Post-Natal & Baby Yoga

 

This unique mother and baby class incorporates three disciplines – post-natal yoga, baby yoga and baby massage

"Steps to postnatal recovery" for the mother can be started at any time after birth. Each step ‘closes’ the body and re-knits abdominal muscles using yoga breathing, with the additional effect of inducing deeper sleep and reducing post-natal fatigue. Babies are included in post-natal yoga classes: interactive mother and baby yoga moves promote ‘active bonding’ in age appropriate ways through the first weeks and months. 

This class is also suitable for mothers who have given birth by caesarean section. Rather than aiming to resume a gym or dynamic yoga routine as early as possible, we invite mothers to create a new foundation for better fitness while being energised from within and enjoying their babies fully. More dynamic yoga poses and moves are also offered to make a safe transition to general yoga or other forms of exercise with long term benefits for women’s health. 

Most new mothers have not had the experience of caring for a newborn until they have their own. This class equips new mothers with skills to respond to their new babies in positive and enjoyable ways. You will learn:

  • Relaxed holds 
  • Active bonding through infant feeding 
  • Baby massage (clothed massage, dry massage, full body massage, therapeutic touch) 
  • Positive holds (for crying babies or babies who do not sleep) 
  • Emotional awareness and positive use of voice in mother baby talk 
  • Napping techniques to compensate for mother’s lack of sleep 
  • Access to deep rest to overcome fatigue 
  • Walking relaxation steps with baby  

Physical benefits for baby:

  •  In one short daily session, babies receive as much physical activity as if they were handled for a few hours 
  • Baby yoga with massage promotes more and better sleep 
  • Regular movement encourages more ‘settled’ behaviour with less extreme ups and downs.

Physiological / developmental benefits: 

  • All the babies bodily systems are stimulated, including the digestive and nervous systems 
  • Baby Yoga offers recourses to keep babies contented between feeds and helps alleviate wind and colic 
  • Baby Yoga reduces the frustration of babies in the transition of one developmental stage to another while assisting their transitions 
  • Tactile stimulation has been shown to contribute to the development of the brain and the nervous system. 

 Psychological benefits  

  • Baby yoga helps the parent and baby to get to know each other better through active means of communication that are easy to learn and practice 
  • New challenges introduced at a pace that babies can absorb and integrate increase their ability to cope positively with new situations 
  • Active interaction with parents is the foundation for future positive social relations over the early years and beyond 
  • Joint relaxation is mutually beneficial for parents and babies and enhances non-verbal communication between them. Early birth trauma can be resolved and healed through this loving interaction.

All our yoga classes are held at our beautiful studio in West Norwood, on the borders of West Dulwich in South London.



These mother and baby classes guide new mothers towards safe and effective post-natal recovery and equip them with new skills to respond to their baby. 

  • Serious medical conditions or injuries should be discussed with us before booking.
  • Minor medical condition should be discussed with your teacher before or during the class. 

For mothers with babies from 6+ weeks to crawling.

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