Me & You Yoga (starts 12/10)
Mondays from 9:30-10:30 am
Join Sharon and Lady J for an awesome hour of yoga for moms and babies, toddlers and preschool age children. The emphasis here is on yoga for moms that incorporates little ones so that they share in the practice, witness mom taking care of her mind, body and spirit and learn some yoga tricks of their own. Babies love spending time with a calm and happy mom. Make this a shared weekly ritual of joy and light!
Mom and Baby Yoga (starts 12/8)
Saturdays from 11:15-12:00 pm
This class is for mom and babies who are not yet walking to share together. Our practice begins with sounding OM to create a vibration of peace. Then, we do some gentle yoga that is postpartum appropriate to ease tension in the head, neck, shoulders and back. Babies enjoy a few yoga poses, songs and activities just for them! Classes end with some more yoga for mom and a deep relaxation.
We have a NEW Little Om Toddler Play Group! If you have a baby that is standing or looking like they might be on the run soon, check out this dynamic play group experience .
You should wear comfortable clothing that you can move and stretch in. We practice in bare feet. You will want to bring everything you need to feed baby, diapers, a receiving blanket and any toys or snacks that you need to keep older babies and toddlers happy and comfortable. For your own comfort, please bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. You should bring a towel and burp cloths to pick up spills and thrills.
Mom & Baby Yoga Benefits
- Increased strength, energy and endurance for mom
- Recover physically & emotionally from pregnancy and childbirth
- Stabilize strength in pelvic floor and abdominals
- Learn yoga techniques to calm and delight baby
- Bond with your baby and share an activity that brings you both increased health and happiness
- Network with other new moms and share ideas, resources and support. Make new friends too!
- Reduce anxiety, stress and some of the aches and pains of motherhood: sore shoulders, back and neck especially
- Learn ways to cope when you feel overwhelmed and exhausted
You love yoga and now you want to make it a part of your child’s life too. We are delighted that this is the case and we have a few things to keep in mind that will help you and your child enjoy the experience.
Keep an Open Mind
We find that it takes a couple of visits to the studio for children (ok, it’s actually true for adults too!) to understand what the activity is and what is expected of them. You might find that your child acts bored or is not interested in doing yoga. The way that babies and children enjoy yoga classes may be different from the way that you enjoy them. What we know is that, over time, sharing yoga together with your child creates beautiful memories and is time that you will cherish forever.
Prepare for Class
As much as possible, make sure that you and baby have had a snack and are wearing comfortable clothing. Try to leave enough time to get the studio so that there isn’t a lot of stress before class. Bring your little ones favorite toy or comfort item and some snacks as appropriate. Bring a receiving blanket for newborns and pre-crawling infants and a change of clothing and more diapering supplies than you think you need. For young children, after the first class, make sure that you talk with them about it and start talking about it again a few days before class—–remind them of the teacher’s name, another child’s name or some feature of class that they remember (a story, a sound or ritual).
Enjoy the Moment
When we release our expectations, we can enjoy whatever is happening. This is yoga! Yoga together is very different from adult yoga, but it allows us to stay fit and take time to meet our own needs as adults while sharing something that is very important to us with our children. Sometimes it goes as planned and sometimes it is a bit of a disaster, but know that you and your child are never judged at Yoga Matrika. There isn’t one of us who haven’t had a child tantrum during a Mom & Baby class or who didn’t have a baby who cried through an entire class——we welcome you and your little one, even if you are having “one of those days.”