Yoga for Babies

Baby yoga classes are designed for both postpartum moms and their child. These courses are appropriate for babies from the age of 12 weeks until they are so active that they cannot enjoy a Baby Yoga class. The classes are baby led, babies are not just watching their moms doing yoga, they practice with them. We start with gentle strokes and opening stretches for small babies and as the babies gain strength and head control we move to more energetic and fun routines. All classes are accompanied with little songs for our babies and include sitting, standing and walking sequences for moms. Baby yoga class involves gentle stretches and core toning exercises that can be done while either the mother holds the baby, or the baby lies on the mat beside her. One of the main goals is to explore the balances between energetic practice and relaxation and between performing with my baby and practicing alone. During the class mothers are encouraged to take breaks to feed or care for their baby. Baby Yoga focuses on the development of a strong and healthy bonding between parent and baby. Thus is equally important for moms and babies to feel safety, trust and confidence. When this secure feeling is established on the mom’s side, the baby receives it too, and a profound new relationship of confidence and joy is being created!

Benefits of Baby yoga classes:
– They give us the space and the time to learn from and for our baby.
– They build up self- confidence and trust and enhance the mother & baby bonding.
– During them we create a supportive environment to share our experiences and concerns and develop awareness on these first unknown grounds of parenting.
– They are great school for moms to start start nurturing themselves as well as their babies.
– They help mothers to trace back their physical and emotional vitality.

For our babies:
– Baby Yoga helps babies digest better and easier and can offer relief from colicky pains. The movements stimulate the immature system, aiding peristalsis, which pushes the food through the gut, and aids this way constipation and release of intestinal gasses.
– They can help both parent and baby to relax and develop beneficial feeding patterns, as well as an improved sleeping. Mom’s deep breathing will also aid the flow of milk and make feeding much more nurturing and enjoyable.
– Physical contact from massage and yoga has been shown to stimulate the immune system.
– Baby Yoga classes feature symmetrical and cross patterning sequences to support the wiring of the neurological pathways and the development of the brain.
– In a deeper level, early relationships are crucial for infants as they grow and make sense of the world around them. These relationships will shape their learning process and how their relation with their own feelings and their interaction with others.

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