What could possibly be a better way to spend an hour with your family then by doing yoga together? Over the years, I have taught so many variations of families. Now that I’m teaching family yoga with Zephyr, it’s one of my favorite ways to teach yoga.
For those of you looking to start teaching some family yoga classes, or even find a teacher to do a class in your neck of the woods, here are some ideas:
1. Pick an organization and do the family yoga classes at a farmer’s market, yoga studio or school and do the class by donation! I’ve been giving to organizations like Africa Yoga Project and CitySeed. I’ve also done a fundraiser for Zephyr’s school. This weekend I’m doing one with another school where I teach. It’s such a great way to raise money!
2. Mother’s Day Yoga Classes. At one of my favorite schools where I teach – Alphabet Academy, I do a mother’s day yoga class for all the moms and their kids. It’s so awesome and it’s a chance to finally meet the parents of the kids I teach. I spend so much time with them and never get to meet the families. I look forward to it every year.
3. Teach a parent & me class. Zephyr and I teach a parent & toddler class every week at Breathing Room yoga studio in New Haven. He’s almost too old for the class at this point, but sometimes he’s the one running the show. He tells the other kids what to do, gives out props and helps me set up. Or he makes it completely challenging by wanting to do things his way. Either way, it’s been so much fun. He’s aging out of this class soon and I’m going to be sad to teach it by myself.
4. Offer Family Yoga during the evening at a school. I am really lucky in that one of the public schools near me has a family resource center that offers these classes for free for the families that go to the school. We’ve been doing it for a few years now and it’s a way for families to spend some much needed time together and to try yoga together as a family. It’s been so great and I just love that there is a school that can offer something so cool like this.
5. You get to teach Partner yoga. Partner poses make up the bulk of a family yoga or parent & me class. I LOVE teaching partner yoga, it’s just so much fun. So much happens during a partner yoga class- trust, connection, sharing, bonding, the list goes on.
Family yoga is a way to connect, spend time, and have fun with your family. We are all so busy all the time. See if you can find a family yoga class near you, or if you teach yoga, consider offering it to your community!
Do you do family yoga? do you have activities you like to do as a family? I’d love to hear more ideas about teaching families! Please share!