Find yoga camps near you
OurKids.net lists camps and programs in dozens of cities across the country. Find your city in the list below and find a yoga camp near you.
More than just day camps
For kids who love yoga, there are other ways to indulge this passion. See related options below:
What children learn in yoga camps
Yoga can be educational and enlightening. It can also teach kids a variety of skills and habits, many of which can promote growth and development throughout childhood, adolescence, and beyond. Consult with individual programs above to find out what their focuses are, but here's the big picture of what kids learn in yoga camp.
Basic yoga movements. Children, teens, and adults all participate in the basic yoga movements. The common sequences of yoga are called sun salutations and often include a number of “asanas” or poses. These can include downward dog, child’s pose, chaturanga, and cat and cow. Kids will also participate in standing poses such as tree, warrior, and eagle.
Self-awareness. Students will be able to recognize the ways in which their body moves. They gain a deeper understanding of their body’s flexibility and limitations in their range of motion. This self-awareness allows campers to become more accepting and aware of their body.
Self-care habits. The mental clarity yoga camp provides children, teens, and adults promotes self-care habits. Campers will be taught to be positive and nurture their body and mind. This enables yoga to be a part of people’s every day self-care routine, which can also include other mentally and physically calming activities.
Meditation. Instructors of yoga camp will focus on educating kids about meditation. Kids learn to clear their mind of distracting thoughts and focus on their breathing. This practice can easily be taken home and provides a coping mechanism for those who are easily distracted, stressed, or angered.
Balance. Asanas such as tree pose or warrior strive to challenge students’ balance. They’ll learn how to focus on controlling their movements in order to stay grounded and prevent injuries. Their attentiveness is heightened as a result.
The benefits of yoga camps
Here are some of the main benefits kids gain from yoga. Keep in mind that this isn’t an exhaustive list.
Brings peace of mind. Yoga camp puts the mind and body at peace. Kids practise poses and movements that stabilize their heart rate and relax their bodies. Students learn to focus on their breathing and body rather than letting their mind wander. Peace of mind is achieved through this practice, and helps kids act, think, and feel with intention.
Promotes self-regulation. Yoga camp instructors provide the space for kids to reflect on their behaviour, emotions, and thoughts. Kids are encouraged and inspired to take action to reduce negative thoughts and take a positive outlook on life. Routinely practising this kind of self-regulation can help reduce stress, negative thinking, and depression.
Relieves anxiety. The sun salutations and poses students learn in camp will stabilize their heart rate, clear their mind, and redirect their focus. Yoga can be used as a coping mechanism for anxious individuals as it can provide an escape from worry and increase mental clarity.
Stretches the body. Kids in yoga camp will participate in poses that stretch full body muscles. Parts of the body such as the feet, hands, and neck, which are often neglected, are exercised. This can reduce muscle and joint pain within the body, prevent future back or neck pain, and improve posture.
Boosts optimism. An important component of yoga camp is channelling positive energy throughout the body. As kids move from pose to pose, they’re encouraged to make positive affirmations. These affirmations can boost optimism as they help students recognize their strength, capability, and worth.
Mediates breathing. In yoga camp, kids will be asked to focus on their breathing patterns. Some poses and movements are also guided by inhalations and exhalations. Professionals have identified that steady breathing assists the body’s well-being by sustaining its immune and digestive systems.
Improves behaviour. There are many behavioural improvements that are recognizable after students are enrolled in yoga camp.
Helps children with autism or ADHD. For children with autism or ADHD, yoga ensures they remain focused and present in camp. Studies have shown that yoga’s ability to control breathing and stretch the body reduces tension and releases serotonin. Children with autism or ADHD are better able to control their movements and emotions as a result.
Reduces aggressive behaviour. Individuals who often participate in destructive behaviour or get angry easily are exposed to calm practices in yoga camp. Yoga instructors provide kids with techniques that can slow their heart rate and clear the mind. Kids will learn to use these techniques in moments of intense anger.
Develops social skills. Individuals who lack effective communication skills will exercise their social skills in yoga camp. They’ll follow cues, mingle with their peers, and are encouraged to express concerns in moments of discomfort. This helps them clearly and effectively articulate their feelings through words rather than through aggressive or submissive behaviour.
Questions to ask a yoga camp
It’s important you choose the right yoga camp for your child. Here are some important questions to ask camp staff to help ensure you find a good fit.
- What safety precautions are in place?
- What equipment, if any, is required for the camp?
- How should children be dressed for sessions?
- What are the instructors’ credentials for teaching yoga?
- What skills do you teach?
- Will my child be in camp with kids at the same level or age?
If you’re looking for a yoga camp, there are other options you might consider. Here are some of the main camps that may also be a good fit for your child.
Mindfulness training camp further enhances children’s mental growth. Kids become humble, mature, and calm through the training in these camps. Self-care is also further promoted in these camps.
Acro camp further exercises the balance and coordination children learn in yoga. These camps specialize in combining children’s dancing skills with their acrobatic skills.
Martial arts camp focuses on another physical activity that provides mental clarity and character growth. Children are able to improve their attentiveness and balance while understanding how to be good leaders in these camps.
Combine this with more advice from OurKids.net
"The physical and emotional benefits of yoga for kids." Clevelandclinic.org
"More than just a game: Yoga for school-age children." Marlynn Wei, MD, JD. Harvard.edu.
"The Importance of Proper Breathing for Your Overall Health." Elliottphysicaltherapy.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many Yoga camps are there?
There are 12 programs offering yoga as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.
What are the fees to attend Yoga camps?
Fees for programs offering yoga as an activity range from $50 to $21,000 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.
Where can parents meet with Yoga camps?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.