My 2-year-old daughter is showing herself to be a future yogini. She loves to unfurl my bright blue yoga mat and practice her own invented poses. I am looking forward to taking her along with me for some yoga instruction under the blue skies of Chicago this upcoming spring and summer! Whether it's your first time or your 1,000th time practicing yoga, here are two of our favorite kid- and budget- friendly venues for getting your yoga groove on while visiting Chicago.
The Lincoln Park Zoo hosts an animal-themed Parent& Toddler Yoga Class every Tuesday morning from 10-11 a.m., under the Nature Boardwalk Pavillion (if it rains, head to the farmhouse). Classes begin on June 5 and are best for kids ages 2-5. You'll practice fun animal yoga poses and have a chance to visit with your favorite ones themselves after class! Rates are on a drop-in, monthly, or unlimited pass basis, with no fee for adults. Pop on by with your yoga mat (you can also borrow one) or pre-register by calling the zoo at 312/742.2000.
Millennium Park offers yoga (as well as Tai-Chi, Pilates, and Zumba) for free (!!!) throughout the summer, on the Great Lawn. While it's not geared towards children, the lawn is indeed so great that there's room for everyone - even your enthusiastic kid. For more information about yoga or any of the other amazing programming in Millennium Park, visit millenniumpark.org or call 312/742.1168.