Yoga is an excellent activity that enhances flexibility, teaches relaxation, and provides lots of fun. Many places on Long Island offer yoga for children, and we’ve highlighted some great ones here that offer classes to keep little ones active and healthy.
For new parents, Mommy & Me Yoga is an ideal option. For those with multiple children or who want to take yoga with spouses, check out Family Yoga. No prior experience is required.
Getting a group of children to sit quietly and meditate might seem tricky, but a talented teacher knows her audience.
“When we first come together as a group, we sing an opening song and then discuss how our week is going and what the topic of our class will be,” says Donna Landini, Silk Wind Yoga instructor.
She continues, “I ask the children to use their imagination to incorporate the yoga postures we’ve already learned as well as creating new ones. Self esteem, respect and tolerance for others get a huge boost when everyone does a pose a child has created. At the end of class we take a few minutes in relaxation pose which teaches a child how to wind down at the end of a busy day. We end with a chant of peace for all.
Class times at every facility vary with each cycle, so check websites for the most up-to-date schedules.
Bonda Kids Yoga promotes inner strength, self-esteem, and improves concentration and cooperation. Kids can also hold birthday parties at this facility.
Age Group: Ages 9-12 years
How Much: $20/class or $225 for 12 sessions
Where: 4A Bond Street, Great Neck, NY
Contact Info: 516-323-1059
Kids Yoga at Yoga Long Beach
Enjoy an activity that’s physically challenging in a noncompetitive environment. Classes include two make up classes and a yoga mat just for kids!
Age Group: Ages 4-10
How Much: $200 for 10 sessions
Where: 54 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY
Contact Info: 516-889-0808
Om Sweet Om
Enjoy the benefits of yoga in this lovely studio. The facility also offers yoga birthday parties which are truly original and children will love it!
Age Group: Baby & Me from crawling-1 year old; Kids from 4-7 years and 8+; Teens from 13+ years
How Much: Pricing varies depending on the package chosen
Where: 12 Irma Avenue, Port Washington, NY
Contact Info: 516-944-YOGA (9642)
Bond with children in new and creative ways while strengthening, toning, and having fun! Dads, grandparents, or other caregivers are welcome.
Age Group: Post-Natal Yoga from 6 weeks–crawling; Mommy and Me from walkers–5 years; Kids Yoga from 3-4 years, 4-6 years, or 6-10 years; Teens from 13+
How Much: Mommy and Me / Post Natal Yoga + Baby Drop In: $25; 6 Class Pack: $119; Kids Classes Drop In: $15; 10 Class Pack: ($12 per class) $120
Where: 7 North Village Ave., Rockville Center, NY
Contact Info: 516-619-6921
Silk Wind Yoga
At Silk Wind Yoga, classes are offered on an on-going basis and at a general level. Class sizes are small so instructors are able to provide attention to students’ individual needs.
Age Group: 5-11 years
How Much: $65 / 6 week session
Where: Clock Tower Plaza, 1 Schwab Rd. #1, Melville, NY
Contact Info: 631-424-8305; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tots On Track
Tots On Track offers lots of classes for babies and toddlers and is conveniently located in central Nassau.
Age Group: Several classes available for babies and children between 3 months – 4 years. Children separated by age.
How Much: Pricing varies by the class selected
Where: 4871 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park, NY
Contact Info: 516-795-5726; email@example.com
Yoga For Life
Try out a number of different yoga philosophies with some talented teachers. Older children benefit from yoga, too – tweens welcomed!
Age Group: Kids Yoga from 5-8 years; Tween Yoga: from 9-13 years
How Much: Kids Yoga – $12/class (2 or more children per family: $10/child/class)
Where: 190-1 Belle Meade Rd, Setauket, NY
Contact Info: 631-941-9642
Combo prenatal-postnatal yoga classes are great for meeting other new parents. Yogaholic offers one of the few “family” yoga classes on Long Island.
Age Group: Prenatal/Mom & Me for Pregnant women and moms with babies (up to crawling); Children’s Yoga from 5-12 years; Family Yoga for all ages and levels
How Much: Prices vary depending on the package
Where: 426 Main Street, Center Moriches, NY
Contact Info: 631-909-2649
By Rachel Minkowsky