Baby and Me Yoga – Cool Downs

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

    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, this is how to do yoga with your baby. So, we're going to begin cooling down a little bit moving towards final relaxation. Youre going to take your baby, place your baby on your shins and lay down on your back. You want to hold your baby securely. For this one, Id like to take my thumbs in towards her bellybutton and wrap my hands around her hip.

    Now, I'm going to relax the back of my neck and slowly lift my legs up. So, we've got a little back baby going on here, exhale back down. Breathe in and lift up, exhale back down. This is one of those things I found that most babies either loves it or they hate it. So, its fun to experiment with. Inhale lift up, oh that was a nice smile, exhale back down.

    Now, you're going to watch out for the dual factor here, so just be aware of that. Inhale up, exhale down. So, we're releasing your back a little bit. Yeah we're loosening that up. You can think about, how can I lift my baby up and keep my shoulders relax into the floor and back down? Lets go ahead and circle your baby around. And then circle your baby the other direction. This is another really good time for you to practice tummy time for your baby. You get to make eye contact, your pull, babys face doesnt get down onto the floor because they're looking straight at you and there is a little bit of space between your knees.

    Lets lift up again one more time, inhale and exhale back down, great. So, now we're ready for Shavasana.