Being a new mom can be isolating and overwhelming, which is why I’ve found going to classes to be really helpful. It gives us a reason to leave the house along with a safe baby destination to get to, plus, connecting with other moms has been incredibly comforting and I learn a ton, especially in our mommy and me class. Here are three of my favorite classes:
Mother + Baby is our modern approach to the classic mommy and me programming. Their curriculum is a rich experience for new mothers that is both therapeutic and educational. The details:
-There are 8 classes each series. Each class is 90 minutes.
-Mother + Baby spans from 0 to 24 months and baby’s are grouped by birth date.
-Groups are facilitated in a strength-based style focused on building you up.
-Topics include self-care, navigating relationship transitions, sex and intimacy and going back to work for mama and temperament, sleep routine, feeding, play, separation anxiety, self-esteem and language acquisition for baby.
Led by my birth doula who is an incredible yoga teacher, this class is designed to nourish and empower you during your postpartum stage while building a supportive, healing and loving community. It’s essentially a yoga class with your baby and is meant to feed your spirit, strengthen your body, connect with new mothers + celebrate this magical time with baby! The details:
-Each 6-week series set in a small group setting.
-Postnatal yoga + postpartum fitness including pelvic floor + proper core integration
-Baby + mama rituals including baby massage + baby yoga
-Weekly discussion on topics related to Postpartum healing, integrating into your new life, discovering your baby’s unique rhythm, and the importance of sharing and connecting with a support system of mothers.
-Meditation + tea time
-Sessions are 90 minutes
This is a really fun one and they’ll come to someone’s home if you can put together a large enough group (we go to a friends house and it’s great!). It’s all about sensory conditioning. Here are the details:
– Sessions are 8 weeks long and meet once a week for one hour
-Classes start with stretching and end with infant massage.
-In the middle, they use multi-sensory cues to stimulate the brain to include visual tracking, audio tracking, gentle gross motor skills, music & movement, and vestibular activities.
-Much emphasis is placed on attachment and bonding and parent/caretaker – child interaction and communication.
-A lot of “sensory conditioning” happens in these beginning classes. These are our youngest “brainy babies”!
What classes in LA have you been loving?