I have been searching the internet to find some research to evidence why babies love movement so much. There is lots of information on baby wearing, which does involve movement, but nothing specifically on movement. Perhaps the answer to why babies love movement is very simple?
After having my first child, Ava, in 2006 I took her to a baby yoga class when she was only 6 weeks old. The baby yoga class completely changed my relationship with my baby. Having not had any contact with babies before my baby came along, the class taught me ways to settle her, play with her and enjoy her. And after 6 months, I returned to my job in the city. Something had shifted and while I continued to practice baby yoga with Ava, I realised there was a way to combine two things I love, babies and yoga. I signed up for a Birthlight Baby Yoga Practitioner course when Ava was one year old.
Two years later, Aaron was born. Initially, I decided not to return to work and set up two baby yoga classes a week in local church halls. I called my business, ‘Love Baby Yoga’. A year after Aaron was born, I realised that for financial reasons, teaching baby yoga had to be put on hold and went back to the city with a heavy heart and a plan. The money I earned in the city funded the SMART (Stretch Move and Relax Together) Toddler Yoga course which I completed in 2011. ‘Love Baby Yoga’ no longer worked as a name, as the business name needed to encompass toddler yoga.
to set up my own business, teaching baby and toddler yoga. I handed in my resignation and was about to work my three months notice period, when…I
realised I was pregnant.
This was a tough time for me as my energy levels dropped and I found it difficult to carry heavy yoga mats in and out of venues. I ran classes until one month before baby Louis arrived and started again when he was only 10 weeks old. He was my perfect demonstration baby.
Baby Louis is now 8 months old, my 4 year old has just started pre-school
which finishes at 11.45am each day, and Ava is now 6 years old. They all
It is very difficult to make a profit, when you consider the cost of childcare, hall hire and marketing. It has taken 17 long years since I left university to find a job I can do that I love. I used the time while I was working in the city to build a portfolio of skills which would help me when I had set up my own business, for example, using spreadsheets, web design, gaining a CIM Marketing Certificate, copy-writing and PR and communication. I’ve since formed a network of people running pre-school groups, ante-natal groups and yoga teachers. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be doing
something I love and also be there for my children when they need me. This
the optimum position for me to be in. My next steps are to complete the Advanced Baby Yoga certificate and become a Hatha Yoga Teacher
by the end of this year. I see my teaching growing with my children and hope to train as a children’s yoga teacher and teach at lunchtimes in primary schools.