Kid’s Yoga Classes in Des Moines
My 4-year-old has a simple board book with yoga poses for kids and loves to teach them to me. Even my 1-year-old enjoys doing downward dog and being included in my (okay somewhat irregular) fitness routine. Yoga not only helps improve your child’s coordination, strength, and flexibility but certain breathing techniques can reduce stress, improve concentration, lower blood pressure, and help with emotional regulation. Some teachers even incorporate it into their classrooms for these reasons. There are many physical benefits, but tons of mental benefits as well. Certain yoga studios that cater to adults allow older children to attend with a parent and so contact your local studio to check.
Grab your yoga mat, and water bottle, and check out these great places that offer Kid’s Yoga Classes in Des Moines.
1. Earth Om Yoga
Phone: (515) 822-6356
Website: Earth Om Yoga
Facebook: Earth Om Yoga Facebook
Earth Om Yoga was started by Alicia Bassett, who is both an elementary school teacher and a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher. I love her Facebook page description which states, “Teaching children is my passion. Yoga is my love. Teaching yoga to children is my joy!” She has provided classes for different organizations including the Brenton Arboretum, Waukee Community Education, and currently through Waukee Parks and Recreation. She also offers birthday parties with a yoga lesson and craft as well as private in-home classes for kids ages 2-18.
2. Roots Prenatal Yoga
Facebook: Roots Prenatal Yoga | Facebook
Sandi Hoover, co-owner of The Family Tree Yoga and Massage in Des Moines, created Roots Prenatal Yoga offering classes for expectant moms and Mommy and Me Yoga. She is a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher as well as a nurse. Prenatal Yoga sessions are offered over 6 weeks and include parenting/pregnancy topics, stretches, poses, breath work, and relaxation. Each quarter she offers Mommy and Baby Yoga as well as Toddler Yoga. Follow her Facebook page for more information.
3. Happy Heart Yoga Wellness
Instagram: HappyHeartYoga Instagram
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Katie Allen began practicing yoga after the birth of her second daughter and felt such a mental and physical transformation that she opened Happy Heart Yoga Wellness to teach yoga to others. While she teaches a beginner’s adult class at Yoga and Co, she offers many options for kids yoga classes as well. Follow her on Facebook or Instagram for her current class offerings.
4. Life Time Fitness
Address: 11911 Hickman Rd., Urbandale
Phone: (515) 362-3500
Website: Life Time Fitness Des Moines
Life Time Fitness is an athletic country club offering a variety of amenities including a workout floor, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and kids’ spaces. They offer yoga through their Grown Up and Me classes for ages 1-2 with a parent, Kids Academy Yoga Classes for all ages, and Kids Studio Classes including classes for ages 5-8 and classes for ages 9-13. If your child is 12 or over, they can join parents in the Adult Studio Classes.Check their website for class descriptions and to register.
5. Yoga in the Park
Multiple locations in the Des Moines metro.
Ditch the yoga studio! During the summer months, many of the parks and recreation departments hold free outdoor yoga. In the past, this has been put on by Des Moines, Greenbelt Landing near the Clive Aquatic Center, Ankeny at Wagner Park, Indianola, West Des Moines Parks & Recreation, and Waukee Parks and Recreation Departments. Many are taught by volunteer instructors. Some specify ages to attend such as 6 and up for Yoga on the Lawn in West Des Moines and 8 and up for Waukee Yoga in the park. Check your Des Moines area parks and recreation department in the summer months for program start date, locations, and more information.
Waukee Parks and Recreation Department offers a Kid’s Yoga Class at other times of the year as well.
6. Howell’s Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch
Address: 3145 Howell Ct., Cumming
Phone: (515) 981-0863
My little boys are obsessed with animals and especially goats. They love cuddling the baby goats every year at Howell’s and next on our bucket list is Goat Yoga. That’s right- every summer you can attend a yoga class with your kids while interacting and sometimes posing with the baby goats. Visit their website during the summer months to sign up. Interested in learning more about this fun experience? Check out our blog post here.
Engage your child’s mind and body with a yoga class for kids! Have a kid’s yoga class to add? Let us know!