Gently untying the stress of motherhood

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

New moms are privy to a host of wonderful new experiences, from cradling their sleeping baby, to seeing that first adorable smile.

But new motherhood comes with a host of not-so-wonderful surprises, too, including aching arms and backs, not to mention the stress of an awesome new responsibility.

That's why Lisbie Rae, owner of Yoga for Life, launched Yoga for Moms and Babies.

The class provides an opportunity for mothers to regain their strength and flexibility and bond with their babies, in a relaxing and enjoyable way. It also gives women a place to meet other moms, and share all the joys and trials of motherhood.

According to Rae, the class consists of a series of warm-ups, breathing and yoga postures designed specifically for a new mom and her baby. Special attention is placed on correct posture to combat the stress caused by feeding, lifting and carrying. Particular emphasis is placed on strengthening the back, abdomen and pelvic floor, as well as relieving tension in areas such as the neck, shoulders and back.

But the class isn't just for mom. Even the babies get involved, as mothers hold them in their arms or on their legs, playfully stretching together. The weight of the babies can be used to soften tight muscles.

Fussy babies find the class soothing, as they feel their mother's breathing become calmer, deeper and slower, said Rae. Mothers also sing or chant as baby lies close on the blanket and the babies are treated to a short session of gentle baby yoga and massage, allowing them to share in the benefits of the class.

According to Rae, the class uses a gentle form of yoga, to rebuild core strength gently and gradually. Everyone is encouraged to move at her own pace, and no prior yoga experience in needed.

The class is a great way for moms to get out and socialize, in an understanding environment, said Rae; throughout the class, moms stop to feed or soothe their babies. There are several benefits to a post-natal yoga class, she noted. The physical closeness and interaction helps mom and baby bond. The gentle movements can also improve posture, increase endurance, strength and well being, reduce back tension, build core strength and stability, reduce stress, and even help make new friends.

Classes run every Monday morning at Memorial Hall in Waterdown. To register, call 905 659 7213 or e-mail lisbie@interlynx.net.

Gently untying the stress of motherhood

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

New moms are privy to a host of wonderful new experiences, from cradling their sleeping baby, to seeing that first adorable smile.

But new motherhood comes with a host of not-so-wonderful surprises, too, including aching arms and backs, not to mention the stress of an awesome new responsibility.

That's why Lisbie Rae, owner of Yoga for Life, launched Yoga for Moms and Babies.

The class provides an opportunity for mothers to regain their strength and flexibility and bond with their babies, in a relaxing and enjoyable way. It also gives women a place to meet other moms, and share all the joys and trials of motherhood.

According to Rae, the class consists of a series of warm-ups, breathing and yoga postures designed specifically for a new mom and her baby. Special attention is placed on correct posture to combat the stress caused by feeding, lifting and carrying. Particular emphasis is placed on strengthening the back, abdomen and pelvic floor, as well as relieving tension in areas such as the neck, shoulders and back.

But the class isn't just for mom. Even the babies get involved, as mothers hold them in their arms or on their legs, playfully stretching together. The weight of the babies can be used to soften tight muscles.

Fussy babies find the class soothing, as they feel their mother's breathing become calmer, deeper and slower, said Rae. Mothers also sing or chant as baby lies close on the blanket and the babies are treated to a short session of gentle baby yoga and massage, allowing them to share in the benefits of the class.

According to Rae, the class uses a gentle form of yoga, to rebuild core strength gently and gradually. Everyone is encouraged to move at her own pace, and no prior yoga experience in needed.

The class is a great way for moms to get out and socialize, in an understanding environment, said Rae; throughout the class, moms stop to feed or soothe their babies. There are several benefits to a post-natal yoga class, she noted. The physical closeness and interaction helps mom and baby bond. The gentle movements can also improve posture, increase endurance, strength and well being, reduce back tension, build core strength and stability, reduce stress, and even help make new friends.

Classes run every Monday morning at Memorial Hall in Waterdown. To register, call 905 659 7213 or e-mail lisbie@interlynx.net.

Gently untying the stress of motherhood

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

New moms are privy to a host of wonderful new experiences, from cradling their sleeping baby, to seeing that first adorable smile.

But new motherhood comes with a host of not-so-wonderful surprises, too, including aching arms and backs, not to mention the stress of an awesome new responsibility.

That's why Lisbie Rae, owner of Yoga for Life, launched Yoga for Moms and Babies.

The class provides an opportunity for mothers to regain their strength and flexibility and bond with their babies, in a relaxing and enjoyable way. It also gives women a place to meet other moms, and share all the joys and trials of motherhood.

According to Rae, the class consists of a series of warm-ups, breathing and yoga postures designed specifically for a new mom and her baby. Special attention is placed on correct posture to combat the stress caused by feeding, lifting and carrying. Particular emphasis is placed on strengthening the back, abdomen and pelvic floor, as well as relieving tension in areas such as the neck, shoulders and back.

But the class isn't just for mom. Even the babies get involved, as mothers hold them in their arms or on their legs, playfully stretching together. The weight of the babies can be used to soften tight muscles.

Fussy babies find the class soothing, as they feel their mother's breathing become calmer, deeper and slower, said Rae. Mothers also sing or chant as baby lies close on the blanket and the babies are treated to a short session of gentle baby yoga and massage, allowing them to share in the benefits of the class.

According to Rae, the class uses a gentle form of yoga, to rebuild core strength gently and gradually. Everyone is encouraged to move at her own pace, and no prior yoga experience in needed.

The class is a great way for moms to get out and socialize, in an understanding environment, said Rae; throughout the class, moms stop to feed or soothe their babies. There are several benefits to a post-natal yoga class, she noted. The physical closeness and interaction helps mom and baby bond. The gentle movements can also improve posture, increase endurance, strength and well being, reduce back tension, build core strength and stability, reduce stress, and even help make new friends.

Classes run every Monday morning at Memorial Hall in Waterdown. To register, call 905 659 7213 or e-mail lisbie@interlynx.net.