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2011 Reviews


Toddler Yoga Eastbay

Feb 2011

I am looking for a toddler yoga class for my 2 year old during the week. I am open to a mama toddler class or just a kids class. I know of Yogalayam, but am looking for some other options. I thought I saw a post a while ago in Oakland, but can't find any information. Thanks! Really wanting to stretch


Cynthea Denise teaches a ''village yoga'' class for moms and their babies/toddlers/kids. It's on Wednesdays at Monkey Yoga Shala on Lakeshore. It's at 11:15 am. I think Cynthea's website is shaktimoon.com. Or the class might be listed on the monkey yoga site. I haven't been in a while bc I now work on Wednesdays, but I used to love it! Another yoga mom
Beth Houghton of Bendy Berry Yoga (www.bendyberry.com) teaches yoga at my daughter's daycare and she (my 2 year old) LOVES it. Beth also teaches a toddler yoga class at EB Dance off of Park Blvd in Oakland on Monday mornings. Laura

2009 - 2010 Reviews


Mindfulness meditation and yoga for children?

April 2010

Hi- I'm looking for a class to go to with my 4-year-old where we can learn mindfulness meditation and yoga/breathing practices together. Does anyone know of a class like this in the area? I see stuff for parents- but haven't for children. Thanks for suggestions!! meditative mama


Try Yogalayam, on Alcatraz. Sarasvathi Devi offers wonderful yoga classes, including ones for children ages 3-5. www.yogalayam.org, 510-655-3664, or info@yogalayam.org. Yvonne

Yoga class for me and 5-year-old?

Feb 2010

I've been thinking of trying a yoga class with my 5 year old boy. Anyone know of any that specifically cater to a parent going with a young child?


Alameda Yoga Station, on Central, has a class mostly for the kids, first of the month is the parent-kid class. Lots of fun, Susan is great. Parking is cheap, too! S. Carter

Mom & Me Yoga Class

March 2009

I'm looking for a yoga class that I can take with my 5 year old daughter in the Berkeley / Oakland area. Suggestions? tami


Alameda Yoga Station www.alamedayogastation.com has a Kids Yoga class on Friday afternoons. The teacher is a mom and is certified to teach kids. I don't know if moms usually stay for the class or not but you could check it out. another mom & daughter yoga team
Check out Niroga (in Berkeley on University) on Saturday mornings. There is a family class from 10:30-11:45am. http://www.niroga.org/center/schedule.html Also, upcoming at YogaKula in North Berkeley is post-mother's day event on May 30th with a class for moms and kids of different ages. Check the website for more info. http://yogakula.com/ Laura

2007 - 2008 Reviews


Yoga for mom and 4-year-old

Dec 2008

I've been wanting to get my daughter (age 4) into yoga in a group setting since when we practice at home she loses patience /interst fast. Know of any good classes for kids her age?


there is a great toddler yoga class at yogalayam on alcatraz (between king and ellis) in berkeley. it's on mondays at 9:15am and they serve really yummy snacks too (included in the $14/class drop-in fee). haia
Niroga just started offering classes for parents and kids. As far as I know, it's the only class of this sort in the East Bay. There used to be one at the YMCA but that instructor is the founder of the new Niroga Center on University Ave in Berkeley. Check it out: for kids 3-93 years old, Sundays from 10:30-11:30 (suggested donation per family $15) 1808 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 http://www.niroga.org/center/ (Niroga is a great organization serving underserved communities and offering donation based classes.) Happy Yogi

Yoga for mom and two-year-old in Oakland?

Sept 2008

Hi- I'd like to take some yoga classes with my 2-year-old. Does anyone know of a class we can go to together in Oakland? Thank you. Shari


I heard Loka Yoga in Oakland in the Laurel District on MacArthur (I believe) is supposed to have family yoga that's supposed to be pretty nice and fun for the kids. Hoping to hit up the family yoga soon too
There is a parent-toddler yoga class at Yogalayam Mondays 9:15-11:15am. Near Oakland in Berkeley at 1723 Alcatraz Avenue. www.yogalayam.org -

Yoga for parent and 6-year-old child?

