Namaste, Moms

I’ve practiced yoga on and off for the past 7 years. When I was first introduced to yoga, I instantly fell in love with how it made me feel. I’ve practiced vinyasa, hot yoga, pre-natal yoga and most recently, gentle yoga and meditation. I’m always on the go, both physically and mentally — I just don’t know how to stop. I’ve even contemplated taking up transcendental meditation but finding the time to attend an introductory class has been an obstacle in itself. Luckily for me, Kathleen Kraft, studio manager and YogaCity NYC regular features writer, offered me the opportunity to attend the gentle yoga and meditation class by the Michelle Timek Yoga studio.

Anytime I am covering an event or business for the blog, I want to make sure it can be beneficial to my fellow moms. Well, a few minutes after sitting down with Kathleen, owner Michelle Timek and her husband Dan walked in with their newborn baby girl and it made me smile from ear-to-ear. Seeing her walk in with her child assured me kids are welcomed and will be treated with care and attention; it can be very disheartening to support a business that does not welcome children with open arms. At that very moment, I knew exactly why I was sitting there! In addition, I get to support a new mom and a fellow mompreneur.

Kathleen has been teaching yoga for 3 years and also teaches kids yoga/creative movement to 3rd and 4th graders at the Stevens Cooperative School in Jersey City and Hoboken. A few of the other instructors are moms as well, and all of the instructors have a pre-natal background. The studio offers mommy and me classes for children ages from newborn to 5-years-old. At the moment, they offer two sessions on Tuesday and Saturday. This is a mommy friendly studio!

Located on the 9th floor at 150 Bay Street in downtown, you immediately feel an at home vibe; maybe that’s due to the fact you are in an actual residence. Studio owners Michelle and Dan actually live on one half of the studio. The space has great natural light and a wonderful corner of horticultural beauties.

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On October 29th, the studio is hosting a babycare and breastfeeding preparation workshop. The course is being taught by Jayne Freeman, who has been working with pregnant families for over 8 years in and around Jersey City. She is a certified childbirth educator, breastfeeding counselor and postpartum doula. Jayne has also taught at several pediatric practices & hospitals; she was a consultant for the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health where she directed the postpartum mood disorder initiative. To register for the event, please visit: http://www.michelletimekyoga.com/workshops

I will keep you all updated on future workshops. When the warm weather returns, we can all attend rooftop yoga, the only studio is Jersey City offering such a thing! I simply can’t wait.

xoxo

Find Your Creativity in Jersey City @ HudsonPLAY

Looking for a unique, safe and sanitary environment for your child to enjoy this weekend? Well then I have the perfect place for you! HudsonPLAY, located in downtown Jersey City at the Brunswick Center, is a new open-play space for our kids.

HudsonPLAY is a unique family space that encourages play time, rather than screen time. The space has activities for the body, as well as the mind, with a focus on interactive entertainment and fitness. HudsonPLAY is designed for fun, with active play areas for toddlers, state-of-the-art activities for preschoolers and a challenging Ninja Warrior course, rock climbing walls and a virtual reality roller coaster for everyone else!

When I walked in, I was thoroughly impressed. Upon entry, you’re welcomed by bright colors and stark white walls, accompanied by dynamic blue and yellow equipment. The staff is extremely friendly as well.

Conveniently located within the premises, their very own HealthBAR café allows parents clear visibility to the kids from their tables. You can actually sit back and relax!

Programs currently being offered include:

Ninja training: Babies: (ages 12 months and under), Kids (ages 4-7 years old), and Youth (ages 8-12 years old).

Tumbling: Toddlers (ages 13 months to 3 years old) and Kids (ages 4-12 years old).

Robotics: Kids (ages 8-12 years old)

They also offer mommy and me classes, which include music enrichment and baby tumbling. Please note that ninja training and tumbling classes do not have a start or end date. You can skip a week or 2 and come back for the class.

You do not need to be a member to join classes, but there are great benefits to joining. If you become a member of HudsonPLAY, you are entitled to discounted play pass rates, 10% off the HealthBAR and special events. Members get free and first access to all new features, and you will also have the pleasure of enjoying family movie nights!

Prices are rising due to high demand, but you can take advantage of membership discount if you sign up before Monday, October 10th. Annual memberships start at $15 for individuals and $25 for families.

If you’d like to visit the space before committing to any classes or membership, Jersey City Mom Blog has a SPECIAL OFFER just for you! All of my readers can use the DISCOUNT CODE: 5offJCMB’ to sign up for any daily play passes and/or classes (online and in-person)!

Maybe I’ll see you there!

xoxo