This interactive, fun class for newborn to pre-crawling babies and their grownup(s) contains dozens of yoga-inspired movements, postures, songs, rhymes and activities designed to support baby’s development. Each class is filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding, soothe the inevitable cranky moments, and improve baby’s sleep.
Babies participate while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For grownups, this class is a special opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers, get support, learn about baby’s emerging personality, and do a little moving and relaxing themselves.
This 2-day Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play teacher training prepares you to share yoga for babies (newborn to not-yet-crawling) with a parent or caregiver.
You will learn how to properly teach dozens yoga-inspired postures and dynamic movements for infants with songs and rhymes and offer developmentally-appropriate variations. You will learn class sequencing techniques, as well as how to incorporate yoga philosophy and community-building themes, creatively use props, and build a week-to-week curriculum that will keep babies and parents smiling.
The Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play training offers an overview of infant development and strategies for educating parents to help them support their child’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual development.
Parent-child classes such as baby yoga can promote an essential supportive community for new parents that offers far more than class description could ever capture.
Yoga & Early Childhood Development
We will discuss the specific role yoga can play in the development of an infant. We will explore the developmental progression of an infant’s movements from birth to walking. You will learn ways to introduce tummy time and other optimal positions for development. We will also explore infant anatomy, physiology, reflexes, cues, and psychology as it relates to yoga. We offer parents ways for natural ways to calm their babies and support development.
Yoga Philosophy and Parenting
First and foremost, Yoga is a philosophy for life. Because classes for infants are taught in a caregiver-child format, you have two sets of students. Learn how to teach lessons that reinforce yogic values and build community among your adult participants.
This training is designed to integrate what you learn, see, and feel in order to build the inner awareness, self-confidence and practical experience needed for sharing yoga with babies from birth-nine months and their caregivers.
You will learn how to:
- properly teach and sequence more than dozens age-appropriate poses, activities, songs, and rhymes for baby as well as breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques for parents.
- use songs and rhymes to keep busy newborn – 9 month olds eager to participate in yoga.
- create a positive, non-competitive classroom environment,
- personalize your classes around the unique personalities and needs of your students
- explore yoga philosophy themes in meaningful ways with new parents,
- Incorporate special activities and creative props to engage your students and enhance learning,
- share practical ways for parents to incorporate yoga activities in their daily routines,
- build a weekly curriculum that will keep babies and their parents returning to class session after session!
Who Should Take This Training?
Anyone interested in offering an enriching experience for babies and caregivers. Activities are appropriate in groups, one-on-one, in early childhood education settings, and incorporated into adult-focused classes or support groups where babies are present. The training is appropriate for yoga instructors, of course, but also early childhood educators, medical professionals, physical, speech-language, or occupational therapists, family counselors, parent educators, and parents.
At least a year of personal yoga practice is recommended prior to taking this training. Certification requires demonstration of yoga postures, philosophy, and instruction principles. Participants who have not completed an adult yoga teacher training will need to complete and submit a yoga self-study exam ($25 fee) along with their certification packet. However, certification is not required and all are welcome to attend and benefit from the material.
Please note that the Baby Yoga & Play training offers parent-child enrichment activities, not postnatal or adult exercises. Interested in teaching postnatal yoga or a blended baby and postnatal class? Then sign up for the 3rd day as well (only open to yoga teachers who have completed an RYT200 or equivalent experience and an approved baby yoga training).
Self-Paced and Experiential Learning
Self-paced content includes more than 12 hours child development information, several full-class videos of Jen teaching baby yoga, video and photo resources for dozens of activities, lesson planning, sample class plans, and more.
During our live workshop hours, we will thoroughly examine and practice the poses and class flows so you can embody the the yoga you are teaching. We’ll also review and discuss the self-paced content. Completing the background modules in the self-paced content before the live workshop hours will ensure you get the most benefit from our time together.
After the live-workshop hours, additional self-paced modules and an optional certification process reinforces the training content and prepares you to share yoga with young children and families in public classes, educational settings, or even one-on-one.
Registration costs $325 ($285 if you register more than 30 days prior to start of training) and includes more than 24 hours of training content:
- 12 hrs of live interactive training (scheduling varies) with Jen Mueller, Breathing Space founder;
- 12 hrs of self-paced training modules;
- A printable 200+ page manual;
- Lifetime access to the online resources;
- A certification packet, which provides you with all the necessary tools you will need to become a certified Breathing Space Family Yoga instructor;
- A Breathing Space Family Yoga t-shirt.
All 2022 trainings are offered in a hybrid format, incorporating self-paced online material and live (in-person or zoom) workshops focused on experiential learning and practice teaching. In-person locations for live hours are listed below.
Because this training is held indoors for extended periods, we require in-person participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please be prepared to show evidence of vaccination upon arrival. We will be following evolving public health guidelines for masking.
As of Oct 1, 2021, masks are required indoors for everyone in Washington DC, regardless of vaccination status with a few exceptions, including making presentations to a group. Your fully vaccinated trainer will unmask when presenting content from more than 6 feet away to improve auditory clarity both for participants in the room and those on Zoom. The trainer will mask whenever closer than 6 feet indoors such as when offering physical assists or in small group discussion. Questions?
Learn to Teach Tot Yoga - for Crawling Babies and Toddlers
Learn about the Tot Yoga Add-on to the baby training and how you can expand your offerings to families of little ones from crawling to 24 months of age. This training is only open to trainees who complete either the Baby Yoga & Play or Preschool Yoga Teacher Trainings. Read more.
About your Trainer
Jen Mueller (MPM, YA E-RYT 200, YA CRYT, CIEM, IBCLC) has been teaching yoga to families and children since 2008. She has trained with Budding Yogis, ChildLight Yoga, Itsy Bitsy Yoga, Cosmic Kids Yoga, Yoga 4 Classrooms, and YoKid to offer classes to families and children of all ages. Jen’s work with children inspired her to complete adult yoga teacher training at Willow Street Yoga in 2010 and train in Prenatal Yoga with Janice Clarfield (Urgan Yoga) and Jennifer More (Dolphin Method).
Before turning her attention to yoga full time by founding Breathing Space, Jen spent more than a decade working with non profit organizations in everything from daily operations, event and volunteer management, and finance to national policy advocacy and media relations. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master in Public Management degree from the University of Maryland.
Jen is a Yoga Alliance® Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RTY 200) and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCTY). She was a children’s yoga teacher trainer with Childlight Yoga / Childight Education Company for 8 years and co-created their Yoga for Babies & Toddlers training. She is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) through Infant Massage USA and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Jen understands that good teachers are life-long students and has long worked to build professionalism within the children’s yoga field. Jen is the former executive director and emeritus board member of the National Kids Yoga Conference.