August 2008

I work out regularly and used to dance, but I never have done any form of yoga. I'm a single parent with a six-year old, and don't generally have much time (or available money for a sitter) to begin taking regular yoga classes on my own, but was hoping that perhaps there might be a yoga class that my daughter and I could take together? I'd love for her to learn yoga as well. What style of yoga? Not very sure, but would like to take a class with a good instructor, in whatever style might be possible for a mom and her little girl...Locations? Berkeley, North Oakland, El Cerrito, Albany would all be options... Looking to get more flexible


I was just looking at Parent and child Yoga classes myself and found one at 4th Street Yoga in Berkeley. http://www.4thstreetyoga.com/ I don't know anybody that has taken the class there, but the studio itself has a good reputation. Eka
I would check out Yogalayam on Alcatraz in Berkeley. Saraswathi is a WONDERFUL yoga instructor, and I believe there is a class for parents and kids (check out the website for the scheduled class). I attended prenatal, post-natal (with baby) and now attend the toddler yoga class. I love it! Good luck. Yoga Mom

Toddler Yoga Class

May 2008

Anyone know of a yoga class for toddlers (with parents), preferably in the Oakland/Berkeley area. Thanks. kelly


My son and I have been enjoying Toddler Yoga class at Yoga for Life on Solano Ave. in Albany, www.yogaforlifealbany.com . He doesn't always do the poses in class, but I find he tries them out at home and remembers what we did from class to class. It's great to see him exploring what he can do with his body. The instructor, Lori, is patient, relaxed, and makes yoga fun. Her experience as a Montessori teacher shows. Lisa

Infant massage and yoga class?

May 2008

Hi, Has anyone has taken a mom and infant massage and/or yoga class that was great? If so, please let me know. Thanks! Nicole


My son and I took a parent/baby yoga class at Yoga for Life on Solano Ave. in Berkeley, www.yogaforlifealbany.com . It was nice to be able to do some yoga with my son there and incorporate him into some of the poses. Now that he is mobile, he is participating much more in our Toddler Yoga class at the same studio. You can try a class for $10 to see if it works for you and your baby. Lisa
My friend introduced me to Yogalayam (on Alcatraz near Adeline), and I've taken pre-natal yoga, child birth prep, and postnatal yoga + infant massage with Saraswati. For me, they were all wonderful and so helpful. She offered these clases twice a week - started with infant massage for about 1/2 hour, followed by yoga for you while your baby either hangs out or plays under the care of great assistants. I'm not yoga expert, but it was a great time to 1) really develop a greater comfort in handling my daughter (a colicky, cranky baby) and 2) just time to try to stretch and excercise and relax a bit, and 3) nice to enjoy the company of the other moms. Saraswati throughout my pregancy and after was always a great source of information (teas, herbs, what to do for cramps, indigestion, you name it). I will always remember how Juni started squalling at the top of her lungs, but then calmed down magically (for a while) when Saraswati calmly approached her an played a large tambour drum, soft deep reassuring like a heartbeat. This habit of massage has been a wonderful bonding gift I continue off and on to share with my now 3yo toddler. linda

Note: reviews also received for Baby Massage


Yoga class for mom and 10-y-o daughter

Dec 2007

I'm looking for a yoga class that my daughter, who is 10, and myself, who has not done yoga in a long time, can take together! Oakland would be the best! But not essential. After school, or sunday afternoons are best. Thanks! leela


There is a new studio that just opened in Laurel village/Diamond called Loka Yoga on MacArthur between Fruitvale and 35th. The owner Alice is a great teacher and she just mentioned that she was going to start an after school class for kids/parents. I don't know if it has started yet but it would be worth a call or to check her site, she is on blog spot... http://loka-oakland.blogspot.com/2007_12_01_archive.html Good luck! Kari

Yoga class for 4-year-old

April 2007

My 4-year old is in love with yoga. She did classes at the Albany Community Center (which are no longer happening) and likes her video, but she wants another class. Does anyone know of a yoga class for preschoolers that occurs during the weekend or after 3PM on weekdays? dawn


I haven't been able to take my son yet to Adrienne's YogaKids class at The Yoga & Movement Center, 1379 Locust Street, Walnut Creek, mostly because I work full time. The current classes are being held on Fridays through April 27, 3:30 P.M.−4:15 P.M. All ages welcome. Recommended for kids 5−8 years old. Cost: $80 for 8-week session (began in March). $12 Drop-ins, if space is available. Pre-registration recommended. No refunds unless class is cancelled due to low enrollment. Registration forms are available to download at www.yoga- movement.com or call 925-639-6881. For more information or contact Adrienne at ayogakid@gmail.com or 925-639-6881. Adrienne's website is www.ayogakid.com Son loves yoga!

