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: Hello! My name is Angela Cerkevich and Im a yoga instructor at Yoga Tales in Bethesda, and this is how to do yoga with your baby. Alright. So, final relaxation Shavasana and this is sometimes the best part of your whole yoga experience with your baby. So, in Shavasana without a baby, generally youll lay down completely relaxed, lay your palms turned up, bring your feet apart and close your eyes. This is fine if your baby is calm. Jossline is doing okay right now, so I might actually be able to do that. She is not too wiggly. One hand is on her belly and this is nice because I can feel her breath and I can also feel my breath pressing into her belly. Now, this isnt always realistic for a squirmy baby. So, try turning on your side for Shavasana. Bring your baby into the crook of your arm, may be even so they can make a little bit of eye contact with you.
If you have a bottle, you could use a bottle now and Id like to have a pillow for the head, especially while we're in this side position. This way you can relax with your baby, stay in contact with your baby, but also get a little bit of that final letting go in Shavasana, final relaxation. So, be sure and stay here for at least five minutes. If you can, close your eyes and just feel your body relaxing down into the mat. Feel the movement of your babys body. To come out of it after a good five minutes, you want to sit up on the side nice and slowly. You dont want to sit straight up. Then, we can finish by thanking our baby. So, place your baby in your lap, place your hands over your babys heart and may be the one hand up on your own heart and take a final breath here connecting, breathe in, breathe out.
Youre ready for some food. Namaste.