As a young mother, nerves can be frazzled. But some mothers have found a way to recharge their batteries and bond with their babies.
In a quiet darkened room at Now & Zen, yoga instructor Kelli Pearman leads the Mom & Baby Yoga class on a Wednesday afternoon. Taking softly she instructs the woman to their next poses and keeps an eye on now-mobile infants.
The benefits of yoga for mom is that she is "more calm. Mom can get into shape and have her child next to her," says Deb Marweg, owner of the yoga studio.
Pearman says that moms get a moment to breathe and rejuvenate. Moms also get a social connections. Some of the moms meet outside of the class for play dates. Some of the moms met in the prenatal yoga class and have continued on.
Having your infant in the class helps create bonding moments. When the child is small, they can be worked into some of the poses. The class has special songs and special exercises to do so. Rocking the baby in certain poses helps build abdominal muscles, says Marweg.
Now & Zen doesn't currently have a young child's yoga class, but Marweg says, "Yoga for kids is fabulous. It teaches them how to breathe, about their emotions, their physical bodies and about self control."
She has been asked by Heritage School to help students breathe before major exams.
Yoga teaches children that all answers are within, according to Marweg. "Kids have such self-esteem issues, if they look inside for happiness instead of external things, they would be much happier.
Prenatal Yoga: Wednesday 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Mom & Baby Yoga: Wednesday 1-2 p.m.
Ages 4-10: Sat. 10-10:40 a.m.
Hutchins Street Square's Cottage Room