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Hidden Gems: Meet Antonia King of Zooga Yoga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Antonia King.

Hi Antonia, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
After graduating from USC with a BA in Film/Television (Magna Cum Laude), I had a career as a producer in Film and Television for over fifteen years with an emphasis on youth content, including a variety of animated feature films for Pixar, Disney, Fox and Sony, as well as writing, directing and producing programming for MTV.

My background includes childhood ballet, contemporary dance, musicals and television appearances. As an adult, I studied dance, Pilates and yoga and I am a certified children’s yoga teacher and educator.

In 2012, I combined my love of children, yoga and entertainment and founded Zooga Yoga, a unique brand of yoga studio and yoga program for kids and families.

Today, I continue to run my LA-based studio, oversee our 2nd franchised location in West Hollywood and working to expand Zooga Yoga across the US. I am also launching a new children’s book this year and Zooga Yoga cards that I wrote and developed and continue to develop products for the brand including music, kids’ yoga mats, props and more.

I practice yoga daily, enjoy movies and mini trips with my husband, make time for lunches with friends and play soccer/dance mom to my three kids, Hudson, Mila and Oliver.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Taking the pandemic out of the equation, there are always hurdles when running a business. Finding the perfect location, maintaining financial stability, supporting my franchisees, continuing to develop a great program and adapting to change…all while juggling a family life. I do my best to stay positive, surround myself by wonderful staff, teachers and supporters and I have been lucky to have a great community to provide our amazing service too.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Zooga Yoga?
In 2012, Zooga Yoga® opened as the only yoga studio in the Los Angeles area dedicated to babies, kids, teens, expecting moms, parents and families. And now, Zooga Yoga is the only premiere kids franchise available in the United States! Zooga has a playful and unique approach to yoga. Zooga couples traditional yoga poses and elements with fun themes that include animal poses, challenging and partner poses, games and props to create a specialized brand of ‘YogaPlay®’. This approach is designed to foster confidence, creativity and imagination while keeping true to the goal of whole mind and body health that is inherent in the practice of yoga.

Zooga Studios are bright, fun and creative, dedicated to introducing kids and families to a one-of-a-kind, branded yoga experience called Zooga Yoga. The pressures of today’s fast-paced social media, digital bombardment, stress-filled world create particularly difficult challenges for children. Zooga Yoga combines the most current mind and body wellness techniques with traditional yoga poses, dance, props, original kids music, and laugh-out-loud games to create interactive animal adventures that are nothing short of the future of fitness of kids. Zooga classes are developed to create not only a deeper sense of strength and focus for kids of all ages but also to encourage bonding and togetherness for mommies, daddies and their little ones. Guided by yoga principles and designed for maximum entertainment, Zooga is good fun for kids and parents.

Zooga is proud to announce that we are officially a certified green sustainable business and received a Culver City Sustainable Business Program TIER 2 INNOVATOR Certification (CCSBCP). Zooga’s locations feature green building techniques, including recyclable materials, acoustic ceiling tiles, floating bamboo floors, energy-efficient LED lighting and low VOC paint. The studios also use certified green products and recyclables.

Zooga not only offers our signature Kids Yoga classes, we offer Dance, Music, Parent and Me fitness classes, Messy Arts, Soccer, Acrobatics, Kickin’ Ninjas, Baby Sign, Teen, Adult and Pre-Post Natal classes. If that’s not enough to keep you coming back for more, we offer specialized parenting workshops, babysitting drop-off nights, studio and home privates, kids teacher trainings and school and camp programs too. Plus, you can plan your next celebration with us! We provide unique, one-of-a-kind birthday parties, baby showers and group privates– at the studio and at your home or location of your choice.

In addition to classes available for all ages, Zooga also offers a kids yoga retail component, including many Zooga branded products only available from Zooga. Yoga mats, yoga cards, cd’s, dvd’s, books, apparel, tote bags, eyes pillows and water bottles are just some of the items available.

Zooga’s caring, experienced teachers guide children and parents through a transformational, educational yoga experience. We are passionate about teaching kids of all ages to experience the healthy benefits of yoga and physical activity in a non-competitive, stress-free environment. Yoga is an ancient practice that can help modern kids achieve calm and balanced minds while they build strong and flexible bodies.

Our mission is to inspire fun and promote fitness to kids and families through yoga and much, much more. Zooga is a multifaceted mind-body fitness studio catering primarily to children ages 0 to 18. Created and perfected at our flagship location in Culver City, California, our approach is completely unique! “Our Om is your home”.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I was always a creator, artist, dancer with a strong desire for structure and order. I was an older sibling to my sister, had a lot of friends and a bunch of cousins! We would often put on performances for our parents, do talent shows, sing and dance. There was also a lot of music in our house. My father was a musician and my mom was a model. We moved to California when I was nine years old. I adapted well to new friends and many different schools as we traveled often.

Pricing:

  • New Client Special $75/1 month of classes
  • Drop Ins and Zoopak of classes available starting at $24

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Credits: Zooga Yoga Amanda West

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