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BABY YOGA - FAQs

What is Baby Yoga?

It provides mental stimulation for your baby through gentle exercises and movement.  You will have fun playing, stretching and then relaxing together, mother and baby focusing on each other.  It isn’t just something that you “do” to your baby, you do yoga “with” your baby.

 

Is it just for baby or does Mum get any benefit?

Baby Yoga will give you more confidence in handling your baby and once you’ve learnt the exercises you will be able to use them at home to continue the bonding and soothing.  Bonding is encouraged through close skin to skin contact, praise, encouragement and mutual enjoyment.  Postnatal postures are used to help re-align and strengthen Mum’s body, tone abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and also balance the hormonal changes that occur after childbirth.  It can also help with postnatal depression.  Most importantly the relaxation session at the end of the Baby Yoga session helps mum cope with the stress of parenting.  Even if Mum has never practiced yoga herself before, there are some deep breathing techniques she will learn during the classes that will help her relax, de-stress and hopefully sleep better.

 

What happens in a class?

Don’t worry you won’t be expected to get your baby into strange positions!  You’ll follow a series of simple stretches to begin with before giving your baby lots of skin to skin contact and very gentle muscle stimulation without any force.  We always start off with a gentle massage for baby to warm their muscles up, just like we would warm our own muscles up before any activity.

 

Is it safe?

Every move we do is safe, but we appreciate some parents may not wish to do some of the moves as they are unusual to them.  This is not a problem.

 

Can Baby Yoga help with colic etc?

Yes, it can help with the following common difficulties:

 

  • Colic and crying
  • Teething
  • Constipation and digestive problems
  • Slow weight gain
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Sleeping patterns

 

What benefit does baby Yoga have for my baby?

 

  • Helps balance, improves co-ordination and motor skills and also aids the respiratory and digestive systems.  Babies who practice yoga are less likely to suffer colic and constipation and have fewer sleeping and feeding difficulties;
  • Allows babies to move freely as too often nowadays they are kept in one place for too long, either the car seat or the cot or crib;
  • Strengthens their bodies, helps them to develop their reflexes and stimulates the senses;
  • Aids bonding, trust and social interaction, is rhythmic and assists babies’ development both emotionally and physically’
  • Gentle stretching stimulates baby’s brain to release feel-good endorphins, giving him or her a happy glow.  The exercises can help develop physical confidence, balance and spatial awareness;
  • Improve core muscle development and co-ordination and will also help aid digestion and can relieve the most colicky baby’
  • The relaxation may also help him or her sleep better, not to mention boost the emotional bond between you.  And remember, when you relax so does your baby;
  • It is fun and socially stimulating – babies observe their peers, learn to interact, take turns and share boosting their self esteem

 

How old does my baby have to be to start Baby Yoga?

We recommend from around 8 weeks old and the sequences need to be appropriate for the age of the baby.  We start very gently with smaller babies and as they gain strength and head control, we move to more energetic and fun routines.

 

Is there an upper age limit?

We recommend starting Baby Yoga before your baby starts crawling as once they are more mobile it is very difficult to maintain their interest with the static exercises, but every baby is different and they may settle very well into the class.

 

What if my baby doesn’t seem to enjoy it or cries?

Babies do cry and this is perfectly normal so don’t worry.  Everyone in the class has a baby too so it is perfectly acceptable and everyone understands.  Try to establish if there is a reason why your baby is unhappy – are they tired, too cold/warm or unwell?  It may take a while for your baby to become familiar to the new surroundings, but try to relax as if you are tense your baby will be too!

 

What if my baby wants feeding during the class?

Don’t worry, you are welcome to breastfeed or bottle feed at any time during the class – some parents like to leave this until the relaxation session at the end, but obviously they may not wait that long!!

 

What if my baby is ill?

If you or your baby have any of the following then please do not bring them to class until it has completely cleared:

 

  • Any form of infectious disease (such as chicken pox)
  • Sickness and/or diarrhoea
  • Conjunctivitis as this is extremely infectious

 

What if my baby has just had their immunisations?

Please feel free to come along to class but there will be some exercises you will need to avoid and also bear in mind your baby may not be feeling well.  Make sure you advise your teacher.