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Ana Mums n Bubs YogaThis month, Senior Bliss Baby Facilitator and experienced Mums n Bubs Yoga Teacher, Mari Notaras shares some valuable insights on how to create harmony and joy in your Mums n Babies yoga classes.

As a prenatal yoga teacher there is nothing more divine than sending off your very heavily pregnant woman (or ‘head of the class’ as I like to say!) from (potentially) her last prenatal class, with a powerful womanly chant of ‘Ommm’. 

This time of transition, just before a woman gives birth and becomes a mother, brings up mixed emotions for her, and often the number one question asked upon her departure is: “when can I come back to yoga?”. 

The prenatal class that she has been attending since she was ‘five minutes pregnant’ has become an important part of her weekly routine. Apart from the most obvious and recognized benefits of yoga, the class has given her a sense of belonging, community, peace and connection to the other ‘pregnant goddesses’, along with quiet, contemplative connection to her baby growing within.

Mums n Bubs PC 4 Aug 2014 LRThe transition into motherhood often challenges our sense of identity and connection with others. We are removed from the familiar settings that we knew before baby arrived to find ourselves in a more intense, often tiring and isolated environment. The sheer bliss of holding that little bundle of joy in your arms opens your heart in a way that words cannot express. But the joy, the love, the hours of watching your baby respond to you, can quickly turn into moments of uncertainty and pure exhaustion!

It is obvious for prenatal yoga teachers that the next addition to your repertoire of yoga classes is Mums n Bubs Yoga.

What I personally love about teaching postnatal yoga, is saying goodbye to the women in the prenatal class and then joyfully welcoming them back into the nurturing postnatal setting. The connections are re-kindled with their past fellow prenatal yoga students, and the women love to proudly show off their new addition to the family!

I am frequently asked by yoga teachers contemplating teaching Mums and Bubs Yoga, what it is really like to teach yoga to mums and babies?  In theory, the idea of a mums and bubs class all sounds amazing, but it is important to know that this class will not resemble your typical yoga class - as you have known it! (Read Ana’s article on managing the chaos in a Mums N Bubs yoga class).

Mums n Bubs 0815 LRI have personally taught Mums N Bubs Yoga, on and off, for over 12 years now. I have loved watching the women in these classes regain their body awareness and move confidently through yoga postures designed to help reset, realign and strengthen their postnatal bodies. It is joyful to see the mothers interact through play, touch, song and delicious eye contact with their babies more confidently as time goes on. The babies absolutely love all of the massage, yoga movements, chants, songs and connection that they get to share with their mummies. We honestly have a heap of fun!

With the benefit of hindsight and from my personal experience, here are some tips to make the process of teaching Mums N Bubs Yoga more enjoyable for yourself, your students and their babies. 

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Erlinda YogaThis month we caught up with the wonderfully vivacious Erlinda Lopez who graduated from the Bliss Baby Yoga Prenatal and Postnatal yoga teacher training in 2012.  

Erlinda Lopez is a true yoga child of the 1970’s, discovering a love for it in her late teenage years.  Growing up in Chile at the time, however, it was perceived to be quite an alternative path, reserved for “weird people”.  Erlinda didn’t let the critics stop her and continued her classes and was soon asked to teach.  

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