Bloomfield Hills, MICH. (WXYZ) - After adding three-times-weekly prenatal yoga classes to its regular schedule in May, Karma Yoga is expanding its Family Yoga Center to include regular Mommy & Me classes, effective August 1.
What’s more, for the entire month of August, Karma Yoga invites parents and children, ages six months to 3 years, to try these new classes free of charge.
Medical research shows parents who engage in yoga with their babies and toddlers deepen their parent-child bond and create a safe space for the exploration of the mind-body-spirit connections offered through yoga. researchers say movement guided by parents stimulates muscle and nerve development and can increase immune system function.
Other studies show the benefits of yoga for babies are similar to the benefits of massage – stimulating pressure receptors on the skin slows down production of stress hormones such as cortisol.
As children grow, regular exposure to yoga often leads to the following benefits:
· Increased focus
· Increased compassion for all living beings
· Increased confidence, self-awareness and self-acceptance
· A general sense of calm
· Improved imagination and communication skills
· Better sleep, lower stress
Spirit Baby Yoga classes (what the Karma parent-child offerings have been named) will be offered on Tuesdays, 1:45-3 p.m., and Saturdays, 2:45-4:15 p.m., every week, following the prenatal yoga classes. For the entire month of August, this class will be free-of-charge to interested parents and children.
Karma is hosting a special public parent-child yoga class on Sunday, July 29 th at 2:30 p.m. to launch the program. It is open to the public and free of charge.
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