Teri O’Neal takes yoga classes at the Burbank Family YMCA, but when
she had a chance to share the experience with her three daughters,
she quickly registered for the class.
“I thought the girls would enjoy it,” O’Neal said.
She was right. The O’Neal sisters -- Brenna, 13, Gillian, 8, and
Avery, 6 -- all liked the one-hour hatha yoga class they took with
their mom Tuesday evening.
The class served as an introduction to several new family programs
the YMCA will offer in the fall. In addition to yoga, families will
soon be able to participate in cardio kickboxing, aerobics and
circuit training -- which uses different types of strength equipment.
“I thought it was very challenging,” Gillian said. “It was a great
opportunity for me to relax. Hopefully, we will continue to come to
Brenna said the best thing about coming to yoga with her mother
and sisters was being able to hang out with them.
“It was hard,” Brenna said. “But I got a lot out of it.”
Hatha yoga focuses more on the overall exercise benefit, said Jodi
Reneaud, YMCA youth and family director.
“It’s a good style because it complements our spirit, mind and
body mission here at the Y,” she said. “We try to implement that in
all our programs.”
Reneaud said parents are encouraged to fill out a survey to
determine what additional activities and classes the Y can provide
for the entire family.
“We want to make sure we’re meeting the needs of our families
here,” Reneaud said. “If we target the entire family, it will
reinforce healthy lifestyles.”
Yoga instructor Patricia Joye taught the family yoga class in a
corner of the children’s new workout room, which was humming with
activity as children 9 to 14 exercised on scaled-down equipment.
The classes are included in the price of a family membership,
Reneaud said. The monthly fee for a family of two adults and up to
six children is $63. For more information on YMCA programs, call