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