6 weeks to Crawling. Parent & Baby yoga offers quality physical stimulation including flowing postures, holding, movement, touch, voice and deep relaxation. It induces a happy, carefree and lively parent-infant interaction which develops as the babies grow. The experience of movement combined with touch is probably the richest stimulation we can offer babies from birth. In yoga, this stimulation occurs through the mutual involvement of parent and baby, at a pace at which the baby can absorb and integrate it. As yoga postures induce deep relaxation in adults, so in babies they bring a state of deep contentment and promote deep sleep.
The classes are designed to be entertaining for the babies as well as the parents, so fun music, games and a light-hearted atmosphere are all the order of the day. As any new parent knows, babies are unpredictable creatures and each class is always very different to the next. One important aspect of the classes is that they are very laid back – parents can stop to feed or tend a crying baby at any time they need to, without fear of judgement or embarrassment. Parents are always amazed at the mobility of little bodies and the postures-for-two are a fantastic way to bond with a new baby – great for helping parents cope with difficulties such as postnatal depression. In fact, meeting with other parents also provides a great opportunity to compare notes about parenthood and other parents are often the most understanding and accepting of all of the feelings that come up in the postnatal period, even if those feelings are perceived as being negative by society in general. The classes are a fantastic support system and the tea and biscuits afterwards are often as important as the yoga practice itself.
Thursdays 11.30-12.45 with Simona