Baby and Me Yoga – Ball Exercises

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Yoga instructor Angela Cerkevich breaks down how to do yoga with your baby and demonstrates ball exercises.

    Angela Cerkevich

    Angela is a registered yoga teacher and Thai yoga practitioner with Yoga Alliance and Thai Yoga Healing Arts. She is a Certified Life Force Yoga Practitioner for Anxiety and Depression. Her client base draws from the academic, corporate and professional communities, as well as inner city youth. She has taught yoga and practiced Thai massage in yoga studios, resorts, Pilates studios, spas, community centers, schools, corporate offices and private homes. As she hones her focus on the emerging new field of yoga therapy, she has also been following the teachings of Amy Weintroub, known for her research in yoga for depression and anxiety and Richard Miller in techniques for Yoga Nidra – deep relaxation. Her current focus lies in facilitating spiritual healing for groups and individuals recovering from life traumas caused by conflicts and social instabilities. Angela’s classes are geared towards finding balance in both the physical and mental bodies. She teaches a dynamic, alignment based vinyasa – styled class which usually includes some sacred poetry or yoga philosophy. Also included are pranayama, meditation, chanting, and deep relaxation. Her ultimate goal of balance is achieved by teaching classes that are appropriate to the level groups’ or individuals abilities.

    Angela Cerkevich: Hi! My name is Angela Cerkevich and Im a yoga instructor at Yoga Tales in Bethesda, Maryland and this is how to do yoga with your baby. Right now, were going to play with baby on the yoga ball. So, you can bring your legs out on either side of the ball, sit comfortably, you might want a pillow underneath your rear, especially for back is kind of rounding a little bit. Take your baby; put your baby up on the ball. Now, of course, this depends on the age of your baby. If your baby cant hold his or her head up on her own, youre going to do option number two. So, this is option number one. Most babies like bounce, bounce a lot. Yeah, yeah you do, yeah, oh now were getting a little sigh. Yeah, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce.

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    . So, meanwhile you are not forgetting about your body, you can start to even circle your body around a little bit, right. Yeah, should we go back to the bouncing? They really like the bouncing. Take your low belly up and in shoulder blades down the back. What's your breath doing, always come back to your breath.

    So, option number two for the really little ones or the big ones, who are learning to stand. You can put your baby on the ball like this, as you lean forward, youre opening up the hamstrings and your hips just a little bit, but you dont want to lean forward and let your body round like so. You want to keep nice and lifted up in the chest. So, you can drop your babys feet all the way to the floor, and again if theyre getting excited about standing up, they might really like that. This is also really good for the little ones, who still havent learned to lift their head up completely yet on their tummy time, because the ball is rounded. Their face doesnt get stuck down on the floor, like it would on a flat surface. Great. So, you can just do this as long as you want. So, we are going to move on to core strengthening.