In Baby and Me Yoga at CNY Healing Arts, in Rochester, your baby will get more than an introduction to yoga! While focusing on yoga postures (asana) and breathwork (pranayama), you will have a chance to learn other tools to help soothe and bond with your little angel. Classes rotate through infant friendly activities such as massage, sign language, music, finger play and much more.
Since this weeks topic is massage, let’s look at some of the benefits of infant massage:
- Loving touch from the parent helps to relax and soothe the baby.
- One-on-one time promotes bonding and enhances your ability to understand your baby’s little body and cues.
- Aids in the babies digestion and elimination.
- Improves circulation of blood, lymph and love.
- Increases body awareness for the baby.
- Helps baby sleep!
- Improves babies immune system.
- Relieves gas and bloating.
While we massage our babies it’s always a good idea to remember your posture and the flow of breath. Sit tall with the spine instead of hunching over your baby. Take long deep relaxing breaths. When a parent is calm and breathing deeply, everyone around them (spouse, friends, and baby!) will feel more relaxed.
Try this at home:
In Upavistha Konasana (sit on a blanket with your legs wide, spine long and legs active) and with your baby comfortably in front of you on another blanket, hinge forward through the hips and massage your baby while you stretch your legs. If your back gets tired, sit up straight and take a break. Try to keep the back long and avoid bending the spine. The movement into the forward bend should come from the hips, not the back.
Take long deep breaths all the way down to your belly. Sending loving blessing to your baby while you massage each body part. Upavistha Konasana calms your brain which will help you send even more vibes of relaxation to your baby! Have fun and enjoy!
Let me know if you have any questions, love Christa.
Christa Tyson is a Prenatal, Postnatal and Hatha Yoga instructor at Rochester’s CNY Healing Arts. She is also a Birth Doula that assists women during labor and delivery. You can find Christa at CNY-Rochester:
Baby and Me yoga (non crawlers) is on Saturday’s from 9-10am
Toddler and Me yoga (crawlers and walkers up to age 2yrs) is on Thursday’s from 2-2:45
Free CNY Play Group is the first Thursday of each month from 1-2pm
YOGA is 50% off this month!