Baby Yoga

What is Baby Yoga?

Baby Yoga has been widely used in India for hundreds of years as part of their  baby care along with baby massage. It is a variation of 'Yoga' that's more appropriate for babies & is usually integrated into a baby massage routine.

A typical class combines soft stretching inspired by traditional Hatha yoga poses to help support the development of babies and to aid relaxation and bonding. 

 

Benefits of Baby Yoga

  • Encourages flexibility

  • Offers relief from wind, colic & constipation

  • Stimulates the senses

  • Teaches Parent & Baby about relaxation

  • Strengthens muscles & joints

  • Encourages bonding

  • Aids developments of baby's brain, body as well as social & emotional awareness skills.

Relief

Baby Yoga offers a form of relief from a number of conditions such as Colic & Wind

 

As Yoga stretches help to massage the abdomen & facilitate the expulsion of air from the bowel.
 

Yoga can encourage deep belly breathing which helps gastrointestinal functions.
 

The touch and movement that babies experience during Baby Yoga  helps the body to digest and absorb food.

Bonding

Baby Yoga plays an important part in beginning, enhancing & continuing the bonding process between mother & baby through;

 

  • Release  of Oxytocin & Prolactin hormones

  • The mothers odour 

  • The sound of the mothers voice

  • Eye contact

  • Touch

The effect of maternal contact during infancy;

  • Speeds up Mylination of the nervous system (communication between the brain & body). This can help the nervous system to mature and cope with different stimuli.

  • Strengthens muscles through massage and contact

  • Develops baby's sensory awareness

  • Aiding with bonding.

Stimulates the Senses

Evidence is building that the positive effects of Baby Massage & Baby Yoga upon a child are far reaching beyond infancy and into adult life affecting;

Left and right sides of the brain stimulated to aid with literacy
Promotion of relaxed sleeping & eating
Communication pathways opened and stimulated 
Smoother, defined physical movements making fine and gross motor skills more  efficient.
Enhanced coordination & bilateral coordination
Ability to find calmness in stressful situations. 

Relaxation Is a Necessity

Massage & Yoga both encourage relaxation for both parent and child.  Baby Massage promotes relaxation through nurturing touch, eye contact and the release of feel good hormones. Baby Yoga activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System  which promotes relaxation and reduces stress in both mother/father and baby. 

Reduces Stress

Reducing stress in a baby is important because;

Cortisol (one of the stress hormones) can elevate blood pressure and  heart rate, increase blood sugar, and interrupt digestive and kidney functions.
  
Living in a stressful environment can mean that the brain overreacts to stressful events. The impact of this can be over production of stress hormones. This pattern  has been shown to continue into adult life. 

High levels of stress can affect the Hippocampus (a structure important in learning and memory). Chronic stress can cause nerve cells in the Hippocampus to be destroyed which can affect memory, spatial learning and motor ability.
 

When relaxed;


Mothers produce more Prolactin & Oxytocin which helps the body to build up milk supplies.

Babies can sense and see when you are relaxed and this teaches them about how to find relaxation, what it looks like and feels like.
 

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