Meet LO's Krista Mason

Get to know LO's Krista Mason!  Krista teaches Weds 8am Gentle Hatha & 9:30 Open Yoga, Thursday 12:30pm Energetic Flow, and some Tues/Thurs in our Barefoot Bootcamp @6:15am.

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I began my yoga journey with a Shiva Rea DVD in my living room while my baby boys napped….I take that back.  I began my yoga journey when I used my breath to get through the birth of both my boys……I just didn’t realize, at the time, that I was doing yoga.  What drew me to the practice was the connection of breath with movement of the body, the deep emphasis on breathing in the fullness of life and on allowing the breath to be the cornerstone of movement.

Grace has never been a strong point of mine, and I am downright laughable when I dance (it doesn’t stop me from dancing though!), but yoga made me feel graceful, beautiful, fluid in spite of myself.  It allowed me to move and connect with my body and with my surroundings in a way that I hadn’t done before.

I wish I could say from that very first Shiva Rea DVD in 2006 I have had a faithful practice, but I cannot.  Life would get in the way, kiddos and work would get in the way.  Although I did not have a faithful practice, I always loved when I was able to get on my mat.

I had an on and off practice until 2012, when I decided to go to my first training with Yoga Fit.  After that I started teaching at gyms and fell in love with both practicing and teaching yoga.  In 2013 I was able to take my 200 hour RYT with Ashley Litecky and Sky House Yoga in Silver Spring where I received a wealth of knowledge from my teachers.

I love to teach many kinds of yoga.  I teach Hatha, Yin, gentle, vinyasa, post-natal with babies, kids yoga and yoga hikes and I love them all, although I especially love the gentle classes.  I have a great affinity for giving assists that allow students to relax even a little further into their practice and to find a little more rejuvenation in their day.
 
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When I am not teaching, I adore adventures with my husband, our two boys, and our dog Shelley.  I crave backpacking, hiking and just being out in the wilderness, I love to go canoeing and swimming in any body of water I can find, and I have a deep and abiding love for riding my bike both with my family and by myself, for cross country skiing whenever there is enough snow on the ground.  I have an affinity for getting lost when I don’t have anywhere to be and I also have a tendency to jump off any cliff I can find, which, I recognize, is probably not the smartest decision.  I am a wanderer at heart with a deep love for travel and adventure and a great desire for any and every road trip.  Concerts are just about my favorite thing in the world and I also love to cook and bake anything and everything with a penchant for finding new and exciting recipes to try out…..so long as I have time for it. 

I was drawn to Lil Omm because this place is uniquely focused on kids, families, and doing what is best for the family.  This place has such a beautiful atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion that is also unique in this area.  I feel at home when I am at Lil Omm.  I feel loved and accepted, and, in this place, Washington DC, where who you are and what you do sometimes feels overwhelmingly important, the feeling of love and acceptance often feels like a unique experience, one that Lil Omm does so well.

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What is the Best Way to Prepare for Childbirth?

What’s the best way to prepare for birth? 

By: Michelle Cohen
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Radical commitment to yourself.


Does that answer surprise you? Its seems to go against the counter culture--with all the birth preparation classes, birthing philosophies and copious amounts of gear for baby that promise you the perfect birth and ease of mothering.  Of course, there’s an important context for education and understanding the birthing process (just exactly how is the baby going to come out? How can you best cope through the intensity of labor? How can you make informed decisions around your birth choices?) But in my experience as a doula and prenatal yoga teacher, it isn’t the mamas who read the most books, troll all the forums and blogs, or attend the most classes that have the most graceful, ease-filled births.  


The mamas that are most prepared to cross the threshold into motherhood are the ones who turn their focus inward during their pregnancy, rather than let themselves be influenced by all the external pressures of family, friends, care providers, and society.  


