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Why Baby yoga is brilliant! 10 reasons:

One of the Hale mums asked me this morning "what are the benefits of baby yoga?"- a very good question that left me floundering in a sea of information and enthusiasm!! So, here goes: Why baby yoga is brilliant: Reason 1! For newborn- 3 mths, baby yoga helps establish good head control by giving you … Continue reading Why Baby yoga is brilliant! 10 reasons:

8 Days of Living yoga: Day 6: Pratyahara to Dharana

Pratyahara: 'withdrawal of the senses'-  I really wasnt sure how i was going to tackle this one today, Easter Sunday, chocolate all around; right now my senses are involved in sucking a Thorntons chocolate with honeycomb pieces, and i am not really ready to withdraw from it!! Luckily, with my OH being home, we went … Continue reading 8 Days of Living yoga: Day 6: Pratyahara to Dharana

8 Days of living yoga: Day 5: Pranayama to Pratyahara

I have learned so much about Pranayama from Uma Dinsmore- Tuli's brilliant book 'Mother's Breath'; in here she talks about her own journey as a parent and how she came to realise that parenting was actually part of her yoga practice. She also talks about the lack of attention given in previous yoga texts, to … Continue reading 8 Days of living yoga: Day 5: Pranayama to Pratyahara

8 days of living yoga: Day 4: Asana to pranayama

Well hello from my home-based yoga retreat! I decided to reflect on each of the 8 limbs of yoga over 8 days of the Easter week, and see if it was possible to have a yoga retreat type experience while going about my normal life with my 3 month old and just turned 2 yr … Continue reading 8 days of living yoga: Day 4: Asana to pranayama

8 Days of Living Yoga: Day 3 : Niyama to Asana.

Today has been a pretty peaceful day! So, the aspect of Niyama that has resonated most with my experiences today has been: Isvara Pranidhanam: a life of dedication, of offering everything to God/ to humanity. Dedicating my life to humanity is not something i can really say ive mastered in one day! But in my … Continue reading 8 Days of Living Yoga: Day 3 : Niyama to Asana.

10 Beautiful Moments with your Baby: 7: Wearing your baby!

Having a long cuddle with your baby, letting them fall asleep on your chest, giving them skin to skin time...all things which can seem like an indulgence after the first few weeks of your baby's life when you have things to get on with! But this is all possible whilst still getting on with your … Continue reading 10 Beautiful Moments with your Baby: 7: Wearing your baby!

Spaces available at Sale and Hale Baby Yoga! For postnatal Mums and babies

Due to a couple of cancellations i now have spaces in the March- April block at both Hale (Tuesdays 11-12.30) and Sale (Fridays 10.30-12). These classes are for babies from 2 months up to fully mobile.You can try your first class before deciding whether to sign up for the rest of the block. Please contact … Continue reading Spaces available at Sale and Hale Baby Yoga! For postnatal Mums and babies

10 Beautiful Moments with your baby: 6. Ahhh they’re asleep! (a 10 min yoga routine!)

Sometimes having a baby feels like really hard work; let's be honest! They need you to fulfill their every need- they cant understand if they have to wait for you to get fed/ cuddled and if they do they cry! Alot! Sometimes i feel a flash of guilt when i am enjoying my baby being … Continue reading 10 Beautiful Moments with your baby: 6. Ahhh they’re asleep! (a 10 min yoga routine!)

10 Beautiful Moments with your baby: 5. Your joy at their bodily functions!!

Isnt it lovely when they release a giant trump, burp or pooh?! You feel so pleased for them and so relieved! Its a big noise to come out of a small body isnt it?! It always amuses me how well Mums (and dads) take it when babies are sick on them too- it does happen … Continue reading 10 Beautiful Moments with your baby: 5. Your joy at their bodily functions!!

10 Beautiful Moments with your baby:4: Their eyes following your face!

Even newborn babies are attracted to faces- they will even be attracted to look at a basic image of a face -two holes and a line! The wonder and innocence in my 5 week old's face as i moved my face from side to side over him as he lay on the floor during a … Continue reading 10 Beautiful Moments with your baby:4: Their eyes following your face!

Ten beautiful moments with your baby: 1. Little noises in your ear!

Lets not pretend that every moment with a baby is blissful; having just had a bout of mastitis combined with disturbed sleep caused by fever, wriggling toddler and grunting baby combined, I have not been feeling blissful lately.. but even when you are finding things challenging, there are always moments of perfection to be found. … Continue reading Ten beautiful moments with your baby: 1. Little noises in your ear!

Spaces still available in Sale (Cheshire) baby yoga class , Fridays.

There are limited spaces in the Jan- Feb block still available. This class is a lovely way to start the New Year booking in some quality time with your baby, and will leave you feeling refreshed in time for the weekend! Class is suitable for younger babies from approx 2 months, as well as older … Continue reading Spaces still available in Sale (Cheshire) baby yoga class , Fridays.

New Year 2012 baby yoga classes in Sale and Hale, now booking!

Hale class will restart Tuesday 10th Jan, 11-12.30 at The Balance Studios. 5 week block finishing 7th Feb. £46. Please see 'classes- where and when' for more details and email me to sign up/ enquire. Sale class will restart Fri 6th Jan, 10.30-12 at The Light of Hope Centre. 6 week block, finishing Fri 10th … Continue reading New Year 2012 baby yoga classes in Sale and Hale, now booking!

