Baby and Toddler Yoga
BENEFITS of Infant Yoga
Yoga offers all of the benefits that Baby Massage does, but also some very positive additional benefits that we don't see with just baby massage:
Yoga sessions work are tailored for babies a minimum of 8 weeks old all the way up to a year old. It is offered in two sections 'Yoga-Babes' (8 weeks upto 5 months old approx) and 'Yoga-Tots' (5 months to 2 years old) to adapt to their developmental ages. (The GP/Health visitor 6-8 weeks developmental check must have been completed and nil concerns-if there are concerns please discuss with me before booking-07910608179).
The moro reflex - is stimulated to teach your infant about trust building, dealing with change and emotional self-reliance. All important factors in the development of our babies emotional bedrock capabilities.
Instinctive self protection - some babies are born with a instinctive response to put their hands out in front of them if they feel themselves falling, a very important skill particular when learning how to toddle/walk. Others, for all sorts of reasons (dyspraxia, eye-sight problems and behavioural issues for example) very often do not have this instinctive capability. Part of the yoga course focuses on how we can teach our babies that if they feel their centre of gravity changing or falling that we should try to control the fall and put our hands out to protect ourselves.
Building core strength - our core focused moves (particularly our advanced baby yoga moves) work to build a babies core strength and improve head control. Without core strength and upper body strength our babies may experience delay in reaching many of the development milestones used to monitor our children's development curve.
Diagonal co-ordination - Yoga moves teach our babies the important fundamental of diagonal co-ordination - how to move arms and legs in opposing directions. This skill can be very challenging for some babies to master particularly if they have any behavioural or development issues, but without this skill the basics of crawling and walking will be difficult to achieve.
Breathing - Using simple but very effective breathing techniques. Very often simply by focusing on our breathing and breath control we can maintain greater emotional balance and deal with the day to day challenges of parenthood in a calmer and more in control way.
Yoga babes and Yoga Tots
This 2-in-1 Yoga course is the next stage in achieving infant milestones. It is highly recommended that the baby massage course is achieved before starting Yoga, as it is the next follow-on stage from that. Yoga sessions are tailored for babies a minimum of 8 weeks old all the way up to a year old. It is offered in two sections ‘Yoga-Babes’ (8 weeks upto 5 months old approx) and ‘Yoga-Tots’ (5 months to 2 years old approx) to adapt to their developmental ages. This style of infant yoga concentrates on stretches, reflexes and abilities of the infant-it is not adult yoga with and infant in attendance.
Infant Yoga helps with development and stimulation of:
The Moro Reflex, Instinctive Self-Protection, Building Core Strength, Diagonal Co-ordination and Breathing Techniques.
It is recommended that all proposed participants consult with their healthcare provider’s (GP or Health visitor for example) for their medical health suitability to take part. For example, there is floor work and lifting (of infant) for the adult, and infants are encouraged into gentle stretches and joint movements.
For all sessions you will need:
A towel or blanket
A cushion for parental comfort (for any floor work)
A short-sleeved baby vest-can be wearing under normal clothes on the day or as a spare
Massage Oil (cold-pressed, organic, sunflower oil-massage grade NOT cooking grade) nb baby-oils and coconut based oils are not recommended. Please ask in advance if you are unsure.
© DIANA WARREN IBCLC, RGN