In this blog I describe a Baby Bumpkin Yoga activity and outline some of it's benefits so you can enjoy doing the activity at home.
Please remember though, for you and your baby to gain the full benefit of all the Baby Bumpkin Yoga and multi-sensory activities, find out about your local Baby Bumpkin class at http://www.tattybumpkin.com/classes/find-class.html.
Our qualified Baby Bumpkin Teachers are fully trained in aspects of baby development and Baby Yoga and are kept fully up-to-date by our professional team of paediatric physiotherapists, Yoga teachers and musicians.
Or, maybe, you are thinking of a new career, which gives you:
- The opportunity to work with kids
- A great sense of job satisfaction and
- Flexible working to fit around your own family?
|A Baby Bumpkin Teacher does not need Yoga experience - |
they need connection with babies and a sense of fun!
The Baby Bumpkin Adventure this Week
1. Strengthen their ‘core’ postural muscles as they do the ‘downwards dog’ pose.
3. Have fun with others and develop their social skills as they dance with you and others as dolphins.
|Dancing as Dolphins!|
4. Experience a calm state with others in the final relaxation.
Because each Baby Bumpkin adventure is carefully linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) the sessions not only enhance your baby’s physical skills they also develop your baby’s early communication, social and thinking skills. Find your local class at http://www.tattybumpkin.com/classes/find-class.html.
The Baby Bumpkin Downwards Dog Yoga Activity
For babies who have developed good ‘head control’
- Once your baby has good head control ie, they can hold their head up largely by themselves - they can try doing Dog pose across your thighs. This is a great way for your baby to have ‘tummy time’.
- First make sure you are settled and comfortable on the floor - with your legs stretched out in front of you. You can sit with your back against a wall for added support.
- Gather a few of your baby’s favourite toys or a safe baby mirror which you can use to distract and entertain them once they are in dog pose.
- Lay your baby, on their tummy, across your thighs, gently moving them forwards so that their arms come down over your thigh and their hands can reach down to the floor (see picture above).
- With their hands on the floor your baby will be encouraged to push up through their arms to lift their head up higher.
- Put one hand on your baby’s bottom to help steady them and stroke down their back with the other to calm them (stroking the dog!).
- Remember to keep looking at your baby’s face to check they are happy and keep talking to them so they are reassured.
- Whilst in dog pose encourage your baby to look at their reflection in a mirror or reach for their favourite toy.
Games to play in Dog Pose
Walking the dog!
- If your baby is older (4 – 5 months), and confident lying in dog pose over your thighs, you can add a little bit of movement by alternately bending and straightening your knees under them.
- As you do this action your baby will be gently rocked forwards and backwards and encouraged to take more weight onto their hands.
Why Downwards Dog Pose is Good for Your Baby
As you do downwards dog pose with your baby they will have the chance to:
- Strengthen their tummy, back and shoulder muscles
- Stretch out their small hand muscles
- Develop their independence and confidence
- Progress their body awareness, reaching skills and eye hand co-ordination
So remember! Find out about your local Baby Bumpkin class at http://www.tattybumpkin.com/classes/find-class.html.