Mother & Baby Yoga | South London | The Shala Yoga & Pilates Centre

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Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! Mother & baby yoga is a highly enjoyable and special way to connect with your baby, gently aid your own post-natal recovery and get to know other mothers. Rhymes and rhythmic movement are used to enhance your baby's well-being and development, while post-natal postures for the mother will enhance muscle tone, offer support for the back and boost energy levels. At the end of the class, there is time for mums to swap tips and share experiences over tea.

The Benefits

Baby yoga, which complements infant massage, offers quality physical stimulation including flowing postures, holding, movement, touch, voice and deep relaxation. It induces a happy, care-free and lively parent-infant interaction which develops as the babies grow. The experience of movement combined with touch is probably the richest stimulation we can offer babies from birth. In yoga, this stimulation occurs through the mutual involvement of parent and baby, at a pace at which the baby can absorb and integrate it. As yoga postures induce deep relaxation in adults, so in babies they bring a state of deep contentment and promote deep sleep. This playful stimulation through yoga-based exercise is the best possible way of helping babies relish life, with all its demands, as they grow.

  • During the course you will learn sequences with your child, which will stimulate the body's systems and encourage co-ordination and flexibility. There will be a mix of dynamic exercises, special holds and relaxation techniques. This is "pure baby yoga" which originated from Dr Françoise Freedman's work with the Peruvian Amazonian people.

  • in one short session, the baby is given as much physical activity as they would receive if they were handled and carried all day - this activity enhances deep sleep and more "settled" behaviour

  • a daily routine of activity is established through which the parent can engage constructively with their baby from birth

  • all the baby's bodily systems are stimulated, including the digestive and nervous systems

  • the parent and baby get to know each other, enhancing communication and bonding between them and instilling confidence in the mother

  • birth traumas are healed and the baby becomes better equipped to deal with shocks

  • the baby's enjoyment of the positive stress of yoga will increase the baby's ability to cope with future challenges

  • through the high quality attention the baby receives from its parents, the baby learns to interact with others and play actively

  • the deep relaxation that is part of yoga helps parents cope with the stresses of early parenting.