Angela CerkevichAngela 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 I'm a yoga instructor at Yoga Tales in Bethesda, Maryland. Today, we are going to learn how to do yoga with your baby. First, we are going to get centered. So, you want to find a comfortable position for you and for your baby. We are a little squirmy today, so we are going to try her on her back just for a moment. When you pull the flesh out from your rear so you can sit nice and tall, sometimes it helps if you have another blanket to sit on, if thats more comfortable for you. So, you want to place your baby down and take a nice look at her or him, making sure that your baby is comfortable and then begin to settle into your own body. So, you can rest your hands on your thighs or on your knees and gently lower your eyelids so that your gaze is down at your little one, and your eyelids are soft. Gazing at your baby you are going to take five breaths through the nose inhale - exhale, inhale - exhale, inhale - exhale, inhale - exhale, inhale - exhale.
Begin to feel your body settling down, getting comfortable here, your seat resting on the earth, feeling your breath moving softly through your body, while at the same time beginning to consider your baby, and your babys body and breath, maybe even looking for your babys breath in your babys belly. Now, that we have got in centered we are going to go over baby massage.