Portland is known for it’s amazing yoga teachers and plethora of classes. And while yoga is the perfect practice for keeping moms and dads calm and centered at home, it also offers plenty of benefits for the younger yoginis. Below are our favorite local yoga studios for your kids to get out their wiggles and giggles.
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With a curriculum designed to inspire real change in little yogi’s lives, this yoga method is being taught throughout Portland and offers an array of classes for children ages 2-12 years old. You can expect your kiddo to not only stretch and gain strength but to also learn compassion, hone their concentration and become boldly kind. Each class is lead by a certified Imagination Yoga teacher who uses adventure themes to capture students imagination and guide them through class. There are classes at a variety of locations in and around Portland, but if you can’t make it out of the house, don’t worry: they offer online classes too!
Located in the beautiful Sellwood neighborhood, this studio has classes that will inspire and enrich the lives of every member of your family. Their specially designed kids classes serve children 2 years and up. There’s a kid’s fitness series, yoga and mindfulness for girls and family yoga Fridays for kids 2 to 10 years old with with yoga instructors Annie and Rosey. If you are one of those parents who looks ahead, keep an eye out for their summer camps too!
7970 SE 13th Ave
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This community studio is located in SE Portland and offers affordable and kid-friendly classes for all levels of practitioners. Parents in need of some “me time” can go for their own class and even get a massage after or there is a family-friendly class that is ideal for children ages 3 to 10 years old. It introduces the foundations of yoga —including some yoga philosophy—in an easy-to-understand way that includes fun and games and results in increased fitness, calm, and flexibility. Parents are welcome to participate with their children, but not required and will not be charged.
3235 SE 39th Ave
Yoga Shala of Portland
If you are expecting, have a brand new or young child or want to do a little yoga with your newborn, then this is the studio for you. Parents can get their flow on while children ages 12 months – 12 years are cared for by loving professionals in their childcare room. If you are expecting and want to make sure everything is zen with your babe, then their Prenatal class is just what the midwife ordered. Moms with brand new babies will love the Mom & Baby yoga class. It’s the perfect way to welcome your little one into the beautiful world.
3808 N WIlliams
There’s nothing quite like imaginative play and being active to bring a family together. This studio uses fun poses and unique breathing and relaxation exercises that engage the whole family in a yoga practice that is built to last a lifetime. The teacher incorporates music, crafts, picture books and age-appropriate props that keep even the littlest yogi engaged all class long.
2108 NE 41st Ave., Portland
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