Thanks for the responses. I think I'm going to stick with Mountain Yoga, since it is only a mile or so from my house. If I could find something much cheaper, I'd travel farther, but they all seem to be about the same.
Just so you know...I went to the Yoga place in Crofton and loved it! There is a treacher there by the name of Bonnie who homeschools her 7 children and is so AMAzing!!! Her children help with child care if need be! They also, have children's Yoga and a free moms morning with many of my friends attending.
I'm interested in a Yoga class I can take with my son (2 yrs. old next month). It looks like Crofton Yoga has a Parent-Child class on Tuesday evening from 5:30-6:00 for ages 2-5. Am I reading that right? There's no description of it on the class descriptions page. The instructor is Bonnie Richter. Have any of you taken that class? If so, how was it? My son can be very sprited, and doesn't always follow directions well. He tends to enjoy exploring and running around the room sometimes. Would the instructor be okay with that, or expect for him to stay still and follow instructions?
I've taken yoga with Bonnie, and I unfortunately must say that her classes were not my cup of tea. Without a doubt, she is an amazing person. Not only does she homeschool her seven kids, but they were all homebirthed, with the older kids "catching" the younger kids. They also all play instruments and sing and perform as a group! I've met several of her kids and they are indeed very special.
So here is what I did not like about her classes. First of all, it seems like she does not put any limit on the size of her class. I frequently found the classes to be too crowded (actually, the rooms were too small), and I was always conscious of accidentally hitting the person next to me. That kind of defeats the purpose of taking a yoga class if you can't fully focus on the yoga. Second, she does not walk around the room at all and look to see if your posture is right or wrong. I generally like when yoga teachers walk around and straighten your leg or back or whatever is needed. You are basically on your own. And third, she doesn't really talk during the class and explain what she is doing and why.
I've taken classes with a lot of different yoga teachers (although it has been years since I've done it regularly and I am WAY out of shape now - I would like to find a prenatal class to take now while I am pregant), and I think that it is just a matter of trial and error. I didn't like Bonnie's class -- but others love her classes. It is just personal preference.
Good luck -- and report back if you find a good class!
Thanks for sharing your experience, Shell. If I'm not mistaken, there is a prenatal class that is taught as Rollie Pollies in Severna Park. I have no idea who the instructor is, but that isn't too far from where you are. It may be worth looking into.
i'm a yoga teacher in DC - you should check out www.mayayoga.org - they're the mid-atlantic yoga teacher's association, and most instructors in the area are registered with them, so you might be able to find someone that way as well!
also, on the kid yoga front, for those near DC, there's a great studio called Budding Yogis in Chevy Chase that focuses on kid's yoga classes (their alter ego Circle Yoga is for the adult classes, and I teach a prenatal class there). www.buddingyogis.com
also, just a bit of advice for those looking for a prenatal class, always ask the studio if the teacher is specifically certified to teach prenatal. i've encountered some horribly unqualified people teaching prenatal classes in the area, and it's not really a time that you want someone who doesn't know what they're talking about instructing you, IMO.
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