Why Mum & Baby Yoga is Fantastic!

“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!

My next six week Mum & Baby yoga course starts on Wednesday the 20th of February, 10.30am at St Martins Church Hall, Longridge Avenue, Saltdean. www.deavilleyoga.com/mum-and-baby-yoga/

“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.”

  • Myla + Jon Kabat-Zinn