Sometimes it’s hard to stay as active as your kids. They’re bouncing off the walls and you just want to have a nap. If you’re trying to get in sync with them, physical activity-wise, try taking part in yoga as a family. A great way to strengthen muscles and strengthen bonds, it’s also a wonderful stress reliever for you and the kids.
There are a number of places in the GTA that offer family yoga classes:
Enjoy yoga with your kids ages 3–12 in a small class of no more than six kids. There are also kids-only classes for ages 5–12. Classes are geared to the ages of the children and are balanced with breathing, meditation, and relaxation methods.
274 Jane St., Toronto
Adults free, kids $17+HST
Kidnasium has seasonal all-ages family yoga classes that urge students to move and breathe as a family and even entice them into family games of Twister.
745 Mount Pleasant Rd., 2nd floor, Toronto
$148+HST for 8 weeks or $23.50+HST for drop-in classes
Families seeking a positive and loving interaction are led by director Temmi Ungerman Sears who “weaves yoga within the matrix of your family relationships.” As a family and expressive therapist, Temmi uses her experience to create a safe space for connection to flourish. Classes include those geared toward families with kids ages 4 and up, parents-and-teens, as well as kids ages 5–9, tweens ages 9–11, youth ages 10–16, and children with special needs. Look for special classes and workshops like Mother-Daughter Yoga and Art Yoga.
165 Dewbourne Ave. (Bathurst and Eglinton), Toronto
Call for rates.
Kids ages 2 and up can join their parents in family yoga at Toronto Yoga Mamas, where they play yoga games and do partner poses while building confidence, self-esteem, and healthy bodies. Everyone in the family can also benefit from breathing and relaxation exercise designed to improve focus and reduce stress.
1402 Queen St. E., Suite D
$129/family (which includes up to 5 immediate family members) for a 4-weeks series
Spynga is a spinning and yoga facility with a family yoga class designed to promote connection and wellness. This cheerful, open, and energetic class employs traditional yoga poses and is open to anyone you call family. There are kids-only classes too, for ages 3–6, 7–9, and 10–12.
477 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto
Adults $20 per class, kids $12 per class
It’s great to connect through yoga, even when your children are too small to verbally communicate. Octopus Garden has parent-and-baby yoga classes for mobile babies and pre-crawlers, respectively. It’s a great way to network with a community of new parents. They also have classes for kids ages 7–11 and teens ages 12–18.
967 College St., Toronto
$60+HST ($30 for members) per 4-week session
Mothers and their 7- to 12-year-old daughters are the focus of the Mother-Daughter Yoga class taught by former school teacher Dana Chapman. The class is based on the importance of the parent-child relationship and its role in a child’s development. Move, breathe, and create with your child. Check the schedule for other interesting classes like AcroYoga for ages 8–12 and Back-To-School Yoga for kids.
1073 Yonge St., 3rd floor, Toronto
Mother-Daughter Yoga $30+HST (includes mother and daughter)
Stellar Kids Yoga is a yoga class that comes to you! In the comfort of your own home (or school) build a more engaging, interactive relationship with your child through one of the programs, like Baby Stars (for parents and babies 6 weeks–1 year), Bonding Stars (mother and kids 2–8 years), and Star Family.\
Classes att your home or venue
$13+HST per child (minimum 5 children)
You can’t beat the price for these family yoga classes! Free and open to all ages, classes are led by student teachers earning their Kids Yoga Teacher Certification and sometimes by expert trainers. Just pre-register and bring your own mat. You can sign up for a newsletter alerting you to upcoming classes.
Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Ave., Toronto