Baby Yoga

The courses which come under Baby Yoga are: Integrated Baby Massage and Baby Yoga, Baby Yoga (Parts 1&2), Toddler Yoga, and Yoga for Babies and Toddlers with Special and Additional Needs.

OVERVIEW

The Birthlight Baby Yoga Training area integrates touch and movement from birth through the early years.  Promoting positive parent-baby interactions is key to the wellbeing of families and communities. Baby Yoga offers the physical activity that babies need but often lack in our 21st century global urban lifestyle, at home and in community groups, nurseries and care units.

 

Baby Yoga training areas at a glance: 

 Teacher TrainingShort CourseCPD
Integrated Baby Massage & Baby Yoga*  
Birthlight Baby Yoga Diploma 1&2*  
Toddler Yoga * 
Special & Additional Needs Baby & Toddler Yoga (short course/cpd)  *

To digest and sleep well, to grow and develop their potential, babies need movement appropriate to their ages and/or developmental stages. Drawing on a wealth of teaching experience over three decades, Birthlight courses equip both independent teachers and institutional staff with knowledge and skills to impart simple, safe and tested practices.

HISTORY

Birthlight has pioneered Baby Yoga as an inclusive complement to Baby Massage, based on traditions of early nurture still live in India and in other parts of the world. Françoise Freedman, who wrote the original ‘Baby Yoga’ book in 2000, was inspired by the active combination of movement, touch and cuddles in Amazonian indigenous parenting. She used anthropology, research on infant development and the ‘science of parenting’ to inform and back up her innovative teaching. Baby Yoga is continually evolving thanks to the input and feedback of practitioners and experts worldwide.

These courses are now available in the following formats: Classic (face-to-face), Blended (combination face-to-face and online component), and Livestream (using Zoom video with a live tutor).

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Integrated Birthlight Baby Massage & Baby Yoga

OVERVIEW

Developed by Marion O’connor for Birthlight, our new 4-day intensive integrated online training, combines Nurturing Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Interactive Yoga with babies for parents/carers. 

Livestream training, is blended with online learning, ensuring that students can review, practice, deepen and test their skills and knowledge beyond the course contact hours. The supporting resources will enable you to create a professional range of enjoyable sessions of nurturing baby massage and baby yoga for babies from 6 weeks to pre-mobile. Contents can be adapted to suit your families’ and groups’ needs or individual pairs

COURSE OUTLINE

This course is focused on practice. Theory is integrated to back and inform practice.

Course contents include: 

  • Practical and simple techniques to support early, essential attachment and bonding
  • with mutual benefits for parents and babies
  • Nurturing baby massage sequences, either ‘dry’ (over clothes) or with oil
  • ‘Relaxed holds’ giving parents/carers confidence in their handling of new babies, including picking up and putting down with ease.
  • Integrated colic-easing sequence
  • Baby Yoga progression from mini moves to moves that enhance pre-mobile babies’ enjoyment of their growing abilities, including gentle stretches, lifts, slides, rolls and swings
  • Joint relaxation (lying down, sitting, feeding, walking)
  • Yoga-based techniques to expand mindful awareness, reduce stress and foster joyful communication in baby care: yoga breathing, use of voice, mudras (hand gestures)
  • Adapted postnatal yoga accessible to all women, including flow stress-release movements, including interactive mum & baby stretches
  • Practices that are readily adaptable for babies in special situations such as those in care, entering into adopted families or those sustaining long periods in hospital.
  • The Birthlight concept of ‘spirals of joy’: expanding self-confidence, the foundations of wellbeing, and the enjoyment of life.
  • How to prepare class materials and use props

WHO CAN ATTEND THIS COURSE? 

  • Health professionals (nursery nurses, health visitors, family support workers) with a related interest
  • Childrens’ Centres Staff (child development practitioners, family support workers, outreach workers)
  • Yoga teachers with an interest in babies
  • ‘Mothers’ route to training’ (Birthlight apprenticeships)

Note: Applicants with no previous knowledge of infant development need to complete the anatomy and physiology pre-reading module before taking this course. 

FORMAT AND DURATION

The course is delivered live by the course tutor over sessions, amounting to a duration of 4 contact days. Contact could be face-to-face plus an online course component (Classic Blended) or contact could be through livestream Zoom sessions plus an online component (Livestream Blended).  A carefully designed programme allows participants to map their individual studying journeys.  More information on course formats can be found in the FAQ’s.

Study materials include:

  • A comprehensive manual given at the start of the course
  • Explainer video clips
  • Baby Massage Handbook
  • Baby Yoga Moves Booklet
  • Example lesson plans
  • Substantial online resources

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed continually with quizzes and informal practicals throughout the course. The aim is to develop course attendees’ teaching skills and confidence for best practice. To gain your teaching certification, you will need to submit a case-study (minimum of 3 sessions) and a recorded video (10 minutes) of your teaching as specified by the course tutor. Both are to be submitted within six months.

QUALIFICATION

On successful completion of the Combined Baby Massage and Baby Yoga course, you will be qualified as Birthlight Certified Teacher in Baby Massage and Baby Yoga (1).

WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THIS COURSE

This Integrated course format is new.

Birthlight Baby Yoga Diploma (Part 1 & Part 2)

Birthlight’s Baby Yoga ranges from gentle ‘relaxed holds’ for newborns to the adapted animal yoga poses that toddlers love. As a parent-baby interactive practice, Baby Yoga brings out the essence of yoga as connection through breath, enhancing natural development as it unfolds and joint relaxation. Baby Yoga’s hands-on active play benefits mothers and fathers as much as their babies. 

COURSE OUTLINE

Baby Yoga is taught in two parts. Part 1 integrates theory and practice related to babies aged 3months to pre-mobile (9-12 months variable). Part 2 offers further resources for 10-18 months, when babies are mobile. The course blends theory, practice and teaching methods with the aim of imparting practical proficiency and confidence to participants over a relatively short time.

PART 1 

Course contents include:

  • The benefits of Baby Yoga in relation to infant development
  • How yoga principles are applicable to early parenting
  • Fundamentals of specific anatomy and physiology (birth to the third year)
  • Fundamentals of development (postural reflexes, motor development,
  • balance, sensory integration) related to practices taught on the course
  • How to teach parents relaxation and breathing exercises with their babies (‘entrainment’ between parent and baby)
  • Sets of Baby Yoga moves taught as ability-appropriate rather than as age-related practices to support good spinal alignment, rolling and sitting
  • Cautions with use of props, safety guidelines, do’s and don’ts
  • Preparation of class materials, and how to set up and manage your class

You will also learn:

  • How to enhance parent-baby communication with attention to baby cues
  • Teaching methods to balance activities (groups or one to one)
  • Hands on assists that empower parents
  • Baby Yoga resources to help lift postnatal depression by engaging mothers actively with their babies

PART 2

Course contents include:

  • Benefits of Baby Yoga in the second year
  • Fundamentals of development in the second year, with a focus
  • on brain growth, memory, balance, patterns and individual process
  • What is ‘emotional intelligence’ and how Baby Yoga promotes it
  • Sets of Baby Yoga moves to enhance mobility
  • How to teach Baby Yoga relaxation with parents in the second year
  • Sequencing of activities (groups and one to one) with the use of
  • simple props, songs and short stories
  • How to build a class with babies of different stages
  • How to relate to individual babies and parent-baby pairs while paying attention to the groups
  • Techniques to help parents see their babies in a positive light with unconditional love and acceptance (particularly in cases of neuro-developmental delay and early trauma)

WHO CAN ATTEND THIS COURSE?

  • The Birthlight Baby Yoga Diploma course is open not only to qualified yoga instructors but also to other professionals working with babies from birth to two years
  • Yoga teachers with an interest in babies (particularly those already teaching infant massage, postnatal yoga or kids yoga)
  • Health professionals (nursery nurses, health visitors, family support workers) with an interest in yoga
  • Children Centres Staff (child development practitioners, family support workers, outreach workers)
  • Practitioners of Complementary Therapies with a specialty in babies
  • Mothers’ route to training’ (Birthlight apprenticeships)

FORMAT AND DURATION 

In its Livestream Blended format, the course is delivered live by a Birthlight training tutor over live sessions amounting to 4 contact days in two parts. A carefully designed programme allows participants to map their individual studying journeys. The course includes group work facilitated by the training tutor in breakout rooms.  The Classic Blended format is 4 days face-to-face.  Both formats come with an online course component (e.g. online reading assignments, quizzes, etc).  More explanation about course formats can be found on the FAQ page.

Study materials include:

  • A comprehensive Baby Yoga manual given at the start of the course
  • Explainer videos
  • Baby Yoga Moves Handbooks (Part1 and Part 2)
  • Baby Yoga Moves Booklet (to facilitate home use)
  • Example lesson plans
  • Substantial online resources 

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed continually with quizzes and informal practicals through the course. To gain your teaching certification, you will need to submit a case-study (minimum of 3 sessions) and a recorded video (10 minutes) of your teaching as specified by the course tutor. Both are to be submitted within six months.

QUALIFICATION

On successful completion of Parts 1 & 2 practical assessments, case studies and online assignments, course participants will obtain the Birthlight Baby Yoga Diploma qualification.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE COURSE

‘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!’

‘This course was absolutely amazing. I believe everyone should have to take this course to regain lost knowledge. Or knowledge that hasn’t been passed down. I feel happy and confident, I have learned so much about myself and my body. I will recommend this to anyone who shows interest in baby yoga, I look forward to expanding my knowledge and teaching’. “It’s never too late, there is always a way” (a Birthlight nugget of wisdom). Thank you guys so much.’ 

Shannon Fierke, Baby Yoga course 2016.

Toddler Yoga (Short course)

Toddler Yoga bridges the gap between Baby Yoga and Kids yoga. Rhythmical practices from Baby Yoga 1-2 are revisited and adapted for busy toddlers with songs, stories and props. Dynamic group practices alternate with interactive parent-toddler sequences and quiet relaxation times.