It’s getting harder and harder to silence the noise these days, to slow down, to carve out time for ourselves to really learn to know ourselves.  It even feels a bit radical to do so.  But how else can you hope to have the birth you desire unless you get quiet and begin to learn what it is that you truly desire?   Unless you get to know {and trust!} your body and your baby.  What impact would it have on us as women and mothers if we learn to listen to what our own intuition is whispering in our ears about how to best manage our care and the ways in which we need to mother—which could (and should!) look completely different than those around us?  


The mamas who are best prepared for labor, and the journey that follows, are the ones who put themselves and their self-care first.  Who are dedicated to time on their yoga mat, meditation cushion, or walks in nature.  Who feel the impact of healthy eating, regular exercise and stress-relief techniques.  Who engage in their passions with a joyful heart.  These mamas practice over and over again the concepts of surrender, trust, self-compassion, sitting with uncertainty and perhaps the biggest one of all—acceptance.  This is deep soul work.  This is work that does not happen overnight and requires every minute of the ten months you have to prepare for baby’s arrival (and then some!).  It’s a lifelong dedication to yourself so you can give your best love to your children and partner.  


It is my mission to help mamas turn inward to shine their best selves outward. If you’d like to make a declaration of your radical commitment to yourself, I highly encourage you to join Pleasance Silicki and me on retreat at Meadowkirk in Middleburg, VA the weekend of October 23-25.  In the beauty of nature, we will slow down, find and trust our breath, practice both restorative and flow yoga, use creative practices for self-inquiry, and ultimately nourish mind, body, soul and baby.  I promise you, it’s not to be missed and it will be amazing.  I really, really hope to see you there.  Go here for information about the retreat and to get your FAQs answered.



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Massage for Holistic Family Care

Let your love become an active ingredient in your family’s health care.

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Parents, grandparents, and anyone caring for family members or children can use calming, comforting touch as part of their strategy for creating a healthy family life. With training, continued use and support, this approach can become a tangible application of yoga and meditation practices and a way to bring mindful intention to the day-to-day needs of children and families.

Massage for Holistic Family Care classes give beginners an overview of this approach and hands-on tools to use right away. Each class includes techniques for entering a relaxed-alert state, use of receptive touch, imagery, and a few acupressure points for a particular need.

Each workshop is led by Barbara Goldschmidt and costs $40.

Address Stress: Massage Techniques for Back-to-School
Sun 9/13 @ 1-2:45pm

Going back to school is a time of new challenges and new stresses for kids and parents alike. Gentle massage can help support the transition to a new school year and create the time needed to relax and wordlessly connect to your child at the end of the day.
This class will target stress reduction by teaching:
  • Receptive touch
  • A five-minute abdominal massage
  • Breathing techniques and imagery exercises to do with your child
  • Ways to integrate these approaches into your daily routine
Register by 9/10

Flu U: Be Prepared for the Test of Chills and Ills
Sun 10/25 @ 1-2:45pm

Many parents dread the start of cold and flu season. Think there’s nothing you can do? There is—especially if you have a plan.  Gentle massage is a crucial tool for family caregiversto help comfort a sick child, aid their recovery, and avoid getting sick themselves. Learn what to do at the first sign of a cold, and what do when colds strike.  This class targeting colds and flu will include:
  • Massage for the start of a sore throat
  • Regulating the sinus area to alleviate congestion
  • Acupressure points to clear the upper body
  • Essential oil use, dietary and lifestyle changes to boost immunity
Register by 10/23

Rest and Digest: Massage Techniques for Great Digestion...Despite the Holidays
Sun 11/22 @ 1-2:45pm

We may worry about our weight as the season for celebrations begins, but focusing on healthy digestion instead can help us make it through the holidays in good health AND good cheer.
Promote good digestion and elimination for everyone with:
  • Abdominal massage
  • Focused touch on acupressure points for the stomach and large intestine
  • Deep breathing and imagery
  • Herbal remedies

Register by 11/20 

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About Barbara

Barbara Goldschmidt is an author, educator and licensed massage therapist who has been working in the field of integrative health care for 30 years. Her passion is to educate people to the power of touch accessible to everyone.

