Budding Yogis is the kids & family yoga program offered at Circle Yoga Cooperative. At Budding Yogis we provide a non-competitive environment in which kids find joy and peace. We combine the highest quality teaching of age-appropriate yoga with the simple practice of mindfulness to stretch and strengthen kids’ bodies while calming and centering their minds.
At Budding Yogis we are nurturing kids and teens so they can develop to their fullest physical and mental health and well-being. Budding Yogis’ philosophy is to impart mindfulness to children and teenagers through the playful use of yoga poses, breath awareness, and relaxation practices. Kids can take what they learn in Budding Yogis classes out into the world to reduce their stress, fully accept who they are, respect who others are, and enjoy a lifelong love of yoga.
Following the events of September 11, 2001, Annie Mahon knew she had a role to play in bringing a sense of inner peace to children and families in Washington, DC. After sharing the practices of mindfulness, conflict resolution, and yoga with children through the DC Public Schools for two years, Annie wanted to locate her programs in a safe, welcoming space, and so founded Budding Yogis on Northampton Street in 2003. Soon after, Linda Feldman joined and together they created a place where kids could relax, practice yoga, and just be – and where everyone would be welcome, regardless of age, physical condition, or previous knowledge about yoga.
It wasn’t long before parents who came to yoga with their kids were asking for yoga classes, too. The studio expanded to include a yoga program for adults, which is what is known today as Circle Yoga.
In 2005, Budding Yogis and Circle Yoga embarked on a complete renovation to create three brand-new, sunny, light-filled yoga studios (including a stroller and wheelchair accessible studio on the ground floor), along with a welcoming reception area, retail space to browse in, and a contemplative Zen garden outside. Today, the studio is the center of a warm, welcoming community of students, teachers and families who come together to take classes, connect with others, or simply hang out and just be.
Budding Yogis is part of the Circle Yoga Cooperative.
Why is yoga great for kids?
Yoga is a great way for kids to get connected with their bodies. Yoga stretches kids’ bodies and minds, and boosts their confidence. It can help bring active minds into union with active bodies, and can help kids learn to calm both. Kids feel empowered by their ability to learn new poses, stretch into new positions, and stabilize their minds in a non-competitive environment.
Yoga can build stronger bodies, help stretch athletes’ muscles, and make kids more limber. It can teach kids new ways to relax and calm themselves when they feel stressed (which they often do in today’s world).
At the Budding Yogis studio, kids can have fun, stretch their imaginations, play, and relax. For some kids, the yoga studio may be the only non-competitive activity that they engage in all week. Budding Yogis is a respite for kids where they can develop to their fullest physical and mental health and well-being.