Tadasana before they talk: Brooklyn families are going gaga over ONEYOGAHOUSE
Babies of Brooklyn are becoming more enlightened. ONEYOGAHOUSE, founded by Anna Haddad, is welcoming a new generation of yogis.
Haddad was slated to open her Brooklyn studio in March 2020, located in DUMBO, just as the pandemic bore down on the city. When the pandemic hit, she instead continued to operate her Montauk studio throughout 2021. It was last year that Haddad shifted her focus to the Brooklyn studio, located next to the 1Hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Staying afloat and adapting was a challenge for the fledgling small business, but today, thanks to a dedicated staff, ONEYOGAHOUSE is not only alive – it’s expanding to cater to the youngest Brooklynites.
The Little ONE: Kids Yoga + Music is a new class, open to children ages zero to three, which incorporates music for a fun-filled, pressure-free, and engaging session that promises to boost confidence and mindfulness in children. Older siblings ages four to five can also register for the class.
According to a growing body of research, yoga decreases anxiety, boosts concentration and memory, improves confidence and self-esteem, and betters academic performance in school- aged kids.
And with children’s mental health in crisis in the wake of the pandemic, parents are turning to unconventional remedies, like yoga, to help their families heal.
“Our breadth of classes, skilled and diverse teachers, and studio design aesthetic are what really sets us apart,” said Haddad.
Offerings at the Brooklyn location range from heated and room temperature Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Katonah, and Iyengar classes to strength training/yoga sculpt, restorative, therapeutics, sound journey + breathwork, yoga nidra meditation, and more. The studio also offers master classes and workshops, community classes, private and group sessions, yoga retreats, and in the new year, pre-and postnatal series, teacher trainings, and additional programs geared towards early childhood learning and development.
The movement of younger yogis is gaining steam nationwide. The percentage of children ages four to 17 years who used yoga rose five points from 2012 to 2017 nationwide. When YogaWorks, one of the largest studios, filed for bankruptcy, local entrepreneurs like Haddad stepped up to the plate to fill the void. Now, Brooklyn may well be the capital of kids’ yoga. Today, it’s so popular that schools across the borough are using the practice to help facilitate stress relief.
The 12-week kids’ series, featuring music from Ramblin’ Dan’s Freewheelin’ Band, kicks off in January. Tots are driven by playful musicality and skillful guitar work as the band leader will encourage your kids to jam along on their instruments, read son-based books, learn sign language, imitate animals in nature, clap, move their bodies, and sing along. At a Ramblin’ Dan music class, you’ll hear everything from Rock ‘n’ Roll, Reggae, Funk, Hip Hop, Folk and Bluegrass. The music pulls from pop hits old and new, fun versions of well-known kids’ songs and Ramblin’ Dan’s original kids’ music. Dan’s lyrics incorporate kids subjects such as animals, games, emotions, music weather, the environment, colors, numbers, different parts of the world, & he’s always writing more.
Every class includes both kids’ music and contemporary songs (Motown, pop, classic rock, etc) so the adults have something to sing along to as well.Pre-registration begins in December. Participants can register on the ONEYOGAHOUSE site.
Founded by Anna Haddad, ONEYOGAHOUSE is a yoga studio located in the heart of DUMBO, Brooklyn. Our sanctuary is a warm, uplifting, urban, and elevated space made for everyone to ground, transform, energize, and awaken their yoga practice.
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