Two and a half years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter, Eloise, I enrolled in some local prenatal yoga classes that were the highlight of my week—my true moments of zen. At the time, my son, Oliver, was 3 years old and relentlessly curious. After the classes, he’d ask what I’d been up to. I would show him a few poses, and he was always eager to try them out for himself. He took it very, very seriously.
Before long, he was gathering his friends on the outdoor stage at his preschool and doing a little light yoga instruction. He’d show his friends how to do his favorite poses—or “moves” as he calls them—and was so proud of his newfound knowledge. When another preschool parent donated yoga mats to the class so the kids could all join in regular outdoor yoga together, Oliver’s new curiosity for yoga became a full-fledged hobby.
That’s why, when S.W.E.T. Hot Yoga and Fitness (4216 S. Cox Rd., Springfield, 417-881-7938, swethotyogaandfitness.com) opened with some unexpected offerings like Broga (for the guys) and kids yoga, I knew we had to give it a try. I called S.W.E.T. operations manager Shelli Luke to see if I could bring our 417 photographer Brandon Alms and my 5-year-old ball of energy to one of the Tuesday afternoon classes.