I love teaching baby and toddler yoga, even after 15 years. The benefits of Baby Yoga continue to amaze me, and other parents too.
Although it is now far more wide spread than back then, it is still one of those baby classes that parents are often unsure of what the real benefits to their baby are. This comes up frequently when parents contact me regarding what is involved in a baby yoga class. Time to put some of those amazing baby yoga benefits out there for you all.
Benefits of Baby Yoga – For Parents
Yes, you too can gain from attending a baby yoga class!
Bonding – The time that you spend with your baby during a class is precious. It is really is just about the two of you, and this allows for building those deeper connections.
Support – Never underestimate the power of support when you have a baby. You really do need to have a tribe around you. Other mums who know what you are going through, who can offer that much needed ear to listen or shoulder to cry on. Most of my classes end up creating Whatsapp groups that offer support to each other. Many develop friendships that last years.
Benefits of Baby Yoga – For Babies
Brain Boosting – You may have seen from my other posts that I love how baby’s brains develop! One of the main features of baby yoga that make it really great to boosting that brain power is mid line crossing. This where we take arms and legs across the body. You can read how important this is for baby brain development here.
Body Awareness – How your baby learns about not only his body, but where is body is in relation to other objects (known as propreoception). Working out how movement can benefit motor functions as well as sensory development are integral to my classes. For more information on how your baby’s brain is structured you can read my article on the baby brain.
Establishing Routines – Getting your baby moving can really help alongside other activities to sorting out some routine in your day. If your baby is a bit grumpy before bed (the witching hour as I used to call it), then putting in a couple of fun yoga moves can really help to tire them out.
Break The Mood – Even the best of babies can get grumpy for seemingly no reason. No matter when people ask – “is he hungry”, “is he tired” and you know that answer is NO! They can get themselves into quite an emotional state without much effort. How about some tools to help you break that cycle? Well that is one of the most surprising benefits, if you can get singing and moving your baby, they often forget what was making them all emotional in the first place!
Singing & Movement – I love the combo of using baby songs and movements in classes. You can watch one of these in action in my Baby Songs Videos, on my Youtube channel.
How To Get Started With Baby Yoga
If you can attend a live class then that is great. Buddha Buddies run a combination baby development class that offers baby massage and baby yoga. You can also watch lots of baby yoga videos on Youtube, or meet up with friends and have a go together. For inspiration, check out my Yoga Songs Videos and have a go with your baby. You can watch the great Baby Yoga Action Song Wind The Bobbin below.
How Baby Yoga and Baby Massage Compliment Each Other
I love using both baby massage and baby yoga together. The movement followed by a chilled out baby massage really does lead to the most relaxed babies. You can catch my online baby massage course below. At only £57, it really does cover everything you need to confidently massage your baby at home.
I hope that you are able to start with some baby yoga with your baby or toddler, as you can see there really are some great benefits of baby yoga, not just for your baby but for you too. As always I love to hear what you think, so please do leave a comment below or connect with me on my Facebook Page.
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There can be so many reasons that your baby has a tummy ache. These can range from a simple change of food to reactions to medicines. Finding baby tummy ache relief remedies that are all-natural is not always easy.
Firstly, of course, if you feel that there is something wrong, you must speak to a medical professional. A Doctor, Health Visitor or Obstetrician. The Advice here and in the books is to help you as a parent, they are not to replace medical advice.
The tips that are discussed here are for help on those issues where the underlying cause is either known or is a temporary condition that your baby is going through. I know from being a parent, and from 15 years of teaching in classes, that tummy ache can be terribly painful for your baby.
For more detailed instructions on how to help your baby using Baby Massage and Baby Yoga please see the new Masterclass, which has embedded video and lessons, to guide you through techniques that can help relieve your baby’s discomfort. This Masterclass costs only £9.99 and is yours to watch as many times as you need. You also get full support via the VIP Group too.
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Baby Massage For The Tummy
Massage is well researched for being able to bring relief to many causes of tummy pain, both in babies and adults. By working around the tummy area in slow steady movements you can often help the internal organs to shift any food that may still be working through the system.
Massage can also help with soothing. Working not only the colon but calming the parasympathetic nervous system, which will help to calm your baby too.
It really is a winning duo! You can massage the area but also help your baby feel calmer, which often aids the body and can bring you some much-needed respite from crying.
There are so many benefits of baby massage, you can read my top benefits. Bringing relief to tummy pain is just one.
Baby Yoga For The Tummy
Movements that work with the body to help relieve gas or constipation that are suitable for nearly all babies. The key with any movement that you are doing ‘to’ your baby, is to ensure that you always work with them, you never force a movement.
You can grab the FREE E-BOOK which has some simple ways of getting started with both the baby yoga and the baby massage.
One of the techniques that work really well is to use the legs to bring into the body. A fun way of doing this is via signing ‘the grand old Duke of York’. You can see how in the video below! Babies love songs, and adding in actions really is amazing for brain development too!
