Mums and babies in Rubba-Bubba baby yoga class

Baby yoga is not “yoga” in the traditional sense. 

Baby yoga enhances a playful interaction and communication between parent and baby with stretching, parent-guided movements, holds, and relaxation in a safe and structured way in a class or as a one-to-one.

Babies practice yoga postures naturally as part of their development, however, Rubba-bubba baby yoga classes combine a gentle and structured approach to yoga with age-appropriate movements, holds, and stretches that help parents and babies bond, promotes physical, mental, and emotional development and well being. To participate in our baby yoga classes they must be at least 8 weeks old or 8-10 weeks for mothers with sections. 

This is not parent and baby yoga but there are some ‘mummy moves’’ and mindfulness at the end of each baby yoga session.

The history of baby yoga

Yoga has been around for five thousand years, however, in the UK, baby yoga has only become popular recently. It is a wonderful way of spending quality time with your new baby doing such a simple and beneficial activity together. Studies show that not everyone has ‘love at first sight’ with their baby; (after an initial wave of maternal feelings) and nothing can prepare you for this amazing journey as a parent.

There are 7 types of yoga. Baby yoga is based on Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga has developed in the western world into a style of yoga that is widely practiced. Hatha Yoga is described as a beginner or gentle or easy yoga with a focus on the alignment of the physical and mental benefits of each pose. This makes Hatha yoga the perfect choice for a novice yogi and foundations for baby yoga.

Hatha classes provide an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, which provides a good combination of cardio workouts to unite and balance the body and mind.

 

The long-lasting benefits of regular baby yoga:

Baby:

  • Improves the special parent-baby bond, especially for parents going back to work
  • It can be a great way for partners, grandparents, and siblings to bond and relax with the newest addition to the family
  • Effectively reduces symptoms of colic, painful wind & constipation
  • Helps stimulate and support baby’s circulation, digestion, learning & language development
  • Encourages baby to sleep better & for sustained periods
  • Improves learning and social development
  • Aids balance, coordination, gross motor skills, and strength 
  • Improves muscle development, flexibility, and free movement
  • Raises levels of the ‘feel-good’ hormone oxytocin in both parent and baby aiding a feeling of calm and relaxation.
  • promotes a secure and trusting attachment between baby and parent
  • And most importantly- is a fun activity for both parent & baby

Parents:

  • Proven in reducing postnatal depression
  • Boosts self-esteem & confidence 
  • Can help a parent have a positive interaction with their baby
  • Helps a parent become more confident in handling their baby 
  • Promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety 
  • Is quality time with the new baby 

 

About Rubba-Bubba

Rubba-bubba was founded in January 2013 by Natasha Hughes. Her vision is to bring new parents together to learn a new skill with their baby, share parenting tips, meet other new parents and not feel alone on this exciting roller coaster of parenting.

“Being part of so many stressful and traumatic times for both parents and baby, (whether baby needed SCBU or not, plus as a mum myself) I can really appreciate the precious time you have with your baby and the barriers you may face. Baby massage and baby yoga really overcome a lot of those hurdles that exist in day-to-day life as a new mum”. 

Rubba-Bubba offers small and friendly baby massage and yoga classes, which gives parents the opportunity to learn a fun and relaxing new skill, spend important quality time with their new baby, enjoy the many benefits that baby massage and baby yoga can offer and meet/chat with other new parents in their area.