I have a diploma in Baby Yoga and certificate of teaching in Toddler Yoga from Birthlight.
Baby Yoga is an inclusive set of practices to enhance playful interaction and communication between parent and baby and to promote their healthy development. Baby Yoga helps to attune to your baby’s needs and to calm or stimulate them as appropriate with a sense of security and wellbeing. It is beneficial for all babies, you don’t need to practice yoga or even know anything about yoga to get started with your baby. From birth, babies respond positively to the stimulation of movement and touch together. Baby Yoga includes a wide range of different practices that can be combined to suit the needs of each baby through their individual development:
“The class is great for bonding with your baby and things that you can do at home.”
Phoebe – mother to Barney
“This is a lovely class that we both really enjoy. Sometimes it is a bit of a struggle to get there for 9:30 but it forces me to get up early and get organised, which is quite useful on Fridays!”
Alison – mother to Issac
Toddler Yoga is a great way to have fun with your child in a relaxed, creative environment, helping you both to feel nurtured, calm and full of healthy vitality. It is a continuation of Baby Yoga for mobile babies, toddlers and pre-school children. Using songs and rhymes alongside plenty of movement and stretching, this yoga is designed to support the transition from babyhood to more developed forms of self-expression through movement. As babies make this transition to independence, physical contact with their parents is often diminished yet remains very important. Smart Toddler Yoga promotes strength, flexibility and balance. Relaxation and energetic activity are contrasted and balanced providing a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
The together aspect of this yoga sustains loving and playful contact, continuing a mutual focus between parent and child. Toddler Yoga provides a positive shared routine to carry young families through what can be a challenging time as they tackle tantrums and boundary testing. Toddler Yoga classes provide an opportunity for parents to exercise and have fun with their children.
“Karen is a fantastic instructor and really seeks to make a bond with each child- for example remembering favorite colours etc!”
At the moment my Baby and Toddler Yoga classes are held in conjunction with BusyLizzy Woking (wwww.busylizzywoking.co.uk). I am also available for private group or one to one sessions. Please contact me if you are interested.