Yoga and meditation have been popular in the wellness and fitness domain for quite some time for a very good reason. Yoga increases your strength, balance and flexibility and also does a world of good for your mental health as well. Yoga teaches valuable breathing techniques that in return will make one feel more relaxed. Hopefully you have had the opportunity to experience what a yoga class is like and enjoyed it. Keep in mind there are different types of yoga, so if you were not a fan of one don’t rule it out completely before giving it another try by attempting another style of yoga.
Meditation can help you and your children overcome stress as well as find inner peace and balance. A mere ten or fifteen minutes day can help one’s mind become calmer and more focused. Meditation can also help in fostering self-esteem and self-love which is very important especially during childhood.
Have you ever thought about introducing yoga and/or meditation to your little one? This day and age, there are many opportunities for your child to partake in. Here are just a few children’s classes located in the Phoenix area:
Modern Milk offers classes that allow moms to practice yoga and bond with your baby. Their Mommy and Me Baby Yoga class is geared for babies 2 weeks to pre-crawlers and the Mommy and Me Movers Yoga class is recommended for babies crawling up to 3 years. A single visit class is priced at $18 or they offer NAMOMSTE 10 Class Pass for $160 for 10 visits and NAMOMSTE 20 Class Pass for $299 for 20 visits.
13802 N. Scottsdale Road Suite 162, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 modernmilk.com
Mindful Minnies is located in Cave Creek and offers yoga classes for ages 3-17. It is founded by Andrea Kassem who has a license in teaching children’s yoga. Packages offered include 4 classes for $55, 8 classes for $160, and drop in classes are $15 per class.
24114 N. 24th Place, Phoenix, AZ mindfulminnies.com
Floo-id Yoga has classes at 9:30 am on Saturdays and Sundays and 4:00 pm on Mondays for children ages 4-10. The drop-in fee for these classes is $10 and the studio also offers yoga classes for adults at the same time, which is such a plus!
7077 E. Mayo Blvd, Suite 130, Phoenix, AZ flooidyoga.com
AZ on the Rocks utilizes their upstairs facility as a full yoga studio for kids and adults. Mindful mini’s is a class directed towards preschoolers (movers to 4 years) to increase creativity and confidence. Young yogis is designed for children 5+ costing $8.63 for one drop in class or $53.77 for a kid yoga 10 pack. Take a look at their schedule online for specific dates and times.
16447 N. 91st St., Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ azontherocks.com
Current Meditation offers Kids’ Meditation Workshops for kiddos ages 8 and older with the next one taking place on Saturday, March 24th. Cost is $25.
4325 E Indian School Rd #130, Phoenix, AZ 85018 becurrent.com
These are just some of the amazing yoga and meditation studios for our kiddos. You can also check out your local YMCA facilities!
If going to a yoga studio isn’t in the budget, then here are some other fun yoga ideas to try at home with your child.
- Good Morning Yoga and Good Night Yoga: A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story by Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder
- You are a Lion! and Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo
- ABC for Me: ABC Yoga by Christiane Engel
- Yoga Pretzels by Tara Guber and Leah Kalish
- The Kids’ Yoga Deck: 50 Poses and Games by Annie Buckley
- YOGI FUN Kids Yoga Cards Kit by YOGI FUN
- Yogarilla Exercise and Activities by Super Duper Publications
- Yoga Spinner Game by Think Fun
- Memory Yoga action game by Think Fun
- Headspace for kids 5 and under, 6-8 and 9-12
- Settle Your Glitter for preschool age children
- Stop, Breathe & Think for children in middle school and older
My hope is that you and your child experience all the benefits yoga and meditation have to offer while spending some valuable time together. Have fun and stay calm.