What is Yoga with Babies?
Yoga with Babies is a way for parent and baby to share the movements 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!
We are running small groups of Yoga with Babies from our centre at 188 Pleasance. These groups are small to allow for physical distancing and we are meeting government guidelines to ensure your safety through a rigorous set of hygiene protocols.
Presently groups are running on Tuesday mornings. Babies from birth to mobile are welcome.
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. and not help develop the needs of parents of slightly older babies to be more active and have opportunity for relaxation.
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
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.
Our face to face sessions always conclude with your facilitator offering tea or hot drinks 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 your partner can work with one of your babies whilst you are with the other, swapping as needed.
Yoga for Babies carries a suggested donation of £45 for a block of six weeks but we have concessions so please get in touch if you feel these would be beneficial to you.
For babies over 5 months to mobile classes run on Tuesdays at 10.30am – noon
For babies under 5 months classes run on Tuesdays at 1pm – 2.30pm
If you would like to book a space please email
What Other Parents thought of the sessions
“It’s a blessing to be taking part in the yoga with babies classes. I am so grateful for the kind and supportive environment. This is the most supportive and non-judgmental environment I have been in since being pregnant, and Andrea does a fantastic job of facilitating that… just naturally I might add in her kind and lovely way of being“. September 2020
“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.“
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.
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