Live Virtual Yoga Classes

ChildLight has been offering yoga-based live virtual classes, retreats, camps and birthday parties for expectant parents, babies, toddlers, kids, teens, adults and families since 2005. And now you can join us for live virtual classes!

See below for a full description, dates and registration. Please check out our FAQ page and Terms and Conditions for important information.

ChildLight Parent Group

Join early childhood educator and yoga teacher, Sonya and her 1 ½-year-old daughter to connect and support one another. Being a parent is one of the most joyful, challenging, and amazing experiences you could ever have. Let’s get together to share those experiences and hold space for one another through all the beautiful ups and downs of the journey. In a time when many feel disconnected, we can create a community where you are seen, heard, and supported while we share ideas, resources, and stories. Your child can be busy in the background, sitting on your lap front and center or off at school, this is a time for you. Each class will start with a mindful moment and the weekly discussion will be guided by the interest of the group and could include feeding strategies, toddler activities, sharing your birth or pregnancy journey, behavior management or self-care.

For parents of all stages of parenthood.

Recommended: A yoga mat, blanket or cushion to sit on, and a water bottle. Dress in comfortable clothing.

Stress Reduction for Teens

Upcoming Classes

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Day / Time: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:15am ET LIVE on Zoom
Fee: $44 / four-week session
Instructor: Sonya Wirtanen

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Enjoy pre-recorded, lifetime access yoga classes on our eLearning site.

Stress Reduction for Teens through Mindfulness (Class for Teens ONLY!)

This class is for tweens & teens only. If you are an adult interested in this topic, please click here to learn about our SRTM teacher training!

We’ve all experienced increased levels of stress over the last three years. Now, imagine being a teenager living through the fear and isolation of a pandemic, on top of all of the uncertainties, hormonal changes, and daily stressors that come with adolescence. There’s never been a better time for your teen to learn the benefits of mindfulness to create more connection, calm and centered thoughts.

Today’s teens have lost many important milestones in their lives, from school and in-person learning alongside their peers, to sports, dances, and graduations. They’ve been isolated from friends and extended family, turning more and more to their phones as a means for socialization.

But there’s hope. A mindfulness practice can help teens during these times of stress and anxiety, giving them tools to uplift their mood, create inner calm, and increase their focus.

In her recent blog post, Ann Biese talks about the silver linings that many teens have experienced this past year, from connecting with their family at home, to getting more sleep because of virtual learning.

  • Greater empathy
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Deeper sleep
  • Increase resilience
A yoga mat, blanket or cushion to sit on, and a water bottle. Paper/journal and a pen. Dress in comfortable clothing. 

What will Mindfulness do for you anyway? 
You are probably already familiar with the term mindfulness and the great news is that developing a mindfulness lifestyle will help you respond better anytime you are experiencing stress.  

How will this program help me? 
Being mindful can help you step back, be connected, and come back to a centered place of calm. Mindfulness is truly a valuable skill that will serve you now and always. 

Do I really have time for working on mindfulness?
Mindfulness can make a big difference in just a few minutes a day. You will be forming life-changing habits that help you reduce stress and anxiety, that can help your mood and increase your focus and support you your whole life. 

Where Do I Begin?  
There is no right or wrong way to begin and we will help you through by teaching you exercises that can be used simply anytime in your day. With one month of daily practice, you can find a regular habit and the goal is to live more mindfully and fully present at all times using the exercises we do together as a starting point. Your mindfulness practices will help train your brain and give you the benefits to shift into a more calming, centered, and connected state of being. 

Stress Reduction for Teens

Upcoming Classes

September 20 – October 11, 2022

Day / Time: Tuesdays, 5-6pm ET
Fee: $40 / four-week session
Instructor: Ann Biese

*This class is for tweens & teens only.
If you are an adult interested in this topic, please click here to learn about our SRTM teacher training!

Wish class was happening right now? 
Enjoy pre-recorded, lifetime access yoga classes on our eLearning site.

EFT Class for Educators

Join Ann Biese, creator of ChildLight’s EFT & Tapping Workshop, for a class designed just for educators! Ann will teach you how to personally reduce stress through the Emotional Freedom Technique, which involves tapping on acupuncture points that work within the meridians of the body. She will also provide tools and techniques to use with your students in the classroom.

