Now, yoga for babies to improve bodily systems

Updated: Oct 11, 2012, 14:10 PM IST

Dubai: A new form of yoga for babies is becoming popular in Dubai.

Some 34 infants as young as a few days old to 12 months were initiated into the “hugely beneficial” exercise along with their moms at a unique workshop organised by the Pampers Mommy and Baby Sleep Academy in Dubai, Gulf News reported.

As part of the workshop, certified baby yoga guru Odona Farska of the Flow Yoga Dubai Studio took the infants and their mothers through a series of gentle movements that are proven to benefit them physically, physiologically and psychologically.

“Baby yoga helps stimulate bodily systems like the digestive and nervous systems besides ensure sufficient physical activity for a baby. It helps the child sleep well and heal birth traumas. It is also a bonding time for the mother and child and ensures they are happier,” Gulf News quoted Farska, who mastered the art of baby yoga in London, as saying.

She said a typical baby yoga session spans 10-15 minutes for 3-6 month-olds and 20-30 minutes for 6-12-month-olds.

It covers all features of classic yoga, right from the warm-up to the stretching, postures and movements so that the vital organs are stimulated, the muscles toned and the mind and body relaxed.

By extension, baby yoga is said to influence interaction with the child in every aspect, be it the manner in which he or she is lifted, carried, sat down or walked around.