Life in Brooklyn can be stressful, even for kids. Academic pressures, peers, busy schedules, electronic overload: all can lead to health problems, depression, sleep disorders, and more. That’s why a growing number of parents are turning to the same remedy for their children that they use for their own well-being: yoga.
Not only can yoga help kids find relief and get centered, but recent studies show the discipline can even benefit kids with attention deficits and autism spectrum disorders. Below are some kids yoga classes we found in Brooklyn.
Bend & Bloom Yoga (Park Slope) is dedicated to using play and imagination to introduce Yoga to children in the hope of giving them a lifelong experience with the discipline. Kids classes happen concurrent with classes for parents and/or caregivers, so no one feels left out. There are also post-natal parent-baby classes, classes for tots and families, and many more options. Click here for a full rundown of classes.
Bend & Bloom Yoga photo courtesy of Amy Q. via Yelp.
Abhyasa Yoga Center via Facebook
Abhyasa Yoga Center (Williamsburg)
Yoga as it was practiced before it was exported to the West: that’s the focus of the Abhyasa Yoga Center. That means that their focus is on a breath-centered, individualized experience between instructor and student. They offer both pre-natal and baby and me classes, and have in the past offered classes for the 2.5 to five year old set (although none are currently scheduled). For more information, visit Abhyasa online.
Photo via Monkey Do! Yoga
Monkey Do! Yoga (Gowanus)
This soon-to-open Third Avenue studio will offer kids’ classes, from babies through teens, with an emphasis on creative play to build strong bodies and strong minds. In addition to yoga, the studio plans to offer martial arts and creative movement classes. They’ll also offer before-school Rise and Shine Yoga classes for kids with special needs. Pre-registration starts November 23, with classes beginning the week of December 7. There’s more information available here.
Jaya Yoga Center East via Facebook
Jaya Yoga Center East (Windsor Terrace)
Jaya East, the Fort Hamilton branch of this establishment, offers prenatal, baby and me, and kids classes, as well as Music Together©, the research-based early childhood music program designed for babies through 4-year-olds. Find more information here.
Shanti Baby Yoga via Facebook
Shanti Baby Yoga (Bay Ridge)
Starting with pre-natal and mother/father and baby, through toddler, kid, family, and adult classes, Shanti Baby Yoga has classes for every life stage. They also offer private reiki and yoga classes, as well as instruction in those areas. Visit their homepage for more information.