Here's just an idea of what you will experience during a typical class.
What do you need to bring?
I try to have everything you need at class, but here is a little packing list for the 45-minutes that we are together:
Baby + Me: bring a yoga mat if you have one (I have extras); diaper bag, blanket for your child, and non-electronic toy or book that your baby likes to play with. Wear clothes that are comfortable to be seated on the floor and move around. No snacks/drinks are allowed in the studio space.
Toddler + Me: bring a yoga mat if you have one (I have extras). Plan to dress both you and your child in comfy clothes that you can sit on the floor and move around the room with. We are typically barefoot. No snacks/drinks are allowed in the studio space.
Tykes: just plan to bring a yoga mat if you have one (I have extras). We will be moving around, both on and off our mats, during the class. We are typically barefoot. No snacks/drinks are allowed in the studio space.
Beginning of class:
We begin the class seated on yoga mats in a circle (you and your child will share a mat). We begin with simple centering exercise and move to introductions - where we ask you to share your child’s name, age, and something that they are learning or excited about. We then move into a ‘warm-up’ where we sing songs using hand motions and do some simple stretching together. We typically transition from seated poses to moving about the room. With infants of course, we are seated on our mats for the duration of this portion.
Middle (activities, singing, dancing):
The middle of class is where we like to incorporate the most physical activity! For those children who are crawling, walking, or running - this is usually where we ‘go on an adventure’, try out new poses using the wall or props, or learn a new song. And don’t worry! We don’t expect kids to stay on the mat! We fully expect them to move about and not listen to us sometimes. One of the best parts of a yoga class is that we can let them explore and interact with others, and always come back to our mat when they are ready :)
Experience Savasana, relaxation of the body and mind, alongside your child. Savasana will look different in each class (depending on the ages and mobility of the children), but I typically will play soft music and turn down the lights. This is a time for you to read a book with your baby (I will bring those), breastfeed or cuddle, or have your preschooler choose a beanie baby from my bag and have them take a ‘ride’ on your child’s belly as we breathe. After a few minutes, we bring everyone back into the circle for a short closing activity.