Barbara has taught hundreds of people how to use skilled touch as a valuable tool. She has worked with health care center staff—including nurses, nursing assistants, food providers and janitorial staff—to bring aware touch into their lives, the lives of their patients, and to the care community at large. She has taught advanced classes for massage therapists and college nursing programs, as well as private courses for the New York City Alzheimer’s Association and SEIU 1199. She has also taught many community workshops for parents and other family caregivers. And she has used these techniques in her own life as a mother and grandmother.

Barbara holds a B.A., University of California, Los Angeles and a Diploma in Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute, New York, NY. In addition, she has spent years studying Body-centered imagery, with Catherine Shainberg, School of Images, New York, NY; Classical Chinese medicine, Jeffrey C. Yuen, New York, NY; and Transfer of energy bodywork, Jack Gray, Los Angeles, CA.

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Meet Sandy Kavalier!

lil omm is excited to welcome back Sandy Kavalier this fall!  Join Sandy every Tuesday @ 9:15-10:30am for an all-levels vinyasa class starting in September!  Childcare available by reservation, $5/kid (passes available).

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I began practicing yoga in 2001 as part of physical therapy after a bicycle accident. After two years of Iyengar yoga, I tried vinyasa style yoga and was hooked! I was energized and calm and I couldn’t wait to return to my mat. I fell in love with vinyasa style yoga and completed teacher training in 2005 in Washington DC and another training with Max Strom in 2015. I have studied with Annie Carpenter, Erich Schiffman, Jamie Elmer, David Keil, Leslie Kaminoff and Doug Keller.

Pleasance and I met in our 2005 Teacher Training. When Lil Omm opened I taught a vinyasa flow class. It has been wonderful to watch the studio grow into the family embracing place it is. It’s great to be back at Lil Omm; we share the same love of yoga and philosophy of teaching.

Yoga should feel good and yoga should be fun. There is no “one size fits all” with yoga. Everyone’s body has it’s own special circumstances and needs.

I teach a breath initiated movement style of yoga with modifications and challenges. My teaching style is one of inquiry. We look for new actions, sensations and variations with in our poses. It never gets old!

I have four grown children and 5 grandkiddos with number 6 due in November. I live in Chevy Chase with my supportive, loving and understanding husband of 44 years.

 

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Introducing Jynaya Joiner, Kinderdance Instructor!

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We are thrilled to welcome Jynaya Joiner to LO's Kids & Family team as our new dance instructor!

Kinderdance® (3-6yrs) teaches the basics of ballet, tap, acrobatics and creative movement while blending educational concepts including numbers, colors, shapes and songs. Students are treated with respect and given individual attention to ensure they have a positive experience while moving and grooving in this fun and upbeat class. This program is developmentally designed specifically to meet the needs of our lil ommies.

Please note our class size is limited to 12 students so please be sure to register online in advance.  You may cancel your reservations online or by using our app up to 5 minutes before the start of class with no penalty.

Don't miss our Kinderdance® free demo class on Tuesday August 4 @ 4pm.

Regular classes will start Tues 8/11.  Drop-in ($20), purchase a class pass, membership, or iCommit pass. Sibling rate is $10/additional sibling (purchase in studio). Learn more about pricing options here or contact yogacare@lilomm.com

About Jynaya:

Originally from San Diego, CA, Jynaya moved to the Washington, DC area to attend college at Howard University and become a CPA.   However, after 15+ years of working in finance and accounting, the avid admirer of the Arts and new mother chose to forgo her career in public/private accounting to chase the dream of owning her own children’s dance education enterprise.  Thus, Kinderdance® of Washington, DC, a franchisee of Kinderdance Int’l, was born. 

Kinderdance® of Washington, DC provides nationally recognized dance and movement programs to boys and girls ages 2 - 12.  The classes are designed to develop a child’s total mind and body by blending physical skills such as the basics of ballet, tap, gymnastics and fitness with educational concepts such as numbers, colors, shapes and songs.  Special emphasis is placed on developing self-confidence and self-esteem in all participants of the programs.

