Top 5 Reasons to Do Yoga with Your Infant: Baby Yoga & Play FAQ
5. Yoga is good for babies.
- The poses we do in baby yoga classes are developmentally supportive, may improve digestion, ease gas pain and colic, and boost the immune system.
- Yoga play stimulates the vestibular system, proprioceptive development, and motor control.
- Baby Yoga rhymes, songs, interaction, and movement stimulates language development.
- Dedicated face time interaction in baby yoga class stimulates baby’s neurological development and empathy skills.
4. Baby yoga class is good for parents.
Even though more than half the poses we do in class are for baby, the benefits for mom and dad can be dramatic. Practicing yoga with your infant can help you feel more relaxed and gentle stretching and conditioning exercises can provide relief from some of the stresses and physical symptoms of early parenting.
3. Yoga practice helps babies sleep better and longer.
Moving and engaging with caregivers for 45+ minutes is a lot of work for babies. Many parents report that their best naps of the week are on baby yoga days.
2. It’s is a way to get to know your baby better.
Your baby will engage with you and the yoga poses, games and songs in a way that will reveal his or her unique personality. Does she like vigorous movement or gentle activities? Is he outgoing or reserved with new people and experiences? Your baby will communicate their preferences in class and participating is another opportunity to connect with your baby and meet that fundamental need of your child.
1. Baby yoga is fun.
Hands down, this is the best reason to do yoga with your baby. Babies have fun. Parents have fun. You both learn games, songs and poses to use at home and to teach other people in baby’s life.
Baby Yoga Frequently Asked Questions
- Pay by the class: Single class drop-ins for prenatal or postnatal classes cost $20; Good for 90 days from date of purchase.
- Multi-class flex-passes: When students commit to take 10 classes, they are eligible for a per class discounts. At $17 per class, a 10-class flex pass costs $170. Valid for 6 months from purchase in any prenatal or postnatal class, including Baby & Me.
- Baby & Me Series registration:
- Parents can also commit to a series of 5-8 consecutive classes for $18 per class. For example, 5 classes is $90. See series listings for dates offered.
- Series registration is available for the first 1/3 of the series only. After that point, students may still drop in, but discounted registration is not available. Series makeup policies apply.
- Unlimited Prenatal/Postnatal Membership: At $75 per month with a minimum 3-month commitment, membership offers the cheapest per class price. Twice weekly attendance costs less than $10 per visit with membership.
- A membership pass is valid in any weekly prenatal or postnatal yoga class, including Baby & Me Yoga. Membership auto-renews until cancelled with at least 15 days notice.
- Memberships may be frozen for 6 weeks upon birth of a baby. Simply notify us and freeze will be effective from baby’s birthdate.
- Members are also eligible for 10% discount off registration in children’s or family yoga series or prenatal workshops.
- All prices at include 5.75% fitness tax.
How are Breathing Space Baby & Me Yoga classes different from postnatal yoga or classes offered elsewhere?
Baby & Me Yoga classes are a blend of baby-centric activities, with the primary emphasis on baby-caregiver interaction and bonding, and postpartum appropriate stretching and strengthening for caregivers.
We do age-appropriate poses, activities, songs and rhymes along with some gentle stretching and conditioning for caregivers.
While caregivers still get a some exercise, it’s very different from classes where baby is invited, but hopefully sleeps or remains quiet during class so moms can get a workout.
Ironically, Baby & Me Yoga classes are often quieter and calmer than a lot of postnatal exercise classes because baby is engaged throughout.
We have never been able to talk babies into being born on our series schedule, so offer drop-in options for those classes. If you are able to commit to the majority of a series, we can set up a partial registration for you at the series rate. Simply contact us with your specific dates.
Of course, if your child will be home with a family member or nanny when you go back to work, you are welcome to have the join class when your leave ends.
Baby & Me Yoga is a blend of baby-centric activities and postpartum appropriate stretching and strengthening for caregivers. It is not designed as a serious workout for caregivers, but you do need to be prepared to move and we hope you will leave feeling better in your body than you arrive.
We spend a good portion of the class sitting criss-cross or in other positions on the floor and we get up and down several times. Almost every class incorporates lunges or squats while holding baby as well as some shoulder or low-back exercises for caregivers. Comfortable, stretchy clothing is important and jeans are not recommended.
My baby is only 3 or 4 weeks old when the class starts, do I need to wait for the 6-week appointment to attend?
Generally, class is most appropriate after 6 weeks. We strongly recommend that you be cleared for exercise, especially if you had a surgical birth or complications. Baby too tends to be more ready to participate after about 6 weeks. A 45-minute class is a long time for a newborn. Very young babies often sleep, eat, or fuss their way through class.
That said, you are still welcome to come. We’ve had moms happily start class as soon as they are ready to be out and about, modifying exercises that are too strenuous (such as skipping the abs) and addressing baby’s needs as they arise. Sometimes, just being at class is what mom needs. If that’s you, please come.
If you would like to wait until the six week mark but class is already starting, don’t fret. Late registration is welcome for several weeks into the series as long as there is room in the class. We are happy to reserve your child’s spot in advance if you contact us.
Your baby will cry.
Let’s just get that out in the open. That’s how babies communicate; it’s totally fine.
Even the fussiest babies are welcome in Baby & Me Yoga. Your instructor will not be distressed and is happy to have you there and, I promise, the other moms/caregivers have been there and will be far less upset about your baby fussing than you will be. Please join us.
That may not work. There isn’t a lot to entertain big kids at baby yoga, but we have occasionally had parents bring older children, mostly when other plans for them have fallen through or school is closed. Siblings are welcome in that circumstance. We do not recommend bringing older children on a weekly basis.
If you need to bring your older child, we recommend bringing quiet toys or books and arriving a few minutes early to set up a space for your child and to set expectations. Please check in with the instructor ahead of time if possible.
If we hold class on a day that school is closed, we’ll be very flexible in our planning. If there were ever enough demand for childcare during one of our series, we would definitely consider that. If you want to take class with a toddler and infant regularly, consider attending Little Families Yoga instead or doing a makeup in that class if you decide to skip rather than attend baby yoga.
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