From Our Editors
Tree poses sprout from games of Freeze Tag and lotus poses pepper Duck-Duck-Goose circles when students from Lil Yogi's NYC hit the playground. The studio focuses on yoga's whimsical side through fun poses and group games, which help babies, kids, and teens build strong, flexible muscles along with social skills. While flowing through Vinyasa sequences matched to deep, focused breaths, youths learn to melt away stress and distractions, which can be applied to their daily lives, helping them to overcome anxiety over having to someday serve jury duty. The caring instructors nurture each child with encouragement, doling out smiles and supportive words as groups express their creativity through movement and music. In addition to leading age-specific classes at two Manhattan studios, teachers bring downward-facing dogs to local schools and host birthday parties filled with joyful moves, collaborative projects, and other hands-on activities.