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- Baby Buddhas
- Breastfeeding for Beginners
- Infant Massage
- Mommy & Me YogaTots
- Prenatal Yoga
- Reflective Writing for Mamas
- Sign Language for Babies and Toddlers
- Tummy Time!
Taught by Kate Loewengart
Yoga for babies! Help improve digestion and sleep, and learn techniques to deepen your bond with your little one. Baby Buddhas classes feature yoga-inspired play, songs, and relaxation techniques to support baby's development -- all while baby lies on their back or in their caregiver's arms. Each class includes time to connect with other parents, a series of poses, and relaxation time to help everyone enjoy quiet -- and unplugged -- time together. No yoga experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a blanket for baby. Ideal for babies six weeks to nearly crawling. Limited to 8 participants. Note: It is recommended that new moms wait six to eight weeks postpartum and receive approval from their healthcare professional before starting any exercise routine.
Baby Buddhas offers a truly unique mommy and baby yoga experience. Being a new mom, I signed up for a couple of baby classes with my daughter and I could tell she really looked forward to this one! The yoga movements and songs were all especially geared to the littlest ones and totally different than most of the routine baby classes. Great teacher and group. Highly recommend! -- Megan R.
- Tuesdays, noon-1pm: July 15, 22, 29; August 5
Fee: $100; drop-ins $30 (payable in person)
Breastfeeding for Beginners
Taught by Stephanie Hinkaty
Breastfeeding is unquestionably natural, but by definition every first-time mama is a first-time breastfeeder and therefore can benefit from a little instruction. Breastfeeding for Beginners is informative, practical, and insightful, but it's also relaxed. A wide range of topics will be covered, including:
- how to initiate breastfeeding
- recognizing feeding cues
- techniques for ensuring a good latch
- different positions for breastfeeding
- how to know if baby is getting "enough"
- common myths and misconceptions, and more
The class is highly interactive, with ample time for discussion and questions. It is recommended for women in their 30th week of pregnancy and beyond. Registration is on an ongoing basis, with participants limited to five expectant moms per class plus one additional support person each, if desired. (Private classes are also available.)
- Tuesday, August 26: 7:30-9:30pm -- Sorry, registration for this class is closed.
Fee: $40 per expectant mom/couple
Infant Massage: Empowered Parents, Lovingly Connected Kids
Taught by Gabrielle Mason of Lucky Duck Infant Massage
Come learn nurturing touch in a relaxed environment, connect with other families, and enjoy growing closer to your baby. Sharing infant massage can enhance communication and bonding, improve sleep, ease digestion, support healthy growth and development, and boost confidence for new moms and dads. We'll discuss baby's behavioral states, cues, and reflexes; learn to trust ourselves as expert and baby as teacher; and share song, story, philosophy, and fun. This course welcomes parents with babies up to one year, and many find it a wonderful first activity to share and bring home in the earliest months. Expecting parents also welcome! Advance registration encouraged to secure your spot. Here's what one couple had to say about the class:
We thoroughly enjoyed learning so much about massage and babies and family and nurturing. We will carry all this wisdom now and put it into practice in our lives! -- Barbara and Arjun, parents of a 2-month-old
- Thursday afternoons, 1-2pm: July 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14
Fee: $195; includes take-home materials and email/phone support.
Mommy & Me YogaTots
Taught by Allison Schubert
This super fun class allows grown-ups to stretch, relax, and bond with their child while introducing little ones to simple yoga poses that encourage flexibility, strength, relaxation, neuromuscular development, deeper sleep, and improved digestion. Music, props, and games keep kids engaged and focused so that everyone leaves feeling energized and refreshed. The class is appropriate for confident crawlers up to pre-K with parent or caregiver.
- Thursdays, 9:30-10:15: July 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14. Canceled August 21.
Fee: $150 for one child for six classes; $210 for two siblings (no charge for siblings under 1). Drop-ins $30. One class remains in the session -- join us on August 21 at the drop-in rate (payable in person).
Taught by Marianne Letizia
Prenatal yoga is an ideal way to keep your body and mind well during pregnancy. The gentle postures help tone and strengthen muscles and improve balance, circulation, and flexibility, all of which can aide in the alleviation of swelling, back pain, sciatica, and other common pregnancy aches and pains. Deep breathing techniques help dispel stress and calm the anxious mind during pregnancy, but are particularly useful when employed during labor and childbirth. Prenatal yoga is beneficial through all three trimesters. A weekly yoga practice allows you to fully experience the calming and strengthening benefits, even in the last couple of weeks! Explore the benefits of yoga by committing to a six-week session -- our small class size allows for individual attention and helps foster community amongst participants. All levels of yogis are welcome; yoga mats provided.
- Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30: July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20
Fee: $165 for seven classes; trial class $25 (payable in person) for first-time students. One week remains in the session; join on August 20 at the drop-in rate.
Make-up Policy: Participants who enroll for the full session are eligible to receive a credit of $23 toward the next full six-week session if one of the classes is missed for any reason. The credit is applicable for one missed class only.
Reflective Writing for Mamas
Lead by Stephanie Hinkaty
This is a class for any contemplative mama who likes to write, used to write, or hopes to write... something... someday. Our gatherings will get you thinking about the people and experiences that have affected the course of your life, altering what you thought your life would be like and shaping you into the person and mother you are today. Whether you hope to publish your writing or view it as a personal creative outlet, the exercises and discussions will provide a pathway to reconsider the past (as recent as this morning or way back to our experiences as children) as well as our hopes for the future. The class is appropriate for moms of kids of any age, whether your "baby" is 2 months old or 20 years old. Limited to six participants.
- Tuesday mornings, 10-11:30: July 8, 15, 22, 29
Fee: $100 for four classes
Sign Language for Babies and Toddlers
Taught by Stephanie Hinkaty
This innovative sign language class seeks to open the doors to communication with babies as young as 10 months old, and to continue building on the skills learned into the toddler years (particularly valuable for children with speech delays). Each session is tailored to the abilities of the participants, introducing simple signs to beginners and reinforcing them with early learners, while expanding signing vocabulary and comprehension for all. Children and parents will learn a new way to express themselves and understand one another through familiar songs, books, and games. Here's what one parent had to say about signing with her baby:
Signing enabled my daughter to communicate at a very early age, which eliminated a lot of tantrums and frustration for her... and therefore us! It's the key to why she's so verbal at two years old. Among other things, I credit it for her table manners, good eating habits, pleasant behavior, and a smooth and easy potty training process. Needless to say, I highly recommend it! -- Kristin, mom of Chloe
Additionally, research has shown that babies taught sign language are more verbally advanced (even as 8-year-olds) and have IQs that are 12 points higher than babies not taught to sign. Learn more about the research here. This class is currently offered four times a year, with sessions beginning in January, March, July, and October.
- Thursday mornings, 10:45-11:30: July 10, 17, 24, 31. Also consider joining us for the Baby Sign Language Workshop.
Fee: $100 for four classes; drop-ins $30 (payable in person)
Taught by Colleen Pecylak
The phrase "tummy time" is one you hear over and over (and over!) again, but what does it actually mean, why is it so important, and how often should baby do it? Licensed physical therapist Colleen Pecylak will answer these questions and much more in this highly informative yet practical class. Parents will learn a variety of techniques to help engage your baby in activities that make tummy time a truly fun and positive experience for you and your baby. These proven techniques can help prevent flattened heads; improve sensory motor development, gross motor development, breathing, and digestion; and build core strength. The class is appropriate for parents of babies newborn to precrawling.
- Saturdays, noon-12:45: June 7, 14, 21, 28