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Kids ages 4-12 can get their wellness on at this Bergen County studio. Instructors make teaching flexibility and strength fun and age-appropriate with animal imitations, music, storytelling and games. Kids are sure to get attention thanks to the 10 person cap per class.
In addition to weekly kids’ classes, this spot hosts parties, summer camps and special events for little ones, like Kids’ Night Out, at which budding yogis can make crafts and fit in a good stretch.
Soul In Motion Yoga Studio
676 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park
201-321-4962, $125/10 classes
She’ll gain the tools to learn more about her mind and body through visualization techniques, dancing and interactive games. This spot stresses the importance of body awareness and self-control.
Impart important lessons in body awareness, community and fitness to your kids ages 4 and up. If you have two little ones who want to give it a shot, siblings can share the class admission. This studio also hosts parties and occasional teen events, too.
Kids ages 5-11 can explore poses, games and relaxation exercises in a non-competitive environment. They’ll also take part in special events like conscious coloring, family yoga and a chocolate and yoga workshop.
Kids ages 7-14 will learn everything from basic postures to well-being. Get in on the fun with Family Flow, where kids ages 3-11 will get their ohm on with a parent. Don’t forget to ask about getting your first class free.
Bond with your newborn in Baby and Me, where you’ll learn things like baby massage. Kids ages 3-6 will love learning yoga techniques through music and activities, just as much as the big kids (ages 7-11) will enjoy learning methods to calm their minds and gain self-confidence. Be sure to ask about Family Yoga, an all-ages class for you and your kiddo, and teen classes that specialize in breathing and meditation. Bonus? Her first class is free.
Roll your mat out for weekly lessons in poses, breathing and games. Have two aspiring yogis on your hands? Take advantage of a 10 percent sibling discount. Once your kid gets older, sign him up for Tween and Teen classes that emphasize stress relief, coordination and focus, just in time for those tumultuous adolescent years.
South Mountain Yoga
18 South Orange Ave., 2nd Floor, South Orange
973-518-0665, $160/nine weeks
Classes are restricted to eight mini yogis, which means your little one will get plenty of attention from his instructor. They’ll enhance their motor skills, learn meditation skills and improve concentration. Courses for kids ages 3.5-5, 6-8, 9-11 and 12 and up.
111 Irvington Ave., South Orange
917-270-8530, $18/class for 10 classes
A studio exclusively for kids, this spot has your budding yogi covered from 18 months through teenhood. In Buddah Babies (18 months-3 years), you’ll get to help him breathe and work on calming poses. Omies (ages 4-6) will get to work on poses and inspire her creativity. Namastes (ages 7-10) can work on postures and meditation, or sign up for Yoga Meets Science (ages 7-13), a STEM workshop that combines yoga with hands-on experiments. Tween Zens (ages 11 and up) will role play and breathe their way through advanced poses and inversions.
Be Here Now Yoga
63 Main St., Ste. 202, Flemington
908-642-0989, $90/six classes
Kids ages 8-12 can work on their poses and breathing with other little ones. Best part? Your six pack of classes is super flexible, as they don’t need to be taken consecutively and are good for 8 weeks. Once they fall in love with it, they can even have their birthday party at the studio, where a certified instructor will lead a yoga activity, play games and craft with the kids.
Bee You Kids Yoga Studio
74 Main St., Manasquan
This spot is dedicated to little yogis ages 6 weeks to 18 years old. Teach the kids confidence through mindfulness and yoga techniques. Not only can they sign up for workshops, but Bee You has a summer camp and mommy and me retreats.
Soul Power Yoga
455 County Rd. 520, Marlboro
732-970-5566, call for prices
Kids ages 4-12 can progress in their skills throughout childhood. Start with developing social, sensory and motor skills at Level 1, engage in structured play at Level 2 and challenge them with new poses and flowing sequences in Level 3. After that, teens ages 12-15 can take Tween Empowerment, which will keep them relaxed, flexible and balanced.
Inner Spirit Studio
190 State Hwy. 10 W., Whippany
973-797-9775, $90/six weeks
Fearless little monkeys (ages 8-12) will have a blast trying out kids’ aerial yoga, a stunning practice that uses gravity and silks to stretch further, engage different muscle groups and teach balance. They’ll feel like pros when they nail their first tricks, and soar through the air like true acrobats.
Yoga 4 Kids
21 B. Main St., Toms River
732-600-0971, call for prices
The yoga teachers here are all licensed clinical therapists, so your kids (ages 6 weeks-18 years) are in good hands. Empower them against stress and anxiety by equipping them with copy strategies, guided meditation and breathing techniques.
Nirvana Yoga and Wellness Center
112 Main Rd., Montville; 61 Berdan Ave., Wayne
973-588-3776, call for pricing
They’ll stretch and pose their way to self-reflection and imagination. Through art and movement, your little ones will get stronger, focused and confident, not to mention gain the ability to calm themselves and reach inner peace.
Princeton Center for Yoga and Health
88 Orchard Rd., Skillman
609-924-7294, $140-160/eight weeks
After eight weeks of practice, 3rd-5th graders will have a grasp on being present, generating compassion and more. 6th-12th graders can continue their studies in a class with experienced preteen yogis, where they’ll learn to incorporate mindfulness into their everyday lives.
347 Lincoln Ave. E., Cranford
908-276-9642, call for prices
Start them off in Alluem Little Kids (ages 4-6) with yoga poses, storytime, crafts and music with an emphasis on kid-friendly breathing and self-awareness. Alluem Kids (ages 7-9) adds writing, asana yoga poses and meditation exercises to the mix before reaching Alluem Tweens (ages 10-12), which will teach them partner poses, yoga games, empathy and flexibility. Kids ages 4-10 can also take part in family yoga, a light class that’ll make for quality time and bonding.
235 East Broad St., Westfield
908-789-7203, $90/six weeks
Introduce them to the world of yoga through song, play and story. They’ll learn meditation and relaxation practices (K-grade 5) that’ll teach them to self-soothe, de-stress and express themselves in and outside the studio. Girls ages 11-14 can learn to unwind in those high-anxiety tween years through yoga concepts, as well. Want to get in on the action with your tot? Take your little one (ages 2-4) to Playtime with My Little Yogi to venture into skills with props like scarves, pom-poms and more.