The Benefits of Baby Yoga
Baby yoga is wonderful for aiding infant development including building the baby’s digestive system and so relieving baby wind, strengthening baby’s muscles, encouraging neural development which will help with a baby’s brain development. Like baby massage, baby yoga can also help settle and soothe crying babies and colic. Baby yoga is also great for helping babies to sleep. Besides all of this baby yoga is also great fun as you are interacting closely with your baby and communicating with your baby all the time through positive touch and singing songs!
A typical baby yoga session will involve stretching and co-ordinated movements such as swinging, rolling and lifting that will all help strengthen a baby’s muscle tone and help unfurl and lengthen the spine after birth
But importantly, baby yoga goes far beyond physical exercise by actively engaging a baby’s brain and stimulating the vestibular system. Located in the inner ear, the vestibular system primes the entire nervous system to function effectively. When we make certain movements such as rolling, swinging or tumbling, the fluid in the inner ear passes over the nerve receptors, which send messages to the brain about the position of the body in space.
These messages help babies learn to counter gravity and to have control over eye movements, which are vital for the co-ordination of all the sensory messages the brain receives. Baby yoga moves deliberately stimulate the vestibular system and so actively develop a baby’s co-ordination and sensory-motor skills.
We have put together a range of baby yoga moves to try with your baby in the comfort of your home. Take a look at the Hip and Leg Baby Yoga Video for some great baby yoga moves to help with wind.
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