Mommy and Baby Yoga
Mommy and Baby Yoga offers an amazing and unique bonding opportunity for a lot of new mothers and their babies. Offering both exercise and community, regular yoga practice offers participants a way to stay physically and mentally fit while engaging with their babies. Caring for newborns demands a lot from mothers which is what makes Mommy and Baby Yoga such a special thing to share. You can learn a lot about yourself and foster a new sense of connection with your newborn.
Mommy and Baby Yoga can provide mothers with a lot of opportunities to cultivate positive, healthy relationships with their newborn and with themselves in a time where working on yourself can be difficult to prioritize.
Areas That Need Healing
After delivering a baby, mothers can experience a variety of difficulties, aches, and pains. Some of the most common include lower back pain, weak abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, and potential injuries to the perineum. Finding physical comfort in any position while suffering from these symptoms can be nearly impossible. In the case of Caesarean birth, these symptoms can be exacerbated by tenderness at the site of the wound. Mommy and Baby Yoga addresses all of these areas and offers much needed relief and growth opportunities as well.
7 Benefits of Postpartum Yoga for Mothers
- Community – Finding your tribe can feel incredibly challenging, especially for new mothers. Most of your time is being invested in caring for the new life you’ve created. Mommy and Baby Yoga provide a setting for you and your baby to gather with others like you and cultivate relationships with other mommy-baby duos. Developing a sense of community can have profound effects on mental health for mothers who are experiencing and recovering from shifting hormone levels.
- Flexibility and Muscle Tone – Babies can be pretty physically demanding. There is a surprising number of exercises that are demonstrated in child care. Lifts, squats, stretches, bends, and cardio are all important parts of the child care work out routine. Improving flexibility and building muscle tone after pregnancy through Mommy and Baby Yoga can do wonders for increasing your physical strength and making your body more resistant to injury. Developing abdominal and back strength can reduce postpartum back pain as well.
- Restoring Balance – The strength and flexibility garnered in the practice of Mommy and Baby Yoga provide continuing development necessary for improved posture. But apart from physical benefits, Mommy and Baby Yoga encourages yogic breathing. Yogic breathing can foster feelings of peace and allow a tired mother’s mind and body to relax.
- Tone Your Upper Body – The average newborn weighs about 7.5 pounds and is picked up about 50 times a day. That kind of workout can lead to some very sore muscles. Practicing Mommy and Baby Yoga can diminish that eventual soreness by developing arm and upper body strength.
- Stretch Out Your Achy Shoulders and Back – Continuous lifting combined with feeding your baby and other motherly activities promotes slouching which can prove detrimental to your physical and emotional well-being. Practicing Mommy and Baby Yoga encourages healthy stretching that is necessary to combat these unhealthy postural habits.7
- Routine Exercise May Reduce Postpartum Depression – Make no mistake about it Mommy and Baby Yoga is a workout. And in addition to providing participants with a community, it also provides an opportunity for routine exercise. Both community and routine exercises are great for your mental health and may even reduce experience with postpartum depression.
- Improving Patience – Newborns need lots of energy and that can be draining both physically and emotionally. Through the controlled breathing and focus exercises that are a central part of yoga, the patience learned through Mommy and Baby Yoga can translate into your home life and further develop your patience.
Mommy and Baby Yoga are also good for the baby involved. Doing something with mom encourages feelings of connection and being loved. The practice can also lead to improved quality of sleep for mom and baby. The hormone responsible for feelings of connection, oxytocin, also experiences an increase in production from mothers who learn deeper yogic breathing. This benefits the baby during feeding when the sense of connection between them and mom can feel even more meaningful.
Schedule Your Mommy and Baby Yoga Session
Participating in yoga of any kind can contribute numerous benefits for postpartum mothers and postnatal babies alike. If you’re interested in taking a class with the Yogi Perogi, check out our class schedule here or contact us at (321) 345-9379.
We are ONLINE. Now you can practice with the Yogi Perogi anytime in the comfort of your own home! We have an online membership that will give you access to classes of a variety of lengths, styles, and instructors. We will continue to add fresh content weekly. We also currently have Live Streamed classes. The live classes will connect you to play through an app called Zoom. If you do not have it, we recommend downloading first so that you are not scrambling to download before a class. You cannot access classes directly through Zoom. You need to join classes through our Namastream platform. We will also slowly add classes and drills/tips on our YouTube channel for you to take at your convenience at this time. Please check back frequently for additions/changes. Be sure to create an account with our Online platform with Namastream to take any of our online classes.