Save The Date: ‘Ohana Yoga with Three Little Ducks
Dr. Suma Metla offers free yoga classes at the end of every month at Ka Makana Ali‘i
Slow down and stretch every month with Dr. Suma Metla, a pediatric physical therapist, registered yoga teacher and the owner of Three Little Ducks, a company that helps parents with their children’s motor development. Her ‘Ohana Yoga classes are open to kids ages 3 to 10 and their caregivers the last Wednesday of every month at Ka Makana Ali‘i in Kapolei.
The hourlong classes on the mall’s center court are meant to help ‘ohana connect with each other and their communities through physical activity. And they’re completely free!
What to Bring
While Three Little Ducks will have a few yoga mats available to share, it’s recommended that you bring your own. You can opt for a beach towel or even a bedsheet—whatever you’re comfortable with. Wear comfortable clothes and don’t forget your water!
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What (and What Not) to Expect
If you’re already cry-laughing at the thought of your rambunctious 3-year-old doing the lotus position on a yoga mat, don’t worry! Fun is the name of the game, Metla says, and she likes to keep the classes silly. “There’s always a small dance component to the class where parents get to groove with their child, so it’s not your typical ‘serious’ yoga class.”
Some kids might want to run circles around the yoga mat or hop on your back during downward facing dog. And, that’s OK.
“The sessions are just about having time and space for families to come together. If your child isn’t feeling the stretches, that’s OK, they can do what they want,” Metla says. The same goes for adults. “It’s not about whether you’re qualified at all—it’s about doing what you can and spending time with family.”
Who’s Behind It
Metla is the founder of Three Little Ducks, where she holds infant massage coaching sessions, baby classes and pediatric physical therapy services (and she’ll start accepting health insurance at the end of this year).
Her popular Little Duck and Me classes are perfect for first-time parents, who might have questions like: Is my baby getting enough tummy time? Is he crawling too slowly, or walking too early? When will she be ready to start solids? The classes also provide a community for caregivers.
“Statistically, Hawai‘i has the highest rate of infants and toddlers qualifying for early intervention services and for children who have developmental delays or risk of delays. There’s a need for businesses like us to provide education” that might prevent or curtail some of these delays, says Metla, who used to provide physical therapy for the state’s Early Intervention Section. The Little Duck and Me baby classes not only provide information, but also a community for new, busier-than-ever parents who might be feeling lonely or disconnected.