Take a minute, breathe in counting up to six move your breath in through your belly, ribs, and chest. Then Exhale allowing your breath to flow slowly out while counting to eight, relax. Baby wearing yoga allows parents to enjoy bonding with their child while creating a calm environment while working out. Yoga focuses on strengthening, stretching and relaxing the body; our students at Centered Motion Total Body Fitness learn to “follow what your body is telling you because this is your workout.”
My baby wearing yoga workshop was two hours long and taught moms both baby wearing safety followed by baby and mother beginner yoga poses. Caitlyn Shaw, a volunteer babywearing educator for Babywearing International Hampton Roads chapter, and the baby wearing class teacher for Diaper Junction cloth diaper store helped parents with the carriers. Parents were reminded to be very careful about placement in a carrier or wrap, and to know the physical abilities such as head control, and making sure the baby always have room to breathe freely. Once our moms were suited up in a carrier of choice, my favorite being our Ergobaby Organic Carrier, we hit the mats for the work out. We were able to use 8-10 standing poses such as chair pose, hip circles, warrior one and two, Tree pose, arm swings, and squatting to engage our body, with the most important part being our yoga mama’s to take it slow, watch their balance, and recognize personal body limitations especially with child on board!
Here are some easy steps for a basic babywearing pose:
Tree Pose: this pose can be done free standing or by placing your standing foot hand on a wall for extra support. Standing tall tucking tail bone under arm by your side feet about hip width apart.
This post was submitted by reader Jessica De Kok. Jessica teaches Baby and Me yoga class and babywearing workshop at Centered Motion total Body fitness. She is a stay at home mom working on her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and holds a 200 hour yoga certification through the International Yoga Institute. She loves to find ways of making exercise easier for new moms.
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