Original Post, August 27, 2011:

Have I told you about my new job?

A couple weeks ago, I gave notice at The Nature Conservancy.  While I've enjoyed the last two years writing newsletter articles about their global conservation programs, I'm finding myself more and more drawn to teaching yoga, specifically to kids. So starting this fall, that's what I'm going to do.

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tykes - Tree Pose

Some of my classes have already started. Recently, ten three-year-olds and I went on a trip. We packed our bags, took an airplane ride, went swimming on the beach, and went dancing in New York City, all without leaving their colorfully decorated classroom in Northwest DC.

Partial class plan for Planes, Trains and other Mobiles:

pack our bags

  • wash our clothes: twistee
  • dry our clothes: nahbi
  • hang them on the clothes line: half moon
  • iron the fancy stuff: moon toe
  • fold the shirts and pants: toes to nose
  • put everything in the suitcase: forward bend

pack the car: in-out breathing

drive to the airport: red light-green light x2 or x3

check our bags at the airport: ring around the yogi

airplane ride: play The Airplane Song: jump, spin, gallop, dance (Laurie Berkner)

visit the beach

  • make a sand castle: wide angle forward bend & variations
  • read book: sing These Are My Glasses (Berkner)
  • take a bicycle ride

train ride home

Sure yoga teaches patience and mindfulness and is a physical exercise that's good for kids, but it's also wildly fun.

Updated schedule, August 2012:

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies

for 4 week old to nearly crawling babies

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tots

Weekend Classes
for Tots! 

for crawling babies to 2 year old toddlers meets

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tykes / Little Families Yoga

for 21 month toddlers to 4 year old preschoolers meets

Weekend and

for 21 month toddlers to 4 year old preschoolers with younger siblings welcome meets

Mom & Baby Yoga

for mom with 6-week old to nearly crawling baby present meets

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Photo credit:
Preschooler demonstrates tree pose, a pose taught in Tyke Itsy Bitsy Yoga. Yoga Girl photo by Flickr user naturalmom / CC BY 2.0