2005 - 2006 Reviews


Yoga therapist for special needs 6-y-o

June 2006

I'm looking for a yoga therapist, preferably with some experience in early childhood development, who can work with my 6-yo son, either individually or in a small group. I don't want a kids yoga class, but a more individualized, intensive, therapeutic type of yoga therapy. My son has a neurological condition that causes anxiety, frustration, intolerance and rages. I'd like for him to work with someone specifically on relaxation, meditation, body and emotion awareness, as well as the physical aspects of yoga. Any leads would be much appreciated. Thanks! Trying everything


A year or so ago, I worked with a great yoga instructor named Katie Lewis who also taught classes for children and at-risk kids. I don't know if she would be interested, but I would suggest contacting her. She currently teaches at 7th Heaven Body Awareness Center 2820 Seventh Street Berkeley, CA 94710 510-665-4300 tel 510-665-5840 fax seventhheavenyoga@yahoo.com Hopefully Helpful
Hello, I have recommendations for two excellent yoga/movement therapists. They are both colleagues. Julie Rappaport, MFT, is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a studio in Berkeley and can, I believe, do home private sessions. Julie Rappaport's number is: (510) 273-2417

Angela Bausch works using principles from yoga, Body-Mind Centering, Pilates and movement therapy. She's work with a number of child with physical and developmental challenges. She's very gifted with working with children. She works out of Oakland and San Franccisco. Angela Bausch's phone number is : (510) 417-1161 Terese


Yoga class for mom and 11-y-o daughter

Sept 2005

I'm looking for a yoga class that I can take with my 11-year-old daughter. Most classes seem to be strictly for kids or strictly for adults (or ''baby and me''). Do you know of any exceptions to that rule? I'd be interested in hearing about any other artistic or exercise-related class that an 11-year-old and adult can take together. Thanks.


Hi, You can read my answer to the person who asked about ''yoga with injuries'' for my full review of my yoga studio, Yoga Mandala. I have been going there and occasionally bringing my son since he was 10 (he's 11 now). We have attended both Hatha and Vinyassa classes together, the beginning yoga class was great when we first started going. They have a yoga pass for kids, and there is at least one other mom that brings her son. They also have classes for kids, but they have no problem with kids coming to the regular classes.

The classes are 90 minutes for the most part, which can be a long time for a kid, so take this into account. My son is a real ''monkey boy'', never still, big fidgeter, but it is amazing how focused (with a few episodes of spacing out) he can remain through a whole class. Before class I always remind him to drop back to the previous pose if something is too hard, and that child's pose is where he can rest at any time.

He loves Yoga, and it's a great thing to do together! Leigh


I want to recommend Flow Like a River Yoga Studio to anyone looking for a great yoga class at a child centered studio. My son (2.5) and I take the Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. class. For the first 1/2 hour we have a mommy/child playful yoga class. Then the kids play with a couple of fabulous caregivers, while I get some valuable yoga time. It's really terrific. Here's the contact info: Flow Like a River Yoga 2718 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley, Ca 94705 510.841.0651 flowlikeariveroga.com J & J

2004 & Earlier


Preschooler Yoga Class

July 2003

My 3 year old has a sudden interest in yoga. I checked the archives and can't find anything very concrete or recent. Does anyone know of a good yoga class for the preschool set? Or a Mommy & Me Yoga class with preschoolers? Jaime


