With all of our crazy, jam-packed schedules of taking our child to preschool, swim lessons, gymnastics, and play dates, sometimes we just need time to do nothing but breathe. Yoga has become a very popular form of this much needed relaxation time among adults. However, most people haven’t thought about introducing their children (or even babies) to the practice of yoga as well. Our children can receive the same benefits as we do, because sometimes they just need a break too. Many yoga studios are realizing that kids can benefit from these classes. Several studios in Lake County hold special mommy and me classes or kids classes. I have rounded up a list of them in the area.
Mommy & Me Yoga Classes in Lake County
Cook Memorial Library
413 N Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville | (847) 362-2330
Usually once per season Cook Library holds a FREE Family Yoga. This is a great introduction to see if your child will like it before investing in a pricier class. There is no age limit, and the class is kid friendly and play based. Check their website for dates of future classes
Orinoco Fitness116 N Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville | (847) 281-7362
Orinoco Fitness has a Yoga with your Child class monthly (usually the 2nd Thursday of the month) at 5:30 p.m. Kid-friendly themes are used to get your child into the poses. The class is ideal for children ages 3.5 – 7 years old, but there is a limit of two children per family. Babysitting is offered for younger siblings (18 months and older) if advance notice is given. The class is 45 minutes long and is 12 dollars per adult and 3 dollars per child. If using a credit card to pay, you must register in advance. Check out Melissa’s review of the class.
New Mother New Baby
3115 Dundee Road. Northbrook | (847) 272-1500
New Mother New Baby has a monthly Mommy & Me Yoga. It is a great class for a mom who wants to get back into shape while meeting new friends. The poses are definitely geared toward rebuilding strength and flexibility while entertaining your baby. The class works best for a non-crawling infant. The class meets on a Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. The fee is 15 dollars per class.
The Therapy Tree
89 Cedar Ave. Lake Villa, IL |(847) 265-7300
The Therapy Tree in Lake Villa has Mommy and Me Yoga for kids ages 2-5 years on Monday mornings from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 am. Call to register, or register on their website. Check out Melissa’s review!
Yoga in the Park at the Kohl Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL |(847) 832-6600
Most weekdays in the month of May, Kohl Children’s Museum holds Yoga in the Park. The class is from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. It is included in the price of admission which is 11 dollars per person. Members are free. Call ahead or check their calendar before heading out.
Kids Yoga Classes in Lake County
Blue Sky Studio
117 East Cook Ave. Libertyville | (224) 513-1069
Blue Sky Studio offers a Young Yogis class for kids ages 5-10 years old. This class will give them benefits that last a lifetime. The first class is always free.
Healing Power Yoga
459 Central Avenue Highland Park| (847) 432-9642
Healing Power Yoga has ten-week sessions of yoga for kids ages 5- 18. The session costs 180 dollars. They also have therapeutic yoga for children with special needs.
Community Christian Church 1970 Riverwoods Rd. Lincolnshire| (847) 945-0808
Certified yoga instructor Sarah Wicklein teaches kids how to relieve anxiety and improve flexibility. Four weeks of yoga is offered for 48 dollars. Call to register.
Prairie Sunshine Yoga Studio
960 Harris Road, Suite 2A . Grayslake | (847) 223-0601
This studio offers fun and stimulating classes which explore yoga poses appropriate for the age of each child. A single drop-in class costs 18 dollars.
644 Central Avenue Highland Park | (847) 780-4827
Sprout Kids is proud to announce that they are starting Yoga classes for kids every Monday from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Classes are best suited for kids ages 3-8. Certified yoga instructor Ellen Tucker Schoen will direct the class. Mothers are encouraged to stay and watch their child learn downward dog, sun salutations and breathing techniques. The first six weeks of sessions are FREE! Sign up now to make reservations because space is limited.
The Yoga Effect
170 Center St., Unit 3, Grayslake, IL | (847) 752-8699
Yoga is offered for kids ages 6-9. The kids will learn by playing, singing, imitating, moving, observing other children and being together in a group. Through breathing techniques and the balance between quiet and active poses, children learn how to calm themselves and how to use breathing in stressful situations like taking a test.
Treehouse Center for Growth & Learning
4160 Route 83 Suite 211 Long Grove | (847) 450-3189
Yoga Kids is a program that offers a unique approach to integrative learning using yoga as a pathway. Reading, storytelling, creative expression, music, creative arts, and the environment blend seamlessly with yoga movement to educate the “whole” child. Classes are run by a certified YogaKids instructor and children are grouped according to age.
1490 Old Deerfield Road, Suite 16 Highland Park | (847) 636-6762
Several yoga classes for kids are available here. Mini Yogis, for kids ages 3-6, builds self-esteem and self-assurance for children from the inside out. For an extra fee, Mini Yogis can also stay through lunch! Other classes offered include Kid Yoga (ages 6-12) and Tween Yoga (ages 12+). In addition, there is a class called Yoga & Art, which incorporates yoga, art and music to tap into your child’s inner Picasso. Birthday parties and summer camp are also available.
Where will your child be relaxing at?