Mums and Bubs Yoga
Mums and Bubs Yoga classes are tailored to the specific needs of women after having a baby. The classes incorporate yoga postures, breathing, mindfulness and relaxation techniques. They are aimed at regaining core strength, opening and releasing through the upper body, general physical conditioning and managing the stresses of motherhood.
- Run as a 6 week course, with the option to continue thereafter on a casual, pay-as-you-go basis.
- One course must be completed before casual attendance is permitted.
- You may attend the course with or without your baby
- One 60 minute class per week
- Course cost: $120
- Bookings essential
Mums and Bubs courses are ideal for any woman that has given birth.
Next course start dates are...
17 January, 28 February, 18 April...with more courses coming in 2018.
Courses run back to back throughout the year, with the exception of a break over the Christmas/New Year period.
When and Where
George Burnett Leisure Centre
Manning Road, Manning
A map of the location is available here.
12:30 - 1:30pm
Mums and Bubs
6 week course
Why do Mums and Bubs Yoga?
Mums and Bubs Yoga combines postnatal specific exercise with breathing, relaxation and mindfulness. In combination, these assist in physical recovery after pregnancy and in the management of the emotional challenges of motherhood.
Mums and Bubs Yoga, as run by Barefoot Babes, in specifically tailored to help your body recover from the impact of pregnancy and childbirth. We focus on regaining core strength and stability through yoga postures and sequences that target the abdominal muscles, obliques and back muscles. These support your internal organs as well as your spine and regaining strength in these areas is vital for your posture and mobility.
The pelvic floor and regaining strength through this group of muscles is also a key focus of Mums and Bubs Yoga. The pelvic floor supports you bowel and bladder as well as affecting sexual function. Regaining strength through this area is integral to maintaining bowel and bladder continence as well as normal sexual function.
Mums and Bubs Yoga also incorporates postures that assist with relieving back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as general physical conditioning.
The breathing and relaxation aspects of the classes truly set Mums and Bubs Yoga apart from any other postnatal exercise. While the postures and sequences help to manage physical recovery and discomforts, the breathing and relaxation helps to manage the stress and psychological challenges of motherhood. Here you will learn techniques to mindfully manage strong emotions, calm yourself in times of stress and also connect with your baby on a deeper level.
When can I start?
The general recommendation is to wait 6 weeks before starting Mums and Bubs Yoga, or any formal exercise program, after the birth of your baby. The reason being, your body needs time to recover and heal after giving birth.
If you have had a vaginal delivery and wish to start exercise sooner, it is advisable to speak to your GP or health care provider to asses if it is safe for you to do so.
If your baby was born via caesarean, then it is advisable to wait the recommended 6 weeks and then get clearance from your obstetrician before commencing classes.
When is it too late to do Mums and Bubs?
It's never too late. If you have had a baby, then you will benefit from the Mums and Bubs Yoga classes. The stretches and strengthening as well as breathing and relaxation are relevant to all mums, whether you have had your baby a few weeks ago or a few years ago. If you feel that you would benefit from strengthening your core muscles, general physical conditioning, breathing and relaxation, then Mums and Bubs Yoga is for you.
Can I bring my baby? Or can I attend without my baby?
Yes and yes. Babies are part of the class in Mums and Bubs Yoga but you are more than welcome to attend without your bub if you need some time out.
If you attend with your baby, there is no expectation on your baby to be "quiet" or "well behaved" in class. The natural behaviour and needs of babies are all part of the class. So no need to worry if they cry, gurgle, giggle or make noise throughout class. You are also free to tend to their needs as required; feeding, changing nappies and engaging with your baby as needed.
Attending class without your baby is also an option. You may prefer to leave your baby at home with a carer, or at day care and attend class on your own to have some "me time".
How old can my baby be?
To attend Mums and Bubs Yoga your baby can be any age from newborn up to crawling. It is possible to attend Mums and Bubs Yoga with older babies but once your baby is mobile and crawling around the room, it can be challenging to participate in class while looking after your baby. So really it depends on your baby. If you think you can get an hour of yoga done with your baby in class, then feel free to bring them.
What does my baby do in class?
Your baby is free to do as little or as much as they like in class.
You can leave your baby in their pram or capsule if that's where they are happy. Alternatively, your baby may prefer to be next to you throughout class. In which case, they can lie on a blanket next to your yoga mat. Many of the postures offer alternatives that allow you to hold your baby while doing the postures. There are many options so that you can find what works for you and your baby.
Please bring a play mat or blanket for your baby to lie on, so that they may lie next to you while you are on your yoga mat. It's also a good idea to bring any toys your baby likes or snacks (if they are on solids).
Classes are run for a duration of 60 minutes. We start with relaxation, breathing and pelvic floor exercises. We then move through a series of yoga postures and sequences aimed at strengthening the core muscles, releasing tension through the neck/shoulders, creating mobility in the hips and general strengthening and flexibility. We finish class with breathing, mindfulness practise and relaxation. The 6 week Mums and Bubs Yoga course also includes aspects of meditation and various techniques to try at home with your baby.
What to Bring
- comfortable clothing that allows you
to move freely,
- a water bottle.
- a play mat or blanket to lie on, as they will most likely be on the floor next to you,
- toys or anything your baby likes to play with,
- snacks if they're on solids,
- plus, the usual assortment or nappies, wipes and spare clothes you alreday take everywhere.
Yoga mats are provided but if you have your own, please bring it.
The Mums and Bubs, 6 week course (60 minute classes), costs $120.
One make-up class is available for each course, if a class is missed due to sickness/work/commitments etc.
Once you have completed your first course, you may attend any of the following courses, on a casual basis, at $15 per class, pay as you go.
Course payments can be made via a direct bank transfer or bank deposit at time of booking. Casual class payments can be made in cash at the beginning of each class. Please be aware there is no eftpos.
Bookings are required for all Mums and Bubs Yoga courses. Please go to the Bookings page to book your course.