Kids & Family
Our philosophy is to impart mindfulness to kids and teens through the playful use of yoga poses, breath awareness, and relaxation practices. We strive to create a non-competitive environment where each child feels accepted and valued. Kids can take what they learn in Circle Yoga Kids 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.
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.
At Circle Yoga, 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.
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 and welcoming space. She founded Budding Yogis (now Circle Yoga) 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 Cooperative. Learn more about Circle Yoga.