What is Itsy Bitsy Yoga?
Itsy Bitsy Yoga is the program that started it all for Breathing Space founder Jen Mueller. Itsy Bitsy Yoga is a unique blend of yoga postures, child developmental movement, and parent/child bonding created by movement educator and mom Helen Garabedian.
Having practiced yoga for years, she never intended to teach yoga, but naturally signed up for a baby yoga class with her infant daughter. That weekly class encouraged Jen to embrace her daughter in the same loving, non-judgmental way that her own practice did for herself.
While Jen was trying to juggle new parenthood, working-from-home and working in an office, baby yoga became a special ritual each week for dropping the agenda and for mom and daughter to spend time just enjoying each other and moving together. When her work schedule changed Jen was unable to find a class nearby that fit both work and nap routines, but she stumbled on a listing for Itsy Bitsy Yoga facilitators training with Helen . . . and signed up. That turned out to be the first step on the path that lead to Breathing Space Family Yoga.
Early Childhood Yoga on Capitol Hill
Breathing Space early childhood yoga classes draw lots of inspiration from Itsy Bitsy Yoga, created by Helen Garabedian, an infant developmental movement educator, yoga teacher, and mother. But our reflect our instructors’ diverse training backgrounds and personal experiences teaching early childhood. We offer an enriching experience for newborn babies through 4-year-old preschoolers and their families.
Benefits of Practicing Yoga with Your Baby or Toddler:
- Deepen the parent/child bond.
- Help baby sleep longer and better.
- Improve baby’s digestion and ease tummy troubles.
- Relieve fussiness and colic.
- Discover ways to enhance your baby’s motor development.
- Strengthen the immune system.
- Encourage neuromuscular development.
- Improve body-awareness
- Playfully relieve stress and frustration
- Increase your child’s attention span
- Provide an outlet for social interaction
- Nurture self-esteem and creativity
- Build a fit, healthy lifestyle
Find an Early Childhood Yoga Class on Capitol Hill
Breathing Space early childhood yoga classes for crawlers or older toddlers are offered in multi-week series. Babies and toddlers learn best when they are able to become familiar with a class space, teacher, and other students and experience the same class material over multiple weeks.
However, because birth dates and maternity leaves often don’t line up well with seasonal series dates, we do allow drop-ins classes for precrawlering babies. We still recommend committing to weekly attendance for as long as you can and offer multi-class pass pricing to make that easier.
Breathing Space Family Yoga founder Jen Mueller also offers early childhood yoga instructor trainings with ChildLight Yoga.