SaratogaMama reader Kristen Dolan shares her experience and new found love for Yoga. She and her 4 year-old twins now take weekly classes and have discovered the many health benefits of yoga. Studies show that children gain many of the same benefits from yoga that adults do. Benefits such as body awareness, self-esteem, strength, flexibility and relaxation are all positive effects of a yoga practice.
Read more about Kristen’s experience!
I am so excited that I have the opportunity to share with you a wonderful activity I get to do with my kids each week. Every Monday at 4:00 we attend ‘Mommy/Daddy and Me Yoga’ at The Yoga Spa in Ballston Spa NY with our instructor and Yoga Spa owner Jennilee. The experience has been so great for all of us. The class is a combination of circle time, music, dancing, obstacle courses, story time and moments of reflection. It is recommended for ages 7 and under and is $5 for anyone who can walk.
I started taking Yoga only a few months ago as a result of some personal health issues. I don’t feel like I epitomize the image of a “Yogini”, but my desire to live a more healthy life had finally outweighed my intimidation of walking into a Yoga studio.
After one class of Basic Yoga I was hooked. Not only did I feel both physically and mentally better immediately, the strength and confidence in myself that followed after a few more yoga classes was more rewarding than I ever expected.
It wasn’t long before my family realized positive changes in me and my 4 year-old twins took notice. I don’t know if it was the added energy (or tolerance) I had for them or the fact that mommy was leaving them once a week and not feeling guilty about it, but they started inquiring about yoga.
Soon after, The Yoga Spa started offering a children’s class, so I brought them. It took 2 or 3 classes for both of them to feel comfortable, but the bond of having something we all do together, that is also healthy for all of us, has been a true gift.
And at the end of the class, when we are all laying in a circle and Jennilee asks what we are thankful for – it’s amazing to hear your children share with the class, hearing them name a family member, a new friend or a pet…it brings a warmth to my heart that I never thought that first Yoga class I attended a few months ago would do for me.
I highly recommend The Yoga Spa. There is such a positive energy at the studio and with Jennilee, the owner, that you’ll just want more. Check out the website and class schedule at www.the-yoga-spa.com.
Kids Yoga Classes in Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa NY offered at:
The Yoga Spa, 53 Front Street, Ballston Spa NY
Offers various types of yoga and fitness classes for all levels. Mommy/Daddy and Me Yoga is on Mondays at 4pm and is $5 for anyone that can walk.
Bloom: A Movement Space , 153 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs NY
Mommy/Daddy and me Yoga on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:45 & Pregnancy Yoga and Meditation on Tuesdays from 11-12:15pm.
National Museum of Dance – 99 South Broadway Saratoga Springs NY
YogaMotion kids yoga classes will be held weekly on Tuesday morning from 9:30am-10:30am from February 7 through March 27 Download the registration form here or call Sue at 584-2225 x3009 for more information.