Abhaya Kids

KidsWebPageEvery Tuesday at Abhaya Kids Yoga mothers, babies and kids can find a class to suit each stage of pregnancy and development!


Mommy & Me • 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM with Emily Lillywhite
Safely guide your body back from its life giving journey while bonding and having fun with your baby! Specialized asana with emphasis on toning the abdominal wall and pelvic muscles to restore alignment and strength for overall health. Breathing and restorative techniques address the emotional well being of the new mom. Options will be given to incorporate baby into poses. Have fun with movement and dance for an energy boost and lots of baby giggles. Feel support within a community of mothers, reclaim strength and tone. Open to all mothers 6 weeks postpartum and beyond, who have been given the okay by their health care provider to practice yoga. Bring baby, 6 weeks to 12 months.. $18 online, $20 at the door

Prenatal • 2:30PM- 3:30 PM with Emily Lillywhite
Focus on you, your baby and the changes pregnancy brings within a supportive community. Safe, specialized asanas and deep relaxation techniques alleviate the common physical discomforts of pregnancy while creating tone and physical strength. This holistic class focuses on emotional well being to restore a feeling of calm and harmony. Embrace and address the changes occurring within our body and free ourselves from any inhibitions, anxiety or doubt, enjoy the sacred experience of pregnancy, birth and the journey into motherhood. No previous yoga experience is necessary, mothers-to-be at all stages of pregnancy are welcomed $18 online, $20 at the door

Lila Yoga • 3:45-4:30 PM with Smitha Piedilato

Join us for Kids Yoga Hour with Smitha Piedilato. Shorter than a regular hour, our 45 minute yoga class is an active, fun filled, joyous practice. We will learn asanas (poses), breathing, and mindfulness, through movement, songs, artwork and games.
Over the course of the 8 week semester kids will learn nature related movement and poses, the Sun Dance (SunSalutation A), and a few simple breathing techniques that are age appropriate. We will start out by exploring basic movements to build physical co-ordination and balance. We will then progress towards building a more structured practice by linking movement and breath together. Finally we will integrate concepts like cleanliness, discipline, gratitude, respect, and friendship into our class for a complete yoga experience.
Yoga is a practice that we can take into all aspects of our lives. Through listening, moving, and creating this class series will give kids practical tools that they can use everyday.
Two free classes 1/6 and 1/13 then a 8 week series for $140

Lila Kids stay FREE for Open Play

 Open Play • 4:30-5:15 PM 
We open our bright, waterfront studio to kids and their grown-ups to share in facilitated play. Get creative with yoga props, meet new friends and let the imagination run free.  (Suggested ages 1-5) $10,  Free  for Lila Yogi’s staying for Open Play


Emily has been teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in NYC public schools since 2004. When she saw the transformative effects of teaching mindfulness to her students, she knew that becoming a yoga teacher was the next step on her own path. She completed teacher training with Tara Glazier at Abhaya in December 2012, and is thrilled to bring these teachings to students of all ages. Emily offers deep gratitude to her all her teachers, yoga and otherwise, for sharing their gifts and inspiring her growth and dedication. She would especially like to thank Tara Glazier, Sara Neufeld, Elias Lopez, Carolyn Payne, John Wilkes, Jim Kincaid, and her mom–her first, and still most influential teacher.

Smitha  is a Brooklyn based, yoga teacher, artist, and designer. Growing up in India yoga has always been a part of Smitha’s life. She started a regular asana practice around 2004. Initially Smitha did it for general well being, then for fitness, and mental clarity. However a few years ago yoga helped her cope and recover from a serious health issue, which gave her a whole new perspective on the practice. With a renewed respect and appreciation for yoga she got certified to teach adults and children. Smitha is inspired by her experiences with yoga and the abilities of the human body & mind. Her classes are based on finding physical and mental balance through movement, alignment, and focus. She comes from a tradition that respects the unique needs of each and every person. She brings that to her students, and offers them opportunities to develop a personal connection with their asana. Smitha lives in Greenpoint with her husband and 2 cats. She has a 200 & 500 hour teacher certification in the Krishnamacharya lineage. She is certified to teach kids through OmSchooled