Yoga with Babies

What is Yoga with Babies?

Yoga with Babies is a way for parent and baby to share the Yoga with Babymovements and relaxation of Yoga.  Yoga adapted for babies provides a delightful way to give babies the variety and amount of movement and touch on which they thrive, whilst Yoga selected or adapted for parents to do alongside their babies provides a way for parents to give themselves the benefits of Yoga that can be invaluable in life with a young baby.

Yoga with Babies classes provide a friendly, relaxed environment in which to learn and share Yoga with other parents and babies.  A range of practices is developed over the weeks so parents can gradually incorporate the fun of Yoga into day to day life with their babies!

There are 3 sessions, each for a different age group and with a different focus

Yoga with Babies under 4 months ~ The yoga in this class is to help parents find renewed strength in themselves in the first few months after birth; to ease baby’s transition into the world via movements and touch that very young babies enjoy; and to facilitate the developing parent/baby relationship.

Yoga with Babies from 4 months to crawling ~ This class changes pace to follow the needs of the developing baby and the needs of parents to be stronger and more active and have opportunity for relaxation.

Yoga with Mobile Babies (from 8 months approx) ~This class is a little bit different and the format of the session was suggested by the parents!  It focuses on adult Yoga, with some of the parents doing Yoga whilst the others look after the  babies and then swapping over. We start with a few movements for parents and babies together, then a group of parents will do a 15 minute, balanced Yoga session at one side of the room whilst the other parents look after the babies. This allows the babies to be around their parents doing Yoga, to interact with other babies and generally to explore around them and also for the parents to participate in Yoga which sometimes with little ones they cannot. The sessions finish with bringing the parents and babies together again for more combined Yoga and a centring time, followed by chat over tea and biscuits. The upper age limit of the group depends on the ages of the babies attending so do get in touch to check if your little one can come along.  

 

How will it benefit my   baby?

Yoga provides activities through which your baby and you can have fun together whilst promoting a resilient base of health and confidence as your baby grows.

With Yoga, you may find your baby:

is deeply satisfied by the movement, touch and rhythm, balanced by relaxation

obtains relief from colic and general digestive upsets;

is more settled, tending to sleep more deeply.

 

 

How will it benefit me/ other adult attending?

Yoga with Babies provides a way to nurture and draw strength for yourself even whilst looking after your baby.

Through Yoga, you may experience some or all of the following:

  •  quicker, more fulsome recovery after the major life experience of birth;
  • ease from efforts of carrying and holding your baby or pushing a buggy or pram;
  • strengthening and toning of abdominal and pelvic muscles;
  • an antidote to sleep loss in deep relaxation.

 

What to expect

Sessions are relaxed and in an informal setting and you are welcome to feed or change your baby during the class.  Yoga mats, pillows and blankets are available to make you and your baby comfortable.  Please wear clothes that you can move in easily.

The session will start with active Yoga rounded off with a centring practice which can be done even if your baby is feeding or needs help to settle.  Introductions will be made during the class to allow people to join if they are running late and not miss out.  The classes will contain a mix of stretching and co-ordinated movements, some more parent focused, some more baby focused, and also relaxation techniques.  Songs accompany some of the movements particularly in the older babies class.  We also include practical ways of lifting, carrying and holding babies.

The sessions always conclude with a social time with tea and biscuits to give parents some nurturing whilst having the opportunity to chat, to make connections with other parents or to discuss areas of interest or concern.

 

More information and how to book

You can come to these classes whether or not you have previous experience of Yoga and even if you have particular conditions to deal with.  Classes are of a size that differing needs can be accommodated.  You are welcome to bring twins and the facilitator can work with one of your babies whilst you are with the other, swapping as needed.

 

There are 4 classes suitable for the different age ranges although these are flexible.

under 4 months – Tuesdays 12.15pm-1.45pm

4-8 months – Tuesdays 10.15-11.45am  and Wednesdays 3pm – 4.30pm

Over 8 months – Wednesdays 10am-11.30am

The payment system for Yoga with Babies young baby class (at 12.15pm)  is slightly different from other classes.  We recognise that parents with new babies may not be able to attend every week so offer a different payment scheme.  Pay £41.50 and you can come to any 5 sessions in the 6 week block, if you want to come to all 6 sessions, just pay an extra £3.50 on the 6th week.

For the other sessions – this is £45 per 6 consecutive weeks

Other rates and Concessions are available so please ask if required.  If you would like to have a taster class this costs £8.50.  Refreshments are included in these prices.

If you would like to book a space please call 0131 2293667 or email

 

What Other Parents thought of the sessions

See our film clip to give an insight into what happens in the sessions and listen to Eilidh, a mum who came to the sessions with her baby Luke, telling what they were like.

“The classes have exceeded my expectations. As well as enjoying the class, I have learnt lots of holds, moves, songs, responses that I use at home to entertain and sooth my baby.”

 

“The class facilitator has the ability to know what direction to take the class in depending on the mood of the babies, she offers to hold your baby if she feels you need a bit of time to relax by yourself, offers advice for specific problems and has a zen like quality with babies.  I have learnt so much from her.“