What are the Reasons you should Book on a Baby Yoga Course?
I have been working as a baby yoga instructor for nearly 3 years now but before this I worked in Early Years for well over 10 years and have a degree in Early Childhood Development. For me, it is all about development and boy does baby yoga promote this massively!!!!
Just like Baby Massage, the Baby Yoga groups have all the same lovely social and emotional benefits to them and the loveliest bonds and friendships are made within them. They are fun and stimulating for little ones with lots to keep them entertained, because there comes a point where all babies get bored of lying down just chilling (however lovely that may be for us parents) and movement becomes life!
For me, my interest came when I could actually see the benefits the class had with my own child. The moves used are specifically designed to help target muscles that enable babies to reach their developmental goals. Now all babies are different and have different ability levels and the important thing about Baby Yoga is that it is adaptable using age and stage appropriate moves with variations offered when needed meaning it can be enjoyed by all families and babies.
By using my knowledge of early childhood development and the skills I have learnt becoming a baby yoga instructor, I have made sure each class focuses on not only physical development but emotional and communication using important sensory aspects. If that’s not enough the classes also focus on the parent too, bringing in light exercise that can be focused upon and used at home should parents wish, all done in a relaxed environment with no pressure or judgement.
So here are 10 reasons to book on to a Baby Yoga course;
SLEEP (The Holy Grail)
Baby Yoga absolutely promotes better sleep as regular movement promotes a more settled behaviour with less extreme ups and downs. It is a time where babies can use up all that stored energy they have when they have yet to learn the skill of on demand movement.
Builds muscle strength and promotes development
A balance of activity and relaxation helps build and encourage muscle strength e.g. – tummy time, head holding, sitting, and eventually standing. Through carefully planned stretches and activities Baby Yoga helps build muscle and promotes muscle suppleness so that early development milestones such as rolling over, crawling and sitting independently can be reached.
Calmer Babies (Holy Grail part 2)
Baby Yoga can help to development muscle tone and encourage the muscles to react in the correct way or positions to encourage movement or others development milestones such as sitting independently. This in turn reduces frustration during the transition between developmental changes because boy is it annoying for a baby trying to make your hand move in the right direction to reach that foot and get it in your mouth!!
Helps Develop those little brains
Through stimulation provided by sensory activities and objects brain stimulation is encouraged helping with development such as hand eye coordination. Activities used encourage muscle development in the eyes to promote focus and co-ordination.
Babies learn through repetition and mimicking Baby Yoga will encourage early language development as baby will watch parent/carers mouth movements and we sing and rhyme throughout the class.
First baby friends
Helps develop and build social skills by encouraging early social interaction etching and being with babies their own age.
The simple moves we do during our parent and baby stretches can help mum to regain strength and maintain posture, safely tone abdominal muscles and pelvic floor.
Fun and enjoyment
Parents/Carers enjoy activities with their baby spending a happy hour sharing in their child’s enjoyment
Social time for parents
Parents/Carers can enjoy a relaxing hour away from the demands on daily life enjoying and socialising with people in the same position as themselves
Learn new skills
Not only can parents learn a few stretches that they can do at home to improve their own muscle strength. Fun activities and songs are introduced that can be used at home and shown to other family members often giving ideas of what to do to keep a young baby entertained.
This article was written by Kyleigh Gregson a Baby Yoga expert from Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire
BA Honors Degree Early Childhood studies and Development. Qualified Baby Massage and Baby/Toddler Yoga instructor
Owner at J’adore Mama – The Maternity & Infant Centre