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Babies Get Bendy at Pose & Play Yoga for Tots in Interbay

Babies from 3 months to 4 years can play and explore in the studio



Yoga for tots offers an intentional, indoor way to play with kids.

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

After five years of keeping her yoga classes and kindergarten teaching separate, it took having her own kid to make Ashtyn Thomas realize that she’d spent her whole life preparing to teach yoga to children. Thomas and her mother, Sue Berger, run Breath Body Soul yoga studio in Interbay, and on Friday mornings from 10:30 to 11 am, they offer Pose & Play yoga for tots.

The classes, which see babies as young as 3 months and up to 4 years, bring in a new audience to the studio and offer an intentional, indoor way to play with kids. “You can be fun without being insane,” explains Thomas, who teaches the class.

Each class of five to eight kids begins with a welcome song to help learn names, then moves on to a story that incorporates yoga poses. The kids — and parents — sing, dance and move freely throughout the class, imitating animals and interpreting the themes. (This month, those themes are thankfulness, turkeys and leaves.)

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

Babies from 3 months to 4 years can play and explore in the studio.

The idea for class came after Thomas had her own child, Caroline, now 16 months. She had stopped teaching kindergarten and realized that she missed being around kids. While she had taught yoga for the previous seven years, she’d always avoided teaching kids’ classes. But suddenly, without her kindergarten class as an outlet, she realized it was time to begin. 

The biggest surprise, she found in beginning the classes, was how much children are capable of. She admits that for the youngest babies in the class, the parent is more involved, but even at just a few months old, babies watch and are excited. For wee ones just a bit older, she says it’s sometimes hard to get adults to buy into the concept, but that “kids can do whatever we’re asking them to.”

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

 

The classes began just over six months ago; Thomas already has increased the frequency due to popularity and now offers them on a weekly basis. The cost is $10 (per child) or seven classes for $50. As the classes move forward, she hopes to add more sessions and even a class for slightly older kids to the program. 

 

Breath Body Soul, 1477 Elliott Ave. W, Seattle; breathbodysoul.com

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