Twist & Sprout at Parent & Baby Yoga

Bridge pose wih baby

Bridge pose with baby

I encourage prenatal yoga students to “graduate” to parent & baby yoga classes once their babies are 6 weeks old (8 weeks for women recuperating from cesarean birth). Singing and moving with your babies is fun and energizing. Moms, dads, partners, caregivers, grandmas, friends and, of course, babies love to experience and enjoy the rewards of postnatal yoga, including opportunities

  • for self-care
  • to grow your bond with your baby
  • to learn new songs and grow your baby’s vocabulary
  • to foster community with other families and caregivers

Babies’ eyes sparkle, and everyone laughs when they feel the rhythm of their movements and hear themselves sing fun and silly lyrics. Having your baby in your arms, on your tummy, resting against your thighs or sleeping peacefully at your side is a delightful way to bond with children and witness their growth from week-to-week and day-to-day.

We do the bridge position (setu bandha) with baby resting on our hips while singing “Bumping Up and Down,” a song made popular by Raffi. This is amazing ab and gluteal muscle work! You are most welcome to come to class to experience it. I’m subbing postnatal yoga tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Integral Yoga Institute and teach postnatal yoga at St. Luke’s Hospital on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.

Visit Too Small to Fail for more information on the benefits of talking, reading and singing to your children. Here are lyrics to more great children’s songs.

 

Is Your Car Seat Correctly Installed?

Car seats are vital safety devices that reduce the risk of fatal injury by more than 70% for infants and by 54% for toddlers. Yet, 3 out of 4 child car seats are installed incorrectly.

Car Seat

Car Seat Installation

The good news is that California parents and caretakers can receive a FREE car seat inspection from AAA and can book an appointment (allow 6-8 weeks) at the local AAA office.

Here are some additional car seat tips, and recall info that you may want to know about. If you’re shopping for a new car seat, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know.

NonToxicMunchkin has info on manufacturers who make car seats free of added flame retardants that are linked to cancer and other serious health problems. HealthyStuff.org is testing for chemical hazards in car seats, and has started with the Graco My Size 65 Convertible Car Seat.  For more background on why flame retardants are used in the manufacturing of car seats and other products, and an overview of California policy changes to remove them, visit SproutSanFrancisco’s thorough piece.

Finally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demanded that Graco and Evenflo recall infant and toddler cars seats because of faulty buckles. The seats were manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. You can check to see if your seats are included by going to http://www.GracoBuckleRecall.com or by calling 877.766.7470.

If you’re not driving, experts suggest you keep your infants and babies out of car seats to lessen their chemical exposure, prevent flat heads and enhance motor development. And, don’t forget to come to my Parent/Baby yoga class where we make sure that your babies get tummy time and opportunities to roll over, do the cobra and even fly high!

 

Supermoon for Super Moms

Today is the first of three full-moon “supermoons” in 2014. The supermoon designation means that the center of the full moon and the center of Earth are closer together compared to other months, creating higher-than-usual tides in the days ahead.

The July full moon is known as the Thunder Moon, Buck Moon or Hay Moon, but I shall call it the SuperMom Moon in honor of all the expectant and new mothers who attend my childbirth education and yoga classes. Swivel your hips ladies, and lift your tides high to the lunar sky!

Here are 3 variations of Moon Salutations for you courtesy of YouTube. Enjoy:

1. a lovely Prenatal Moon Salutation:

 

2. a rapid version of the Classic Moon Salutation:

 

3. and a slower version of the Classic Moon Salutation practiced by a yogini in front of a gorgeous circular window:

A New Look

I hope you enjoy the new look of my website which I’ve moved from GoDaddy to WordPress. Check back for an updated resource list and new information to help you on your journey to parenthood in San Francisco.