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Karma Kids Yoga
You're a self-proclaimed yogi looking to guide your little one on the same zen path you have chosen. Or perhaps you're just looking for something to do with your brand new baby. Postnatal mom and baby yoga is a great way for moms to rejuvenate and restore their bodies all the while bonding with their precious young things. Here are six studios that offer a variety of classes for moms and babies to enjoy together. Namaste…
Shanti Baby Yoga: Shanti Baby Yoga is in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Michelle, the owner and instructor, offers Postnatal Yoga in two neighboring locations. One studio is located at Baby/Mama, a Bay Ridge shop that carries everything from baby carriers to breast-feeding kits. Shanti Baby, Michelle's other studio, is located just a couple blocks up. Mama & Shanti Baby, a class mainly focusing on mother and child bonding and stretching, is split between both studios four times a week. For babies a bit older and in their early walking stage, moms can sign up for Mama & Shanti Tots. This class allows the children to explore a bit more while moms can practice more yoga. Drop in classes are $25, and an eight-week one class series is $155. 9002 Third Avenue, and 8717 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
Prenatal Yoga Center: Prenatal Yoga Center offers postnatal yoga twice a week at its Upper West Side location. The classes are a bit pricier here, at $24 for a single class, but all of the equipment is provided. Beginning in February, moms can sign up for Music for Babies, a class centered around nurturing the bond between baby and parent through music and sound. This six-session workshop is $195 and runs weekly through mid-March. 251 West 72nd Street, second floor, Manhattan
Sacred Sounds Yoga: Sacred Sounds on Bleecker Street offers Postnatal Mommy & Me yoga classes twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays at noon. The class is an hour long, and focuses on rejuvenating new moms, while also connecting them with their new babies. The studio provides a free mat for class, so moms don't have to worry about lugging one in along with diaper bags and strollers. A single class costs $20, but for $150 you get a ten-class package. Bonus: The first class is free for newbies. 163 Bleecker Street, second floor, Manhattan
Karma Kids: Karma Kids is a great studio to begin the yoga practice with your new baby. For dedicated yoga fans, try the Mommy & Baby Yoga class, offered six days a week. Mom & Baby Pilates is another option, offered two times a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Once baby is walking like a pro, try the Parent & Child class, where you and your tot can enjoy yoga incorporated with games and music. It doesn't stop there—your little one can continue on in their yogic practice at Karma Kids through the teenage years, and become a yogi just like you. A single class is $20, and a ten-class package is $180. 104 West 14th Street, Manhattan
Bend & Bloom: Park Slope mommies can head to Bend & Bloom Yoga for their postnatal classes. Postnatal/Baby & Me is a 50-minute flow class followed by bonding through infant massage and stretching. The class is offered twice a week on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. It's recommended to bring a blanket for your little one to relax on. Once baby has graduated to the crawling stage, try Play Practice Babies on Fridays. Babies who fall in love with yoga can continue their practice at Bend & Bloom through their teen years. Postnatal single classes are $18, or $160 for a ten-pack. 708 Sackett Street, Brooklyn
Sangha Yoga Shala: For Williamsburg moms looking to do yoga with their babies, Sangha Yoga Shala is totally worth checking out. The studio offers Postnatal Baby & Me yoga thrice weekly, and Postnatal Pilates two times per week. Itty Bitty Boppers, a music class designed to get your baby movin' and shakin', is offered on Wednesdays. Yoga techies will enjoy the fact that this studio has a fully functioning app. Mats can be rented for a dollar, and a single class is $18. You can also enjoy unlimited classes for a month for $175. 107 North Third Street, #3, Brooklyn