Babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children derive many of the same benefits from yoga that adults do:
increased strength and flexibility, improved body awareness, and relaxation. In addition, a kids yoga class encourages children to move
creatively in a non-competitive environment while honoring each child's
unique expression of the poses and having fun.

Itsybitsyyoga_jen Willow Street Yoga's Summer 2010 classes
run from July 23 to September 3. Free preview
classes
will be offered on July 16
(led by me) and 18 (led by Rebecca Gitter).

  • 9:00 am – Tots,

    for crawler babies to 24 month-old toddlers
  • 10:00 am – Tykes,
    21
    month-old toddlers to 4 year-old children
  • 11:00 am – Babies,
    3 week-old to pre-crawling babies

Each
class features dozens of child-oriented yoga poses, games, and songs
that parents can enjoy with their children anytime. No yoga experience
required for parent or child. All classes will be held upstairs in studio 2 at the Takoma Park studio, but please check in at the front desk.

Itsy Bitsy Yoga has been a huge part of our parenting experience

That I spend every Friday morning leading newborns through preschoolers and their parents
through games, songs, and yoga poses at Willow Street Yoga Studio in
Takoma Park has been seriously underrepresented on this blog.

I started taking Maya to local Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes before she could
even hold up her head. When I went back to work, Mac took Maya to what sounded like a very fun Tots class while I hunted the metro area for a class that worked with both my work and Maya's nap schedule.  I ended up getting certified to teach instead.

As Maya grew, yoga became one of her favorite activities.  She's one of those non-participatory kids in class.  She hangs back, runs around the room, does some poses and watches others. And then she does them all at home, makes us perform them on her baby dolls (we went through a phase where anything with legs and a face did toes-to-nose multiple times a day), and asks whens we're going back to class.

That both Mac and I took her to classes turned out to be very useful.  As a pre-verbal toddler, there was a language all three of us could speak in the games and movements of Itsy Bitsy Yoga. Maya would light up when one of us did a pose with her outside of class, as if saying "I know this!"

As she became verbal, Tots and then Tykes yoga became even more fun. Yoga poses became a way to change the mood, break her out of tantrum, entertain her during an adult-oriented wait for something, or just have fun.  One night, she got something stuck to her foot and went to wipe her foot on her other leg.  She was whining a bit about whatever it was until she realized that she was in Tree Pose, and then she was totally tickled as she laughed and said, "Mommy, Mommy do tree pose, too."  She would often strike a pose and have me name it. "What's Maya doing?," she'd ask until I answered.

So if you are in the area with your little one, join me on Friday and for the rest of the summer.


Itsy Bitsy Yoga logo Itsy Bitsy Yoga® is a unique blend of yoga postures,
child developmental movement, and parent/child bonding. Itsy Bitsy Yoga was created
by Helen Garabedian, an infant developmental movement educator, yoga
teacher, and mother. Jen studied with Helen in 2008 and 2009.