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Prenatal yoga classes
My prenatal classes objectives are: move, breath, rest connect to baby, prepare for birth. Every class has a different theme and focus with the objectives in mind. These classes are relaxing, getting you moving and I will give you some tools that can be used during labour. As part of these classes you will also start connecting with your baby and start building that bond between you.
Keeps your body strong, not only to support the pregnancy but also to cope with the demands of labour
Provides gentle stretching of the body, lengthening of the spine, whilst creating space for baby
Keeps your bones and ligaments healthy by providing gentle weight-bearing exercise and taking your joints through a healthy range of motion
Reduces fluid retention
Relieves back pain and general discomforts of pregnancy
Helps to control the symptoms of nausea, heartburn and reflux
Strengthens the pelvic floor
Teaches you breathing and relaxation techniques to use during labour
Everything taught at the class is designed with the pregnant woman in mind
Postnatal yoga classes
The Baby & Postnatal yoga classes start off with a dry baby massage to get the baby and mum relaxed and for them to start bonding through touch. This is complimented by some singing of nursery rhymes, babies love hearing mum’s sing. After this we move on to baby yoga to give baby some physical activity and 1:1 attention from the parent. Baby dependant, the class finishes off with some postnatal yoga for mum to start healing her body, and start concentrating on herself for a few minutes.
Below is a list of some of the benefits of every part of the class.
Baby massage, in particular, is an excellent way for you to get to know your baby. Baby massage helps mum bond with the baby and after class, she can teach dad what they have learnt in class so that he can start massaging the baby it at home as well and bond with baby.
All new parents out there will be delighted to hear that baby massage induces sleep, making it a perfect night time activity. At home you can either incorporate a massage into your baby’s night time routine, massaging after the bath, or do it instead of a bath.
Baby massage also:
relieves symptoms of colic and constipation
aids sleep patterns
helps relieve the pain of teething
unblocks nasal congestion during a cold
improves circulation and therefore removes toxins from the body
The many practices of baby yoga provide recourses to handle babies in ways that they enjoy and that is good for them at every stage of development. An expanding spiral of joy is created between parent and baby as babies express their delight and parents’ warm responses generate even greater delight.
Physiological / developmental benefits
All the babies bodily systems are stimulated, including the digestive and nervous systems
Baby Yoga offers recourses to keep babies contented between feeds and helps alleviate wind and colic
Baby Yoga reduces the frustration of babies in the transition of one developmental stage to another while assisting their transitions
Tactile stimulation has been shown to contribute to the development of the brain and the nervous system.
Baby yoga helps the parent and baby to get to know each other better through active means of communication that are easy to learn and practice
New challenges introduced at a pace that babies can absorb and integrate increase their ability to cope positively with new situations
Active interaction with parents is the foundation for future positive social relations over the early years and beyond
Joint relaxation is mutually beneficial for parents and babies and enhances non-verbal communication between them. Early birth trauma can be resolved and healed through this loving interaction.
Postnatal yoga uses movement, balance and relaxation to allow your body to recover from pregnancy and birth. It helps to heal the body and mind, and repair all the tissues back to their former glory.
There are many benefits to attending a postnatal yoga class, in particular this type of yoga
restores hormonal balance
eases pressure on the nervous system
helps build up strength in the spine
minimises the effects of holding and feeding a baby
helps ease the effects of other heavy lifting (eg car seats)
Provides rest and instant relaxation
Helps reduce anxiety and depression
Restores the body towards full core strength
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