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There are many benefits available through taking a mother and baby yoga class. A yoga class with your child can help you regain your strength, fitness, and flexibility after having a baby. It also offers a special bonding experience between a mother and child. These classes are very relaxing for both a mother and baby. There are a few things you need to know before attending a mommy and baby yoga class.
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Yoga for Mommy
Mother and baby yoga classes usually all begin the same way. There are a series of warm ups and yoga stretches that are specially designed for postpartum mothers and new babies. The purpose of this type of yoga class is to strengthen the body, promote fitness, and form a special bonding experience between a mother and her baby. These yoga classes teach a mother to practice relaxation techniques through special breathing exercises.
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Yoga for Baby
The yoga class is a special experience for a baby. The classes do not force any stress onto a baby, but offer a relaxed environment. You are able to freely take breaks and spend time with your child. You can place you baby on a blanket or mat next to you during the exercises. The classes strive to allow a baby to express itself and act freely. At the end of most classes, the baby receives a gentle massage from its mother. You can also practice baby yoga stretches on your child.
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Preparation for Mother and Baby Yoga
To attend most mother and baby yoga classes, you are able to begin at four weeks after delivery. In some cases, you may need to be cleared by your doctor first, such as if delivery involved a c-section. You will need a yoga mat to participate in a class. All the baby needs is a blanket.
Fathers are often welcome to attend the classes. Once a baby begins to crawl, the mommy and baby yoga classes may no longer be appropriate and you can then look into mother and toddler yoga classes. No experience in yoga is needed prior to attending a mommy and baby yoga class.
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Benefits of a Yoga Class
Yoga can benefit a mother and baby during pregnancy and after. Motherhood is strenuous on a body physically, mentally, and emotionally. Yoga classes help you build your body’s strength and flexibility for all the bending and lifting that comes with motherhood. Yoga aids the body in maintaining muscle strength and releasing tension in the muscles. Yoga classes will teach you relaxation techniques to handle stressful situations as a mother. Yoga allows the body to release the tension that often comes with raising a child. Mommy and baby yoga is a special way for a mother to bond with a new baby while benefiting herself.
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