mommy and baby yoga is a Thing. Did you know that? lots of 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 challengeÂ if you’re doing the Rookie mommies Challenges.
Even if you are not a “yoga person”, consider the benefits of these classes: getting out of the house, being kind to your body, meeting other rookie moms, and maybeÂ 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.
At this particular post-natal yoga class, each student’s station has a yoga mat for mommy and a relaxing pillowy bed for baby. A bottle of massage oil, a clean washcloth, and a soft toy are set up, ideal next to your yoga brick and strap. When Scarlett got fussy, I was used 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 pet dog and saluted my sun. At some point during the class, the instructor says something about how special your baby is. One mommy was told that she looked like she needed a hug, and given one.
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We loved reading from some other rookie mommies who took this challenge:Â Kristin in San Diego, Rachel and 3 month-old Evie, and Olivia in new York. We’d love to hear from you!
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