Here’s a brief synopsis of the major benefits of Baby and Me Yoga class:
- Prevents and relieves physical discomfort by mobilizing and improving posture.
- Strengthens the back.
- Improves core stability.
- Releases tension in the neck and shoulders.
- Aids in postpartum repair by strengthening the abdominal muscles (uddiyana bandha) and pelvic floor muscles (mula bandha.)
- Increases circulation of energy flow (i.e. blood flow, prana, etc.)
- Contributes to toning the body and healthy weight-loss after pregnancy and childbirth.
- Increases endurance and stamina
- Practice the postures and breathing techniques at home!
Emotional and Spiritual Benefits
- Promotes relaxation; decreases stress and anxiety.
- Reduces mental fatigue by recharging the mind.
- Receive support and connection with other new moms in the Royal Oak area.
- Develop trust in self to care for baby, and one's own needs.
- Connect with baby in new ways
- Eye gazing
- Infant massage
Common Questions and Concerns
- What if my baby needs to be fed?
- What if my baby needs to be changed?
- What if my baby won't stop crying?
- What if my baby sleeps the whole time?
Do what you need to do to keep baby (and you) happy... breast or bottle feed baby, change the diaper, walk around the room, take a deep breath/pause, or hum/sing/talk to soothe baby.
Once you take care of his or her immediate need, then you have the option to re-join the instruction, or sit for a bit with baby to reassure them that you are staying together. Babies do not have to participate in order for you to benefit. Let the wives tale live on: “don’t wake a sleeping baby” if you know baby needs rest, or if it’s naptime.
One of the greatest gifts I get from teaching is that babies learn my voice within weeks! It doesn’t take them long to find peace and contentment, because they know what to expect when they get into the studio and when they hear my voice. However, some take a few classes to warm-up to the new surroundings and voices… and that’s totally okay. Be consistent and your baby will follow your lead.
You are doing yoga by simply being in the space with other practicing mothers and being present with your baby. There are no expectations. Often times during the class you will find yourself laughing and having fun! Yoga is fun, it can be relaxing and it will definitely help nurture yourself and the relationship with your baby.
Plus, it's a comfortable way to begin breastfeeding in public... surrounded by other supportive women.
Please join us every Tuesday morning at 10:30 for Mommy & Me Yoga.
Written by Elise Bowerman.