As I filled the registration papers at the front desk, I told myself that yoga baby could just be another "take money from naive new mom" thing! Well, it tuned out that it is not entirely true...or false!
Yoga baby is a wonderful opportunity for Alice to connect with her body. For example, we did some exercises that were aimed to help her figure out how to turn on her side. The day after...surprise...my little lady was on her side! Yes, I know, this could simply be chance but I like to think that my 125$ investment has something to do with it!
Now, lets talk about my investment. Realistically, my baby and the baby next door, who doesn't go to a fancy studio every week, are both going to figure out how to be on their side, how to put their feet in their mouth, how to roll on their belly, etc. Yoga baby is something that I decided to do because I felt that socializing with other moms could be fun (it is the case)...and even better if Alice and I could benefit from it physically and mentally (it is also the case).
To conclude, I'm happy that I tried yoga baby (7 weeks session) but there are so many other fun activities that Alice and I can do together: salsa baby, aqua baby, baby massage, cardio baby, etc.
So, have you tried any of those baby + mom activities?
Starting at the top of the head, use both hands to outline the baby's body. Finish with the feet. Repeat the exercise but finish with the hands.
Bring the knees to the belly. Maintain the position a few seconds. Repeat a few times.
If possible, bring the toes in the baby's mouth. Maintain the position a few seconds. Repeat with the other set of toes.
Take both hands and slowly (and carefully), lift the baby in a upright position (sitting). If baby is not happy with this movement...well, ignore this exercise!!!
Take both feet and slowly (and carefully), lift the baby's body until desire state.
Just for your information, in yoga class, we did it all the way until the baby was completely upside down. However, some mothers looked freaked out and we don't do it anymore!
Baby is on the back. Take one ankle and slowly rotate the baby on the opposite side (like on the picture). If you feel like it, rotate until the baby is on the belly.
I - (L)ove - U : With you hand, trace "I" (purple), after a "L" (green) and finally "U" (blue) on the belly. It works magic for babies with little belly full of gas!!! Oh, work clockwise.
note: Always say : good girl/boy! you are doing a great job! woo hoo (using some sort of Homer Simpson voice)! Also add many kisses :)
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bess callard: I know!!! And the story is so freakin cute :)
giselle: I was scared the first class but not anymore. It is a very small group and the teacher is always there to make sure that everything is super safe (for mom and for baby).
woolandthebear, one claire day, ali, courtney, kate / tinywarbler: Thank you so much! You are so nice! xox