Yoga with BabiesAt the Pregnancy and Parents Centre

Yoga with babies gives you the opportunity to continue/start a yoga practice, or simply ease out a bit, even when looking after a baby.

Yoga with Babies

Yoga with Babies nurtures both parent & baby with the refreshing, energising, strengthening and centring movements, breathing practices and relaxation of yoga.

Yoga adapted for babies provides a delightful way to give babies the variety and amount of movement and touch on which they thrive, whilst yoga selected or adapted for parents to do alongside their babies provides a way for parents to give themselves the benefits of yoga that can be invaluable in life with babies or young toddlers.

My Yoga with Babies classes provide a friendly, relaxed environment in which to learn and share yoga with other parents and babies.  You are welcome to feed, change or otherwise attend to your baby’s needs during the class: we work around how babies are just as you do in your day to day lives.  If your baby is colicky, teething, is generally unsettled or whatever, we may even find some of the movements we do can help; just as we plan to help you with your exhaustion, tight carrying-shoulders or whatever. 

Yoga mats, pillows and blankets are available to make you and your baby comfortable. A range of practices is developed over the weeks so parents can gradually incorporate the fun & nourishment of yoga into day to day life with babies.

There are classes for different stages of parent & babyhood, changing pace & movements to suit the nature of each stage.  There are also father & baby workshops from time to time, so that fathers can have the bonding & confidence with wee ones that enjoyable movement together brings about.

All classes include time after the yoga to ask questions & chat with other parents.  Refreshments – a lovely range of teas & biscuits – are provided.

Yoga with Non Mobile Babies

Postnatal Yoga with Babies

I am often asked “When can I start coming to yoga with my baby?”.  In reply, I sometimes mention that the youngest baby I’ve had in my classes was just a week old!  Basically, you can come to Yoga with Babies as soon as you wish or feel ready to be out & about with your baby. 

Postnatal Yoga with Babies focuses on postnatal recovery for mothers & movements that even very wee babies find satisfying & soothing.  Some movements can even help with digestive & other issues babies can have in their early weeks; & Yoga with Babies can be a helpful complement to other practices or treatments which can help at this time, such as craneosacral therapy, baby massage, homeopathy or allopathic medical therapy.

From about 4-5 months after birth, babies move up a gear in their need for movement and social engagement; & mothers too are often ready for more active yoga.  This would be the time to move to the Yoga with Babies 4+ months classes, which accommodates babies up to the time they become mobile.  See below for more on Yoga with Babies 4+ months classes.

Weekly Postnatal Yoga with Babies classes are held at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, currently in Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh.  Class details are as follows.

Day/time ~ Tuesdays 12.15pm-1.45pm (including time for discussion & refreshments)

More information ~ www.pregnancyandparents.org.uk/whatweoffer/yoga-with-babies

Booking ~ via Pregnancy and Parents Centre on 0131 229 3667 or info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk

Yoga with Babies Four Months to Premobile

Yoga with babies between around 4 months to premobile changes pace from the Postnatal Yoga with Babies classes to follow the needs of the developing baby and the needs of parents to be more active and have opportunity for relaxation.

This class is open to whichever parent is the main caregiver on the class day; & whilst this is most often the mother, at times a father has been the parent coming with his baby.

When a baby becomes independently mobile, their interest is more in exploring their world, albeit with the safety & confidence of the parent or caregiver near them.  This would be the time to move to the Yoga with Mobile Babies/Young Toddlers, which accommodates babies from the time they first become mobile up to toddlerhood.  See below for more on Yoga with Mobile Babies classes.

Weekly Yoga with Babies classes are held at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, currently in Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh.  Class details are as follows.

Day/time ~ Tuesdays 10.15am-11.45am (including time for discussion & refreshments)

More information ~ www.pregnancyandparents.org.uk/whatweoffer/yoga-with-babies

Booking ~ via Pregnancy an Parents Centre on 0131 229 3667 or  info@pregnancyandparents.org.uk

Yoga with Mobile Babies/Young Toddlers

The stage when babies start to become independently mobile & have more interest in exploring their world than in staying with the parent to do movements is the realm of the Yoga with Mobile Babies/Young Toddlers classes.  The emphasis in these classes is more on the parent yoga, though we are also subtly helping with the transitions babies are making at this age. The babies enjoy being around their parents doing yoga, whilst interacting with other babies and generally exploring around them.  We do include movements with babies too for moments of active fun together, as well as ways of lifting these bigger babies eager to be on the move!

This class too is open to whichever parent is the main caregiver on the class day; & whilst this is most often the mother, at times a father has been the parent coming with his baby.

Weekly Yoga with Mobile Babies/Young Toddlers classes are held at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, currently in Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh.  For these mobile babies classes, however, administration is directly with me. 

There is a flexible booking system for these classes in that although the classes are organised in blocks, you can book just those classes in the block for which you are available.  

Details of classes running at present are as follows.

  • Day/time ~ Tuesdays 3.15pm-4.45pm (including social time with refreshments)
  • Fridays 10.15am-11.45am (including social time with refreshments)

More information/Booking ~ Contact via 0131 229 9035 or andrea@alexandertechniqueedinburgh.co.uk

Father & Baby Movement with Yoga

Fathers can also have fun doing yoga based movements with their babies, helping with bonding & perhaps allowing mother some time with an older sibling or some time off!

Father & Baby Movement with Yoga workshops are held from time to time, most often at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh.  For these workshops, administration is directly with me. 

Cost & Booking

The standard cost per workshop is £12~* per father with baby/ies.

*If your family income makes this not workable, please adjust accordingly – no proof of anything required.

More information & booking  Andrea@alexandertechniqueedinburgh.co.uk or 0131 229 9035 

Upcoming Dates for Father & Baby Movement with Yoga Workshops

Autumn 2019 dates tbc