Yoga, Pilates and More this Fall (with childcare!)

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As we all know, parenting is hard work.  Strength, clarity and endurance are all required on a daily basis to raise infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  In addition to helping to support your child's development, Recess is here to support your health too.  

We have a variety of fantastic classes on the schedule this fall.  Most start early September, but Mommy Baby Yoga and Prenatal Yoga begin 8/29!  We hope you'll join us.  

Here's the Fall Schedule at a glance (and scroll down to see more detail):

MONDAYS - Pilates 10am (childcare available)

TUESDAYS - Prenatal Yoga 8am

THURSDAYS - 4-wk Dia Method Series starts 9/14 at 12:30pm (childcare available), Evening Pilates 7:15pm

FRIDAYS - Prenatal Yoga 8am, Baby & Me Yoga 9:15am (childcare available)

SATURDAYS - Pilates 9am (childcare available)

SUNDAYS - Yoga 9:30am (childcare available)

Childcare is available by appointment during class for children 3 months to 4 years.  $8 members/ $12 non members. 

More info about classes and childcare on our fitness page. 

Oh Baby! Yoga for Two

We're absolutely thrilled to be adding prenatal & Mommy Baby Yoga to our fall schedule.

Prenatal and Postpartum periods are temporary, life-changing periods of our lives.  Take the time to connect with your growing babe by joining Dina's classes.  You are invited to create a spacious pregnancy as well as a special space to bond after baby joins us on the outside.  

If you're looking to create room to connect with baby #2 or 3, Recess offers childcare during fitness classes for toddlers and preschoolers too!  


Blog post by Dina Herring

I love holding space for pregnant mamas.  It is such a sweet and special time in a woman's life.  A time that demands self-nurturing and embracing uncomfortable self-change.  It has a glorious finish line, but the journey is long and hard.  Luckily, yoga helps alot. 

During my pregnancies, I remember prenatal yoga to be very fulfilling.  I found comfort in meeting other women on the same uncomfortable journey.  I learned new shapes and movements to accommodate my changing body.  Breathing practices taught me to find my inner strength.  Mantras and calming visualizations empowered me to birth my babies with ease.

Looking back, prenatal yoga helped me develop a fierce confidence during pregnancy that served me well on the days I finally met my babies.  It was a deepening of my yoga practice in ways I never imagined.  I will forever cherish the tools I learned in prenatal yoga that continue to serve me on my journey into motherhood... and into life.

 

Dina's Classes This Fall

PRENATAL: Tuesdays & Fridays from 8-9

strength, focus, flexibility, gentle

Expect a combination of active, flowing poses as well as restorative poses to relax and re-energize. Simple breathing and meditation techniques will be introduced. This is the perfect time to foster mindfulness and deepen your awareness of your body. Designed to instill confidence in the innate wisdom of the female anatomy, and to increase peace and ease as you journey through this magical time. All levels welcome.

BABY AND ME:  Fridays 10-11

all levels, bonding, fun, soothing

Tailored for mothers who have recently given birth. Babies who are not yet crawling are welcome in the room with you. This is a time to come together with other mothers, bond with your baby, and sneak in a little yoga too. We invite you to feed, soothe, and change your baby as needed during class. All levels welcome.

 

About Dina.  

Fun Fact:  Dina was also one of Recess' first members when we opened back in 2008!  

Fun Fact:  Dina was also one of Recess' first members when we opened back in 2008!  

Dina's passion for yoga began with her journey into motherhood over 10 years ago. It was with the tools of her pre-natal yoga and hypobirthing practices that she found so much joy in the empowering experience of homebirth (twice).

Since then, Dina has maintained a serious passion for childbirth. She's frequently offering her doula services to friends, family, and co-workers, and sharing her hypnosis techniques.

When Dina completed her 200-RYT at Giggling Lotus she realized the journey into motherhood, was much like this journey into yoga. It offers such a profound and empowering time in a woman's life. Such a beautiful softening and opening is made possible.

Deep relaxation and meditation continue to be pillars in Dina's personal practice, and this shows in her teaching style. She enjoys sharing the practice of yoga with everyone, from children to adults, in an honest and playful way, and she loves being a constant student of yoga.

In her pre- and post-natal class offerings, Dina hopes to create a space where moms can feel honored and empowered for the magical work they are doing.

Toddlers in the Kitchen - Sign up now

Can Toddlers Really Cook?!  

