Baby Yoga! Take Bonding to Another Level
There is a beautiful tale by Alba Marcoli entitled " Story of the puppy who wanted to smell the scent of the sky " which tells how it was the desire to " smell the scent of the sky " that made a human puppy reach the upright position.
"Only puppies know where the Spirit of Spring lives, grown-ups usually don't remember it anymore, to find this path again, you have to learn to see things again as if it were always the first time and as if each of them had itself a secret to be discovered ".
The Yoga philosophy believes that the puppy of humans is the highest expression of the infinite consciousness bud, arrived to play in this cosmic game called " Leila " in which all interpret part, on an amazing journey of achievement, unique and secret to most, expressed in a circle called " Brahmachakra " or circle of creation.
In other words, yoga sees in the child not only a small human being, tender, fragile, and unable to speak but a manifestation of cosmic perfection in its early days. He sees its most sublime nature.
In addition to having a cognitive universe, the child is considered a microcosm with its three main aspects: physical, mental, and spiritual, an explosive potential for joy, knowledge, love, and knowledge. Baby yoga is a fun way to interact with your baby, who will develop his or her three-dimensional sense of the world around him. This simple routine can keep you entertained and relaxed by creating a special bond with your child.
The illustrated exercises, adapted from classic Hatha yoga positions, are suitable for babies from birth onwards. Yoga thus becomes an affectionate "manipulation", which converts challenging movements into a pleasant and safe game to be repeated over and over again.
Talking and singing to the baby during yoga
"The mother's voice accompanies the yoga practice to calm the child and make him accept the novelty better"
There are no rules on choosing the best time. Be flexible and do yoga whenever you can. Ten minutes of practice a day is enough. If the child is agitated, the best time could be in the evening. The evening can also be the best time to involve siblings, making yoga a pleasant habit for the whole family.
Conversely, a morning practice can offer a moment of intimacy and unity to a parent with little free time.
Yoga with a newborn can be done anywhere, at home, or outside. You can use a mat, blanket, pillows, or changing table.
Baby Yoga Benefits
A short session is enough for the baby to do the same amount of physical activity that he would do throughout the day:
1- it will help to reconcile a peaceful sleep;
2- the child's behavior will be more balanced;
3- a daily activity routine will engage the child constructively from birth.
1- yoga helps mutual understanding and communication;
2- it helps to heal any trauma related to birth and prepares the child to face future ones;
3- the perception of the positive stress induced by yoga will improve the ability to face future experiences; thanks to the attentive care of parents, the little one learns to interact with others and to take an active role in the game.
Physiological / Behavioral: The whole body is stimulated, including the digestive and nervous systems.
It is a posture that opens the hip joint and tones the internal muscles of the body at the base of the spine, strengthening and refining the child's life force. The mother holding the baby's ankles approaches the soles of the feet and gently pushes towards the abdomen.
2) Open and close your arms
The child is lying on his back. Mom helps him to open and close his arms by crossing them on his chest.
These two movements alternate slowly, changing the crossing of the hands each time.
This gesture establishes a balance between inside and outside, opening and closing, extending the arms well outside and then closing them, opening up to the world and then closing again in oneself, the external world and the internal world.
3) Mini fall
The mother sitting on her heels (or standing) supports the baby under the armpits, then detaches her buttocks by getting up on her knees and the baby goes up, then sits down and the baby comes back down; the words "up" and "down" accompany the movement.
Since all vestibular stimulations that affect balance greatly stimulate growth, swings, flights, rocking, and holds can be used to teach children to recognize the position of the body in the three dimensions in which we live.
4) Flying high
The mother hooks the baby under the armpits and from the sitting position on the heels she lifts making the baby fly over her head and then sits on the heels. You can accompany the movement with the song "Volare".
5) Baby boat
The mother is sitting with the soles of her feet together in the butterfly position with the babysitting in the center of her legs. The mother's hands hook the baby's thighs and swing left and right.
You can accompany the movement with the song " Until the boat goes ".
6) "It lifts itself"
Stimulating the baby's prehensile reflex will speed up his brain growth.
The lying baby catches the mother's fingers and sits up. You can accompany the movement with the song "Give him a push"
7) Swing in the butterfly position
The mom sitting with her legs apart on her heels runs her hands under the baby's armpits and hooks his feet while he is in the butterfly position and rocks him up and down.
For a larger swing: the adult, standing with legs apart, makes the child swing forward and between their legs.
Babies love swinging movements and seem to get a lot of benefit from it.
8) Roller coaster
The mother, sitting with her legs stretched out, supports the baby's chest (placed belly under) with one hand and both feet with the other and makes him go up and down saying "up and down".
This exercise, specific to the lower back and the buttock and thigh muscles, is a preparation for the baby's attempts to crawl and climb.
9) Back massage
The baby lies on his stomach on the thighs of the mother who with the palms of her hands massages him from top to bottom, bringing one hand forward and one back.
10) Small inversion
The mother lifts the baby, who is lying on his stomach, from his feet and makes him "land" on his back softly exclaim "Ohh"!
11) Fly on your knees
The mother lying with her legs bent and raised at the table, with the baby in the prone position on her knees, makes him approach her face and then makes him come back saying "cu-cu ah!"
12) Position of the candle
The mother grabs the baby by the feet and lifts him until only the shoulders remain in support. When the baby goes up, the mother says: “lit candle” when she comes down she says “unlit candle”.
13) Tour of the death
Evolution of the candle: the mother continues to lift the baby until it hangs upside down and then puts it back on its stomach.
Lifting a baby upside down seems like a risky exercise, but it is safe. The child will have fun and benefit from it because, as in the upright position on the head, one of the main positions of yoga, the spine relaxes, blood circulation to the brain improves, the lungs are freed from mucus and the entire nervous system is stimulated.
The mother offers a finger to the baby who is lying on his back and then gently pulls it helping him to arrive in the belly-down position passing through his side. It is repeated on the other side.
15) Position of the cobra
The mother hooks the baby, who is belly under, from the armpits and lifts him making him detach his face and trunk from the ground, favoring the opening of the chest.
Yoga for babies and toddlers
1- Make sure that the children do not eat a large meal before doing yoga; it is better not to have a full stomach when practicing yoga.
2- Choose a quiet place to do yoga with the children; a yoga mat can help create personal space for doing the postures but is not necessary. Children can practice on a soft mat or use a beach towel.
3- Children should practice yoga postures at their own pace and rest at all times.
4- It is better not to adjust the children in the postures; let them, rather, feel the postures in a way that is meaningful to their own body.
5- The main goal of teaching yoga to young children is to expose them to simple yoga postures to help them connect with their bodies, learn to calm down, focus, and practice an activity physically.
6- There is not a set number of yoga postures to get the most out of yoga in babies and toddlers; just sitting and breathing can be enough yoga for a day.
7- Just as there is no magic number of yoga postures to do in a single session, there is no definite time to hold each posture. D e 8 to 15 seconds is a good time to start with young children.
8- For babies and toddlers, there are no time settings for practicing yoga. 3 to 5 minutes a day, practicing basic yoga will go a long way in establishing a healthy physical routine.
9- Babies are natural yogis (people who practice yoga) because they instinctively do certain postures. Parents can gently help babies do simple poses such as butterflies.
10- Finally, the key to instilling a desire in young children is to make it fun for them. If children enjoy their yoga practice, they will stay engaged and enjoy the benefits of it.