Third Root’s Yoga with Wee Ones classes foster a warm and welcoming community for all caregivers and children ages 6 weeks – 6 years. Little ones and grown-ups can connect with their bodies, each other, and their environment through a variety of developmentally appropriate asana (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing), singing, shared touch and movement, prop and toy exploration, games, imaginative play, and partnering. The Wee Ones program is divided into 4 levels, to support little yogis’ rapidly changing minds, hearts, and bodies at each distinct stage of development, as well as the changing nature of the child-caregiver bond. Caregivers also have the opportunity to make connections with each other that can carry over outside the classroom. Laura, certified adult, child, and baby yoga teacher, and MSEd candidate, offers classes that are nourishing and fun for all, in a supportive and lighthearted environment. From mommies to daddies, aunties, nannies, and grannies, any caregivers are welcome.
Sarah was introduced to yoga by her rigorous dance training. Through studying sensation based dance, she learned about the power of movement and touch, which sparked her excitement in discovering our untapped physical and emotional potential. Sarah completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Bergerac, France with Jennie Cohen of Yogaworks. There, she learned to teach both in English, her native tongue and French, her second fluent language. She has since studied Yoga for Trauma with Lisa Danylchuk and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Jenn Turner. Sarah enjoys teaching to people of all ages and developmental stages, starting with those who are 6 weeks old! Sarah’s classes are focused on proper alignment, which gives space for interoceptive exploration. Sarah wishes to create a safe space where any body is welcome to discover, play, and breath.
FALL 2016 SCHEDULE
Yoga with Wee-Ones 6-Week Fall Series
- Baby & Me: Tuesdays 11:30 – 12:15pm
- Creepers & Crawlers: Tuesdays 10:30 – 11:15am
- Tots: Fridays 11 – 11:45am
- Kids NEW: Sundays 2:45 – 3:30pm
Pre-Register $95 (Sliding Scale $80 – $110); Drop-in $20, NEW You may use 1 class from your Adult Class Card (10 or 20 or unlimited) and simply add on $5 for Yoga with Wee-Ones attendance! Siblings are 1/2 off your sliding scale rate! No extra charge for additional caregivers. Series is ongoing, participants are welcome to join at any point during the 6 week session! Series purchases do not roll over. Missed classes may be made up in any of the other weekly Yoga with Wee-Ones classes, the Saturday Wee Ones Drop-In Workshops, or any regular adult yoga class, for the duration of the series.
Baby and Me (6 weeks – early crawling)
“Baby and Me” class is for babies who are 6 weeks through pushing back on the belly. Class focuses on developing babies’ ability to regulate their new and sensitive nervous system, introducing sensory stimulation of all kinds in a supportive way. Special attention is paid to tummy time and helping babies develop the foundation of a strong and healthy relationship of limbs to spine for future postural support and cognitive development. All activities emphasize the baby-caregiver bond, and attention is paid to supporting self-care for caregivers’ stressed minds and bodies.
Creepers and Crawlers (crawling – early walking)
“Creepers and Crawlers” class is for babies who are scooting on their tummies through almost walking. Class focuses on supporting these babies’ new ability to move through space – rolling, scooting, creeping, crawling, and cruising – as well as introducing more socialization with others. Playful partner activities with caregivers help develop babies’ growing sense of balance, verticality, and relationship to gravity. Asana for caregivers also supports a sense of lightheartedness, community, and the skill of not forgetting oneself while tending to a newly mobile baby.
Tots (walking – age 3)
“Tots” class is for children who are walking up to age 3. Class focuses on developing toddlers’ growing independence and mobility, body awareness, early language skills, ability to follow directions and be part of a group, and increased socialization and communication with others. Caregivers and toddlers play together, as caregivers often demonstrate and toddlers imitate recognizable yoga postures. As toddlers do more on their own, caregivers have more and more opportunities to move and stretch their own bodies.
Kids (2.5 – age 6)
“Family” class is for children ages 2.5-6 with caregivers. This is a playful class that supports children’s growing use of their imagination and increasing physical abilities. Each class takes students on an adventurous journey, using creative storytelling, asanas (postures), games and songs. Children and caregivers get to work on balance, coordination, and strength alongside each other. They also begin to explore the philosophical foundations of yoga in an age-appropriate way (e.g., “be nice”, “practice peace”, etc.).
“I just wanted to forward along a plug for a baby yoga class at Third Root that is phenomenal. The teacher, Laura is so in tune with the babies and Fenn absolutely adores the class. She’s also really knowledgeable about baby/child development, and makes great suggestions for playing with your baby and helping him/her learn new things. Fenn and I have been going every week since he was about 9 weeks old (except when we were out of town). Laura is very warm and welcoming and it’s never an issue if a baby is fussy or sleepy or not in the mood. The class is a space where you can do whatever you need for your baby (and may get to do a few things for yourself as well – though it is more baby focused which I love). I have done the series several times and loved going regularly and watching Fenn grow and change in the class (I think he responds well to the consistency each week as well and looks fwd to the class/lights up and laughs or smiles when I do stuff from class at home).”
– Bridget Kessler, Third Root Parent