Preparing for Momma & Baby YogaTM
No yoga experience is necessary. In fact, many attend their first yoga class during pregnancy or postpartum.
- Studios typically have bolsters, blankets, cork blocks, straps and mats. (However, for hygienic purposes we encourage you to bring your own sticky yoga mat.)
- Wear comfortable, breathable clothing. Layers work well in the cooler months. The room is set at about 70-75 degrees.
- Refrain from heavy scents. (i.e. lotions, perfumes or colognes)
- Typically yoga is practiced on an empty belly (refraining from meals 2 hours before practice.) If possible, avoid eating right before class.
- Being a mom is a never-ending job. Prioritizing your food and water intake is laughable. If you need to eat before coming to class - eat! Just like in Prenatal Yoga: perhaps avoid that chili cheese dog until after class, but enjoy a small sandwich, veggies, fruit or crackers to tide you over.
- Most importantly: please do not leave early. Allowing time for a restorative pose seals the work you have done... even if you're walking around the room with baby. Becoming aware of your body, mind and breath is our goal to assist you through this phase of life. Embrace the moment(s) of no expectations... and maybe some stillness with a wiggly baby.
Momma & Baby Yoga FAQ's
When to Start and Stop Attending
Typically moms are ready between 6-12 weeks after delivery. (General rule of thumb: vaginal birth will take about 4-6 weeks; c-section will take about 6-12 weeks to recover enough to attend.) Every woman heals differently. Once you and baby feel ready or you have received the okay from your healthcare provider, then come on in!
This class is designed with mom as the focal point. Once baby begins to crawl he/she becomes more of a distraction for mom. This often occurs between 8-12 months of age. Mom will notice how she’s chasing baby most of the time; rather than participating. This is the cue that baby is ready to graduate into a new class.
What to Bring to Class
- Wear comfortable clothing to allow yourself to bend forward and stretch sideways without the need to constantly adjust clothing.
- Nursing bra or sports top to make breastfeeding quick and convenient; if breastfeeding.
- Yoga mat.
- Water bottle, if desired.
- At least one extra blanket for baby to lay or sit on during class.
- Favorite toy(s) and/or soother(s.)
- Bring into studio:
- baby carrier, if using one.
- diaper bag: bottles, spit up blankets, an extra outfit, diapers, wipes and plastic bags for soiled disposable diapers.
What to do with Baby During Class
Baby does not have to participate in any or all of the class. Simply *or not so simply* getting out of the house is a feat within itself! There are no expectations here. Mom has full freedom to involve baby or allow baby some rest/alone time. Baby remains in gazing distance and arms-length away the whole time.
This is not a baby-wearing class. Babies are generally held or laying down during class.
Babies wiggle, cry, and make noises. That's how they communicate - it's all good! Sometimes babies want to be fed or held for part of the time; other times babies are excited to watch and listen to fellow baby yogis/yoginis. Do whatever you need to do to keep baby and you happy. (i.e. change diaper, breast or bottle feed, walk around the room, pause/breathe, offer a toy, hum/sign/talk to soothe baby, etc.)
A Note About Nursing
Nursing is providing nutrients and cultivating an energetic connection between you and baby through breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Both sources of care are welcomed!
For those breastfeeding - Momma and Baby Yoga is the perfect place to explore breastfeeding in public. With the increasing hype in the media, moms will find great comfort transitioning from home to public through these classes.
When nursing you are encouraged to fully participate with your baby – most of the time. Sometimes you just need to get it done - we get it! Other times, gaze at baby, feel your breath and baby’s breath, look, explore baby. You are nurturing baby through touch, breath, sound, eyes and food. Enjoy the feedings, this baby has chosen you!
Get the stroller ready or baby-wear your little one to enjoy a lunch with the other moms at any of the great local restaurants in the area! It's a fun time to sit back, see what other mommas are doing (or not doing) and begin to get comfortable taking baby out of your home.
The "after class" meet-up might be the main reason you show up at all! LOL
Each yoga session (often six-week sessions) repeat weekly at the same time and day indicated for the specific class. When the session concludes a new session will likely begin right away. Participants are encouraged to register for subsequent sessions.
Find a Class Near You
Postnatal Yoga Classes in Michigan
Many postnatal yoga classes are now available in the Metro Detroit Michigan area convenient to your location. You can find yoga classes near Bloomfield Hills, Livonia, Birmingham, Keego Harbor, Northville, Farmington Hills, Redford, Canton, Plymouth, Novi, Waterford, West Bloomfield, Sylvan Lake, Commerce, and Auburn Hills.