The program is based on Birthlight method. The Birthlight Trust is a non-profit organisation dedicated to enhance the health and wellbeing of women and their families from conception through to the third year. Birthlight has grown organically from small pioneering classes for groups of women and families that Françoise Barbira Freedman set up in Cambridge in the 1980’s.
What is Mom & baby yoga?
Baby yoga helps to attune to your baby’s needs and to calm or stimulate them as appropriate with a sense of security and wellbeing. It is beneficial for all babies, you don’t need to practice yoga or even know anything about yoga to get started with your baby. From Birth babies respond positively to the stimulation of movement and touch together. Baby Yoga includes a wide range of different practices that can be combined to suit the needs of each baby or toddler through their individual development:
-Gentle body strokes
-Yoga moves adapted to babies (mini twists, mini stretches, upper and lower body movements, diagonal movements) These moves have been transmitted though generations in India for at least 2000 years
-A blend of postnatal yoga and baby yoga for new mothers
-Playful moves with rhymes
-Joint parent/baby relaxation (walking relaxation, instant relaxation, relaxation to sleep, feeding relaxation)
-Transitional practices (head control, sitting, crawling, standing, early steps, first jumps and balances)
-Baby yoga offers quality physical stimulation that has become essential in an urban sedentary lifestyle. For every hour that babies spend strapped in cars seats or home seats, 5 minutes of Baby Yoga provide stretching as a start to a healthy lifestyle. Baby yoga can be practiced instantly anywhere at anytime and always generates a joyful interaction.
Birthlight baby yoga comes with a debt of gratitude to the people who have taught Françoise their traditional forms of closeness with babies around the world, most particularly grandmothers from India and South America.
Materials / Method: Mats, Birthlight philosophy, children's songs, cushions, etc.