Baby Yoga

Baby Yoga perfectly compliments Baby Massage and expands the benefits of touch with those of movement and relaxation. Baby yoga helps caregivers to attune to 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.

Rachel at BabyChi is a certified Birthlight Baby Yoga instructor and offers Birthlight Baby Yoga Classes in Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork.

Birthlight baby yoga offers an all in one practice for parents and babies including massage, holds, stretching, singing and rhymes, game playing and relaxation.Birthlight pioneered what is now known as ‘baby yoga’ as an inclusive set of practices to enhance playful interaction and communication between parent and baby and to promote their healthy development. Birthlight baby yoga offers a comprehensive stimulation of the senses together with movement and rhythm that babies need in order to best integrate experience and learn.

Birthlight Babies learn lots of shortcuts to ease their transition to developmental milestones (rolling sitting crawling standing walking), but mostly because this is done through loving interaction and fun, it helps their brain to grow lots of happy neuron networks at the time of most intense growth in human life.

(Francoise Freedman)

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 including:

  • 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)