Baby yoga level 1

Baby yoga is not done TO babies but WITH babies: we care for parent and child together and support positive interaction.

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Number of days: 3 days (22 contact hours)

+ Non-contact hours for completing the first part of the coursework:15 hours

Brief course description

This is a three day intensive course that covers the period 3 months to pre-mobile babies (9-12 months variable). It is a blend of theory, practice and teaching methods with the aim of imparting practical proficiency and confidence to students over a relatively short time.

We care for parent and child together and support positive interaction, primarily between mother and baby but also between father and baby and sometimes with grandmothers and other familiar carers authorised by parents.

Prerequisite

The course is open to:

  • Health professionals (nursery nurses, health visitors)
  • Children centre’s staff (such as Sure Start Staff)
  • Instructors in yoga for children and infant massage
  • Qualified Birthlight teachers
  • Yoga teachers with an interest in babies
  • Mothers, through the Mother’s route to Training.

Course outline + pdf programme

The special focus of this course is on pre-mobile babies 3-12 months and the dynamics of parent baby pairs. The course includes a clear presentation of the knowledge that baby yoga instructors need to have in order to teach parents safely and competently. The practices taught on the course are an expanded version of the pioneering set developed by Françoise Freedman, including ‘relaxed holds’, ‘swings, dips and lifts’, the 3 ‘hip sequences’, moves for strength and balance, moves for ‘tummy time’. Songs and movements together, as developed by Sally Lomas, are also taught on this course.

The course offers a wide range of resources for creating flexible lesson plans and offering classes that are both professional and enjoyable. Whenever possible, two of the sessions on this course involve practice with guest babies.

Learning modules

  1. Introduction: Basic principles of yoga and how these are adapted for Baby Yoga.
  2. Hip sequence: To engender respectful and sensitive Baby Yoga practice, relationship between Baby Yoga and Massage. To teach the basic hip sequence practice and enable students to become familiar with simple moves and the purpose behind them.
  3. Anatomy and Physiology: Greater understanding of the contribution that Baby Yoga can make during the early months of a baby’s physical, mental and emotional development.
  4. Relaxed Holds and Walks: understanding of the basic holds and lifts, and when to apply them and to engender understanding of the concept of active relaxation with babies.
  5. Yoga for the Postnatal Period: repertoire to work safely and confidently with postnatal mothers and their babies, guiding them through simple yoga based practices to re-align the body and balance the mind and emotions. Understanding of the importance of mutual relaxation and the need to nurture new mothers.
  6. Moves for Strength and Balance: understanding of a variety of Baby Yoga stretches and movements for strength and balance.
  7. Cognitive and Emotional Development: main aspects of emotional and cognitive development in relation to Baby Yoga practices.  To engender a deeper understanding of the holistic nature of Baby Yoga practices in terms of infant development.
  8. Consolidation of Baby Yoga Practices: opportunity to revise and re-cap practical moves and raise any questions regarding the course so far and to engender a deeper understanding of the holistic nature of Baby Yoga practices in terms of infant development.
  9. Lesson Plans and Class Structure: To encourage a methodical and thorough approach to planning Baby Yoga classes.
  10. Completing coursework: To enable students to understand the requirements for completion of the coursework for Baby Yoga level 1 and for the Baby Yoga Diploma.

Pre-reading

Anatomy and Physiology manual and Birthlight Guide, sent as pdf

Studying materials

  • A very comprehensive manual given at the start of the course
  • Resources available via the birthlight training resources website

Coursework requirements + hours of home study

This course is tutor assessed with a practical and a theory assessment during the course. Coursework consists of one case study (minimum of 4 sessions), one class observation and one mentor feedback. It should be submitted within six months following the course.

The aim is to develop your teaching skills and gain confidence for the best delivery of your classes.

Ongoing birthlight support

After the course, students will get support from their tutor and comrades via online groups and will have access to a dedicated members training website (learning resources, business and marketing resources, videos, latest researches).

On successful completion of the training, teachers will be able to list their classes on the birthlight website.

Qualification

The Perinatal Yoga Diploma is awarded after assessment of coursework and a final practical on the Part 2 course.

Accreditation

n/a

Course attendance requirement

It is extremely important to attend the whole of the course, anyone missing more than 2 hours will have to reattend the course; anyone missing up to 2 hours will have to arrange a catch-up meeting with the tutor (meeting, Skype or phone). An extra fee will be charged to the student.

Fee

Prices may vary depending on the country and venues, please see course listing.

Next step

The next natural step is the Diploma in Baby Yoga which will enhance your general teacher qualification and add more value to your personal journey. This is obtained after successful completion of Level 1 (including its associated coursework) and Level 2 with additional coursework (long question, worksheet and a Book / DVD review).

Suggestions of courses to complement the Baby Yoga: Nurturing Baby Massage, Postnatal Yoga and Toddler Yoga

Course feedback

"The tutor was a very welcoming and a knowledgeable teacher with a very kind and motivating style. She was open for any questions and uses a great mix of teaching methods. I have loved this training and would definitely recommend it to others. A big thank you!"

"I really enjoyed this course and it has really helped me to develop my confidence within my role as it's all so new to me coming from education. Your style of teaching I really enjoyed and your in-depth knowledge made me inspired to work through the rest of the birthlight courses. As someone with anxiety issues, I know the benefits of yoga and breathing techniques, so, to be able to apply that to stressed out mums and babies is amazing. Thank you!"

List of benefits for your clients when teaching a Birthlight class

  • Strengthens and helps baby through development stages
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps baby digestion
  • Enhances playful interaction
  • Provides a balance of activity and relaxation
  • Helps mum to regain strength after birth
  • Tones abdominal muscles and pelvic floor while carrying growing babies
  • Creates circles of support and friendship.

Advice

Please practice yoga regularly, preferably by attending a weekly local class, to further your understanding of yoga, particularly if you come from a non-yoga background.

Be prepared for your coursework by planning your venue and parent/baby pairs! You will need at least 3 parent and baby pairs over 4 sessions.

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