Moms tout benefits of baby yoga

NEWPORT NEWS, Va (WAVY) — ‘Mommy & Me’ classes are nothing new, but at one class in Newport News they aren’t just playing on the floor — they are practicing yoga.

Mom Syreeta Jones told 10 On Your Side, “This is something new to me. I’m not really a yoga type person.”

Photos: Baby Yoga

But after six sessions Jones is singing its praises. She is even practicing poses at home, “Especially baby bear because he really likes that, I normally do that when I change his diaper.”

Carrie Waldman, who teaches the class is an occupation therapist and a certified baby yoga instructor. She points out babies naturally come into yoga postures.

“Before they crawl they come up on all fours, cow posture, you might even see babies pushing to stand from down dog.”

She says yoga helps with things like sleep and digestion. “Poses like bringing their knees to their chest helps with the digestive tract and can aid in relieving gas.”

Most studies suggest there are benefits, but data is limited.

“I don’t know if it’s correlated but we have had better sleep this week, progressively an hour increase each night so I don’t know, I’ll take it,” said mom Ilana Levy-Paris.

She also knows that when she is more relaxed, her baby is too and just getting out to socialize is a big stress reliever for the whole group.

Classes are held at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter’s location at Oyster Point in Newport News. They are free and held in quarterly sessions. The next session begins in April.

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