Think mommy and me, plus stretching. And singing. And clapping.
Aric and Krystal Casey opened American Dream Makers Studios, 208 W. Washington St., on June 15.
The new yoga studio offers interactive class for mothers and children from infants through age 4 that are designed to help moms care for themselves while also bonding with their bambinos.
Classes include aerial yoga, reiki-infused yoga and Zumbini, a collaborative program by BabyFirst and Zumba,
“We’re very mom-friendly, because as a mom of four, I’ve learned how difficult it is to practice self-care and make that connection with other women that, I mean, we all need,” Krystal Casey said.
Women often end up isolated after having children, and the studio helps them connect with each other while also offering something fun for them to do with their little ones.
“As moms, we are usually putting ourselves last and we usually forget to take care of ourselves,” she said. “I’ve learned that a lot of times self-care is something as simple as having a cup of coffee with a friend.”
Practicing self-care can impact your day, your life and even your parenting and how your children turn out, she said.
Zumbini is great for children because music is proven to be beneficial for their development, and the class introduces them to rhythm, finding the beat, using instruments and unfamiliar sounds.
“Of course that’s helping their cognitive development, their fine-motor skills and gross-motor skills, as we’re rhyming and singing and clapping, all that fun stuff.”
The class is also a great opportunity for mother-child bonding, she said. “So that’s the big draw for me to offering it here, is that it’s a really fun class that you can do with your children.”
Nikki Tobler, 34, of Davis Junction, attends Zumbini class with daughters Allie, 1, and Alexis, 3. The girls love it, and it’s something active and good for them to do on hot summer days, Tobler said, adding that it’s difficult to find something they both can do at the same time.
“I was just looking for something active for the girls, something for them to do, and there’s really not anything in our area that’s 0 to 4,” Tobler said.
Abby said her favorite part of Zumbini is when she gets to play the guitar and sing “The Breakfast Song.”
“We try to have more modern, fun music that the moms will enjoy as well as the kids,” Casey said.
The class isn’t very structured, so they can be as active – or inactive – as they want, and the women can spend time with other mothers without the pressure of worrying about their children’s behavior being perfect.
“We’re nonjudgmental, there’s no intimidation or anything like that – our classes are fun and they’re meant to boost your confidence and make you feel good and happy, and not intimidated or stressed.”
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Zumbini classes are offered from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
Demo classes will be offered all summer for $5 for one mom and child, plus $1 for each additional child.
Fall dance classes will be offered for ages 5-12 for ballet, tap and tumbling.