Little (Superhero) Fliers Yoga Class for Kids and Adults

Have you been looking for a fun class to do with your toddler, preschooler or Kindergarten student? This past weekend, my 4-year-old and I had the opportunity to do a yoga class together with Sukha Yoga and Photography in Issaquah, WA just outside of Seattle. It wasn’t just any yoga class, but a SUPERHERO themed yoga class for kids! After watching LEGO Batman for a week, my son was pumped! *This post contains affiliate links.

We took off our shoes and laid our yoga mats next to each other. I had a yoga mat from doing prenatal yoga but we borrowed a mat for my son. Had I thought ahead, I could have brought a cute kids yoga mat like this one for class.

Little Fliers yoga class for kids in Issaquah teaches breathing techniques to keep kids calm and balanced.
This is my son’s “concentrating” face as he paid close attention to how to do each superhero breath. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Class started with our yoga teacher, Danielle Sack, asking the kids to introduce themselves, who they came with, and say their favorite superhero. Then, we moved on to work on breathing. Since this was a superhero-themed yoga class for kids, each breath featured a classic hero like Spiderman, the Hulk and Wonder Woman. My son’s favorite breath was the Hulk because he got to growl, which made him laugh!

We also got to have a freeze dance party. This was perfect for getting my son’s wiggles out. He loves doing crazy dance moves and since this studio had a mirror, he was in heaven watching himself dance! Each time we froze, we did a superhero pose.

My preschooler practiced his poses at The Studio in Issaquah, WA
My son does a bit of yoga at his preschool, so he was excited to show how to jump like a frog! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The partner yoga portion of the class was my favorite. Not only did my son love climbing on me, but I got a decent workout! I haven’t done much exercising since my youngest was born last year. So, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to keep up and handle all the poses.

My son loved doing chair pose in this partner yoga for kids
Chair pose was definitely one of my son’s favorite poses and he’s asked to do it with me every day since this class! Photo credit: Danielle Sack

Each pose lets the kids become their favorite superhero! If your child isn’t into superheroes, it would be easy to pretend to be any favorite character. The main idea is that your child has fun doing the yoga poses with an adult.

I really appreciated learning the correct way to do these yoga poses with my son. Danielle took the time to make sure each student was doing the poses the right way. She even had us spot each other. My kids like to climb all over me and do “rides” at home. Now I know a safer way to do that with them.

How Partner Yoga Benefits Kids

I’m a big fan of yoga for kids. I did an Itsy Bitsy Yoga class with my youngest when he was just a few months old. It opened my eyes to see how basic motions could really affect his mood and sleep cycles. I immediately bought both the Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies and Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers books. These books are a great way to introduce your child to yoga before trying a yoga class for kids.

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Partner yoga for kids is a great way to build trust and communication skills.
This pose took a lot of communication to make sure I knew when he wanted to get out of the pose. Photo credit: Danielle Sack

From this parent/child yoga class, I realized that yoga teaches kids to focus. It’s all about being present, listening to your breath, and paying attention to what you are doing. My son and I wouldn’t have been able to do any of the poses if he wasn’t focused on what he needed to do. Since he was having so much fun, staying focused wasn’t an issue.

Yoga also helps kids with their balance and coordination. With the partner poses we learned, they required my son to balance on my legs or feet. We had never done this before. But my 4-year-old put his trust in my and eager jumped up to test out the poses. He learned how to hold onto me for support and when to let go.

Through this family yoga class, I realized that my preschooler and I had to communicate effectively to be successful. I had to make sure my son felt safe in every pose. And he had to make sure to let me know when he wanted to get out of each pose. We learned how to quietly make sure we were both on the same page.

Safety is a priority when doing partner yoga with kids of any age.
Spiderman pose was the trickiest for both of us to do, but we were up for the challenge! Photo credit: Danielle Sack

When we got home from this yoga class for kids, my son recreated the entire class to show my husband. I was truly impressed that he remembered every single pose. Not only that, but he remembered the safety tips to do each pose correctly!

Lasting Benefits of Yoga for Kids

My favorite thing about yoga is that it teaches calming techniques. The following day after our Little Fliers class, my son was having a rough time. As we were snuggling, I remembered the breathing technique’s we learned in Danielle’s class. So, we sat and did Spiderman breaths, which calmed us both down! And it reset my son so we could continue on our day. I love having this trick in my back pocket for tough days. My family will be eternally grateful for Danielle and her Sukha Yoga and Photography!

I think the best way to do yoga with kids is to take a class, like our Little Fliers yoga class, because you can get individualized instruction. To supplement at home, it’s fun to watch videos online or read awesome yoga books like Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story or You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses.

The Studio in Issaquah

We went to The Studio in Issaquah for our Little Fliers class. It’s mostly a dance studio with fun classes like 1980s Cardio, Theater Jazz, Hip Hop, and more. But, they also offer several yoga classes. This their only yoga class for kids. There’s a spot in the back of the studio to stash bags and shoes. The Studio in Issaquah is easy to find on Front Street and there is a ton of parking. After class, you can walk to a multitude of restaurants. And there’s a great park with a train station just across the street. Plus, there’s a coffee stand in the parking lot!

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Yoga for kids keeps them calm and focused

Sukha Yoga and Photography provided me with this complimentary class and photography for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

10 Comments

  1. He looks so excited to be doing yoga! Teaching kids calming techniques from young really is such a good idea.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, I couldn’t believe how quickly he caught on!

  2. My Blog Inspires Reply

    Omg such lovely pictures .. Cute kids .. well written post .. I’m a yoga freak Thank you for sharing !

    • marciecheung Reply

      Oh thanks! Our yoga instructor is a gifted photographer and offered to take photos of us after class!

  3. Love the idea of practicing yoga with your kids. Seems like a great way to bond with your child and be peaceful at the same time.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, some days we both need some calm now time 🙂

  4. I think my son would really enjoy that kind of class! But I don’t know if he could sit still or be calm when required. I love yoga too!

    • marciecheung Reply

      There were kids running around and everyone was pretty relaxed about it.

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