Yoga is my absolute favorite way to exercise. I also love to recommend yoga for kids. Years ago I got into yoga as a form of exercise and stress relief. I ended up loving it so much that I was certified to teach “Group Exercise” through the American Aerobics Association with the hopes of teaching yoga as a hobby. I did that for a year and liked it very much but decided that I like being a member of a class more than I like being the instructor. However, I am a huge believer in the old saying “everything happens for a reason”. I learned yoga well enough to teach it and to combine it with my “OT” knowledge, which really helped me to use yoga as a therapeutic activity with my students.
I love to recommend Yoga as a hobby for my students. It is perfect for kids who:
- Just don’t enjoy/ can’t keep up in competitive sports
- Need to strengthen their core, postural muscles, and the rest of their body
- Have attention issues, focusing, loss of concentration
- Have difficulty following directions
- Have digestive issues
- Have anxiety and/or depression
- Have difficulty socializing
Yoga really does work on everything. I also love the new trend of Aerial Yoga or Antigravity Yoga. A few months ago I observed an aerial yoga class in Long Island and was totally floored by how many skills were addressed in a hammock!
There are many therapeutic benefits to practicing yoga. It can help a child’s gross and fine motor coordination, increase social skills, and reduce hyperactivity.
In my research, I found that some yoga instructors are specifically certified to teach kids by the Yoga Alliance. Learn more about that here…
So anyway! Here are some places in Long Island that have Yoga classes specifically geared towards children. Please let me know if you know of other places that offer classes. My goal with the Long Island Links posts is to offer Long Island parents and families go-to resources for things just like this!
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Disclaimer: I have not been paid to promote any of the businesses below. I also am not affiliated with them. This is simply a list based on my research. It is up to you to decide if this facility meets your needs.
Please let me know if there are any other yoga places that you know of!
Absolute Yoga Studio
Offers Kids Yoga, Teen Yoga, Family Yoga
Breathe N Flow Yoga
Offers Pre-Natal Yoga, Post-Natal Yoga, Kids Yoga ( 5- 12) Big Kids (11 to 14), Mommy and Me (Must register: Infant to 2 years) Kids Private Group Instruction upon request
Family style yoga, adult class runs at the same time as the children’s class
Periodically offers workshops: Look out for Kids Mindfulness Malabead Workshop in March
Emerge Yoga and Wellness
Offers traditional mat yoga and antigravity yoga for kids (ages 5 to ten) and teens (11 and up)
Girl Scout Badge programs and classes and kids parties
Offers storytime yoga, kids yoga, play, and stretch yoga
Kids yoga classes available on demand. Contact for info about Kids Classes
Om Sweet Om
Offers classes for Babies, Mommy and Me, Kids classes ages 1 and up
Offers Kids Yoga, Teen Yoga, Mommy and Me, Pre-Natal, Post-Natal and Baby, Kids Parties, and Private Yoga
Offers a variety of Yoga and Aerial Yoga classes for children of all needs and abilities
Yoga Long Beach
Offers Kids, Mommy & Me, and AntiGravity Yoga
Offers kids yoga, yoga mini-camps, summer camps, Birthday parties
FAMILY TREE YOGA and WELLNESS
Offers Yoga for Youth and Community Groups
Just Breathe Yoga
Offers kids classes every Sunday and a Kids and Me class every Saturday
Also, check out the new prenatal class
Peaceful Planet Yoga
A yoga studio dedicated entirely to children’s classes
Offers Mommy and Me and Children’s Yoga
Yoga for Everyone
Offers Yoga for Babies and Kids of all ages
Classes are scheduled based on interest and space availability. Call if interested
Offering family classes starting January 24th (5 weeks session)
Yoga Lila Montauk
Offers Yoga for Kids and Young Adults
Offers Kids Classes and programs throughout Long Island. Check the link for a location near you…
My goal is to keep this list as up-to-date as possible, so please let me know if you have any problems, places close, etc. in the future. Thank you!
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