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Preparing for Parenthood

Why Baby Yoga?

Baby lying with arms stretched out

Baby Yoga is a wonderful opportunity for you to spend quality time with your baby.  It helps you to:

  • Understand your baby’s needs
  • Enjoy their physical development
  • See their unique personality
  • Calm your baby
  • Stimulate them.

Getting Started

You don’t need to practice yoga or even know anything about yoga to get started with your baby.  From birth your baby will enjoy the stimulation of movement and touch.

Something for Everyone

Baby Yoga includes lots of different practices.  There is something to suit each baby or toddler through their individual development.  Examples include:

  • Gentle body strokes
  • Yoga moves adapted to babies (mini twists, mini stretches, upper and lower body movements, diagonal movements).  These moves have been practiced in India for at least 2000 years
  • Postnatal yoga and baby yoga for new mothers
  • Playful moves with rhymes
  • Joint parent/baby relaxation (walking relaxation, instant relaxation, relaxation to sleep, feeding relaxation)
  • Transitional practices (head control, sitting, crawling, standing, early steps, first jumps and balances)

Some Baby Yoga moves to try at home

Good Morning Stretch: Lay your baby on her back. Help her to put her arms over her head and her legs straight out in front of her. Hold her arms and legs like this for a breath or two and then let her arms and legs go.  Now allow her to move naturally.

Wind-Relieving Pose: Lay your baby on his back. Gently press on the bottoms of his feet and gently move his knees toward his chest.  Hold the squeezed-in pose for a few breaths, then let his legs go.

Knee-to-Chest Pose: Lay your baby on his back and gently press one knee in toward his chest.  Hold for just a breath or two, let go and then do it again with the other leg.

For information on Baby Yoga classes in your area please check out our calendar