Well since you didn't specify East Bay or San Francisco I feel compelled to rave about our parent/toddler yoga class here in The City, Yoga Doodles, taught by the always fabulous Teddy Kellam. We've been going for several months now and while at first my (not-quite-3 year old) son seemed to think of it more as ''story time'' (he would contentedly sit and watch all the action, which actually left me to get a great bit of yoga in), he's now fully participating and even does yoga and sings the songs at home. We both get a good stretch and a good laugh out of it. Check out: www.yogadoodles.com Isabel

Family-friendly yoga studio

Oct 2007

I'm looking for a place to practice yoga and meditation has a really supportive and down-to-earth environment, provides programs for families and has a spiritual feeling. Any ideas? Mary


Yogalayam in Berkeley is a wonderful, nourishing, family-friendly environment. Saraswathi is a guiding teacher who brings together her decades of expertise as a yoga teacher with her love for families to grow and thrive in a supportive, spiritual and loving community environment. The Founder-Director of the center is Swami Vignanananda. There are classes in yoga, meditation and yoga philosophy for beginning, intermediate and advanced adult students as well as classes for people with disabilities.

The family program is comprehensive. There are classes in pre-natal yoga, post-natal yoga, natural childbirth, couples' bodywork and infant massage. The parent-toddler class devotes time for parents to practice yoga, has exceptional child care and a snack/song/storytime. There is a new family program for parents and children together, and there are yoga classes for children 3 years of age and older.

I began my yoga practice with Saraswathi when I was still trying to conceive and have continued as my girls are now three. It has been so beneficial to go to a studio where I can bring my children and completely trust how beautifully they will be held and cared for by Saraswathi and her loving staff. I also am a total beginner with some physical injuries and Saraswathi has been able to adapt postures for me as needed, while still encouraging me to gain new strength and flexibility in my body. Now my girls are starting to become little yoginis!

She is a master of yoga, but more deeply her heart pours out support and a solid anchor for people to develop their yoga practice. I encourage you to attend a class and see if you find the jewels that I did - compassion, yoga expertise, care for the entire family and a fabulous community of other parents to grow with. bonnie


As a physical therapist and dancer, I've tried many East Bay studios looking for excellent yoga classes. I've found nothing that compares to the program taught by Saraswathi Devi at Yogalayam for their organization called Prana Yoga Ashram. Her knowledge and expertise, combined with her talented instruction make her classes the very best the East Bay has to offer. You will find that you have worked hard physically, tended to your emotions and spirit, and even tuned up your various organ and immune systems.

The program centered on families is especially impressive. Saraswathi Devi teaches prenatal and postnatal (with your baby) classes, as do many studios; however, Yogalayam/Prana Yoga Ashram's commitment to families extends further, as Saraswathi also offers classes for toddlers and their parents or caregivers which are designed to allow the adults to get some yoga practice in while the kids play with wonderful natural toys and books. There is a special time set aside to practice yoga with the children, as well, presented through singing, dancing and storytelling. Additionally they employ sensitive and responsive caregivers at both the postnatal and toddler classes, so that the adults have a greater chance of being able to participate.

Beyond the toddler age, Yogalayam offers classes for older children and all manner of classes and programs for adults. In this way, you and your children can make yoga practice a part of your life for years.

Yogalayam is a special place. You will find yourself truly welcome, whatever your family configuration and whoever you are as an individual. Gayle


Family Yoga Classes

September 2001

Hi, I'm looking for a family yoga class, if such a thing exists. My kids are 3.5 and 7.5. Thanks for any leads. Jan


I think there is a new yoga studio that opened up on Solano Avenue in Albany near the Sweet Potatoes outlet. They work with kids. You can check about a family class. Jenn See also: Yoga Video for Kids
2001

My daughter loves the YogaKids video from the Berkeley Public Library - Does anyone know if there is a place which teaches yoga to preschool/kidnergarten age children? We would like to try it out.

Recommendations recieved:

  • Downtown Berkeley YMCA (2)
  • Yogalam (2)

    Other recommendations:

    There is a kids yoga class taught by Bronwyn Michaelis on Mondays at Addison and Bonar. Parents can participate as well if they want to... Call 548-3754 Best, Sooz

    Yoga - Susan Hagen, the director of New School, a Berkeley pre-school, teaches Yoga to kids. Toby

    Ha'Ha This A Way, teaches yoga for kids on Fridays. Raissa


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