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The stimulation that babies receive doing yoga releases endorphins in brain, and so they clearly glow after a session, just as we do after a turn at gym. It was great to know he felt so cared for.
As time went on, our classes did become more adventurous. The stretches we learned started to actively include our babies (they are fabulous weights!) and we all became far less inhibited, and felt happy to move onto more complex movements.
To calm babies, Sue introduced music into classes, which soothed them no end Ė in all time Iíve been going now, I donít think weíve ever had a baby have to be taken out for crying. After Harryís bath, I often do yoga with him at home now, and heat of my hands and slow, rhythmic nature of movements send him to sleep with much greater ease than a simple cuddle and a song tape ever could. He started sleeping through night months before a lot of other babies that we know, and Iím in no doubt that that has sonething to do with our yoga.
Being an enthusiast now, Iíve read up on later benefits of what baby yoga can do and Iím excited. Itís clear from fact he rolled early that Harry has good spatial awareness, and plenty of confidence in what his body is capable of. When we took him for his eight-month check my health visitor told me he will miss out crawling stage Ė his spine is strong, and having been made aware of limitations of his body through yoga, he doesnít need to go through exploration that crawling allows.
As well as very evident physical benefits of baby yoga, itís also been a lifesaver for me. On maternity leave I was a bit of a lonely mum, and now I have something of a network. Size ten again and happy, there is never a morning goes by when Harry and I do not have a play date. Itís turned things around. I think ill go down gym tomorrowÖ
To find details of Baby Yoga activities in your area visit www.busylittleones.co.uk
Lucy is an avid sailor and writer and has been involved in child care for many years.