|POSTNATAL AND BABY YOGA
For babies from 4 weeks to crawling
The classes are a unique fusion fun Yoga practices
for mums and babies. They help mums to feel calmer, and
more revitalised and are an antidote to the stresses and
strains of modern motherhood. They provide a holistic, uplifting
and relaxing Yoga practice. What's more, mums need only take
part in as much of the class as they or baby would like.
A mother who participated in the course commented on how it
was like 'an oasis of calm' within an increasingly busy world.
A class lasts for one and a half hours, allowing time
to create a nurturing, supportive ambience for both mother and
baby to relax and deepen their bond. It is a baby-friendly
environment, where babies can be fed, changed, rocked or sleep.
This is the yoga of touch and love - yoga of the heart!
Informal and lively, and beginners to Yoga are always welcome.
Baby Yoga helps babies to stretch out and become more
aware of their bodies. They practise age-related, stimulating
Yoga sequences accompanied with songs and rhymes and also
take part in their mother's Yoga postures.
'Doing yoga with a baby means playing, stretching and
then relaxing together, each participant focusing on the other.'?
Francoise Freedman, 'Baby Yoga'
Postnatal Yoga is gentle, progressive and carefully
adapted to meet each mother's needs. It helps to release tension
in the shoulders from feeding and lifting and to ease out tired
sore backs. It is accompanied by Yogic breathing (pranayama),
deep relaxation and visualisation so that mums and babies can
learn how to relax together. Babies are often asleep by the end
of the class.
There is always time at the end of Postnatal and Baby Yoga
for mums to enjoy snacks and drinks together . This is always a
relaxing time for mums to support , each other, share
experiences and friendships are often formed for life.
|Postnatal and Baby Yoga Benefits
Helps you to -
- Improve your wellbeing whilst gently toning
- Revitalise , if you are getting less sleep
- Strengthen and tone your pelvic floor and belly
- Ease out your back and shoulders & improve your
- Feel more confident about mothering your baby
- Communicate through use of - touch, movement,
Helps your baby to
- Ease colic, wind constipation and sleeplessness
- Enjoy multi-sensory stimulation with touch and
movement and songs
- Stimulate their brain systems that are forming
with playful sequences
- Playfully interact with other babies
The class is suitable from 4 weeks after delivery,
but please consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before
Gill has pioneered Pregnancy Yoga in Northern Ireland
since introducing it in 2003. Many women have returned to her
classes with fourth and fifth pregnancies ranging in age from
17 years old to 47 and from all walks of life. She is a very
experienced Perinatal Yoga teacher having trained at Birthlight
with Dr Francoise Freedman and Uma Dinsmore Tuli, in 2003; in
Postnatal and Baby Yoga and Smart Toddler Yoga since 2005, as
well as an IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage)
Instructor since 2009. She is also a Childbirth Preparation
educator and Hypno Yoga for Birth Teacher.