It’s no secret that yoga is great for both adults and kids. And why wouldn’t it be? Grownups use yoga for both exercise and stress management, two things that children need as well. With academic responsibilities, extracurricular obligations, peer pressure and more, young minds (and bodies) need a safe space to relax. Yoga studios that offer kids classes are a fun way of improving concentration, memory, well-being, discipline and more.
Yoga participants learn to be more present in the moment and solve conflicts more easily. Age-appropriate poses help strengthen the body as well as concentration, focus and attention. But not all yoga studios provide dedicated classes for kids; so we decided to roundup a few of our favorite locations perfect for anyone ages infant to teen.
Powerflow Yoga Kids
Where: 1283 Broad Street, Bloomfield
Details: Powerflow Yoga Kids offers something for everyone in the family. You can bring your youngest yogi to a baby and me class; those with babes who are newborn age to crawling stage can learn about baby massage and other techniques and exercises for your first few months together. There is also a class perfect for seven to 11-year-olds; it teaches yoga poses, movement, breathing and body awareness through talks, games, crafts, music and more. Their all-ages classes also allow parents and kids to practice yoga together.
More info: Visit kids.powerflow-yoga.com or call 973-338-1825.
Where: 13-20 River Road, Fair Lawn
Details: Bloom Yoga offers everything from mommy and me yoga classes to children’s birthday parties. They want kids to be creative and explore their body and soul while having fun. Instructors teach lessons through games, music, art and storytelling. Children’s yoga classes are 45-to-55 minutes long and limited to 10 kids. In Teeny Yogini’s, four to seven-year-olds learn kid-friendly poses and breathing techniques in a playful, safe and supportive environment. Tween yoga is for eight to 12-year-olds; the class incorporates physical postures with breathing. Then there’s Family Yoga; this monthly workshop for all ages helps families reconnect while keeping your bodies healthy and strong.
More info: Visit www.bloomyoganj.com or call 201-203-0791.
Bee You Kids Yoga Studio
Where: 74 Main Street, Manasquan
Details: This kids-only yoga studio wants young yogis to “bee” themselves—strong, confident, kind, thoughtful and awesome. They offer private classes, a summer camp, birthday parties and more for those six weeks to 18-years-old. There is also a class designed specifically for children with special needs like ADD, ADHD, autism and other conditions. Here, children six and up learn to stretch, improve balance, strengthen muscles and develop body awareness and self-control. (Parents and caregivers can attend at no extra cost.)
More info: Visit www.beeyouyoga.com or call 732-722-7133.
Be Here Now Yoga
Where: 63 Main Street, Suite 202, Flemington
Details: Be Here Now wants to make yoga accessible to people in the community; they aim to bring spiritual mind-body practices to students at any level, affordably. The studio feels that yoga is for everybody; regardless of any physical, mental or emotional limits you think you may have. Be Here Now offers a Kids Yoga class for 8 to 12-year-olds. It meets on Wednesdays and includes poses and breath work. Don’t forget to ask about their class package deals, too.
More info: Visit beherenowyoga108.com or call 908-642-0989.
Where: 347 Lincoln Ave. East, Cranford
Details: You’ll find a class for every stage of life at this yoga studio. Alluem Little Kids lets four to six-year-olds explore yoga through poses, games, songs, storytime and art. Classes explore kid-friendly breathing and meditation to help kids become mentally, physically and emotionally aware. Seven to nine-year-olds can take Alluem Kids to further their yoga practice. Classes help kids improve focus and concentration while gaining strength, confidence and flexibility. Alluem Tweens is for 10 to 12-year-olds. Classes help develop self-awareness plus strength and flexibility. Teens 14 to 17 can check out Alluem Teens; here, they use yoga to help discover their passions, purpose and strength.
More info: Visit www.alluemyoga.com or call 908-276-YOGA.
Princeton Center for Yoga & Health
Where: 88 Orchard Road, Skillman
Details: This independently owned and operated yoga studio and holistic health center has been around since 1996. The center has two light-filled, spacious studios with bamboo floors; there is also a smaller room for small groups and private sessions or meditation practice; finally, there’s a shop with free tea and yoga-related gift items and essential oils. They offer eight-week Mindfulness for Kids programs for third through fifth graders and middle/high-school students. Each class is designed using the five Little Flower Yoga elements—connect, breathe, move, focus and relax.
More info: Visit princetonyoga.com or call 609-924-7294.
Shakti Yoga and Living Arts
Where: 1861 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood
Details: Shakti Yoga offers classes in a variety of styles. Kids yoga classes aim to give three to seven-year-olds a fun and playful introduction to yoga. Little yogis learn how to hold yoga poses through storytelling, songs, breathing and games in a 45-minute class. Tweens & Teens classes focus on the nervous and endocrine systems, which are in flux during the teenage years. The class tries to balance these systems by increasing mind/body awareness and relieving anxiety and stress.
More info: Visit www.shaktinj.com or call 973-763-2288.