Parent & Toddler Yoga
Parent & Toddler Yoga
June Through September
Connect to Nature with Your Little One
Connect to nature while exercising the body and imagination with your little one. Toddlers will practice fun animal yoga poses and also engage in activities like guided nature exploration, reading a storybook and more. Classes take place at scenic Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. After class, visit the lions, monkeys, turtles and other animals that inspire this unique, animal-themed yoga class.
We have a limited number of child-sized yoga mats available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Children and parents are also welcome to bring and use their own mats. Parents may choose to use a mat for comfort while sitting on the ground by their child. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bottled water.
Classes are geared towards children ages 2‐4. Registration is required for each child (no adult fee). Every child must be accompanied by an adult, and adults are required to participate with their child.
Location, Times and Dates
Nature Boardwalk Peoples Gas Education Pavilion (see location on zoo map)
Thursdays 10–11 a.m.
(classes run for 45–60 minutes depending on the activities for the day)
Regular classes begin on Thursday, June 4, and run through Thursday, September 10.
New in 2015! There is no Yoga at the Zoo rain location. A yoga instructor will always be present at the Nature Boardwalk Peoples Gas Pavilion at the time of class. As long as there are willing participants, the instructor will hold class, except in the case of severe weather.
Show up to any parent & toddler class and pay cash on the spot, or purchase a drop-in pass ahead of time and bring your receipt to class.
$20 per child
Purchase this pass online and then join us for any five parent & toddler classes during the 2015 yoga season.
$68 for Lincoln Park Zoo members (as low as $13.60 per class)
$80 for non-members (as low as $16 per class)
The more classes you attend, the lower the rate per class! This pass allows you to attend any and all of the 15 parent & toddler classes that happen during the 2015 yoga season.
$102 for Lincoln Park Zoo members (as low as $6.80 per class)
$120 for non-members (as low as $8 per class)
|Libby Galin earned her yoga teaching certification in 2008 through the Global Yoga and Wellness Center. Libby has taught all ages and levels of yoga in different studios and venues around Chicago. Libby also holds an M.S. Ed. from Northwestern University and has many years of experience in classroom teaching and curriculum development. Libby is excited to combine her two passions to teach toddler yoga at the zoo.|
|Morgan Brill completed teacher training in 2013 after discovering the inner peace and health benefits from her own yoga journey. She enjoys encouraging others to practice the art of self-love and body acceptance through her classes that build on strength, mindfulness and an open heart.|
Love Yoga at the Zoo? Grab your tanks, t-shirts and yoga mat bags next time you join us for a class! Each item costs $20.
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Q. What forms of payment are accepted for drop-in participants?
A. Participants may pay at the class with a credit card or with exact cash. If you plan to pay at the class, please arrive 10 minutes early in order to submit your payment and fill out a participation waiver. All other class passes must be pre-purchased online.
Participants may also choose to register online to pay for a single yoga class. Follow the yoga registration link and then choose the drop-in pass option.
Q. What happens in the case of rain or severe weather?
A. There is no yoga rain location. A yoga instructor will always be present at the Nature Boardwalk Peoples Gas Pavilion at the time of class. As long as there are willing participants, the instructor will hold class, as the Pavilion is somewhat covered. However, in the case of severe weather or potentially dangerous weather, the instructor will be at the Pavilion to indicate that the class is cancelled.
Q. Is there a restroom available during class?
A. Yes. A locked restroom is available at the Nature Boardwalk Peoples Gas Education Pavilion and instructors will provide access for Yoga at the Zoo participants during and immediately before and after class.
Q. What is the maximum capacity for each class?
A. Due to the flexible nature of our class registration and the large outdoor space where class is held, it is challenging to apply a strict maximum capacity for each class. We aim to limit the adult classes to about 20 people and Parent & Toddler classes to about 15 children with adults. We cannot guarantee that a class will not go over these limits.
Q. Is the Nature Boardwalk Peoples Gas Education Pavilion a comfortable location for yoga classes?
A. Yoga at the Zoo is a great way to spend time outdoors while staying fit, and the Nature Boardwalk Peoples Gas Pavilion is a one-of-a-kind venue for yoga classes!
Past participants have said:
“Doing yoga outside [at the Nature Boardwalk Peoples Gas Education Pavilion] is lovely. There are other yoga classes closer to my home, but they cannot compete with the great outdoor venue in Lincoln Park.”
“The yoga classes held outdoors at the Nature Boardwalk Peoples Gas Education Pavilion were absolutely wonderful. It was an amazing experience to be near Nature Boardwalk and surrounded by peaceful landscaping while taking yoga.”
As these classes are held outdoors, we recommend dressing in layers, bringing your own bottled water, and using insect repellent, as necessary.
Q. What type of yoga is practiced at the adult class?
A. Adult classes incorporate elements of hatha and vinyasa practices that will lead you through yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and mindfulness techniques (samyama) to not only improve your health, but also develop a calm and balanced mind.
Classes are geared towards the beginner to intermediate level.
Q. Is there parking available at the zoo during classes?
A. Yes. Class participants are welcome to park in the zoo’s parking lot on Cannon Drive, although parking fees do apply. Interested in receiving discounted parking? Check out the zoo’s membership program to learn more about parking perks.
Participants are also able to park for free on nearby streets, including Stockton Drive and Lincoln Park West.