Designated a Certified Early Childhood Movement Specialist, Jynaya now enjoys teaching/administering the Kinderdance® programs to the children of Lil’ Omm and on-site at child care centers, schools, fitness centers and other viable locations throughout the District of Columbia.

With a niche for business and a strong passion for dance, fitness and working with young children, Jynaya is finally enjoying her career and doing what she loves to do – educating our future through dance!

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lil omm Welcomes Back Paige Lichens!

We are thrilled to welcome back Paige Lichens to lil omm this summer!  Paige is an E-RYT200/RYT500 registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher licensed and registered through the Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour training (2008) in Alexandria, VA, Prenatal Teacher Training with International Teacher, Janice Clarfield (2010) through LilOmm, and completed 3 Svastha Yoga Therapy workshops (with the Mohans 2011/2012), and recently (2015) completed 500 hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training that had advanced studies within special populations, science of Ayurveda and more in-depth focuses for mediation, assists, and pranyama.  WAY TO GO PAIGE!

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What you can expect in Paige's classes:

"I tend to keep the language simple, approachable and with a sense of humor.  For me I believe Yoga is more than a workout; “It is a work-in”.  Yoga is so many things to different people for sure; such a small word that has so many meanings.  No one style or practice is better than the other though.  The best one is the one you can do each day."

Paige's story: 

I was first introduced to yoga in the late 1990’s.  I worked next-door to an Iyengar yoga classroom and would hear the  thumps on the wall and had to check it out.  I attended the Iyengar yoga class, however didn’t enjoy the experience and left thinking "not for me".   Meditation and massage therapy was a practice early on in my life though as a way to connect with my thoughts and emotions as a teen during the 80’s.  After a skydiving accident that broke my back in the early 2000’s, I knew exactly where to return, and I’ve been practicing many styles & growing my yoga/meditation ever since.  “When the student is ready the teacher appears.”  I came to work as a yoga teacher with LilOmm from the opening at the first location and was at the Tenleytown location for a couple of years after that.   In 2013, without any warning, I suffered from a vertebral artery dissection (stroke) that changed the direction of my life.  There are many kinds of strokes but mine was from a dissection in my neck that happened spontaneously and is quite rare. It happens to young people under the age of 55 and there is no warning and science knows very little about why it happens.  Ever so grateful to my practice and community, I was able to deal experience, the change and see what happens when dealing with trauma.

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Always looking to spread the gift of yoga to others, I incorporate a fusion of yoga styles that includes many Western names such as Kripalu, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin, Gentle, Sivananda, Iyengar, Nidra and Svastha. I even blend from other practices such as Pilates and Tai Chi.  I like to have fun with yoga.  I believe there is no one way to do yoga; just find your own way, explore, enjoy, relax and have fun.

Paige is a native Washingtonian and grew up just outside of DC in Silver Spring, Maryland. After over 15 years as an accountant and CPA, she changed careers over 9 years ago as a full time accounting recruiter.  Paige recently left her full time job to pursue and follow her Dharma to teach yoga and meditation to help others. "I'm excited to return to LilOmm which has always been a home away from home; the community is practicing yoga on and off the mat in ways of compassion, love, patience and truthfulness with kindness."  Paige lives with her amazing husband, our family of our dogs and cat in Alexandria, VA just outside of DC in Alexandria.   She enjoys yoga, meditation, travel, music concerts, dancing, stand-up-comedy, gardening, walks in nature, reading, family and helping others.

Catch Paige every Sunday in YogaFlow/Playtime* @ 11:45am, subbing throughout the week, and her Partner Prenatal Workshops (Sundays 8/16, 10/4, 12/6 @ 1-2:30pm)

*Learn more about YogaFlow/Playtime.

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LO Summer Bingo!

Join other LO students in a fun summer bingo challenge!  Enjoy activities like going for a swim, meditate for 10 minutes, try a gentle class, share a healthy recipe with us on Facebook, and many more!!

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Bingo starts on 6/15/15 and runs until 8/31/15.

