Column: Yoga for baby, and then me

An expectant woman does prenatal yoga. (Submitted photo)

An expectant woman does prenatal yoga. (Submitted photo)


Commentary by Sally Bassett 

The last several months I have been doing a lot of prenatal yoga. The outcome was a beautiful baby girl, Olivia Hope. Little Olivia is my daughter’s first child and my first grandchild. It was a joy sharing this special time with my oldest and even more so as we ooh and awe over the baby hours at a time. And, just days after the delivery, my daughter looked like she barely had just given birth. She credits it all to the yoga she had been doing. Now it is time to start doing yoga with the baby.

The experience with my daughter has inspired me to become certified in prenatal yoga. I fly to New York on Mother’s Day to begin a five day intensive training the following week. Motherhood has been my greatest joy in my life with two beautiful daughters and now another little girl who will call me Grammy Sal. I truly look forward to being part of other women’s goal to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

As for the baby, now it is time to do yoga. You are never too old or, in this case, too young. One of my favorite teachers for Children’s Yoga, Alli Louthain, sent the following note and link to a video with her baby:

“What does a newborn do besides eat, sleep and get their diaper changed? Yoga of course! Take ten minutes to do some really cool bonding with your infant and help develop motor skills and brain cells! One is never too young to start feeling the benefits of yoga!

All the songs I sing are original, but the moves are from the book Itsy Bitsy Yoga by Helen Garabedian. If you are interested in how these simple moves help foster development or want to learn more about infant yoga and yoga for toddlers – I would highly recommend checking out her book!”

Until next time…



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