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Mums n bubs yoga - managing the chaos!

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Tips for managing a 'mums n bubs' yoga class

Having trouble keeping a lid on the chaos of your mums n bubs yoga classes?

Here's some tips Bliss Baby Founder, Ana Davis provided in answer to a new teacher's dilemma. 

Question:  

"Sometimes in my mums n bubs yoga class I have had babies crying uncontrollably.  When this happens the mum leaves the class and sometimes leaves the studio. What do you do when this happens?"

Ana’s Response:

Ideally it’s great if you have a space outside the studio – a reception area or verandah - where mothers can leave the yoga space if they feel the need to calm their babies – ie: if  he/ she is crying uncontrollably and she is worried about disrupting the class.   This is a separate space where they might be able to put their baby in a pram and rock them, or settle them by holding them as they pace back and forth.

Whether or not your studio affords this separate, ‘time-out’ spot for overwrought babes and mummies, I 577459 10151488686432530 1993173226 nrecommend we also create a completely accepting, ‘ok’ environment for mothers within the yoga space, where they don't feel they have to leave the room, unless they really want to. 

In a mums n bubs class, it’s important to establish the understanding that everybody’s baby has their turn to sometimes be unsettled.   The teacher, by her positive behavior and language, reinforces that she and the mothers are all completely fine with other mums’ babies crying – it’s part of the package!    So, if they do feel the need to leave the room, let her know that she is very welcome to return whenever she wishes.   

It can also be helpful if the teacher responds to babies becoming unsettled by adapting what’s going on in the class–so that it’s more interactive with the babies. She may suggest that mothers can pick up their babies and incorporate them in the postures;  have the group sing songs;  or move around and dance and play with their babies. Some gentle dry-baby massage or baby-yoga sequences, or chanting, can be calming and grounding for both mothers and babies.  These are all ways that can divert an unsettled babe within the context of the class.

And, don’t forget to always cultivate an open invitation to mothers to take a break from their yoga practice during class at anytime and breastfeed their bubs.  Most times,  this is all it takes to quieten an irritable babe!  As she feeds her babe, mum can sit and breathe and relax, and although not actively doing the postures can still feel a part of things.  And you could even suggest she approach this 'feeding time-out' as a kind of "off the mat" yoga practice in which she is mindful of her posture, breathing and takes the time to truly relax and settle with her baby. 

Want to learn more about teaching mums n bubs and yoga to new mothers?  Join us in Byron Bay for the 100 hr Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Course, 3rd-13th August, 2017, or our Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training weekend intensive in Melbourne, 11th-13th March, 2017, both of which include in-depth practical and theory sessions on running and sequencing your own mums n bubs and mums n toddlers yoga classes.

Can't make it to Byron Bay or Melbourne?  Study to be a postnatal yoga teacher from home with our online course.

Want to see how a real live mums n bubs yoga class is run?  Order our Bliss Baby Yoga Mums n Bubs Yoga Class DVD here.

 

 

 

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