Baby yoga can give you better rest, increased flexibility and a happy baby!
After nine long months, I am delighted to have a sweet baby to cuddle and love. But a new baby means a new schedule, and I find myself with less time to focus on my health. It’s important to find an exercise regimen that is gentle enough for my body but is also challenging and exciting.
Baby Yoga is a fairly new practice based on the age-old tradition. It includes simplified Hatha Yoga, coupled with rhythmical, more energetic movement that can be likened to Ashtanga Yoga: which help to maintain the C’s interests and so both of us can have fun together.
Infants are always ready to welcome new experiences and are eager to communicate. Their developing bodies are flexible and, just like adults; they can benefit from and enjoy the stimulating touch, movements and deep relaxation that Baby Yoga offers.
Baby Yoga leads on perfectly from Baby Massage, and as with Baby Massage, Baby Yoga promotes a life-long bond between parent and infant, and creates a foundation for a happy, healthy life.
Baby Yoga for babies can be active and dynamic and, paradoxically relaxing and calming, so can offer stimulation for your baby when they wish to play vigorously: and then relaxation as they quieten and calm.
Here are a few benefits I have reaped from Baby Yoga:
- have confidence and competence in handling My C
- to understand Mr C’s non-verbal cues
- to relax with Mr C
- heal after a difficult or traumatic birth
- when suffering from post-natal depression
- develop a feeling of closeness with your infant
- learn breathing techniques
- learn deeper relaxation techniques
- to improve your physical well-being as the session includes simple relaxation, breathing exercise and stretching exercises.
The main physiological benefits of regular Baby Yoga include:
- strengthening and improving muscle tone
- maintaining flexibility in the spine and joints
- improving the general functioning of the immune system
- regulating and strengthening the digestive system which may reduce the discomfort of colic, wind and constipation
- improving blood flow
- stimulating and balancing the nervous system
- stimulating the senses
- helping with detoxification and circulation around the lymph system
- stimulating the production of oxytocin
The many practices of baby yoga provide recourses to handle babies in ways that they enjoy and that is good for them at every stage of development. An expanding spiral of joy is created between parent and baby as babies express their delight and parents’ warm responses generate even greater delight.
You can book a session with Inspire Mum & Baby here.