Baby and Me Yoga – Core Strengthening

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Yoga instructor Angela Cerkevich breaks down how to do yoga with your baby and demonstrates a core strengthening exercise.

    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. So, now were going to go over core strengthening. Its fun to incorporate baby in this one. So, once we have a seat on the ball, baby is getting little fidgety, we can start with our own bounce here play in that for a while. When were ready, were going to rest baby in our lap, comfortably rest your hands on your babys belly. You might even tune into your babys breathing, pause, check out your own breathing. Now, were ready. Take a little lift in your low belly, lift in the chest and relax the shoulders away from the ears. Begin to lean back with your baby. Hold. Now, were just going to take little pulses here, here we go pulse, pulse, pulse, pulse. Lets do ten more, one, two, three, four, exhale as you come up, exhale, exhale, exhale, exhale, and lets lean back and hold, and come back up. Now, for those of you with bigger babies, this is going to be more challenging right. Lets do it again, so baby on the lap, were going to lean back and take ten poses. Here we go, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, shoulder blades down your back, low belly in, exhale, inhale, four more, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale. Hold, lift the chest, draw the low belly in, and come up. Now, were going to move on for core off of the ball. Were going to scoot that ball aside. Now, this is really fun for baby okay. You can either have your baby turned away from you, or facing you. If your baby is facing you, you make sure and have your babys feet touching the floor for this. Going to bring the baby up, lean back, roll back and then you have to engage your belly a little bit and sit up. You may not feel like youre doing very much the core muscles at first, but do it a few times and youll start to feel it. Lets go back and inhale back, exhale up. Inhale back, exhale up, and sometimes its even easier, if its comfortable for you, depends on your arm length, to put your baby on your shins, and take it back, inhale back. Yeah, exhale up, the slower you go, the more you can feel it in your belly. Inhale back, exhale up. Now, weve finished core, lets move on.