Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.
Yoga is a gift to humanity, and should be started early in life so the practitioner can reap the lifelong benefits of this ancient practice. There are some very important advantages to starting yoga when you are young. It is common knowledge that adults combat stress in many forms every day that can teach you young how to manage that stress.
Yoga helps kids to:
Develop body awareness
Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
Build concentrationIncrease their confidence and positive self-image
Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group
Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices
mini yogis mini yogis offers an exclusively child-based yoga practice, bringing the joys of yoga and meditation to children throughout the greater LA area. Founder Shana Meyerson has built mini yogis to provide an accessible, non-traditional yoga that empowers children to revel in the joy of movement and deep inner peace through exciting, fun-filled, engaging and non-competitive classes. 310.471.9644
Yoga Buddies Hermosa Beach, CA 310.503.6952 Yes, the company logo says it all: Yoga for Every Buddy (and everybody). Yoga Buddies is dedicated to introducing the physical and emotional joys and benefits of yoga through (typically) one hour classes that emphasize building strength, flow, and cultivating relaxation. With classes at multiple locations (schools, yoga centers, community centers), Yoga Buddies makes yoga available to LA kids far and wide. Ever thought of bringing yoga to your child's school? Call Yoga Buddies, or email them for more information.
Annenberg Community Beach House Taught by Yoga Buddies 415 Pacific Coast Highway Santa Monica, CA 90402 310.458.4904 Apr 29-May 27, 2012 (repeats most months) Sun 9am-10am $62 for five week session (includes parking), or $15 per class, drop-ins welcome (parking $3/hour) Ages 5-12 Have you been to the Annenberg Community Beach House yet? Now there's another reason to check it out. Fresh and breezy, just steps from the beach - what yogi wouldn't choose to practice here? Your kids can, with yoga classes from Yoga Buddies.
Goda Yoga 9711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 310.287.1255 Ages 3-7, Tues 3:30pm-4:15pm Ages 8-12, Tues 4:15pm-5:15pm Yoga for Exceptional Children (special needs), Wed 3:30pm-4:15pm Mommy and Me, Fri 10am-11:15am $12/class, $50/5 classes (valid for 90 days) A sweet little space in downtown Culver City, Goda Yoga offers a variety of classes for young and old. Its Yoga for Exceptional Children welcomes kids with special needs to increase strength and flexibility, improve motor coordination and body awareness, and have fun in the process. Children with diagnoses including Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and ADHD, as well sensory processing challenges are all invited. The classes are based on Yoga for the Special Child (the Sonia Sumar method).
The Moving Joint - Mar Vista 12813 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066 424.228.5348 Wed 4:15pm-5:15pm $12/class, or $100 for 10 classes Ages 3-6 Well, Mar Vista residents are happy. Owners Alyson Boell-Marchand and Stephanie Cross have opened a beautiful, brand spanking new yoga and Pilates studio that offers classes for every level and age, including yoga for kids. Yogi Leslie Nuesca, who also teaches at seven preschools throughout LA, leads the kids here in yoga sets using animal and nature based games, dance, and song to enhance the health and encourage the intuitive awareness of her young students.
Santa Monica YMCA 1332 6th St Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.393.2721 June 23-Aug 25 Sat 11:10a-11:50a $100 members, $160 non-members for 10 week session. Membership $30 joining fee plus $10/monthly Ages 5-9 Kids will learn the basic Sun Salutation series, as well as other postures while they practice breathing and body alignment. Each class in the 10-week series is slightly different, keeping the kids interested through variety. Parents rave about the yoga classes here!
Santa Monica YWCA 2019 14th St. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.452.3881 May 16-June 27, 2012 (may repeat) Ages 3-5, Wed 2:30p-3:15p Parent and Me, ages 21 mos-4 yrs, Wed 1:45p-2:30p $84/7 class session, plus $25-$45 yearly YWCA membership fee Kids love to move, and their imaginations are vast. What better way to draw them into yoga than through movement, story and song. Instructor Kristin Epley does just that at the Santa Monica YWCA, teaching balance, stretching, breathing and body awareness through a mix of yoga and creative play.
Yoga Vista 13020 Pacific Promenade #3 Playa Vista, CA 90094 310.862.0444 $79/8 classes, or $15 drop-in Ages 2.5-5 If you don’t live in Playa Vista, head on over for a visit sometime. This lovely, well-maintained, planned community (that the rest of us are invited to enjoy) offers a large park with gated playground, gentle trails, and basketball courts, as well as a library, Coffee Bean, Pinkberry, and yummy.com all within easy strolling distance. And now there’s Yoga Vista, a cozy yoga studio with a variety of class offerings - including one for kids. Teacher Kristin Epley welcomes any curious little ones to join in at their own pace and comfort level.
