BY DEBBY SIEGEL
Yoga studios didn’t exist in the U.S. for kids when Michelle and I were kids. If so, I am certain my garden-growing, fruit dehydrating, tofu-serving, seamstress mother of the 70s would have signed me up. Instead, I attended gymnastics, and I feel fortunate that the Girls’ Club in my neighborhood offered this means for me to stretch and strengthen my childhood body. I believe it some of the reason for my advanced practice today.
Nowadays kids can add the helpful mindfulness aspects of a yoga practice to their childhood imprints. How amazing will this next generation be with that foundation?! A dedicated and intentional yoga practice, including breathing techniques and physical postures can be incredibly valuable for children – helping them with coordination, concentration, confidence and connection. Sonima Foundation – a non-profit dedicated to health and wellness best practices, primarily for underserved students from preschool through high school – has the research to prove their online statement that 40 minutes and a mat twice a week can improve a child’s life.
PBS, NPR, Parenting magazine all have chimed in on the benefits of this ancient practice for children as well. NPR reported findings from a Bronx public school with a daily yoga program, that the program reduced kids’ aggressive behavior, social withdrawal, and hyperactivity, compared with a control group of kids who did not practice yoga.
So we compiled a list of the local (we live in St. Louis) resources for children’s yoga in our town to help our friends empower their children. Please research yoga for kids in your area if you’re not in St. Louis, and let us know about how yoga helped your child. We are always thrilled to learn of the good things happening for our readers.
Kids’ yoga classes in the St. Louis area:
- Brodsky Library & Mirowitz JCDS | Creve Coeur, MO
Rhythm and Ruach, Parent/Child Yoga. 45 minute sessions of interactive parent/child classes. No experience of Hebrew or yoga necessary. All age children.
- Iviva West County | Manchester, MO
Girls Free Yoga Class. This mall-based store offers complimentary yoga classes for girls ages 4-14
- Grand Basin Yoga | St. Louis, MO
Outdoor Yoga. These classes are offered for adults, but teens are welcome with a parent, and littler children with prior approval.
- Joy of Yoga, Dianna Lucas | South St. Louis, MO
Mamas and Babies and Toddlers Oh My! for up to toddler age kids. Geared for family participation and includes dads, caregivers, grandparents, and siblings as well.
- Masterpeace Studios | Webster Groves, MO
Mindful Movement & Art. This class is great way to engage your children’s imagination and help them express their feelings in healthy ways. Masterpeace Studios also offers programs for Girl Scout Troops.
- Namaste | Kirkwood, MO
Kids Yoga. This class presents an opportunity for kids to get together to have fun with movement and become mindful of themselves and the world around them. This class is suited for children ages 3-12 and is a non-heated class.
- Parenting Resources | St. Louis, MO
Baby and Me Yoga. A relaxed and casual yoga class for parents and their babies, newborns to crawling, where they can rest, rejuvenate and join other parents and babies for laughter and conversation.
Toddler and Me Yoga and Stories. Perfect for walkers, up to age 4. Older/younger siblings are welcome to attend or play during class.
- Sanctuary Yoga Studio | Olivette, MO
Mommy & Me Yoga. Mommy & Me classes (1-3yrs) are a fun way to nurture your body while enjoying time with your little one!
- Southtown Yoga | St. Louis, MO
Big Yogi, Little Yogi. This yoga class will keep you and your little one moving together! Yoga postures are taught in conjunction with songs, games, and the use of literature. Ages 2-6.
- Summits Hot Yoga | Chesterfield, MO
Kids Yoga Fusion. Boys and girls ages 8-14. No heat is used. Great for flexibility, strength and balance!
- Urban Breath | The Grove, MO and Maplewood, MO
Family Yoga. Regular class pricing for you, and your school-aged child can join you for free.
Mommy and Me. Offered in two settings: one for up to 4 months (crawling) and one class is offered for up to 18 month olds.
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