Baby and Me Yoga

IMG_5324When my daughter was first born and I was working full time I was constantly looking for things we could do together that would help us bond. We experimented with lots of classes and yoga was one of them. There are a few different types of yoga, starting with Baby and me for non-crawling babies and then as they get older there are plenty of yoga classes you can do together and then for older kids there are also great ones, like imagination yoga, which my now 5-year-old daughter loves!

I’ll admit that my favorite things about doing yoga with your child is that it’s all about multitasking. You get a workout and relaxation in, you get some amazing bonding time and you learn great tools to help calm yourself and your baby down. Perfect!

Yoga is a great way to ease back into exercising after having a baby and it may even help you deal with the stress of becoming a parent. Few things are more stressful and confusing than having a baby so think of it as a time to help calm your jitters and relieve some stress.  Traditional yoga poses are modified so that you can hold your baby throughout the poses so you can maximize bonding time.

Those benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. Yoga offers almost as many benefits for babies as it does for adults. Every part of the baby’s system is stimulated including their digestive system, which translates into helping with colic or other digestive issues. It also helps them feel more calm and restful and can be a great tool to help babies sleep better – especially if that’s an area they are struggling with.

There are so many different places to find a good class. I recommend starting with your local yoga studio. If they don’t offer one they might be able to point you in the right direction or even be willing to put a class together for you. As your child gets older you can incorporate more yoga poses through DVDs or even yoga books – some focus on relaxing poses to help relax before bedtime.

Take the time to experiment and see what works best for you and your child and enjoy your bonding time!

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception to those trying to get their groove back after pregnancy to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mom and baby. 

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