Postnatal mum and baby yoga classes in Basingstoke.
Safely regain strength, flexibility and wellbeing and naturally aid your postnatal recovery with yoga. Gently move, realign, restrengthen and nurture your body after pregnancy and birth. Enjoy stretching, toning and practicing relaxation, whilst including, bonding and having fun with your baby through touch, movement and songs. Yoga can help soothe aches, pains and tension that may come with caring for your baby, and help you and your baby feel calm, positive and revitalised. Parents can support babies physical and emotional development by doing yoga with them, and meet other mums and babies in a relaxed, friendly environment.
Postnatal mum and baby yoga classes are on Monday mornings at John Lewis in Basingstoke, in the Civic Space, a private, comfortable area next to the cafe. There is free parking outside the venue. Click here for class dates, times and prices. Classes usually run in 6 week blocks.
Benefits of postnatal mum and baby yoga
- An effective and safe way to get back into gentle exercise after pregnancy and birth
- Naturally aids your postnatal recovery
- Nurtures and helps gently realign your body after having a baby
- Helps soothe common aches and pains eg back, shoulder, neck, hip pains
- Helps rebuild a weakened pelvic floor and gently improves core strength
- Safely strengthens and tones muscles in the whole body
- Encourages good breathing practice to aid recovery and relaxation
- Reduces stress levels
- Increases positivity in the mind
- May help ease symptoms of postnatal depression and anxiety
- Increased bonding between mum and baby
- Supports baby with physical and emotional development
- Fun for mum and baby
- Calms mum and baby
- Improved sleep for mum and baby
- An opportunity to practice relaxation
- Can ease colic and constipation in babies
- A safe and friendly space to meet other mums and babies
About postnatal mum and baby yoga
My class is a friendly, welcoming environment open to everyone with babies aged 3 months to crawling. Previous yoga experience is not necessary. The classes are made up of gentle yoga movements and techniques for both you and your baby to do in a relaxed, sociable and fun environment. All moves are optional and you can chose which moves you and your baby would like to join in with. The class is usually made up of about 70% adults postnatal yoga and 30% baby yoga. We always try and interact with and include babies whenever possible during the postnatal adults yoga, so that the babies feel secure, content, included and have fun during the session.
Why do postnatal mum and baby yoga?
The postnatal adult yoga that we do in the class can help you to gently strengthen, stretch, increase flexibility and fitness, and safely recover and realign your body after pregnancy and birth, whilst encouraging emotional wellbeing for you and your baby.
In the class we enjoy stretching the body to relieve physical and emotional tension and stress that may come with caring for a young baby. We also focus on safely regaining strength in the pelvic floor and core areas that are weakened during pregnancy and birth. These areas are the foundation of your physical strength and it’s important that they are carefully restrengthened to avoid injury or discomfort in the rest of the body when doing functional movements and other exercise. During the classes we focus on techniques that help realign and nurture the body after having a baby.
Postnatal yoga can help you feel calm as well as revitalised, and relieve discomforts that come with looking after your new baby and recovering from pregnancy and birth. In the class we practice breathing exercises that help with postnatal recovery and relaxation. We aim to calm our minds and improve emotional wellbeing, whilst bonding and having fun with our babies through touch, movement and singing.
The relaxing postnatal and baby yoga we do in the class can help you and your baby to be a calm and content with enhanced wellbeing. Mum and baby postnatal yoga can also be helpful for parents with fatigue, stress, postnatal depression and anxiety.
The class is a lovely, reassuring place to be within a community of other mums and babies, and gain a support network and friendships if you wish.
The baby yoga sections of the class help babies to have a sense of security and wellbeing and prepare them for future physical and emotional milestones such as laughing, rolling, crawling, walking and talking. This is done through loving interaction, songs and playful moves. Baby yoga is also a great way to increase bonding, encourage calmness in your baby and promote natural sleep.
A baby yoga class is also a place for babies to build on their important social development, beginning to gain social awareness by seeing, hearing and connecting with other babies and adults.
You are welcome to feed, change and comfort your baby at any point during the class. If your baby cries in the class that is completely ok! You’re invited to take the class at your own pace and rest when you or your baby needs to. Please miss out anything that feels uncomfortable for you or baby.
What to wear and bring to a postnatal mum and baby class
Parents and babies should wear comfortable clothes that they can easily move in. Bring your usual feeding and changing things for your baby. You might want to bring some water or a drink for yourself. Please also bring:
- Yoga mat
- Blanket for baby
- Blanket for you
Don’t worry if there any of these items you’re unable to bring, I’m happy to provide them if you let me know before the class. Also I will always have a couple of spares should anyone forget anything on any week.
Dates and costs
The courses ususally run in 6 week blocks on Monday mornings. You may join mid-course. Many parents and babies find it beneficial to join yoga classes for 2-3 consecutive blocks, during the early postnatal period (0-12 months).
6 week course: £45
You are welcome to join mid-course and the cost will be worked out accordingly.
Dad and baby yoga classes
Yoga Babes classes are not just for mums! Dads with babies are more than welcome to join the baby yoga classes.
The classes are held at John Lewis in Basingstoke on floor 1, in the Civic Space, a private, comfortable area next to the Waitrose cafe. There is free parking for two hours. There is space for pushchairs and baby car seats just outside the yoga area. This is a great, central location if you need shopping or amenities in Basingstoke, and there’s a chance to socialise with other mums and babies after the class in the baby-friendly cafe if you wish. This can be a really important and valuable aspect of coming to the class for many parents, and gives them the opportunity to chat, make friends and gain a support network with others.
If you’d like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact email@example.com or 07881 987 330.
One-to-one mum and baby and pregnancy yoga classes are also available on request.