Since enjoying Prenatal Yoga I was interested in trying Mom and Baby Yoga. Postnatal yoga is a great way for me to squeeze in stretching. Lets face it, getting out for a run is hard enough, coming home for a post run stretch is laughable. For the last three months I have been taking Mom and Baby Yoga at With Our Own Little Hearts Yoga in Steveston, read on for my experience.
With Our Own Little Hearts Yoga is a collaboration between Perfect Hearts Yoga and With Our Own Two Hands Preschool. Located in the heart of Steveston Village in Richmond B.C.. With Our Own Little Hearts offers yoga classes and programs for families and kids of all ages
Nicole Braaten, a fellow Mompreneur, and Yogi provided the class with a supportive, encouraging vibe. During each class babies of various ages crawl laugh and get to know each other. Class can start with cat and cow poses, making the appropriate animal sounds as we shift between. We moved through other poses singing nursery rhymes and incorporating our babies. When its time for Savasana
During a class that I was lucky to have Nicole to myself she had me do leg up the wall stretch. She placed sandbags on my chest and feet to help me feel more grounded, this also helped me to feel the stretch more thoroughly through my hamstrings and chest. During this she watched my little one, further enhancing my experience with essential oils. It was AMAZING!
Before getting started
One thing all experts agree on: before beginning a yoga program, it is important to get clearance from your health practitioner following the birth. Women who have had cesarean births or separated abdominal muscles may find they need more time before resuming exercise. Finally, high levels of the joint-loosening hormone relaxin are still present in the body, so poses should be adopted with care. I started at eight months postnatal so my body had had plenty of time for physically recovery.
The camaraderie of postnatal classes helps offset the isolating and often disorienting stage of early parenthood. Postnatal classes are much more social than regular ones, so don’t expect a super intense workout.
These classes provided the opportunity to bond with my little guy both physically and spiritually, while fostering a feeling of community with fellow mothers. Through this class, I have been invited to other local mommy activities including a stroller groups that meet weekly for walks and lunch. These social outlets have provided the opportunity to meet inspiring and talented local mothers going through similar life changes, as well as some wonderful mom and baby socializing opportunities.
If you are a new Mother in the Steveston community I encourage you to check out Our Own Little Hearts Yoga . Mom and Baby yoga takes place on Fridays at 11:15am. For those of you with tots , Mom and Tots Yoga (1-3 years old) takes place on Sundays at 4pm. For more information or to register you can check out the schedule here.