Baby and Me Yoga – Twists

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

    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, we're going to work on twists. So, if your baby is a little occupied, either a pacifier or a toy, its nice to make sure you get some twist into your process. I like to extend the left leg out, cross the right leg on top and then hug the right knee in, helping me sit long and tall. Hugging the right knee, it also reminds me to lift my low belly below the bellybutton in a little bit. Breathe out, to get into your twist, you can place your right hand behind you, keep the shoulder relaxed, perhaps even roll it open a little bit and then you can bring your left elbow on the outside of your knee, helping you in your twist. I like to flare the fingers, because this reminds me to keep my shoulders engaged back and down and as I take the twist, I'm turning from deep down in my belly, keeping that little lift in my belly, rather than just turning from the head.

    So, lets do that, inhale and exhale and twist, inhale, exhale. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out. Inhale coming back to the center, checking on your baby it will be okay, need that pacifier back in or we're going to use hands. Lets take the other side.

    Extend your right leg out, across the left leg on top. Now, you want to make sure the toes are engaged to that right leg, but its not just flopping to the side. So, let your right foot, stay pointing up to the sky and spread your toes. Hug your left knee in. Again, sit tall, try your shoulder blades down your back away from your ears, shake your shoulders out a little bit, make sure they're relaxed, even as you're doing this. Place your left hand behind you, roll your left shoulder open, inhale lengthen, exhale twist and then you can bring the elbow to the outside of the knee and this elbow to the outside of the knee is just an option. If you like you continue to hug your knee in, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out and make it back to your center as you inhale.

    Great. Now, we're ready to cool down a little bit.