“When Ann taught EFT with my son it was like an immediate response of positive energy to help him relieve anxiety.” ~ LD (Parent)

“Ann would do tapping with us in yoga the weeks we would have exams in school and I really think is helped me sleep better and feel less stressed out.” ~ MC age 14

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Upcoming Classes

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Day / Time: Thursdays, 4:00-4:30pm ET
Fee: $40 / four-week session
Instructor: Ann Biese

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Enjoy pre-recorded, lifetime access classes on our eLearning site.

Prenatal Yoga

Feel good, safe, connected and at home in your ever-changing body, and build a supportive community of people in similar stages of the birthing process. Beginners to yoga will enjoy these gentle classes and experienced practitioners can benefit from slowing down a little and honoring the changes in their bodies.

This class is open to pregnant students who have received the “OK” from their caregiver that it is safe to exercise. Appropriate for any stage of pregnancy and any level of yoga practice – even if you have never done yoga before!

As your body changes in preparation for birth, prenatal yoga helps you to focus on your body and new baby in a deeper way. Moving through postures and breathwork can help you feel more confident and comfortable in your body. Classes focus on easing the discomforts, aches, and fatigue caused by pregnancy while strengthening muscles helpful for the birthing process. Focused breathing techniques for use in labor round out the practice.

  • Relief from common physical discomforts
  • Connect with other moms-to-be
  • Strengthen muscles that will support your growing belly
  • Learn breathing techniques that relax the body and help during labor
  • Increases circulation + reduces swelling, providing more blood flow and oxygen to the baby
It is recommended that you practice on your own yoga mat to prevent the spread of germs and sip water to stay cool. Dress for movement.

“It really allowed me the chance to be calm and focus, which has been a bit of a struggle during pregnancy! I feel like the breathing techniques and labor positions I learned will really help me during my delivery.” ~ Nikki W.

“Time for myself!  I appreciate the postures, stretches, and focus on the different areas of concern that the group has each week, but also really just enjoy taking the time out of my week to be calm, still, focus on myself and my inside baby.” ~ Sara S.

“Prenatal yoga is not only a great workout for while you are pregnant, but it’s a great fellowship with other moms.  The pace of the yoga is perfect for the pregnant body.” ~ Brittany E.

“I appreciate the postures, stretches, and focus on different areas of concern that the group has each week, but also really enjoy taking the time out of my week to be calm, still, focus on myself and my inside baby”

“The atmosphere was wonderful! It was lovely taking time to bond with other pregnant ladies as well as my baby!” ~ A. Avery

“I love connecting with other pregnant women and sharing our triumphs and challenges. I also love and value yoga in my life significantly. Attending prenatal yoga has been the most powerful, rewarding, and FUN experience of my pregnancy so far. I look forward to class each week; it’s definitely a weekly highlight.” ~ Emma B.

“I love this class! Every week I look forward to coming and just taking some time to relax and forget about all the stressful things in life. Annie makes it so easy to follow what she is doing and making sure she gives an explanation as to what every move will do to help stretch out our bodies and release all the tension we have. The class is always different every week depending on the different parts of the body that most of us need to stretch and I love that she always asks what’s bothering us so we can make that one of the target practices for the night. I would recommend this class to any pregnant women out there. The most rewarding thing about this class is 1. that you get to meet so many woman who know exactly how you feel when it comes to pregnancy. it is so important to build relationships with people, but it is nice to have others to relate too. and 2. just being able to take time for myself to relax my mind and body.” ~ T. Fiore

“Prenatal yoga is amazing and I am so glad I began attending! It is a much needed break from my crazy life, and I leave feeling so refreshed and calm. It stays with me for the next few days, and physically I never feel better.” ~ Heather H.        

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Upcoming Classes

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Day / Time: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm ET
Fee: $44 / four-week session
Instructor: Rachel Hunt

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Enjoy pre-recorded, lifetime access Prenatal Yoga classes with Rachel on our eLearning site.

Baby Yoga

Baby Yoga is a wonderful experience that nurtures the parent-child connection. Classes will focus on movements that are beneficial for babies, along with some postures for parents. Through gentle guided movement, massage, and song, parents will bond with their infant while encouraging emotional and physical development. No prior yoga experience is required.

Guided group discussions will lead to a deeper understanding of infant development while building a supportive community. Baby Yoga classes are a safe place to share and connect with other new parents.

