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On the heels of several works on baby massage, Yoga Baby takes parents to the next step in baby bonding. Parker, a licensed child psychologist and certified yoga instructor, here outlines yoga positions that will benefit newborns to toddlers, revealing the results of her work with babies and their parents at New York's Goodson Parker Wellness Center. In eight chapters, she covers each body center for the well-being of the child and the child-parent bond. For each center, Goodson describes postures for mothers and babies, supplemented by a question-and-answer section. Focusing on therapeutic touch and spirituality, this work goes beyond the poses for preschool- and elementary-aged children as covered in Thia Luby's Children's Book of Yoga (Clear Light, 1998) and the video YogaKids (Dancing Feet Productions, 1996). Yoga Baby is complementary to the video Baby & Mom Post-Natal Yoga (PPI Entertainment Group, 1998). Recommended for public libraries.
-Lisa Williams, Moline P.L., IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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DeAnsin Goodson Parker, author of "Yoga Baby: Exercises to Help You Bond With Your Baby Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually," takes a much sterner approach. Parker addresses her book to new mothers, to help them relax and bond with their babies better through yoga (fathers and "other caretakers" are briefly addressed but never emphasized). New mothers are indeed vulnerable to feeling that we might do something wrong and permanently scar our babies. We turn to yoga to provide us, among other things, with brief spells of self-acceptance and relief from anxiety.

"Yoga Baby" provides neither. Full of odd, judgmental directives, the book even includes a brief section, "Clean Up Your Act," which implores the mother to immediately clean the yoga space if baby spits up or "spoils the area" so baby will become accustomed to "a very hygienic environment." Mothers are told to "focus totally on your baby for the entire session." What kind of yoga is this? What if baby falls asleep peacefully on the blanket beside you? Should you wake her so you can bond more intensely?

"Yoga Baby," in short, lays out a specific program that is not for everyone. If you don't fall in line, Parker can make you feel very guilty. (Beliefnet, May 2000) -- From Beliefnet

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (April 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767904052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767904056
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janine Petrick-Sullivan, RN BSN on November 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a Mother, Certified Yoga Instructor and Registered Nurse on the West coast, I found myself wishing that "YogaBabyTM", by DeAnisin Goodson Parker was written back when my son was a young baby! This is exciting information as Parker has taken the ancient practice of yoga and has combined it with her knowledge and training in child development and psychology, both on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. In reading her book, I feel that her program not only serves to bond the parent or caregiver with the baby, but also facilitates the birth of the parent into Parenthood. I teach prenatal, "Mommy and Me", and postnatal yoga. I have had very positive feedback by my students in implementing some of Parker's techniques in my postnatal class...mostly from the babies! They become very serene, with a quiet alertness. It is very obvious they enjoy the process! This book is also very clear and easy to follow. I strongly recommend it to all my students. One does not have to be an experienced yoga practitioner or parent to understand and reep the benefits from this book. I look forward to attending a YogaBabyTM teacher training when it becomes available. I can't say enough about this wonderful book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
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If you just had a baby you obviously want the best for your new one. So babyyoga is one of the things you try. And it does work. But not with this book. You will never actually get started with babyyoga as this book is too difficult to handle for a beginner. There are no pictures of the actual moves so you have to read the whole thing. And tell me, which mother has extra time on their hands to read a yogabook from cover to cover?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on October 13, 2000
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I've always loved the idea of using yoga for better health and balance. I can remember sitting beside my mother in a lotus position, making a funny face with my eyes wide open and my tongue hanging out - I think the position was called "The Lion." I can also remember the speed with which my mother shed her pregnancy weight after the birth of my little brother when I was 12. Yoga is a powerful thing - it can soothe your spirit, quiet your mind, or it can set your heart to pumping. DeAnsin Goodson Parker, Ph.D., also believes that it can strengthen your bond with your baby. Using a concept that she calls "baby whispering," she teaches parents how to get in tune with the rhythms and the needs of their children - "connecting spirit to spirit." What a beautiful idea. I tried it with my youngest child, Sarah, who, at the age of two, is really no longer a baby. She thought that I was trying to tickle her. I skipped to the back of the book and had more success with the exercises recommended for "mobile babies." My son Max is nine, but he has a brain disorder that puts him at the developmental age of a much younger child. He loved the yoga. I laid beside him, matching my breathing to his, and I felt such peace. I can't wait to take the book in to share with his teacher when he returns to school in a couple of weeks. I wish that I had been able to access this book when each of my children were first born. Like the infant massage that I still use, I believe that it provides another way of showing that incredible love that we feel for our children. It encourages trust, and trust in turn builds confidence. It is a truly wonderful book. -Reviewed by Michelle Smith
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
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finally! a mutually involved play with my infant that's really good for my back and hips.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Adam Crane on June 25, 2001
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YOGABABY by DeAnsin Goodson Parker, Ph.D. with Karen W. Bressler, Broadway Books, 2000.
This book and this concept will surely be an inspiration to many mothers and those hands on fathers who want to make sure their baby gets off to the best possible start. I have not seen anything like it before. It is especially valuable in light of the mounting research indicating that the quality of the mother's physical and emotional interaction with infants has profound, life long effects on the mental, emotional and physical development of the child.
Dr. Parker, a psychologist and psychoanalyst, realized the book was needed because of the response she recieved from the YogaBaby program she has offered for years at the Goodson Parker Wellness Center in New York City. This a truly innovative, psychologically insightful, beautifully written and illustrated work. Dr. Parker shows how to use both ancient and modern strategies including massage, stretching, exercises and purposeful playing in order to bring about a deeper bonding while nurturing and awakening eight 'centers' in the baby.
Although, the book focuses primarily on the first two years it is reasonable to expect the benefits will last a lifetime and would include but not be limited to the creation of special time and a high order of communication fostering more trust and confidence, stimulating the immune system, promoting better sleep (possibly for the mother as well), aiding in digestion and assimilation, stimulating body circulation, encouraging neuromuscular development, preparing the baby for mobility, calming the emotions, soothing the baby, teaching the baby a way to soothe itself.
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