How it works: Print out your bingo card here or pick one up at the studio so you can have one at home to reference.  Our master board will live in the studio office.

Once you complete each activity, pick up one of our green dot bingo stickers and write your first initial and last name on the dot.  Place the dot in the correct bingo spot on our master board (please be mindful to not cover other students' dots or text).

Win with a line, X, T, or a full card.  If you are first to win with that shape, you win the prize!

Prizes include:
  • Line- 50% off a workshop
  • X- a 3-class pass for you + a 3-class pass to share with a friend (current members can gift all 6 passes to friends/family)
  • T- pick any item from our retail boutique
  • Full card- 1 free month of membership for one person.

Don't give up yet!  Be sure to keep your bingo card at home safe! We will have a raffle box in the studio where you can drop off your completed bingo card.  Anyone who completes a full card will be eligible for a Grand Prize Raffle on September 1st.  The grand prize raffle winner will receive a Private Yoga party for up to 10 people!

Questions?? E-mail us!

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Family-Style Classes for Your Summer Weekends

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Find refreshing ways to keep your kiddos and family engaged this summer!  Our weekend class schedule is full of opportunities for working parents to enjoy classes with kiddos of all ages!

Please note, our family-style class sizes are limited-- please register in advance to ensure a spot especially on weekends!

Itsy Bitsy Yoga (newborns to nearly crawling)
Saturday @ 11:30am
Both parents are encouraged to attend! Newborns to nearly crawling babies enjoy songs, movement, and yoga on their backs, tummies, or in loving arms while parents enjoy the time to breathe, connect, and find support. Looking for a more consisten Itsy Bitsy practice during the week?  Check out our IBY 6-week session, starting Thursday 6/11 @ 1:45pm

Family Yoga (see below for age ranges and class times)
Family Yoga is a fun way to introduce yoga to your children.  Each family yoga class will include movement, breathe work, and active cultivation of health and wellness for both adults and children.  Younger yogis explore poses more playfully and engage in creative movement and yoga games, while older yogis move into a more developed practice with focus on mindfulness, breathwork,  and partner poses.  Beginners are always welcome and no yoga experience is necessary.  

We believe development is the best indicator for readiness, versus age so feel free to explore which class is best for you and your family.  Our age parameters are general suggestions based on our experience.  All of our family yoga classes are inclusive.

Babies & crawlers- Sunday @ 11:45am

Crawlers - 2 years- Saturday @ 9:30am

Walkers - 4 years- Sunday @ 4pm

Yogis 3-8 years - Saturday @ 10:30am

Yoga Flow/Playtime (all ages)
Sunday @ 2:45
This class is an energetic all-levels adult flow class that everyone can enjoy. While adults and teens practice, children of ALL ages are welcome into the room to either sleep, play, watch or participate. Older children are also invited to entertain themselves without supervision in the childcare room.

For a complete schedule of weekday and weekend classes, visit our schedule page. 

Throughout the summer we will host a number of family-friendly events, including Superhero Yoga, Playdates, and Dance Parties.  Check out our workshops page for event info and registration.


Our class pass packages or membership are the best options to make yoga most affordable for your family!  

New to yoga?  Check out our intro offer ($30/3-weeks of unlimited yoga classes) or drop-in for $25/family.

Learn all about our pricing options, including our 2015 Summer Yoga Special!

Still have questions about which classes or packages are best for your family?  Just ask!  E-mail yogacare@lilomm.com





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New Spring/Summer Schedule



We recently conducted a 5 Year Anniversary schedule survey. Based on our students' feedback, we developed a Spring/Summer schedule that we are excited to share with you!


The survey results showed that our adult yoga students wanted MORE options for the levels and stages that they are in- SO we've added new classes to meet their needs while simultaneously updating class names, descriptions, and times.

Some of these new classes include: 

Advanced Open Yoga
Gentle Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga
Moderate Flow Yoga
Open Yoga
Vigorous Flow Yoga

We will also be using the studio space on the 3rd floor (IMCW) regularly during the day and look forward to offering classes in that space that enhance and support our students' well being. That way, we can also offer childcare for 2 classes at one time, in hopes to give students a little yoga break!


