Is Savasana one of the most challenging poses of your Baby & Me yoga class? You are not alone. But, did you know that relaxation is actually a skill that with practice you and your baby can get better at?
As adults, we encounter stress everyday in one form or another, but sometimes we forget that our little ones also experience stress. Babies clearly need stimulation and engagement in age-appropriate learning activities. In fact, your baby's most rapid growth and development occurs during the first two years of life. All that learning and growing combined with new environments, sounds and people can often be stressful for your little one. It is so important for your little learner to be given time to simply do nothing. Time to do nothing is actually physically necessary for your baby's brain to process and integrate all that learning & growing. So, knowing how to relax and do nothing is a precious skill for your baby to learn.
Ok, so how do I teach my baby to relax?
Just like they say on the airplane, “In the event of an emergency, put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others” Babies respond to the emotional tone of the important adults in their lives and respond to their cues. So, learning to successfully manage your own emotions will help your baby handle his or her emotions.
The good news is that learning basic relaxation techniques is easy. Relaxation techniques involve refocusing your attention on something calming and increasing awareness of your body. That said, relaxation techniques take practice.
Lastly, just in case you need more reasons to learn how to relax...
From my heart to yours...