Drop-in Yoga with toddlers


I am a huge huge fan of the Mom & Toddler yoga class at Yogalayam studios. And it’s not because you get any sort of workout. It’s because the environment is simply so conducive to great toddler play that my daughter is quick to wander away from Mommy’s yoga mat and explore the silk scarves, wooden trains, and woolly puppets that surround the room. While the toddlers are busy doing that, the moms enjoy a slow-paced yoga class with the very charismatic leader, Saraswathi.

Parents bring shareable snacks for their kids and a fifteen-minute break from yoga in the middle allows for picnic-style snacking and group finger play songs.

Two childcare providers are present to facilitate play and give moms some space. But if your little clinger needs to stand right next to you while you salute the sun, that’s perfectly acceptable as well. This class is appropriate for babies who actively crawl or pull up to a stand, until 36 months. (Younger babies should experience Yogalayam’s postnatal class.)

Every Monday at 9.15, the class runs two hours. It costs less if you commit to a series, but for me, the beauty is the drop-in aspect.

Check Yogalayam website. Class is typically cancelled on Monday holidays like MLK or President’s Day.

YOGALAYAM is located at 1723 Alcatraz Avenue in Berkeley.
(One block west from the corner of Adeline Street).

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  1. Anne Marie Kornbluh says

    Does anyone know of any yoga class with toddlers on weekends for those who can’t make it during the week?

  2. Judy says

    I was sent the below info through a local yahoo group from a yoga teacher named Bendy Beth:

    This family yoga class is an introduction to yoga, with a mixture of yoga games, postures, music, meditation and fun. My hope is that this yoga class will give families an opportunity to learn about yoga, to move, and to reconnect with their families. The class will be very child-centered, but I hope to give the adults a good stretch as well. All family members are welcome to participate, but the class will be most appropriate for younger kids and their parents. That said, older kids are always welcome to join the silliness.
    Here’s the website for contact information, pricing and directions: