The Benefits of Yoga for Babies

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Baby yoga and baby massage can bring emotional and physical rewards for babies of all ages, and at each stage of development. As well as helping your baby to bond with you, it will soothe and stimulate her and help and help improve his balance, coordination, motor skills, and respiratory and digestive systems.

From 6 Weeks To 3 Months

During your baby’s first three months of life, her motor development will centre on gaining control of her head and neck muscles. She will hold her limbs close to her trunk at first and her hands in little fists. Her movements may appear a bit haphazard and she will be easily startled. Her vision will be rapidly improving and she will recognize her parents and other carers, gradually growing in trust, and will respond to facial gestures and pleasurable sensations.

At this stage, baby yoga provides visual stimulation, encouraging you and your baby to exchange facial expressions and body gestures.The exercises in the 6 weeks to 3 months section aid extension of the limbs through simple movements. Massage will encourage mutual trust and bonding through physical touch. It is important, however, not to embark on the following sequences before your baby has had her 6-week check. At this check up your medical practitioner will be able to assure you that you and your baby are ready to start yoga exercises.

From 3 Months To 6 Months

From 3 to 6 months, your baby will be developing more complex movements and will be able to co-ordinate her muscle groups better. As her upper body control and strength develops, she will start to roll over. Her movements will be smoother and less jerky, her upper-limb movements will become more directed and purposeful, and she will reach out to grab objects as her hand-eye control improves. Because she can now hold her head up and look around, she will be much more aware of her surroundings, including other people. As your baby’s muscular control develops from her centre outward, she will be able to kick when lying on her back and lift his head and shoulders when lying on her tummy. She will start to roll over and maybe even sit up as his lower spine strengthens.

The routines for 3 to 6 months make more use of active play, with fun routines, songs, and rhymes to encourage movement and social participation. As your baby attempts to learn to crawl, she will move individual limbs in a directed and coordinated way, and the exercises will use movements of each limb in turn, together with opposing leg and arm actions, to promote this.

Exercises with your baby lying on her tummy allow her to stretch her whole body and build up torso strength, while the rolling sequences allow her to exercise her whole body in fun routines. At this time she may be beginning to teethe, and the calming walks and “whooshing” sequences can help to relieve discomfort.Your baby will be more active socially and will enjoy the smiles and interactions that you share together in yoga. She will also enjoy watching your movements as you exercise.

From 6 Months To 9 Months

At 6 to 9 months, your baby may be sitting up and will soon be starting to crawl. Babies use opposite arms and legs when crawling and this coordination will be helped by the yoga sequences. Many babies will be trying to stand at about 6 months and like to be supported in this position. They will be developing motor skills by reaching and grabbing things.

The exercises in this period are more interactive and playful, with song, rhymes, “peek-a-boo”, and watching routines.Your baby will no longer Wish to just lie on her back and will sit up to participate, so be prepared to adapt the exercises to her needs.

Lara Mirnik
Lara Mirnik is the Head of Bio Wellness Detox Center White Fairy in Europe, Slovenia. The main center is located in a bio climate town Radenci with natural, healing water sources. Mineral, healing water is used for bathing and drinking. Lara Mirnik has a degree as an organiser of wellness services and has also gained many certificates (cystal healer, mudra teacher, color healer..itd).

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