Mom & Baby Yoga is a wonderful & safe way to get back into a mindful healing movement practice while having your little one join you in the experience. In this class, we include baby as much as possible with a baby engagement routine at the start of class and bringing them into specific yoga postures & movements as well. This helps to develop a very positive physical connection between you and your baby. During class you have the freedom to meet your babies’ needs with feeding and changing whenever it is needed. Annie offers you feeding positions and breath techniques which you can use during those times that will help support your posture and calm your nervous system. We begin each class with a check-in & sharing time for momma’s to get to know one another and share in an open and non-judgmental environment. Allowing you the space to be real and raw is so important for your mental health and well being. Then we spend 10 mins with baby engagement exercises a fun routine you can learn and bring home with you. Spending the rest of the class moving through a balance yogic practice with postures to help open up tight sore areas of the body which momma needs to release (shoulders, chest, the back & hips); rebuild physical strength and connection to the new core body with patience and acceptance; various techniques are shared and practiced each week to help bring you into a more balance sense of self. Several breathing techniques are taught to help release all kinds of tensions that can be held in the body from the demands of motherhood physically, mentally and emotionally. Mom & Baby yoga is also a wonderful place to meet other moms building your mom & baby network and life long friendships.
Benefits for Postnatal (Mom & baby) Yoga:
- A positive low impact practice to assist the body into its new post-pregnancy state with love and acceptance.
- Helps to relieve postpartum depression symptoms, helping to improve your mental, emotional and energetic states.
- Mothers are giving time to share openly with one another in a 15+min check in during each class. This helps for each woman to feel supported by and surrounded by others who get it, a chance to be raw and real as they move through similar experiences realizing they are not alone. A very important mental & emotional health part of this practice.
- Increase the physical and emotional connection between you and your baby. Excellent time for mother and child bonding.
- The physical aspects of yoga can calm the nervous system and bring you into the balanced state of being in the present (something baby does naturally).
- Baby engagement exercises will enhance babies’ emotional, physical and energetic growth.
- Mom & Baby Yoga offers a safe and nurturing environment fostering growing confidence in movement & body awareness. The ability to attach and then separate is achieved in this practice because the baby is involved in but is not the absolute focus of the mother’s activity. Within this type of communication, the baby has room to develop both connection & independence.
2020 SPRING Mom & Baby Yoga Group Offerings
Due to COVID-19 classes will hopefully return this summer details below. Until then I am available for postpartum support via email, phone or video chat. I have also put together 2 postpartum mom & baby groups through zoom – check details below.
Currently Running 2 By Donation Zoom Mom & Baby Groups :
Tuesdays 1-2:15pm 4th Trimester (1st 3 months) & Wednesdays 10:30-11:40am (4m-12m)
Postpartum Core Reconnecting Workshop Class
Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:45 pm (start date to be announced)
5 week program (Mom Only Class)
Registration : $100 (No drop ins as this is a progressive learning class)
Must be post birth at least 12 weeks up to 12 months
(with a thumbs up from your physician and/or postnatal physio)
This will be a 5 week progressive learning practice (weekly commitment is recommended) which will help set you up with an at Home Self Care Routine for you to continue afterwards. This will be an educational & practical practice supporting the New Mom’s in connecting to her Core Self physically, mentally and & emotionally while experience a balance energetically too. Bringing connection and acceptance to her Whole New Self. Carving time out for yourself should be a guilt free time for you to reconnect and replenish YOU, so you can bring a balance into your life and be able to care for your loved ones even better when you are feeling calm & balanced!
“NEW” Nurture Thy Self – a self care practice for all Moms in all stages of motherhood.
Sundays 7:45-9pm (start date to be announced)
5 week scheduled practice time for YOU to Replenish and take care of YOU!
In this class, we take time to connect, check-in with each other share some stories and insights about our lives ( maybe have a little Momma venting – which is very healthy). Each week Annie will guide you through a balanced yoga practice blending traditional & therapeutic : Asana – a mix of flowing & restorative movement and postures, strengthening & releasing. Pranayama – Breathing practices to support & balance your nervous system. Meditation/Yoga Nidra – to shift old patterns, create change and find a deep internal balance. We will play with several techniques each week exploring new ways to connect including journal-ling and creating personal positive intentions to help manifest your hearts desires, wishes and make your dreams come true. She will offer daily tips to support you in creating healthy balance and boundaries for yourself. Annie encourages all participants to share their tips as well – We all have something to share and teach others and we all have something to receive and learn from one another. There will be time left at the end of class for you to linger and chit chat together if you desire for extra time to connect.
A Mothers strength and balance comes from knowing she is supported ad can share openly her truth. Breaking that wall we as Mothers often put up with “I can do it ALL” and reaching out and asking for help when she needs it before she falls apart. To Nurture herself as a Woman and staying in touch with what replenishes her and feeds her Soul apart from being a Mother. Accepting the on going changes she moves through honoring and adapting to the NOW each time changes come up for her along all stages of this Motherhood Journey.
“You would think that a 50% infant population would result in utter chaos, but Annie makes her mama-baby yoga work. She goes with the flow, and it helps us do so as well. We “check in” and chat, we breastfeed, we stretch, we laugh freely and joyously to the chirps and squawks of our wee ones. Annie listens to our ailments and adjusts the practice accordingly; then brings us back to the cleansing breaths that we will need more and more as moms. It’s a very special hour in a new mother’s week, and we are blessed to have Annie, a seasoned mom, and yogi who loves all of the babies.”~ Ashley ~