How to Do Yoga With Your Baby

Taking care of a baby and working out is not an easy feat. You have to pay attention to your child’s wants and needs, and also get in a good workout. Luckily, there are ways to combine the two so you can still watch over your child as well as do a substantial workout. Remember, just because you have a baby doesn’t mean that you can’t stay active as well. You just have to find the right balance between motherhood and keeping yourself motivated to do some of the things you did previously before the birth of your child. Yoga can be a great way to get in touch with your baby on a spiritual level. Here are some tips to involve your child in yoga.image1

Getting Your Baby Comfortable

 image2One of the first things you can do is massage your baby in a heart shaped motion. You can put your baby on a blanket in front of you, and put your feet on either side of the baby. Put another blanket underneath to keep yourself comfortable as well. You may notice the baby relaxing and kicking a bit, but the body is less tense. You can also get a nice stretch while doing this and allow you to inhale and exhale while you lift your belly. Take your baby’s hands and rub the fingertips together to kind of activate the left and right sides of the brain. This is a great stimulant for your baby’s nervous system and helps them want to crawl if they haven’t started already.

Getting a Proper Warm Up and Tummy Time
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After you’ve gotten your baby comfortable and activated his system through a good massage and connecting different points, you can begin the warm up session. Lay your baby on his back and get into a hands and knees pose to activate your spine. You can make direct eye contact with your baby as well. Inhale lifting your head and arching your back while your belly drops. You can even play a little peak-a-boo to keep your baby engaged and get a small laugh or smile out of him. Then you can drop your head down and take your navel to the spine and exhale again. Remember to keep your shoulder blades at ease. You can repeat this process a few times to engage with your baby.  Circle your tailbone to help loosen up your hips. Your hips can get tight due to constantly holding the baby. This is a great session especially for a baby who’s a few months old.

Engaging with a Tree Pose
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This is a great pose to help you with your balance. You can hold your baby as well. Start by shifting your weight on your left foot and turn it out a bit, then bend the right knee, place the right foot on your right thigh. This will enable you to open up your hips.  This actually relaxes your thighs as well. Your rear should end up sticking out a bit but still relaxed. Draw the tailbone down and let it lift your chest high. To release from this position, hug your baby tight as you slowly lower your leg down and then you shift to the other side if you’re comfortable.