Baby and Toddler Yoga
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Enhance your child's mental & physical development. Baby and Toddler Yoga is designed to enhance your child's mental and physical development, while creating a relaxed environment in which you can experience the joy of bonding with your child. Learn the techniques to stimulate your baby's mental and physical abilities, using gentle, rhythmical movements adapted from traditional Yoga. Your baby will thrive on the attention and you will be delighted with your child's enhanced pre-verbal communication and physical well-being. Toddlers and adults alike have a wonderful time stretching, rolling and tumbling in playful sessions that will improve your child's physical confidence, balance and agility. With clear instructions that include effective hints to soothe colic and encourage relaxation and sleep, this program will also help you establish an active lifestyle and enrich the parent/child relationship - all while getting into shape yourself. Baby and Toddler Yoga has been developed by highly regarded yoga tutor, Dr. Françoise Barbira Freedman - medical anthropologist, author, founder of Birthlight and mother of four. The DVD is presented by Dr. Freedman and fellow Birthlight tutors, Sally Lomas, also mother of four, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, mother of two and Jenny Haywood of kidsunlimited(r).
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The instruction for infants is great, progressing as your baby grows and changes while building confidence, trust, and supporting the strong bond between you and your baby. It teaches you to handle your baby safely while you engage them, and shows you ways to broaden your baby's perspective of the world through all of their senses.
I haven't watched much of the toddler part yet since my baby isn't even a year old, but I look forward to sharing it with her and encouraging her to develop her awareness of her body as she grows. I highly recommend this DVD.
We did the age appropriate exercises with our baby and he couldn't stop laughing and smiling (even though he's grouchy about teething these days).
He loved it, and I came online to buy a copy because it made him so happy. Maybe the toddler modules aren't as good (though it would be surprising after the high quality of the baby modules), but the baby modules get an intense and happy reaction.
Try it at your local library if you want to preview it before buying. Our baby loves it.
toddler section 3 parts:
stretching - the kids stretch almost motionless for a couple minutes while the brit hostess chats about nothing. then each of the 5 or 6 kids takes a turn blowing a bubble from the bubble wand the hostess is holding. i'm not kidding. they are sort of told to reach for the bubbles. a couple of the kids slightly wave at them.
relaxing - the kids are motionless falling asleep and hostess rubs the temples of a couple of them. i'm really not kidding
poses - an ugly lady tells you that poses are being shown and they are flashed very rapidly on the screen. then kids (one kid actually) does each pose - for less than five seconds each. i think after the 3rd pose of maybe 10, the poses get even more brief. you certainly don't even have time to see the pose and react and its done.
we stopped there. our 3 year old who is a very bright and cooperative kid was drawing at the table and ignoring the pitiful dvd.