Mums and Babies Yoga
The fun teaching mums and babies how to relax, while strengthen the bond with each other, as well as build a strong immune system for the babies and release tension for the mums.
Bonding with your babies is essential at a very early stage and strengthening both spine, joints and muscle as equally important. In this class mums get to stretch, tone and release some body tension while singing which uplifts themselves and the baby.
Every week we sing, rock, stretch and build strength while uplifting the soul and having fun.
Two classes per week – Wednesday in Business Bay and Thursday in Marina Mall at 11.30 am. Contact Livia on firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Benefits of baby yoga
Babies who take part in yoga classes tend to sleep better (yay!) and, as babies do most of their growing during sleep, it can help with their physical development and may indeed be advantageous for underweight babies.
Helps prevent colic and constipation
Also, baby yoga positions such as gently bending your baby’s knees onto their chest, and the elements of baby massage that most baby yoga classes contain, help to relieve any tension they may have in their abdomen. It can therefore help prevent colic and constipation and as a result, they may be relieved of tummy problems. Therefore, many yoga babes are also more relaxed and contented, which again can help aid a restful night’s sleep.
Babies body confidence and awareness
Additionally, babies who practise yoga seem to be much more in control of their bodies. They are mobile, confident, do not mind being moved around, have better head control and seem to crawl earlier.
Other benefits of baby yoga
- Helps balance, co-ordination and motor skills
- Aids respiration and digestion
- Allows babies to move freely
- Strengthens their bodies and develops reflexes
- Improves learning and social development
- Aids bonding, trust and social interaction
- Stimulates the brain
- Develops physical confidence and spatial awareness
- Improves muscle development
- Promotes better sleep
Bond with your baby on an emotional and physical level!
Baby yoga will give mums more confidence in handling your baby and, once they learn the exercises, they are able to use them at home to continue the bonding and soothing. This can also be very important for Dads as well. Bonding is encouraged through close skin to skin contact, praise, encouragement and mutual enjoyment that you get from the classes. Many people also forget how difficult some people find it to simply play with their babies, especially if you have worked right up to your birth in a very formal working environment, it may not come naturally to you to stick your tongue out at your baby, or growl at them in lion pose!
Baby yoga is a great social environment for mother and baby
Baby yoga, as well as other mother and baby classes, also offer a very welcome time for you to go out and meet other mums with similar interests to you and this can be a lifeline for those of you who are a little too shy to go to mother and baby groups or have just moved to Dubai. This can be vital for your mental health.
What does a baby yoga class involve?
You don’t need to be a yoga expert (or in fact have ever practised before yourself) and you wouldn’t be expected to twist your baby into funny positions or do anything you are not comfortable with. You can do a massage series and then move on to a series of simple stretches that give your baby some gentle muscle stimulation with no force.
Then you move onto the yoga movements which can vary from simply holding your babies arms up above their heads while singing, stimulating senses and crossing their arms over their bodies.
The class ends with a relaxation for you and your baby. Some classes include music, stories and props for your baby that all help to stimulate your babies senses. In fact in one short baby yoga session, these are often only 30 minutes long for young babies, your baby will have had as much physical exercise as if you had carried her around with you all day – no wonder they get tired!
Here an example of a tired mini Yogi!