Whether you’ve practiced yoga for years or you’re a complete beginner, these classes will ease you back into your body and continue the expansion of the bond with your baby through breath, mindfulness, movement and relaxation.
A typical Birthlight baby yoga session teaches a range of gentle movements based on traditional Hatha yoga. There is a structure to the class, but most of the time we follow the baby’s cues. It’s about building your confidence and your baby’s sense of trust. The classes focus on building the bond between mother and child rather than how to achieve the perfect yoga pose. With our sedentary lifestyles babies spend a lot of time in car seats and baby chairs and don’t get to use their full potential for movement. Yoga helps your baby’s muscles to develop and can help to heal and strengthen your body after giving birth as well as many other benefits. Combining movement with singing, touching and eye contact makes your baby feel good. These positive feelings are then communicated back to you and you both feel good! Then there’s the relaxation, a huge part of my classes where you can learn to release, surrender and replenish your energy.
These classes run during term time and are continuous and progressive with your baby’s development.
Baby yoga is without a doubt one of the highlights of my mummy week. It provides me with a chance to do something fun and interactive with my son while also focusing on me. As a new Mum it also provides a nurturing space in which to develop, gain confidence and just as importantly make friends with other new mums. Julie is a great facilitator, not just a teacher and creates a lovely environment where worries can be shared and giggles a plenty can be had.
I was also lucky enough to do Julie’s baby massage course and loved it – it proved to be a lovely bonding experience for my son and I as well as helping me to meet other new mums. I would highly recommend both courses!
Ellie & Charlie
In one short daily session, babies receive as much physical activity as if they were handled for a few hours. It gives parents daily routines to engage constructively with their babies from birth as a foundation for future regular exercise.
• Baby Yoga promotes more and better sleep.
• Regular movement promotes a more ‘settled’ behaviour with less extreme ups and downs.
• All the babies bodily systems are stimulated, including the digestive and nervous systems.
• It can help babies feel contented between feeds and helps alleviate wind and discomfort.
• Baby Yoga reduces the frustration of babies in the transition of one developmental stage to another while assisting their transitions.
• Tactile stimulation has been shown to contribute to the development of the brain and the nervous system.
• Baby yoga helps the parent and baby to get to know each other better through active means of communication that are easy to learn and practice.
• New challenges introduced at a pace that babies can absorb and integrate increase their ability to cope positively with new situations.
• Active interaction with parents is the foundation for future positive social relations over the early years and beyond.
• Joint relaxation is mutually beneficial for parents and babies and enhances non-verbal communication between them. Early birth trauma can be resolved and healed through this loving interaction.
• Classes include gentle post natal yoga for mum including pelvic floor exercises; alleviating tension through feeding & carrying baby; integrating ‘classic’ yoga poses with your baby; enjoying deep relaxation.