For the best experience, we suggest babies begin this class anytime after 6 weeks postpartum and may continue until they begin crawling.

Benefits for Baby:

  • Physical stimulation aids in the development of the brain and nervous system
  • Promotes bonding and social stimulation
  • Poses and gentle stretches aid in digestion, constipation and help relieve gas
  • Physical movement helps promote longer sleep stretches

 

Benefits for Parents:

  • Gentle yoga stretches help relieve neck, shoulder and back pain, common to new parents
  • Gentle abdominal and pelvic floor strengthening that is safe and effective for the postpartum period
  • Learn fun songs and ways to interact and bond with baby
  • Social interaction with other women at the same life stage

Please bring a baby blanket and a small toy. Dress yourself and baby comfortably for gentle movement.

ChildLight Parent Group

Upcoming Classes

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Day / Time: Tuesdays 10:00-10:45am ET
Fee: $44 / four-week session
Instructor: Julie Denham Campbell

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Little Family Yoga

Little Family Yoga combines unique toddler and preschooler-friendly yoga poses with songs, stories, and games to create an enriching parent/child activity. Each class is personalized around the children’s curiosities as they learn yoga though social interaction, repetition, and play. Children walking-4 years also learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills, and increase attention span by actively following directions. Help your child build the foundation for a healthy and fit lifestyle while having fun! No yoga experience is required. In Little Family Yoga class, younger siblings are welcome to come to class too! Finally, a program suitable for more than one child in a family!
Please dress for movement. Yoga mats are not used for this class.

“I wanted to share that Olivia was completely out of sorts this morning from being so overtired and recovered so quickly after practicing yoga. Her morning afterwards was so much better! She still remembers a lot from her yoga classes. I actually don’t know what I would do some days without yoga!:) Thanks for being such a driving force for children’s yoga…it’s so important for them to have it in their lives!! Take care, Rachel”

Why session based classes for this age group, versus drop-in?

We engage toddlers/preschoolers in yoga practice in ways that are meaningful, appropriate, and inviting to them! This means our classes will look quite different from an adult yoga class (no experience necessary!) as we regularly incorporate music, creative movement, props, stories, games, etc. Toddlers/Preschoolers THRIVE on repetition, familiarity, and predictability and to honor this we unfortunately do not offer a drop-in option for the Tot or Little Family classes. The session-based classes provide children with the opportunity they need to become familiar with the instructor, the group, and the routine established in class. This truly makes a difference in the atmosphere of the class and foster’s children’s confidence, participation, and overall well-being. If you find after a few classes that it’s truly not a good fit for your family, please talk to the instructor or the office and we’ll gladly work with you. We strive to make our young yogi’s practice fulfilling for them!

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Upcoming Classes

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Day / Time: Wednesdays,11:00-11:45am ET
Fee: $44 / four-week session
Instructor: Larissa Noto

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Enjoy pre-recorded, lifetime access Little Family Yoga classes on our eLearning site.

Beginner Yoga Series

Have you always wanted to try yoga but were unsure how to start? This six-week online class is designed for those brand new to the practice and will provide you with all the basics. Learn from the comfort of your own space. Just say yes!

Potential Benefits Include:

  • A stronger body
  • More flexible joints
  • Tools to calm the mind
  • A practice you can take anywhere
  • Connect with new people or quietly join in
  • Breath awareness
  • Improve sleep

Q: What should I wear?
A:
Comfortable clothing appropriate for movement.

Q: Do I need a mat?
A: It would be helpful but it’s not required for this series.

Q: What else do I need?
A: We recommend having a water bottle close by. You could also benefit from having a few blankets, pillows, two tissue boxes (or yoga blocks if you have them!), and a scarf (or yoga strap)

Q: Is it okay to eat before class?
A:
Practicing on a full stomach can be uncomfortable. A small snack one hour before class should be fine. Prep dinner so it’s ready to eat as soon as class is over!

Q: Will this interfere with my religious practices?
A: No. Yoga is a lifestyle, not a religion, and is meant to compliment all religious practices.

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Upcoming Classes

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Day / Time: Mondays 6:00-7:00pm ET
Fee: $88 / six-week session
Instructor: Sally Delisle

Wish class was happening right now? 
Enjoy pre-recorded, lifetime access yoga classes on our eLearning site.