We Tried Itsy Bitsy Yoga!Emily Malone
Last week I did my first Itsy Bitsy Yoga class with Cullen! A few of the other moms in my moms group did it with me, and we were lucky enough to get a free private yoga session with an instructor who was finishing up her certification. When they first asked me if I wanted to go, I assumed it was more like Mommy & Me Yoga, where the moms exercise while the babies roll around on the mats.
I was surprised when we got there to learn that it was actually BABY yoga! Could anything possibly be cuter?
We laid our little guys down on blankets, and went through a series of songs and movements – helping them stretch and use their limbs in a repetitive sequence. I think Cullen’s favorite part was watching the other babies! He also loved the singing and snuggling, and I think he thought it was funny that I was playing with his arms and legs. We danced, stretched, and sung for around 45 minutes – perfect timing for an infant attention span.
The class we did was geared for newborns t0 “almost crawling” and I think it probably would have been better suited for us a month or two ago. Now that Cullen is doing the army crawl, he refuses to be on his back for more than two seconds. I spent half the class trying to hold him from rolling over! But the instructor was completely understanding of every baby’s preferences and needs, and she had no problem taking breaks for crying, feeding, or soothing.
Being at home with Cullen is such a blessing, but it also makes me worry that he doesn’t get as much stimulation and learning opportunities as he might in a daycare environment. I do my best to get him out to classes and story times as often as our schedule and budget allows. Itsy Bitsy Yoga is another great class we’ll definitely try again once he is officially into the “crawling” category!