COURSE OUTLINE

Course contents include:

  • How to introduce yoga principles through a repertoire of movements and stretching for toddlers/ early years children
  • Fundamentals of development in the early years
  • Importance of family dynamics for the ‘social toddler’
  • How to sequence exercises, songs and rhymes, and relaxation in appropriate
  • time slots to suit toddlers’ attention span
  • Use of props
  • Story telling with movement and sensory integration
  • Verbal and hands on assists for adult-toddler pairs

You will also learn: 

  • How to prepare class materials with clear teaching points and props lists
  • Non-prescriptive teaching methods allowing individual and group creativity
  • Tips to engage ‘grown ups’ fully in the interactive practices taught
  • How to balance repetition and variety for best early years learning
  • Tips to teach in an uplifting but also calm and structured way

WHO CAN ATTEND THIS COURSE?

  • Baby Yoga teachers who wish to expand their activities with toddlers
  • Health professionals (who work with babies and toddlers (nursery & family nurses, health visitors)
  • Baby Yoga teachers who wish to expand their activities with toddlers
  • Children centres’ staff (such as Sure Start Staff)
  • Early Years professionals
  • Instructors in yoga for children
  • Practitioners of complementary therapies who work with babies and young children

Note:  If you have not already trained with Birthlight in Baby Yoga, you will need to complete a bridging module (online).

FORMAT AND DURATION 

In its Livestream Blended format, the course is delivered live by a Birthlight training tutor in livestream Zoom sessions amounting to 2 contact days. The Classsic Blended format is face-to-face over two days.  Both of these course have an online course component (e.g. online reading, quizzes, etc).  More explanation of formats is contained on the FAQ page.

Study materials include:

  • a comprehensive Toddler Yoga manual given at the start of the course
  • explainer videos
  • model class plans and recorded sequences
  • substantial online resources

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed continually with quizzes and informal practicals through the course. To gain your teaching certification, you will need to submit a recorded video (10 minutes) of your teaching as specified by the course tutor. This video is to be sent to your tutor within six months.

QUALIFICATION

On successful completion of the online assessments and teaching video, course participants receive a Birthlight Toddler Yoga certificate to teach Toddler Yoga classes for children from 18 months to 4 years with their parents or with adult carers.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE COURSE

Coming soon!

Special Baby & Toddler Yoga Short Course / CPD

This CPD equips teachers with adaptations of Baby Yoga and Toddler Yoga to assist the development of babies and small children who have special and/or additional needs. This CPD was developed by Jay Ehrlich for Birthlight. Within a supportive circle, parents can experience recreation and relaxation. Joyful, positive body-based interactions between special babies and their parents enhance family wellbeing.

COURSE OUTLINE

Course contents include:

  • Fundamentals of the most common conditions that reduce babies and toddlers’ range of movement (cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Downs syndrome, talipes, cardiac problems)
  • Fundamentals of sight and hearing impairments and how they affect
  • babies and toddlers, with yoga as a multisensory enhancer activity.
  • Adjustments of Baby Yoga movements for containing and calming
  • or for toning and energising
  • Cautions to avoid overextension for babies/toddlers affected by hypermobility
  • How to assist parents in protecting their backs while handling
  • heavy babies and toddlers
  • Yoga-based interactive practices to promote communication and play
  • ‘Yoga from the heart’ techniques to assist parents in discovering
  • or enhancing the potential of their special babies and toddlers
  • How to address special babies and toddlers’ individual needs
  • in a group while engaging them in collective practices
  • How to integrate special babies and toddlers in mixed Baby Yoga and Toddler Yoga classes for the benefit of all
  • Yoga practices to uplift parents who get discouraged and exhausted from day to day care of their special babies and children

WHO CAN ATTEND THIS COURSE?

Besides Baby Yoga teachers who wish to expand their activities with Special Babies and Toddlers, the course is open to:

  • Health professionals (who work with babies and toddlers (nursery & family nurses, health visitors)
  • Children centres’ staff (such as Sure Start Staff)
  • Early Years professionals
  • Instructors in yoga for children
  • Practitioners of complementary therapies who work with babies and young children

Note: If you have not already trained with Birthlight in Baby Yoga, you will need to complete a bridging module (online).

FORMAT AND DURATION

This course is delivered in a Classic Blended format by a Birthlight training tutor in four modules over two days of face-to-face contact with an online course component (online reading assignments, quizzes, etc).  More explanation of course formats is no our FAQ page.

Study materials include:

  • an online printable manual
  • explainer videos and a slide presentation
  • class recordings and model plans
  • printable handouts with clear do’s and don’ts for specific conditions

ASSESSMENT

Each one of the 4 90 minute sessions in the online day is followed by a breakout room and discussion. The CPD is assessed with a quizz and an informal practical at the end of the day.If you need more points to gain your certification, you will receive guidance from your course tutor.

QUALIFICATION

On successful completion of the CPD you will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Yoga for Special Babies and Toddlers. This certificate entitles Baby Yoga teachers and Toddler Yoga teachers to include special baby/parent pairs in mixed classes and to develop one to one yoga sessions for special parent/baby pairs. Other professionals are entitled to add yoga practices taught on the day to their caring activities with special baby and early years children.

This CPD has a 12 hours credit.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE COURSE

Coming soon!