There are three things that are really hard to balance as a mom; one on one bonding time with your little one, exercising in a way that provides self-care and hanging out with other mamas in the same phase of life. Well, there is one way to get all of these things done at once. Head to mommy and me yoga! Trust me, you do not have to be a yogi to attend one of these classes. They are seriously fun and even better, so beneficial for both you and your baby.
What to Expect at Mommy and Me Yoga
Don’t be intimidated! Mommy and Me Yoga is going to be different than any other yoga class you have been to. And of course, your baby does not have to be perfectly behaved to fit in. No one will judge you for feeding or changing your baby in the middle of class, either. These classes usually focus mostly on stretching and are themed with fun, upbeat music. A little baby will spend the yoga session in your arms, but usually, once they can walk or crawl you will put them down next to you. As far as a time frame, you can expect to be there anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes just like most normal yoga classes.
The yoga instructors that run mommy and me classes are trained professionals (as long as you find a reputable studio). They know what is safe for you and your baby and exactly how to make the experience beneficial for you both. However, start gently and don’t feel like you need to push yourself too hard. It is not recommended to start until your baby can hold their head up without help, but every studio has different guidelines. You may also want to run the idea past your doctor.
Finding a Mommy and Me Yoga Class
These classes are pretty common these days, and finding a studio may be as easy as googling “Mommy and Me Yoga near me”. The YMCA often offers Mommy and Me options, so you can also start by checking there!
5 Reasons Mommy and Me Yoga is Beneficial
Physical and Emotional Connection
The absolute best thing about Mommy and Me Yoga is how you get to bond with your baby. It is time dedicated just to the two of you. Yoga is an activity that is both healthy and playful which are the perfect kind of things to bond over.
Learn Stretches and Gain Strength Specifically for Moms
Our bodies really get put through the wringer during pregnancy. And yeah, it’s all worth it but that doesn’t mean we aren’t trying to find ways to get back the body we once had or to find a new normal that we are happy with. Yoga is an incredible way for many women to make peace with their bodies and recognize the miracles it has performed. At one of these classes, you will find the poses are geared specifically to heal mamas. You will gain core strength as well as work your pelvic floor muscles. Plus, many general poses help you gain strength in your arms, shoulders, and chest. All the things you need for bouncing and rocking your babe! So, get your downward facing dog on!
Help Your Baby Develop Motor and Sensory Skills
Heading to Mommy and Me Yoga with your baby isn’t just beneficial for you. They will actually get a lot out of it, too. Many experts are in agreement that getting your baby moving a bit will help them in the long run. It is also beneficial for them to experience a new environment like the yoga studio.
Leave with a Happier Baby (who sleeps & eats better!)
Baby yoga can help with digestion and getting your little one down to sleep. When you practice any knees to chest pose, you are helping to relieve any constipation or gas. As for easier sleep, there is no real proof but getting your baby out and about on top of moving around usually helps.
Meet Other New Moms at Mommy and Me Yoga
If you and your friends all had babies around the same time, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Many moms find themselves looking for other mom friends that can relate to them and share in experiences. Obviously, this yoga class is going to be full of other moms and potential new friends! Be brave and put yourself out there before and after classes and chances are you will leave with some great new mama friends.
Looking for more mama friends? We have a whole group of moms who share and ask for advice. Check out our Rookie Moms Facebook Group!
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