Foundations of Calm: relaxing with your baby / toddler

One of the most satisfying aspects of my teaching baby and toddler yoga is seeing parents let go and relax around their little ones. This is a thread that i try to have running through the whole class , not just the relaxation part at the end. For me, relaxation comes into play in many … Continue reading Foundations of Calm: relaxing with your baby / toddler

Posture for parents: regaining ease of movement in handling your little one!

Its really easy to let bad postural habits creep in when you have been pregnant, then carrying and feeding a baby, falling asleep in odd positions, lifting a car seat (surely the worst piece of equipment for Mums backs!) and then that baby gets bigger and heavier and more demanding! No wonder lots of Mums … Continue reading Posture for parents: regaining ease of movement in handling your little one!

Yogic perspective on parenting and surrendering to instinct.

I hope the original author will forgive me paraphrasing her work. Uma Dinsmore- Tuli is a yoga teacher and author of 'Mother's Breath', a beautiful book about yoga and Pranayama in relation to pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. I re-read a chunk of this book last night and this part resonated into todays thoughts. … Continue reading Yogic perspective on parenting and surrendering to instinct.

The floor is your friend!

The following exercises which utilise the pressure and straightness of the floor to your advantage!, can be done to relieve some common aches and pains of both the pregnancy and postnatal period. You should only practice yoga guided by a qualified teacher , please use as a guide only. Please be very gentle if you … Continue reading The floor is your friend!

Holding and lifting your baby/ toddler without strain

I spend a fair amount of time teaching Mums to relax their bodies, improve their posture and breathe deeply, as well as showing them ways to lift, hold, swing, roll and soothe their babies without strain. So you would think that i would be the first to notice if i was putting strain on my … Continue reading Holding and lifting your baby/ toddler without strain

Humming, and ‘Ohm’! Great for you and your little one…so what does it mean?

In baby and toddler yoga classes i like to work with humming sounds. My pregnancy yoga teacher, Sarah, first introduced me to the idea of humming as being 'sound healing' that works for both mum and baby, and it's an idea i have integrated into my practice and my daily life ever since. At the … Continue reading Humming, and ‘Ohm’! Great for you and your little one…so what does it mean?

We love Rolling!!

Rolling and spiralling are key movements in Birthlight baby and toddler yoga. This is not just because they are fun, which they are, but because rolling is very beneficial for our babies and toddlers, and spiralling can help to protect parents' backs from strain when lifting little ones.   These movements stimulate the Vestibular system- … Continue reading We love Rolling!!

Tumbling and Flying with your baby / toddler!

Holding babies upside down is a key element of Birthlight baby yoga! We progress gradually, ensuring both parents' and babies' confidence and physical readiness, from gentle rocking and short, supported inversions..by the time they are toddling we are skydiving together, encouraging them to turn themselves, and giving them a really good look around while upside … Continue reading Tumbling and Flying with your baby / toddler!

Buy a Gorgeous Yoga Mat -£14!

New in- Beautiful jewel coloured Yoga mats. £14.Choose from Amethyst, Jade, Rose, Sapphire, Amber and Ruby. These are Yogamatters sticky yoga mats , high quality and light to carry. A mat will help you practice yoga at home both with and without a little one- provides padding, stops you slipping in poses like downward dog … Continue reading Buy a Gorgeous Yoga Mat -£14!

Places available in Hale and Sale Baby Yoga classes for August/ Sept- Booking now!

Now rebooking for the next block of baby yoga classes at Light of Hope, Sale , Trafford / Cheshire, and Balance Studios , Hale , Cheshire. Sale - Friday morning baby yoga class ; Hale - Tuesday morning baby yoga class. Please see 'classes - where and when' for details. Email or contact via facebook/ … Continue reading Places available in Hale and Sale Baby Yoga classes for August/ Sept- Booking now!

Please click on the tabs above to find out about holistic therapies (home visits), Birthlight baby yoga classes, SMART Toddler yoga classes in Manchester. Thanks for visiting!

Please click on the tabs above to find out about holistic therapies, Birthlight baby yoga classes, SMART Toddler yoga classes in Manchester and Cheshire. Thanks for visiting!

Friday Baby Yoga now in Sale, Manchester / Cheshire

Baby Yoga class Fridays 10.30am-12pm, The Light of Hope Centre, Sale, Cheshire ; please see 'Classes- where and when' for details. Beautiful new venue, class is for babies aged approx 2 months to 10 months and their adults! Get stretching, breathing, and having fun with your little one! Learn how to improve your posture while … Continue reading Friday Baby Yoga now in Sale, Manchester / Cheshire

Please click on the tabs above to find out about holistic therapies (home visits), Birthlight baby yoga classes, SMART Toddler yoga classes in Manchester. Thanks for visiting!

Baby Yoga in Hale! Starts 28/6/11. For babies 3- 10 months.

This class is now full but if you are interested please contact me and you will be put on the waiting list for when a place becomes available. The class runs on a rolling basis but is payable in 6 week blocks (£55). This class has plenty for babies right through to the crawling / … Continue reading Baby Yoga in Hale! Starts 28/6/11. For babies 3- 10 months.

Please click on the tabs above to find out about holistic therapies (home visits), Birthlight baby yoga classes, SMART Toddler yoga classes in Manchester. Thanks for visiting!