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).