with Mary Esther Malloy-Hopwood
Come join the conversation! Meet other moms and babies for relaxed, thoughtful discussions on a range of parenting joys and challenges. New moms can join at any time. Mary Esther Malloy, MA, is the mother of two boys and a girl; she is a certified childbirth educator, doula, lactation consultant, and writer who has been leading mother’s support groups since her first baby was born sixteen years ago.
0 to 12 months
Winter – January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12 – Wednesdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm
6 weeks – $220
Spring 1 – March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8 – Wednesdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm
6 weeks – $220
Spring 2 – May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10 – Wednesdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm
6 weeks – $220
Group is capped at 14 women and babies. This program is always full so we recommend registering early!
Going back to work before the session ends? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for info on prorating.
New Moms Support Makeup Policy:
On rare occasions, Mary Esther will be called to a birth during class time. If this happens, a makeup will be held the Tuesday following the final session. Participants will be emailed at least 8 hours before the session Mary Esther has to miss. Aside from this, if you have to miss a moms group session for any reason, Kids at Work will offer participants one makeup in a Kids at Work class as an introduction to Kids at Work programs. Other than the 1 Kids at Work makeup and the makeup due to cancellation, there are no other makeups for New Moms Talk Groups.
The prenatal yoga class at Kids at Work is presented by Yoga216, owned by local mom Nicole Katz. Whether you are new to yoga or have an established practice, prenatal yoga classes are an excellent way to nurture yourself and baby during this very special transition. Our Prenatal Yoga class is geared towards the specific needs of pregnant women, and no matter where you are in your pregnancy, you’ll find here a community of women working through similar changes as you. Whether you’re in your first, second or third trimester, classes will attend to the specific needs of the expectant yogi. We work towards building the strength and flexibility to help you cope with the physical changes of pregnancy, the demands of labor, and the challenges of your new ever-growing bundle of joy. Begin bonding with your baby while learning ways you can modify your existing yoga practice with what’s best to avoid and what can feel especially yummy while pregnant.
Join us now — because it’s never too early, or too late, to do prenatal yoga.
Prenatal Yoga is taught by Cynthia Russell. Cynthia began practicing yoga shortly after moving to NYC in 2000. She was a casual student until she began to really see results. She was becoming stronger and more flexible not only on the yoga mat but also in other aspects of her life. She was amazed by what was possible with regular practice and patience. In 2008 she completed a 200-hour teacher certification with Yoga4Soul in New York City.
Cynthia feels blessed to live in a city that gives her the opportunity to regularly practice many different styles with many different teachers. She continues her practice at studios throughout the city. She leads alignment-based vinyasa classes combining creative flow, good music, self-inspection, yoga philosophy and a sense of humor. She strongly believes that no matter a student’s perceived level or background, Yoga is for everyone.
Make a reservation on our schedule page. Tuition can be found here, under the “Babies/Prenatal/Postnatal Packages” Category. This class is a drop-in, and any unused classes can be used/extended later for your baby in our regular babies drop-ins!
Did you give birth last month or last year or a decade ago and wonder where YOU and your body went (hello- core much?!)?
The process of getting your Self back after birth is a necessary right of passage. One that allows us to fully process the journey we have been on, free ourselves from any part of that journey that is no longer serving us, and bring with us only that which makes us stronger, fiercer and more compassionate mothers and yoginis in the world.
In this 45min long flow class, you can expect a challenging physical workout, some fierce mommy yogic philosophy and above all LOTS of love and support!
My own journey of trying to become pregnant, loss, pregnancy, labor and getting back into shape have lead me to be very very inspired to support other moms in finding the power in their motherhood journey. We go through SO much bringing life into this world. Seeing it through the lens of yoga, I have found, has made it really really empowering for me personally, in the day to day of motherhood and totally aside from motherhood as well!
I hope you will join us, it is never too late to Get Back to SELF! This class is for adults only. Postnatal Yoga at Kids at Work is presented by Yoga216, co-owned by a local flatiron mom of 2, Nicole Katz. We are lucky to have Nicole teaching this class herself! Read more about Nicole below!
Structural Yoga Therapist, CIAYT, E-RYT 500
Nicole first began her yoga practice 19 years ago in Iyengar’s tradition – renowned for his emphasis on alignment and yoga as a therapeutic aid. In the fall of 2005, Nicole moved to New York City to begin studying movement with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company.
At SITI, Nicole studied Viewpoints, an approach that uses yoga as one of the vehicles to uncover emotion. In the fall of 2006, Nicole began teaching Movement at the New York Film Academy. She subsequently taught Movement at several other NY theatre schools, on a private basis for select theater companies and privately for actors.
While working with her students it became clear to her that we all carry our emotional histories as physical manifestations. Those manifestations, in the end, lead to habitual postures, which can lead to unnecessary injury and pain.
She began creating yoga practices for her students in an effort to bring their bodies back into neutrally-aligned and pain-free states. In the spring of 2007, Nicole received her first yoga-teaching certificate and has since gone on to specialize in Structural Yoga Therapy. Nicole was drawn specifically to SYT for its individualized diagnostic properties while still maintaining firm roots in the spiritual practice of all 8 limbs of yoga.
