New Mum? Try Mother and Baby Yoga!

Do you want to create a warm and loving atmosphere for your baby? Enjoy a shared experience that encourages you to bond with your child and boosts happiness and wellbeing. Why not try Mother and Baby Yoga?

The Benefits

Mother and Baby Yoga is beneficial firstly because babies are open to new and varied experiences. Your shared experience encourages mutual respect and understanding, and brings you both joy and wonder as you embark on your journey. It encourages bonding through touch, rhythm and movement which all bring about deep relaxation.

The series of sequences in yoga encourage your baby’s flexibility and are designed to bring the body harmony. Research has shown that tactile stimulation such as gentle massage has great effect on the development of the brain and nervous system, so this helps to give your baby the best start in life that you can.

Not only this, but mother and baby yoga can help to improve your baby’s sleep pattern through the level of physical activity. The movements can give relief to colicky 坐月中醫推薦 babies and improve digestion through massage.

So what are the benefits for YOU, the Mother? Not only will your child be more relaxed, sleep well and have better development but after birth, your body is often tired and in need of a wake up call! Therefore yoga can help muscles to regain strength, increase postural realignment and tone those abdominal muscles and pelvic floor that have been weakened after pregnancy. You will feel calmer and bond well with your child, as doing yoga helps emit a feeling of peace and tranquility.

We know that this period of your life can be challenging. Mother and baby yoga helps a smoother transition into motherhood, encouraging the relationship with your child in a caring environment.

When can I do Mother and Baby Yoga?

This will differ for each new mum and baby. Some will feel ready to do it within weeks of the birth, although generally earlier than 6 weeks is not recommended. Others will want to wait until their child is 3-4 months old. It all depends on you. However, make sure that you have been given the all clear to exercise from your doctor (especially if you have had a Cesarean section) and that your baby is healthy.

What kinds of exercises?

The exercises are often mainly for Mum with gentler stretches and massages for Baby. After birth your body is not at its best and may not be able to cope with strenuous exercise. During breast feeding in particular, your ligaments will be softer and so the aim is to build up your strength.

All classes are different, depending on the participant needs and your Mother & Baby Yoga Instructor’s expertise. Some classes may focus on reactivating and strengthening your abdominal muscles and others in relieving tension in your neck and shoulders. Your baby will be involved in gentle stretches, either laying on their baby mat, on top of your yoga mat, or being held in your lap whilst you do your stretching exercises. Some classes offer nursery rhymes and song, to soothe your baby and create a positive atmosphere.

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