South Bay & Orange County
Flipside Yoga Studio 23582 Moulton Parkway, Suite 108 Laguna Woods, CA 92653 949.433.5680 See schedule for the variety of classes offered throughout the week $48/month for one class per week, or $60/month unlimited classes Ages 3 months - 14 years Wow. A studio just for kids, with as many class options as an adult studio. Owner Megan Buster is passionate about bringing yoga to children of all ages, and engaging and strengthening the community in the process. Check back on the website for upcoming classes for children with special needs.
Freespirit Yoga Taught by Yoga Buddies 3910 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807 310.503.6952 Ages 4-6: Sun 12n-12:45pm Ages 6-10: Tue 4:45pm-5:45pm $135 for 10 week session, or $15 drop-in It's been said this is the best yoga studio in Long Beach. Check out the kids classes offered by Freespirit Yoga, and you decide. The studio is right in Bixby Knolls and is easily accessible from the 405.
LYFE Yoga Center Taught by Yoga Buddies 1310 Pacific Coast Highway Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310.503.6952 Ages 4-8, 3:30pm-4:30pm Ages 9-13, 4:30pm-5:30pm $135 for 10 weeks, or $15 drop-in Natural light and scenic ocean views flood this 1,100 sq./ft., eco-friendly studio that serves students from all over the South Bay. The space alone will surely ground your little ones.
Yoga Loft Taught by Yoga Buddies 1112 Ocean Drive Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.372.7334 Fri 3:30pm-4:15pm $75 for 6-week session, or $15 drop-in Ages 3-6 Ahh. This studio offers a view of the Manhattan Beach Pier and the ocean beyond. Says the studio's website, "We ride the waves of vinyasa and the Pacific." Your kids will dig it as they bend and stretch and play. Surf's up, little dudes. Om.
Hollywood & Silverlake
Golden Bridge 1357 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028 323.936.4172 Ages 3-5, Sat 9:30am-11am Ages 6-12, Sun 9:30am-11:30am Mommy and Me (Dads too), Mon & Wed 2pm-3:30pm; Tue & Thu 12:30pm-2pm; Fri 11am-12:30pm $12/class, $100/10 class pass I wonder who hasn't heard of Golden Bridge. And if you haven't yet, be sure to check it out. Not only a studio, but a yoga village, with high-ceiling studio spaces, a store, and a vegetarian "restaurant." Kids will feel duly welcomed and honored here, among the studio's dedicated (and frequently celebrity) yoga fans.
Silverlake Yoga 2810 1/2 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 323.953.0496 Fri 4pm-5pm $60 for 6 week series, or $13 drop-in Ages 4-8 See schedule for multiple Baby and Toddler and Me classes It's not only the oldest yoga studio in Silverlake, it's also the only one that offers so many prenatal classes, and birthing and hypnobirthing workshops as well. Co-owners Juliette Kurth and Jonathan Emerson bring their respective teaching strengths to this neighborhood studio that "casts its net to all" - this place where you and your kids are welcomed like family.
Mission Street Yoga 1017 Mission St S. Pasadena, CA 91030 626.441.1144 Ages 3-5, Mon, Wed 3:30pm-4:30pm, Ages 6-8, Wed 4:30pm-5:30pm Ages 9-12, Mon 4:30pm-5:30pm $12/class, $90/8 classes I love their message: "We are a group of modern yogis with homes, kids, pets, and partners, committed to creating balance and joy in every day life." So many of us will fit right in here, as will our kids as they practice bending and breathing in a fun and non-competitive environment.
Two Hearts Yoga 4454 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 818.501.9642 Ages 3+ Mon 9:30am-11:00am Ages 5-10 Fri 4pm-5pm Baby and Me (toddlers welcome) Mon, Wed, Fri 11am-12n Family Yoga, Sat 12:45pm-1:45pm $12-$15/class As many child yoga advocates maintain, children are often even more interested in yoga if their parents take classes or have an ongoing practice as well. Welcome Family Yoga! In addition to its engaging kids' classes, Two Hearts offers a family practice with a great balance of both game-based poses the kids will like, and more challenging poses for mom and dad. The studio also offers Kids Yoga Parties: a 45 minute yoga class, and the space all to yourselves. $300/10 kids, and $15 for each additional child. Mats and accessories are provided.
Yoga Blend 1921 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506 818.954.YOGA (9642) Ages 3-5, Mon 4pm-4:35pm Ages 7-10, Mon 4:40pm-5:25pm Ages 10-14, Sat 1:10pm-2pm Mommy and Me, Wed 10am-11:15am $10/kids class, $9/Mommy and Me class Owners Christy and Jason Marsden opened the studio with the hopes of creating a small town feel. And that they did. They are also parents of a young one, so they know first-hand how wonderful yoga is for kids.
Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary 553 S. Lake Ave Pasadena, CA 91101 626.792.7871 Sat 4:30pm-5:30pm, Sun 10am-11:15am $12/class. $25/class when you take a class while your child takes the kids' class. Ages 4-10 This lovely and well appointed yoga studio welcomes children to explore basic yoga postures, balance, breathing, and stretching in a fun and supportive environment. And with the parent/child special pricing, you can practice yoga with your child while getting some time to yourself!