80 for a six week program. Check their website at the end of January for a schedule.
Ages 6 mos + ⎟ Harford County⎟ Website ⎟ (410) 459-8111
Mama Bear Yoga was founded in 2015 by Erin Leach (a mom, yogi, and Harford County native) to fill a need she saw in the community. They offer classes for 6 months and older — including family yoga and a fun class called Namas-Neigh (yes – yoga and working with horses). Classes happen throughout various locations in Harford County. Check the website for their schedule/registration.
Ages 2-12 ⎟ Crofton⎟ Website ⎟ (410) 451-1625
Crofton Yoga offers a variety of Classes for children throughout the year including Parent and Baby, Kids Yoga and Tween Yoga. The schedule varies each session so check out their website for the most accurate information or email email@example.com. They even offer Yoga camp in the summer and Yoga Birthday parties.
Mommy and Me
Ages 2-5, Mondays 11:00-11:45am
Yoga for Kids
Ages 5-8, Wednesdays 6:00-6:45 pm
Ages 9-12 ,Thursdays 5:00-5:45 pm
Ages 3-5, Friday 9:30-10:15am
As the warmer weather approaches, there will be more outdoor options and we will be sure to keep you updated.
Photo Credit: Kakki Morrison