Thank you to Rhiannon Landesberg for joining Parent-Infant and sharing ways in which parents can practice yoga with their babies and toddlers!
Benefits of Yoga for Babies & Toddlers
- Babies are natural yogis! They develop through yoga poses, which can aid in the development of their gross and fine motor skills. Yoga increases their body awareness
- Yoga helps to improve sleeping patterns both in the duration and frequency, as well as encourages sleeping through the night
- Yogaposesandstretchesforinfantsaidindigestion,constipation, and relieve gas and colic. Tactile stimulation has been shown to contribute to the development of the brain and the nervous system
- Yoga promotes bonding between parents/caregivers and babies
Moon toes/Toes to the nose:
Grab onto toes and stretch the leg up and from side to side, singing, “Moon toes, moon toes, moon toes”. Pull toes to the nose and sing, “Toes to the nose!”
Sit with legs out stretched and place babies head by your ankles/feet. Do some gentle massage down their belly so they are relaxed. Place hands firmly on hips and walk the heels in and lift the knees allowing baby to rest safely and comfortably upside down.
Hop Along Yogi:
While sitting on the floor, place infant or toddler on your lap facing toward or away from you and sing:
Hop along yogi, Hop along yogi, Hop along yogi real real slow
Hop along yogi, Hop along yogi, Hop along yogi real real fast
Hop along yogi, Hop along yogi, Hop along yogi here we go! (rock backwards)
Place child on lap and balance on sits bones in boat pose & sing, “Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream”
Tummy: Make paddling strokes on tummy, with flat hands, from rib line to hips. Make clockwise circles on tummy, using flat fingertips.
Chest/Back: Place your hands flat on his chest, then stroke outwards and back to your starting position (in a heart shape).
Use butterflies or another stuffed animals as a “breathing buddy” by placing the animal on the child’s belly. Instruct them to take deep breaths making the breathing buddy rise and fall.
Rhiannon’s Yoga Resources (shown in pic above)
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