Activity #7: Practice yoga baby-style

by Whitney Moss on March 24, 2014

in Mommy,Month 2,We Love It (For Mom)

Many yoga studios offer mom-and-baby classes. Search online for postnatal yoga or postpartum yoga and the name of your city to find one. This is your seventh weekly challenge.

Benefits of these classes include getting out of the house, being kind to your body, meeting other rookie moms, and sometimes learning a little bit of baby massage technique.

Sometimes there are “helpers” in the class who will hold a baby who needs some cuddling while mommy stretches. Our favorite pose is the one in which you just lie on the floor and do nothing. This is worth paying for.

I live in Berkeley, so keep that in mind when you read this excerpt from my personal blog, from an entry I posted when I went to postpartum yoga when Scarlett was 6 weeks old.

Rookie Moms Challenge #7: Take a postnatal yoga class

At this particular post-natal yoga class, each student’s station has a yoga mat for Mom and a cozy pillowy bed for baby. A bottle of massage oil, a clean washcloth, and a soft toy are set up, right next to your yoga brick and strap. When Scarlett got fussy, I was offered my preferred brand of swaddling blanket, and once she was calmed, an extra set of arms to rock her to sleep while I downwarded my dog and saluted my sun. At some point during the class, the instructor says something about how special your baby is. One mom was told that she looked like she needed a hug, and given one.

Did you complete this challenge? Love it or hate it, tell us how it went:

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We loved reading Kristin’s post about her experience.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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