By AURELIO JOSE BARRERA
EAST LOS ANGELES — For much of the week, when one walks into People’s Yoga in East Los Angeles, quiet, peaceful, instrumental music plays while adults carefully align their poses. Sunday mornings, however, are quite different. Children and their parents moo during cow pose, bark during the downward facing dog position and reach for the stars while singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
Welcome to the playful and kid-friendly Yoga Seeds class, lead by People’s Yoga co-founder Leah Gallegos. Families are welcome to the Sunday morning classes, which are open to all ages and all experience levels.
After about an hour of singing, dancing and yoga, the room of adults, teens and toddlers is quiet as everyone lies down in savasana (corpse pose). The children move peacefully as participants of almost every other yoga class do when class is done. The lessons they learn are used outside the studio as well.
“I encourage the girls to take deep breaths when they’re feeling angry or frustrated,” said Kamren Tringale of East Los Angeles, who attends the class with her husband, sister and two young daughters Anaya,1 and Luna, 2. “They love the songs and dance and have absorbed the poses more than I think. They’ll occasionally bust out a Cobra and three-legged dog and say, ‘Look, yoga!’”