Baby Yoga

Definition - What does Baby Yoga mean?

Baby Yoga is a style of yoga that encourages bonding between babies and their parents. A nonprofit trust called Birthlight pioneered a practice that they call Baby Yoga. It is just one of several practices combining yoga and traditional parenting that the UK-based organization created to promote the well-being and health of women and their families from the baby's conception through age three.

Through baby yoga, Birthlight seeks to enhance playful interaction and communication between parent and baby and to promote the child's healthy development. A typical Baby Yoga session might include stretching, parent-guided movements, holds, massage, singing, games and relaxation.

Yogapedia explains Baby Yoga

Yoga studios throughout the world now offer similar practices promoted as Baby Yoga, all with similar goals of combining a gentle yoga practice with age-appropriate movements that helps parents and babies bond while enhancing the baby's physical, mental and emotional development.

Although there are some extreme practices that are referred to as “baby yoga” – including swinging babies by their arms or legs – they are generally considered unsafe and far from the nurturing practice of mainstream Baby Yoga.

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