Yoga is an exercise technique that can help you connect with your body, build good breathing habits, release stress, increase flexibility, and improve your overall sense of peace. Many adults practice yoga, but what about kids? It turns out that yoga can be beneficial for people of all ages.
Yoga teaches younger children how to use breathing techniques to calm down, social skills, and relaxation. Older children benefit from yoga that teaches them storytelling, breathing techniques for de-stressing, and how to work with partners. Yoga can also help teenagers to focus less on artificial stimuli, and more on life itself.
While there are many yoga studios for adults in San Antonio, it is hard to find classes catering to the younger crowd. But it’s not impossible! Here are a few suggestions for local mom and kid classes.
Destination Maternity offers Mommy and Me yoga classes. These classes, currently held Tuesdays from 11:30 to 12:30, are designed for postnatal moms and babies up to crawling. Yoga techniques are taught that focus on balance, core building, and realigning spinal elements. All participants must have a doctor’s note clearing them to attend class. Destination Maternity is located at The Colonnade, off of I-10, and the cost is free.
Toddlers and Preschoolers
I could not find any classes in the San Antonio area catering to children of toddler or preschool age. Perhaps it is because of their attention span, or lack thereof! However, there are numerous videos and books available for teaching this age group yoga basics. The YogaKids DVD focuses on ages 3-6, while the books Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers and Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga are ideal for younger children.
School Age Children
Southtown Yoga Loft uses a fun mix of music and yoga positions, focusing on child-oriented themes such as the alphabet and animals. Southtown Yoga Loft is located at 724 S. Alamo Street. The first three classes are free, and classes thereafter are $15 for drop-ins, $120 for 10 classes, or $150 for monthly unlimited classes. Classes are held Saturdays from 9:00-9:45 am.
Two Rivers Yoga in New Braunfels offers classes for children that teach them how to use their imagination through yoga. These classes are taught in sessions, and the next available session begins February 2nd. New students have a one-week unlimited pass for $20, and drop in classes are $16. For more information, contact Two Rivers Yoga through their website.
Teenagers can usually take adult classes, but one teacher in particular focuses solely on the needs of teenagers. Peggy Dial at Lessons for Life Yoga does not have public classes, but anyone can schedule classes by appointment only. Peggy also provides a four-part workshop for schools, groups, or employees, offering a well-rounded yoga experience. Visit the website for more information.
Yoga is a beneficial and gentle exercise that both you and your child can experience. You can join classes, or do the poses on your own. Either way, you are bound to notice an improvement in your overall well-being, and have fun doing it!