The Good Space, located in Tanglewood, offers a full schedule of classes for adults including yoga, pilates (mat and reformer), and Booty Barre cardio, as well as a great retail selection of clothing and accessories. They recently created two new classes for children, Creative Movement and Yoga 4 Kids. It’s so nice to find a place where kids can express themselves in a fun and non-competitive environment, and I couldn’t wait for my boys to try it out.
The children’s classes at The Good Space are lovingly guided by intuitive teachers. It is not rigid instruction, in fact there is so much room for children to create and explore. Melody, the owner, is also a mom of two young boys, so she immediately gets it. Kids need freedom to move, and through this movement, the five parts of the mind: imagination, intuition, intelligence, memory, and will & desire are activated. The big and bright room offers tons of space to maximize a child’s natural curiosity and energy and for joyful expression.
Melody based the Creative Movement for Children, class which encourages physical exercise through fun, imagination, dance, music, and play, on a classic book by Mary Joyce. Although the class is designed for children ages 4-7, my three-year-old Graham kept up with his big brother and enjoyed every minute. My boys were captivated by Melissa the teacher and loved using their imaginations to dance around the room as animals and bend their little bodies into shapes. This class enhances development of fine and gross motor skills – they balance, skip, leap, coordinate, and isolate all while building social skills through collaborative and cooperative games.
Yoga 4 Kids is designed for the little ones to wiggle out tension and quiet their minds. Kat, the yoga instructor, teaches children how to connect to their bodies and work though emotions in this sweet and age-appropriate class. Yoga had endless benefits for their little minds and bodies. In addition to increasing physical flexibility, it elevates focus and concentration, boosts self esteem and confidence, and refines balance and coordination. Although I’ve dabbled in different types of yoga for years, I’ve only truly started my own yoga practice within the last few years, and I know first hand how developing the skills to connect mind and body enhances my approach to the day. It’s a lifelong gift to teach our children these skills at such an early age.
Creative Movement is offered on Wednesdays from 3:45 – 4:30pm, starting January 7th. Yoga 4 Kids is divided into three classes, depending on age. Mommy and me (ages 2-4) on Mondays from 10-11am, Yogi Kids (ages 5-8) on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30pm and Yogi Pros (ages 9-12) on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30pm, starting January 5th.
The cost for the series of 10 classes is $200, and you can receive 10% off when you mention this article. You can also “drop-in” to any class for $25. Contact The Good Space to make your reservation by calling 713.784.8555. And ‘Tis The Season – what a perfect non-toy gift this class series be for the special kiddo in your life.
Thank you so much to Melody for inviting our family to try the classes. We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to come back!
Author: Candace Thomas