We would love for you to spread the word about our adult yoga offerings. Since we are known as a family friendly center- many people don't know we have such a strong adult yoga program! And we need YOUR help to let your friends and family know about our sweet little yoga center. Please consider sharing this post with those in your life who could use some yoga! 



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Toddler Yoga @ Home

Rhiannon Landesberg, lil omm's Child and Family Yoga Instructor, offers her suggestions on how to get the most of your family yoga practice--at home or in our studio!

Bring a lil omm into your home with these toddler-friendly activities.

 
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"Toddler yoga provides an outlet that is both active & quiet, social & independent, structured & free. It is always nurturing and welcoming and place where I see my children shine."- LO student


Sing: Tick Tock Yoga clock, name singing and the Namaste song are all great ways to incorporate yoga in to your every day with your kiddo. Not only will they associate those songs with yoga class but they are also great tools to redirect energy and bring focus and attention. Check out our music, DVD, and book collection recommendations!

Did you know Meadowlark Music offers afternoon sing-a-longs @ LO on Friday afternoons?  Visit Meadowlark Music for schedule and registration info!

Dance: Turn up the music and dance with your toddler! Dance is a natural form of movement for children. They learn movement patterns as readily as they learn language. Dancing has many amazing benefits on social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. It can boost energy and mood and is just a fun way to exercise and connect with your kiddo! 

LO offers a drop-off Dance Class for kiddos ages 3-6 years with Miss Carrie on Tuesdays @ 4pm!

Play: Whether you are playing yoga or another activity your toddler loves, get down to their level and play! Kids learn through play. Actively engage with your child during play, it is great way to strengthen bonds and connection, while also creating lasting memories with your little one. 

Starting this March, we will offer Open Studio Work & Play on Friday afternoons from 2-5pm.  Enjoy a cup of tea, wireless internet, and opportunities to meet other LO families while your children enjoy the space and play with friends!

Massage: Massage is a great way to bond and relax with your little one. Check this site for massage tips!


Tips for maximizing your in-studio class experience

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"What I love most about these classes is the positive energy. The kids are hearing more "yes" and less "no". They are encouraged to explore and participate without any expectation. There are certainly times my son wanders away from the group to "explore" the water cooler but he usually come back on his own if I am patient enough. Another surprise, he loves to help clean-up at yoga. Yoga can happen on or off the mat."- LO student

1. Be present: Let go of outside distractions. Be fully present in the class with your child. 

2. Be mindful: Practicing mindfulness and breathe awareness has many benefits for your child, but even more benefits for you! Being mindful of the class and your surroundings as well as your internal state are going to help ease stress and tension and also help to foster a calm and nurturing environment for all children. 

3. Be a model: Kiddos will not do exactly what we want to do when we want them to do it, but they are soaking up everything. Participate in every aspect of the class, even if your little one is running around the circle. 

Check out more suggestions about enjoying your in-class studio experience.

Kids & Family programs at LO


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Some notes regarding Toddler Development:

1. Feet: Most children take their first steps around their first birthday, but don't worry if your child is one of the later ones – what's important is the progression of skills. Giving your child time to be barefoot in yoga class is a great way to help with foot development. Tickling and massaging your child’s feet are a great way to get them flexing and stretching their feet and leg muscles, which supports optimal development 

2. Intellectual development: To play is a child’s job! Everything is about discovery. Help support your child in discovering their bodies and the world around them.

3. Emotional development: Love and connection are so important in these early stages of development. Use yoga class as a time to show your little one how much you love and care for them. 


Let them explore, play, create, fall down and pick themselves up again. They are learning and soaking everything up, non-stop! Allow yourself to be present, mindful and calm and reap the benefits of yoga for the whole family! 



Visit Rhiannon's website, OmShantiRhi

View our Kids & Family Class Schedule online or using the LO Yoga App for iPhone and Android

Find Videos and Activities on our Youtube Page!

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