Why mama and baba yoga…?
It’s what I’ve always wanted to do – a hands-on job, working with people while keeping my mind and body active. But, somehow I fell into an office career.
My education-to-work path was pretty standard – uni, travelling, London, job and then things started to change…met my wonderful hubby, travelled around South America and got married. A career in youth marketing continued back in London until our little baba Rio came along in the summer of 2013.
Going back to work wasn’t an option – agency life with a baba and busy hubby was going to be too much to juggle. Despite my employees wanting the company to be a baby positive place, in reality agency life isn’t a nine to five, five days a week job – it’s a hell of a lot more! And I didn’t want to lose out on each and every precious moment with baba Rio – life’s just too short.
By guest blogger Almon Caspersz
Multiple careers not just multiple jobs – these days’ people change careers more often than they used to change jobs. My grandparents ran the local post office in a tiny village in West Wales from their teenage years until they retired. For me this will be career number two, and I really hope it works out, but I might add on a career number three (a hotel in the sun!) and four (??) along the way too…
Having a baby changes you – it’s a cliché, but it’s true. I knew things would be different after Rio came along but I didn’t really understand just how different. My priorities have changed completely. I’m now, as my hubby says, two people – I’ve been split in two. And now that’s happened, it would feel wrong to go back to doing what I did before.
Baba yoga is awesome – Rio and I eased our way into yoga via baby massage. Our weekly class was a special time set-aside just for the two of us, away from daily chores of being a new mama. Rio responded well, and we continue to go to yoga every week. Now he can play his own role in the class and enjoys learning new movements through rhymes and songs – although now he’s mobile he also likes running around and exploring his new environment! For me, it’s been great to see him develop and grow more confident, while it’s also been a nice way to meet other mamas.
Rio is a strong little boy – both in body and mind. Strangers often comment on how calm and cheerful he is and I believe yoga has contributed quite a bit to this. My hope it that others get to experience what I have, and enjoy the awesomeness of mama and baba yoga.
Free classes take place at 2.30pm on Tuesdays at The Boiler House Community Space in Cazenove Road. Classes are for babas three months to crawling. Please bring a blanket.