“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers — strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
—Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD
When a woman becomes a mother, for the first, or the fifth time, her life changes dramatically. As well as being a wonderful time, it can be overwhelming and full of uncertainty. What could be better than yoga, to support mums at this special time.
Mum and baby yoga has been practiced for 1,000 of years in India, and although relatively new in the West, we have quickly cottoned on to it’s huge benefits, here are some of them:
Helps ease common aches and pains
Helps rebuild a weakened pelvic floor
Improves core strength
Reduces stress levels
Helps you adjust to life as a new mum
Proven to help minimise post-natal depression
Strengthens and tones muscles
Helps bring the tummy muscles back together
Gives you time to relax and take care of yourself
Great for bonding with your little one.
Baby yoga helps with physical development
Can ease colic and constipation
Aids good sleep
Practicing yoga together gives you and your baby a special bonding time, playing, moving, breathing and relaxing together in a safe supportive environment. Specialised post-natal yoga will help you reconnect with your body, whilst gentle baby yoga can help with colic, digestion, sleep and aid development.
Mum and baby yoga is probably the most yogic yoga in the world, as mums (and teachers) quickly learn that things don’t always work out as you planned. It’s great to accept that you may not manage as much as you expected too, and that’s fine, it’s life as a mum!
Coming together with a group of mums who are facing similar challenges also helps you realise that you are not alone. Mums often build a social network in class whom they can rely on for ongoing friendship and support. I mean seriously, what's not to love about this class!
“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.”
Myla + Jon Kabat-Zinn