yoga is excellent for gently rebuilding your abdominal muscles and
increasing flexibility. It's also a fun way to help new babies begin to
develop their own muscles and sense of balance.
Here are three easy postures to help you get started. Modify them according to your ability:
Tickle-Time Forward Fold
- Place your baby on his back in front of you.
with strong, straight legs and your feet hip distance apart, hinge over
from the hips. (Bend your knees slightly if you feel tight).
- As you allow the back of your legs to stretch, tickle your baby or play peek-a-boo, and watch her wiggle with delight!
Warrior One with your Wee One
- Stand with your legs approximately three feet apart with your baby in front of you.
- Pivot your upper body, point the toes of your front leg forward, and turn your back foot out to one side at a 90 degree angle.
- Now turn your back foot just slightly in towards your front foot.
- Bend your front leg deeply, so your knee is at about a 90-degree angle.
- Adjust your back leg by moving it slightly out to the side so that you do not feel wobbly.
you have your balance, lift your baby and place him on his bottom on
your knee. The extra weight from your baby will really boost the
strength in your legs.
- Repeat by turning your body to the opposite side.
Cat and Cow Over the Moon
- Place your baby on his back.
down on your hands and knees, positioning your body so that you can see
your baby's head directly below you and in line with your shoulder
- For cow pose: Inhale through your nose and arch your
back so that your tailbone and head are tilted upwards. Your stomach
should dip down and your back will be curved concavely. Make silly
faces and "Moo!" at your baby during each breath out.
cat pose: Reverse the posture by exhaling through your mouth and
rounding your back deeply. This time, make "Meow" and purring noises at
baby during each breath out.