Momma + Baby Yoga

When

Thursdays, 11:30-12:30pm, usually in six-week sessions (see below.)

Location

Yoga Now (Northwest corner of Orchard Lake and Cass Lake Roads)
2170 Cass Lake Road, Keego Harbor 48320. Studio phone: 248-683-0086.

Pre-registration is necessary. Space is limited. 

Register for Momma + Baby Yoga

Follow all steps in order to reserve your spot for Momma + Baby Yoga.

  1. Complete the Momma + Baby Yoga Waiver and Consent Form (PDF).
  2. Forward completed Yoga Waiver and Consent Form to:
    • Scan (do not take a picture) to elise(at)elisebowerman.com, or
    • Mail to Elise Bowerman, LLC,
      2510 S. Telegraph Rd., Ste. L #253, Bloomfield Hills MI 48302, or
    • Hand deliver to Elise at Livonia Yoga Center prior to the start date.
  3. Payment options:
    • Pay online through PayPal (below), or
    • Mail a check made payable to Elise Bowerman, LLC,
      2510 S. Telegraph Rd., Ste. L #253, Bloomfield Hills MI 48302, or
    • Pay Elise directly prior to the start date at Livonia Yoga Center.
  4. Once your payment and waiver has been received Elise will email you confirming your saved spot or placement on the wait list. 

View the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Choose Your Session - 2017

Reminder: you get one "momma out" per session, so you're paying for five classes total at $14 per class. (I've already factored your one week off.)

Walk-Ins WELCOME! $20/class. Please bring completed waiver with you. If you decide this session is the right fit, then it'll be $14/class for the remainder of the current session when you commit upfront.

♦ September 21 - October 26 (6 wks) = $70
 

♦ January 2018 session TBD
 

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* If paying through PayPal using maiden name or business name - or if purchasing as a gift, please write participant's first and last name in "Instructions to Merchant." Thank you!

This website is always *well, almost always* up-to-date. When a session is full it will say "full." 

View the Cancellation and Refund Policy to be aware of your options.

Prepare for Momma + Baby Yoga Class

Arrive 10-15 minutes early to set up and use the restroom.

Yoga Now has props: bolsters, blankets, cork blocks, straps and mats. (However, for hygienic purposes we encourage you to bring your own mat.)

Wear comfortable, breathable clothing. Layers work well in the cooler months. The room is set at about 70-75 degrees.

Do not wear any scents (i.e. lotions, perfumes or colognes.)

Typically yoga is practiced on an empty belly (refraining from meals 2-3 hours before practice.) If possible, notice if you can avoid eating before class.

  • Being a mom is a never-ending job. Prioritizing your food and beverage intake is almost laughable. If you need to eat before coming to class - eat! Just like in Prenatal Yoga: perhaps avoid that chili cheese dog until after class, but enjoy a small sandwich, veggies, fruit or crackers to tide you over.

Most importantly: please do not leave early. Allowing time for savasana seals the work you have done... even if you're walking around the room with baby. Becoming aware of your body, mind and breath is my goal to assist you through this phase in your life. Embrace the moment of no expectations... and maybe some stillness with a wiggly baby.

FAQ's

When to Start and Stop Attending

Typically moms are ready between 6-12 weeks after delivery. (General rule of thumb: vaginal birth will take about 4-6 weeks; c-section will take about 6-12 weeks to recover enough to attend.) Every woman heals differently. Once you and baby feel ready or you have received the okay from your healthcare provider, then come on in!

This class is designed with mom as the focal point. Once baby begins to crawl he/she becomes more of a distraction for mom. This often occurs between 8-10 months of age. Mom will notice how she’s chasing baby most of the time; rather than participating. This is the cue that baby is ready to graduate into a new class.

What to Bring to Class

For Mom

  • Wear comfortable clothing to allow yourself to bend forward and stretch sideways without the need to constantly adjust clothing.
  • Nursing bra or sports top to make breastfeeding quick and convenient.
  • A yoga mat, however there are extras to borrow.
  • Water bottle, if desired.

For Baby

  • At least one extra blanket for baby to lay or sit on during class.
  • Favorite toy(s) and/or soother(s.)
  • Bring into studio:
    • baby carrier, if using one
    • diaper bag: bottles, spit up blankets, an extra outfit, diapers, wipes and plastic bags for soiled disposable diapers.

What to do with Baby During Class

Baby does not have to participate in any or all of the class. Simply *or not so simply* getting out of the house is a feat within itself! There are no expectations here. Mom has full freedom to involve baby or allow baby some rest/alone time. Baby remains in gazing distance and arms-length away the whole time.

Babies wiggle, cry, and make noises. That's how they communicate - it's all good! Sometimes babies want to be fed or held for part of the time; other times babies are excited to watch and listen to fellow baby yogis/yoginis. Do whatever you need to do to keep baby and you happy. (i.e. change diaper, breast or bottle feed, walk around the room, pause/breath, offer a toy, hum/sign/talk to soothe baby, etc.) 

A Note About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is welcomed! Mom and Baby Yoga is the perfect place to explore breastfeeding in public. With the increasing hype in the media, especially social media, moms will find great comfort transitioning from home to public through this class.

For those who bottle feed: you are still nursing your baby. Having breast and bottle fed both my children, there is an extra effort it takes on mom’s end to not “check out” during bottle feedings. Breastfeeding moms can do it, too, once they get into the swing of it.

When you are feeding your baby, I encourage you to fully participate with your baby – most of the time. Sometimes you just need to get something else done, I hear that! Other times, gaze at baby, feel your breath and baby’s breath, look, explore baby. You are nurturing baby through touch, breath, sound, eyes and food. Enjoy the feedings, this baby has chosen you!

After Class

Get the stroller ready or baby-wear your little one and enjoy a lunch with the other moms at any of the great local restaurants in Keego Harbor! It's a fun time to sit back, see what other mothers are doing (or not doing) and begin to get comfortable taking baby out of your home. 

Personally, my favorite part of going to postnatal yoga classes was to go out to eat with other moms! That's what got me to class! hahaha...

About Elise

I'm a RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) and RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher) rooted in the Hatha tradition, and the Samkhya philosophy; however I attend a variety of classes, like Kundalini. I’m living my dharma (purpose) by creating a community to assist women during the rite of passage into motherhood through the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual qualities of the yoga practice.

In addition to yoga, I'm a mom of two beautiful children and have many interests including Feng Shui, Reiki, alternative healing methods, harnessing my intuition and whatever else inspires me along the way!

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