I hope that these little tips can help. For the full range of techniques then please do check out the MASTERCLASS, it is £9.99 and has all the videos and instructions you need to start working on helping with those tummy issues.
You can follow more of my videos for baby massage and baby yoga on the Youtube Channel too. Please do subscribe to the channel to learn when the next FREE videos will appear. You can find some other ideas for baby tummy ache relief including Baby Yoga exercises and Baby Yoga Songs.
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If you want to know more about baby massage, you can always purchase the full course – this has all you need to confidently massage your baby at home. Along with BONUS VIDEOS – covering Tricks for Baby Tummy Time and More Baby Yoga. The Course is only £57 and has full video instruction and access to the VIP group for support too!
If there are more ways you would like to connect, then please do head over to the Facebook Page. You can also post any comments below, and I will happily answer. These natural remedies can really help bring relief to your baby. They are easy to learn, fun and engaging for your baby and also will be great to use at other times too. They are suitable for all ages, so you can also try them with toddler tummy pain and older kids too!
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As adults, we are aware that our brain is divided into two halves – each having very distinctive roles. What, though does that mean for our babies and children? How do the left and right hemispheres of the brain talk to each other and can we improve baby brain communication?
How does this look for your baby’s brain?
Well let’s break it down to basics to start:
Responsible for the control of the RIGHT side of the body
Responsible for the control of the LEFT side of the body
So both sides control very different functions – most of which will not be needed in these early months. Although what is also developing is the bridge that connects both hemispheres (Corpus Callosum). Communication between the two is essential – more about that in our next blog!
Our baby’s’ brain is busy forming new networks that once formed can then be used for pretty much anything, from language to fine motor skills. The process of forming these networks is biologically driven, but experiences also allow connections to form. Our babies continue to build these connections between both hemispheres for many years, but 0-3 years are the crucial ones. More synaptic connections are formed during the first 3 years than during the rest of our lives! However, our brains can continue to build new connections throughout our lives, it really is possible to teach an old dog new tricks!
Baby Brain & Movement
Simply put – it is just as important what we do with our babies, to create these experiences as it is to allow the body to form them on its own.
Although in a Buddha Buddies Baby Yoga class we do talk in about the brain – what is covered is how it develops and what this means to YOUR baby. Milestones and reflexes are just part of this developmental process, and there are many things we do in classes to bring our awareness to these key points of development. There is more information and some great techniques to try at home in the next blog about Midline Crossing, which is one of the best ways to increase connectivity between the left and right side of the brain. This is also true for older kids and adults.
So, if you would like to know what is happening, then check out the other blogs and you can even view some great action songs that use techniques to boost that brain connectivity on the Youtube Channel, including this fab Grand Old Duke Of York Action Song. The Facebook Page has lots of tips that you can use to include into your day and you can also learn more about how to make Baby Massage part of your routine, which is another great brain-boosting activity.
A mother of twin girls, Rachel is a Complimentary Health Specialist. Running a Wellbeing Centre and founder of Buddha Buddies, baby & children’s Yoga, Massage and Mindfulness Classes. She runs between juggling the usual family and household dilemmas and her businesses.
As parents, we are constantly amazed by how fast our baby grows and the new skills they seem to develop almost daily. As an Instructor, I have relished learning more and more about just how babies develop and how to incorporate these new skills into a part of our lives. In every Buddha Buddies Baby Yoga class I teach we include activities that practice ‘midline-crossing’. For me, they are an essential element of baby and toddler development, easy to do and repetitive (for embedding) and fun.
Why is it so important to add midline-crossing activities into part of your baby’s day?
Well, we all know that the left and right hemispheres of the brain control different things. (You can also look at our previous blog on how the brain is structured.) However, what is also key here is how the two sides are able to communicate. There is a bridge between the two sides called the corpus callosum. This allows both sides to essentially talk to each other. As each side carries out different tasks they need to be able to work together in order to coordinate learning and movement.
For babies, this communication is the foundation for later work on the development of such things as the dominance of hand and bilateral movement (both sides working together – i.e pushing and pulling).
So how can we add in activities early on in our baby’s development?
That is where our Baby Yoga comes in, specific moves are practised to enable the crossing of one limb over the middle of the body. Of course, we always make it fun and we never force any movement!
So to keep you going here are a few activities for you to try at home – or you can always pop along to a class or watch one of the various Videos including Action Songs that work on crossing the midline FREE on the Youtube channel.
Half lotus – with your baby on the floor in front of you start by taking hold of the right lower leg, now take this leg and move it across the body to the right thigh. Repeat each side several times. In class we also sing ‘pat-a-cake’ while we do this, adding other elements of singing and language into the mix!
Give me a hug – in the same position as before, this time take the arms out to the side and then cross over in the middle of the body, give them a little hug with their arms as you go. Repeat, this time ensuring that the arms move position, whichever one was on top is now underneath.