As a long-time practitioner herself, Nicole longed for a studio that could blend the benefits of private yoga instruction with the accessibility of the group structure and the restorative properties of a spa. She is ecstatic and grateful to offer her dream to you as Yoga 216.
with Mary Esther Malloy, Mindful Birth NY
Birth is a profound passage into parenthood for both a mother and her partner. Mindful Birth NY classes offer mothers an appreciation of normal birth and many ways to handle labor. And we also offer partners a rounded preparation for the intense work of supporting a woman through labor. This includes a deep understanding of how birth works, practical ways to support a laboring woman through the different phases of labor and any challenges that might arise, tips on preparing for a home or hospital birth, ideas for navigating hospitals, hands-on practice with massage and more. Couples devote extra time to birth preparation with a Mindful Birth class, and find that having a host of strategies makes it time well spent no matter the course of their labors. Mary Esther Malloy, MA, is the mother of two boys and a girl; she is a certified childbirth educator, doula, lactation consultant, and writer who has been leading mother’s support groups since her first baby was born sixteen years ago.
See www.mindfulbirthny.com for more about Mary Esther.
8-session full series: $495 per couple, $545 for classes that include retreat days
2-day weekend Mindful Birth Intensive: special price of $395 per couple.
NEW! 1-time Baby Refresher Class, Wednesday, February 5th from 6:00-8:30 PM, $75 per couple.
En Español Music & Movement with Mi Manzana
Parents and caregivers will be introduced to fun and interesting musical activities designed to inspire neurological development while encouraging bilingualism. En Español will be conducted by Mi Manzana, a Spanish immersion program in which students learn by doing (experiential curriculum:creative movement and music). The main focus is on speaking the language and classes are guided by native and experienced educators that encourage children to take risks with the language and gain awareness of the world. Parents will be encouraged to participate in a low-stress, relaxed atmosphere based on improvisation where mistakes and questions are welcome!
Mondays at 11:45am
Fridays at 3:20pm
Drop-in with a reservation
In these classes, designed for the youngest music-makers and the people who love them, parents will be introduced to fun and interesting musical activities designed to inspire neurological development. Jam Sessions Babies is taught by Kids at Work Founder Julie Averill, who has over 10 years of experience working with infants and families, along with a separate professional guitarist. Parents will be encouraged to participate in a low-stress, relaxed atmosphere based on improvisation where mistakes and questions are welcome!
Tuesdays at 11:45am
Wednesdays at 11:45 & 2pm
Thursdays at 3:30pm
Fridays at 12:30pm
Drop-in with a reservation
Learn American Sign Language with Baby Fingers, through songs and play with other parents, caregivers, and children close to your child’s age. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child! Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your child discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy. Baby Fingers programs incorporate the research supporting the benefits of sign language at all ages and stages, for child with and without special needs. Stories, songs, games, and movement to music are included in our teaching methods. \
Tuesdays at 2pm
Thursdays at 11:45am
Drop-in with a reservation.
Enjoy our clean, child-safe garden outdoor space at this class that combines free gross motor play and age-appropriate music including live guitar. This class is designed specifically for mobile babies through early walkers, around 6 – 18 mos in age. Soft and firm climbing apparatus will be set up in our outdoor classroom. When it’s extremely hot (85 degrees plus) we will set up in our air-conditioned classroom. Crawlers, creepers, and walkers will also enjoy exploring our wooden playhouse, push toys, tunnels, and big exercise balls. After 20-25 minutes we will clean up and our teacher will perform a 20-minute music and movement set including instruments, live guitar and voice, fun and engaging music, and typical Kids at Work warmth and coziness!
Mondays at 3:15pm and 4:15pm
Drop-in with a reservation
It’s never too early to build neurological pathways through foreign language learning! Rachel Chen, the founder of Moxie Mandarin, is well known locally as an amazing and inspiring leader of mandarin classes for littles! We welcome her and her team to Kids at Work. Moxie Mandarin designed the Little Pandas class to provide an environment for parents and their babies to learn Mandarin together through original songs, interactive stories, and engaging activities, all of which are based upon a core set of practical vocabulary and sentence patterns.
Materials will be sent home to ensure that you are able to work on language throughout the week. This class is perfect for non-Mandarin and Mandarin speaking adults and families alike! This class features child friendly instruments, fun props, and a teacher that plays and accompanying instrument. Classes are engaging and dynamic and take place in Kids at Work’s beautiful classroom. Classes will contain up to 10 children only.
Rachel Chen, the founder of Moxie Mandarin, graduated from the TCSOL program at Teachers College and has an M.A. in Chinese Linguistics and Language Acquisition from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a B.A. in TCSOL from Jinan University, China.
0-12 months (non-walkers only, please)
Drop-in, reservation optional.
Come meet other moms and caregivers with young babies ages newborn – 12 mos. Enjoy our beautiful open sunlit space for awhile and allow your little one to socialize in a quiet and stress-free environment. No reservations necessary. Come when you want and leave when you want.