One of the exceptional things about CNY Healing Arts is the support offered to families during the process of conception, pregnancy and postpartum. As a yoga practitioner, instructor, and new mom, I understand Yoga brings health and happiness to all of life’s chapters with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Yoga has truly benefited my life on all levels and is a pleasure to share with my baby and the babies at CNY Healing Arts in Rochester.
Tactile, auditory and visual contact is important for a child’s brain development and emotional well being and helps assimilate trust and security. This leads to development of self-confidence, the foundation of a balanced body, mind and spirit. The yoga studio is a great place for babies to watch and listen to their parents and friends in the room, building visual and auditory tracking skills.
By practicing certain yoga sequences parents can help establish routine, which builds on the infant’s knowledge of anticipation, which helps develop language. In class we also take time to sing, chant, and communicate through body language (smiles).
Babies sleep better and longer as a result of the physical and mental stimulation gained through yoga. As they grow they will understand and know how to use yoga to help keep their minds calm, bodies healthy, and spirits singing.
Gross Motor Development
Yoga also focuses on building balance, strength, and coordination for parent and baby. For example, in Warrior 1 Pose, parents will hold baby close to their core, which builds strength in the legs, pelvic floor, and back, while the baby is building strength in the neck and torso. Yoga targets muscles in a safe and fun way.
Support for Parents
The yoga class is a support structure for parents, who learn tools to help relax themselves and their babies. Deep breathing techniques (pranayama) and body movements (asana) are used to help soothe the little ones when they fuss. When babies need extra attention, such as diaper changes, feedings, or cuddles, parents are encouraged to make babies needs their first priority. Before and after class parents have time to discuss important topics and share ideas with each other.
It is easy to get carried away with the “to-dos” of life. Baby and Me yoga reminds us that one-on-one time is precious and so beneficial for baby and parent. In class both the parent and child are having fun while building these strong bonds.
Try this with your Baby!
1.) Sit on the floor with your sit bones on a folded blanket or pillow, bringing a little extra height to the hips helps protect the lower back.
2.) Take the legs wide and press out through the heels, keeping your toes pointed toward the ceiling.
3.) Your baby can rest on a blanket in front of you between your legs.
4.) Keeping your back long, hinge forward through the hips. Let your hips do the work, keeping your back straight. You will feel a nice stretch in the backs of the legs.
5.) With each inhale lengthen within the bend, with each exhale bend another centimeter forward.
6.) Use this time to rub your baby with loving touch. Starting with your babies little toes and working your way to the babies crown.
**Baby and Me yoga is on Saturday’s from 9:00-10:00am at our Rochester CNY Healing Arts Center. Join us soon!
Shira Peterson, Postnatal Yoga Student: ”I took postnatal yoga with Christa, with my son Evan. Christa is an amazing instructor. She took the time to get to know each student so she could tailor the classes to our physical and emotional needs. I loved taking yoga with my baby! He was so happy to watch mommy do the poses, he would laugh and babble the whole time. It was a great opportunity to bond with my baby while getting some much needed exercise and relaxation.”
by Christa Tyson, Yoga Instructor and Birth Doula -Rochester CNY Healing Arts Center