Hand to knee – with your babysat on your lap take the right hand and move towards the left knee. Repeat each side several times.
As you can see, they are all easy moves to incorporate as part of any routine. You do not need any special equipment and if you can, always make good eye contact, so you work on your non-verbal communication and bonding at the same time.
If you would like to know more about the activities or baby development, then do pop along to a class. You can also check out the YouTube channel, which has some great videos to watch on all things baby.
I have put together a little list of some great baby (under 1-year toys) that can help with mid-line crossing activities at home.
Stacker – a great one to build hand to eye coordination too.
Have a look at some of these developmental toys, you will notice that not only are perfect for adding in some midline-crossing but they also address other skills such as; problem-solving, hand to eye coordination and fine and gross motor skills.
Rachel is a mother of twin girls. She is a graduate with a combined honours degree in ‘English & Psychology. She is also a Complimentary Health Specialist, running a Wellbeing Centre and also is founder of Buddha Buddies – baby classes based around child psychology.
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There is culturally an assumption that all Mothers will naturally bond with their baby, but your baby also is naturally hardwired to seek strong attachment from you too. Babies naturally seek security and we want to provide it. Babies are born ready to love and to be loved. As a parent, it is our goal to love our children but also to instil in them an intrinsic knowledge that they are lovable, which is the foundation of self-esteem. Bonding with your baby is something that most parents aim for, but sometimes it needs some thought.
Parenting – The Hardest Job
But despite a strong intention to bond, often particularly as new parents, we can fret about it, especially if we are prone to anxious thoughts. Being a parent is no doubt the hardest job on the planet, but one that brings such joy and fulfilment. The job doesn’t come with a training manual, but attachment theory and a Positive Parenting approach encourage us to view our children as our instruction manual, as from the moment they are born, they are able to best tell us what they need. Above all, they need to be cherished. There is a lovely quote I found recently written by an American psychologist….” we think of cherished as the emotional equivalent of nourishment. Soul Food”.
So what are the foundations of baby bonding? They are simply created through the day to day, moment by moment response to our baby’s needs, which they communicate to us by crying. Traditional parenting advice has included the idea that babies should be left to cry it out, once their physical needs are met, but all the latest research, including brain imaging, concludes that leaving a baby to cry and prolonging its emotional distress contributes negatively to the brain, by the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Responding to your baby crying is not allowing them to manipulate you, you cannot spoil a child with hugs or connection. In fact the more hugs, the more the brain develops and the more they feel cherished.
Research has evidenced that disruption in attachment is created when there is no response to a baby’s cry.
We respond to our baby’s needs by responding across all the senses with our voice and touch, through our smell by holding them, through feeding and talking, by mimicking their sounds. But one of the most powerful and lovely ways with newborns is through touch. As well as having your baby in a sling on your chest, Baby Massage and Baby reflexology have huge benefits to the bonding process for both Mum and baby.
Attachment theory is the foundation of the Circle of Security Positive Parenting philosophy that I share through my Parenting Coaching Practice. Secure attachment is built through a relationship that creates confidence in the availability of a specific protective caregiver whilst at the same time, that caregiver is able to support their child’s exploration when it is safe to do so. It is this premise that helps children thrive and is the building block for the growth to independence. Our children are dependent on us so that we can guide them, through a relationship of trust to withstand the challenges they will face as they get older.
Guest Blog by Parenting expert Sarah Weller, based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, Sarah specialises in Positive Parenting. Read more about her in the bio bellow.
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About Sarah Weller
The Weller Way is a Family Relationship Coaching practice, run by Sarah Weller, a qualified and experienced Parenting Consultant, Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner based in Tunbridge Wells, working throughout Kent and Sussex. Sarah has been married for 30 years to Paul and is a Mother of 4 children, now in their twenties.
Sarah’s Coaching approach is completely holistic, to ensure that the needs of the whole family are met, parents and children. So during the process of helping parents unwrap what is going on underneath the surface of children’s behaviour, Sarah helps parents reflect on their own relationship needs.
Sarah has many years of experience and training for her roles in supporting young people and families in the Mental Health and Homelessness sectors. She is passionate about Mental Wellbeing for the whole family. She is an experienced Licenced Trainer for MIND Fitness and a Mental Health Youth First Aider. As a result, she is also able to offer Life Coaching and Mentoring to troubled teens to boost their confidence and self-esteem. You can contact Sarah or read more from her on any of the links below:
Baby Massage is well known as a great method of increasing the bond between a parent and their newborn. The Online Baby Massage At Home Course is now available – a complete one stop for all you need to confidently massage your baby at home
Rachel Hawkes is the Founder of Buddha Buddies and writes on all things baby and mindful parenting. You can check out her book, packed full of tips for introducing Mindful Moments to your family below.
Welcome, I am Rachel Hawkes, owner of Buddha Buddies and mum to twins. I have been teaching baby and kids classes for 18 years and love seeing the connections made and the confidence that builds within classes.
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