Kids yoga classes are often shorter than adult yoga classes. So your suggestions for stocking your room with books or coloring is so important to pull out those last few minutes of a class. Its a quiet activity that keeps those kiddies busy while the adults finish.
Thank you for mentioning BYTW! I am a student at BYTW and have really appreciated the babysitting offered. My studio has a smaller studio that is used for childcare six days a week! What a great way for busy moms to get their yoga done! The babysitters are fellow yoga students. It helps create a sense of community and offering free classes as an incentive is always a great way to find volunteers.
One thing that is VERY helpful in organizing the babysitting is to have a Reservation system. At Bikram Yoga The Woodlands, mothers are required to RSVP for their babysitting the night before class. This allows for the staff to ensure enough babysitters are available.
I have benefited immensely from this service and I think it's a model of service that many studios can benefit their clients with right away!
I am thinking of the single mums around my area and have been considering teaching a special class for mums with little ones. I only have one room (carpeted). The place I hire is a mums & babies place (one room). I am lucky that my husband is also a yoga teacher & we could perhaps do this together.
I think there would need to be an age limit, though because of our lack of extra space.
This site is fantastic for giving me ideas in helping me with this area of teaching. Thank you.
I feel that having a trade-off for babysitting service is a great way to give as well as receive necessary support.
Moms and Dads need that support more than ever.
The pop up for subscription sponsored by Biore is not disappearing which makes it impossible to read your article VERY ANNOYING!
I try not to think of this every time I'm lying in Savasana!! It's a wonderful idea and the lack of childcare is the only practical reason I can't attend daily yoga classes at the better quality yoga studios! It's great to practice at home before the kids wake up but getting out into the yoga community is necessary as well. I would especially love for my kids to find some yoga friends!