What do you actually do in Toddler Chefs? 

We really do cook!

Here's how each class is structured.  We begin each day with a "taste test." Every child smells, feels, tastes, and learns about each ingredient in the day's recipe.

Our chefs then take turns chopping, pouring, mixing, blending, rolling, mashing... all the steps needed to prepare the food for the stove or oven. Teacher Carissa usually handles the "cooking" portion of the class, while our little chefs take a break with blocks and puzzles.

When are food is ready, it's time for the best part - eating our creations!  


Benefits of early exposure to cooking 

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  • In class, we chop, mix, blend, stir, crack, pour, and shake our ingredients together.  All of these activities develop hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.  These are skills that are important for tying shoes, hand writing and typing.

  • Exposure to new tastes, textures and smells.

  • Especially with food, it's incredible to watch a toddler's openness to trying new things when they see other children trying new things too!  

  • Children who play a key part of the cooking process have a boosted confidence and pride when enjoying the final product.   

  • You'll gain strategies for involving your child in the cooking process at home (they really can do SO much!).

  • You'll learn fun, simple, quick recipes to can recreate at home. 

  • Lay the foundation for preschool and beyond through the classroom format of this class.  Your child will begin to practice listening to a teacher, sitting for extended periods of time, taking turns, practicing patience, interacting with peers... and more!


Some of our favorite creations so far: 

  • Pesto sauce with noodles
  • Banana oat bars
  • Funny face pizzas
  • Fruity smoothies
  • Hummus and crackers
  • Quesadillas with guacamole
  • Fried rice
  • Veggie tostadas
  • Lettuce wraps

 

AUGUST CLASSES BEGIN 8/7.  

Tiny Toddler Chefs, 18-30mo, Mondays at 9:30am,
and Toddler Chefs, 2.5-4yrs, Mondays at 4pm. 

Cost:  $100 for the 4 week series (includes play before/after each class)
Members SAVE up to 25%! 

Family Yoga - Healthy From the Start

The first Saturday of each month* we hold one of the most wonderful activities you'll experience. Family Yoga at Recess is a playful class filled with both creative partner and individual poses.  Inspiration comes from animals to create an interactive introduction to yoga for your 1 to 5 year olds and their loving parents/family members. This time of being present without expectations is a sweet gift and a huge bonding opportunity for families.    

A child's job in this song-and play-filled class is to explore and learn through observation, modeling and repetition. Grown-ups are there to connect, model mindfulness and have fun.  

While not nearly as serene as your typical yoga class, parent and child yoga classes deliver the same mental and physical benefits as any other yoga class: peace of mind, relaxation, and increased bodily strength and flexibility. The perks don't stop there though.  Parent and child yoga classes also offer families the opportunity to come together in a non-competitive and healthy environment. Family yoga is a great way to break away from feeling over-scheduled, stressed-out, and just plain busy.

Ahhh...

At Recess we believe that it's crucial to have a place to come and exercise without having to find childcare. And with family classes, of course, childcare isn't needed.  But if adult only classes are more your speed, take a look at our fitness schedule.  During all of our Pilates and Yoga classes, we have childcare available in the Playspace.  And don't worry about taking time away from the kids. When children have the opportunity to watch their moms & dads taking care of themselves, they learn that making time for a healthy lifestyle is a priority. While in childcare, children are ecstatic to enjoy a space all their own with their peers. And during class, parents have an opportunity to connect with other parents, take some time to care for themselves, and share advice and information. We all are in this child-rearing thing together!

 

It’s Yoga, Kids® mission is to Share the Love of the Practice with children and families. Celebrating 10 years of movement and mindfulness for every age, their proven research based education system for kids – babies to teens – and families relieves stress, facilitates connection and builds life skills.  While having fun, kids discipline themselves with body and mind awareness. Over time, these skills are applied in everyday life. 

Join us for Family Yoga the first Saturday of each month (except for months with holidays on the first weekend - July & Sept)!

ENROLL TODAY!

Space is limited - Advanced sign ups required.  
*Class is held one Saturday a month. Check the link for the most up to date schedule.  

Class Cost:  $25/family
(Add on a morning in the playspace for just $5 per child) 

Members save!  Anytime Members: $18.75 (25% off) - Limited Members: $21.25 (15% disc) - Mini Members: $22.50 (10% disc)