We have always heard about the many different styles of yoga, including Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga and so forth. Now, there’s even Family Yoga. According to Julie Markovitz, the instructor, this style is a more playful and creative yoga that involves both traditional yoga poses and relaxation techniques. It is termed as Family Yoga because all family members, including children, are welcome to participate.
“I’ve seen a mom, a grandma and a daughter–all three generations, attend one of Julie’s classes,” stated Debbie Huber, a Westlake Village resident, who recently brought her five year old daughter along with her to attend the class conducted by the Agoura Hills Recreation Center in California. Their family yoga classes were only recently added in. “Families have clamored for it, so we added it last spring. It’s a unique type of yoga in the sense that it involves more than one member of the family. There’s no need to look for or set up childcare; parents just bring their children along,” explained Jacob Broyles, the community services coordinator.
This concept managed to attract eight families to participate. There was a vast age group for the children too. It ranged from toddlers up to older children. “The classes incorporate imagination and ideas which I adjust according to the ages of the children present,” said Julie. This class is also more interactive and engaging for the children as Julie will always ask her signature question, which is “Did the sun come out today?”. The children answers will determine the pose that they will perform. This may include a traditional yoga pose such as the tree pose after the usual warm-up and child’s pose.
“My daughter loves it and I love that she’s connecting with me and herself, an important skill given all the technology around us. I’ve always been into traditional yoga and it’s wonderful that I can share this with my daughter now,” exclaimed Debbie. For the full story, do check it out here.
This family yoga concept might not be as popular in Singapore yet, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a yoga class with the rest of your family members. If you are interested in having a family yoga class for your family, check OMG Yoga out. Although we do not currently conduct group classes for this style of yoga, you can still try our private classes from the comfort of your own home. Please check our website for more details.