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5 Reasons “Baby Yoga” is a Bad Idea

5 Reasons Baby Yoga is a Bad Idea

“Come join us for baby yoga!” they say. “Mom and baby can bond together in this relaxing class!” boasts the “Meetup” description. “Will you attend?” Hell, YES! Won’t it be so awesome to meet other moms, and conjure up my inner zen?

No. Just, NO. I did learn a lesson, however: baby yoga is a GODDAMN OXYMORON, and a bad idea for many reasons. Here’s what you’ll experience if you choose to sign up for one of these “classes”:

5 Reasons “Baby Yoga” is a Bad Idea

  1. You will hate yourself. What the f@#$ was I thinking? Had I become so delusional from being at home, that in a moment of what could only be explained as pure idiocy, I thought this would be even mildly relaxing? The self-deprecating kicked in right away when I hadn’t even unraveled my yoga mat and Penelope began trying to eat my flip flops. After I explained to her that my shoes were not part of Buddha’s Feast, and moved them far away, I managed to lay out my mat. We were on our way to Zen…right? Not so much.
  2. You’ll look the exact opposite of graceful. The instructor guided us into “tree” pose, which for you non-yogis, looks like this:5 Reason Baby Yoga Sucks
    However, my version looked more like “decrepit tree with a horrible twitch being eaten by termites” (sorry, couldn’t find a Google image to represent this so you’ll have to use your imagination for this one), because I kept having to jerk forward unexpectedly while keeping one eye open. Penelope sits up these days – yay! – but still has the tendency to perform a move I dubbed as “pulling the parachute” when, without warning, she dive-bombs herself backward for reasons I can’t understand. It’s hard to balance on one foot with your hands in “prayer” position and your eyes closed when you have baby Evel Knievel seated at the edge of your mat.
  3. You won’t be relaxing at any point – not even during the “meditation” at the end: “Let’s take a few minutes now to lay back on our mats and meditate,” said the instructor. The stereo played peaceful, serene music, peppered with the “Tibetan singing bowl bell gong” that is said to promote healing and relaxation. And it may have been effective, had Penelope not scooted to the edge of my yoga mat and let out a giant, bellowing “ROARRRRRR!!” throughout the entire track.”No, no,” I thought. “Can’t she just cry?” At least if she were crying, I could have been all “Awwww, baby has a wet diaper” but nooooo, she decided to let her vocal chords explode repeatedly, fists clenched, being sure she made eye contact with every mom and baby in the room as she spewed her wrath of disapproval for this godforsaken class. Not even the newborns were spared from her ruthless protest, some of whom awoke from the commotion. I’m sure you could imagine I scored a big fat goose egg in the “new mom friend” department that day. Way to keep the peace, Miss P.
  4. There may be safety issues… At some point during your class your instructor may think it’s a genius idea to “do lunges around the room, while holding your baby in your arms!” People without small children, go ahead and give it a try. Seriously, I’ll wait; go grab a 15 lb sandbag and prance around your living with it. Now do this barefoot while stepping over other people’s yoga garb as your little sandbag comes to life and starts stiff-arming your face and shoving its fingers in your nose while wondering why its mommy is acting like a total freaking weirdo. Um, death lunges, anyone? It’s all coming together now why they make us sign that “release of liability” form before class.
  5. But you WILL feel like you’re back on Spring break, just like in your college days! Yes, you read that correctly! The class will bring you right back to those nights in Mexico: beautiful weather, peaceful breeze – and you, unable to enjoy any of it because you are preoccupied with reeling your drunk friend in from barging into people’s personal space at the bar. Just like your tipsy friend, your baby will be the uninvited guest all up in the grills of everyone in the room. Except now imagine you put her on a segway, since she doesn’t have any alcohol in her system slowing her down. Blink for just a moment too long and she’ll creep up on the other moms when they least expect it and be all, “Oh heyyyy! Can I pull your hair? Your armpits smell pretty. Wanna be friends?” Just like in Mexico, you’ll probably have to call it a night earlier than you would have preferred.

Meetup, you meant well, but I’ll change my RSVP to “no” for this one.


Alessandra Macaluso is the author of What a Good Eater! , Lucy the Bee and the Healing Honey, and The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. Sheโ€™s also a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor, and overall wellness advocate. Her work has been featured in several anthologies which can all be found on her Amazon author page, and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, and many other online publications.

Alessandra is a northerner-turned-southerner, enjoying the south with her children, Penelope and Ciro, and her husband, Greg.

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I think ill pass as well. Not to mention wearing yoga pants around strangers is the last thing I want to be doing with this baby gut!

Aubrey – YES! Haha. Glad I saved you the time! Your little one is A-dorable!

Yeah, I tried it twice when Fiona was 2 months old. Went ok, because she just layed there. But the other babies were ontop of me the whole time, and I thought I could never do this once Fiona starts moving!!! Never again!

Amen Stacey!! Most were younger when I went, too. They should say it is for newborns only!

Yep. That is exactly how it was for me, but add in I was a nursing mother and guess who was hungry during meditation. Yeah, that was a fun class. I think we were all giving each other these looks of apology every five seconds as the instructor just carried on while we all did more baby wrangling than yoga.

HAHA so much for “meditation”, Veronica! They are crazy to even tease us with these classes….no way are they relaxing!

This was just too funny. The finger in the nose, the liability form . . . I was cracking up. I actually thought about a yoga class for my son and I, but as I’m watching him cry because his hood is attached to his shirt, I realize that I made the right call not signing up. Really loved this — even linked to it on my FB page!

“as I’m watching him cry because his hood is attached to his shirt…” HAHA Jess! Yes, you totally made the right call! So glad you liked it, and thanks for the share!

I’m taking a yoga class and thinking of dropping it. I’m basically expected to bring the baby to the class and ignor the baby for an hour so I can do yoga. The baby isn’t included in the class hence no bonding time. The instructor tells me not to look at the baby and she will take care if him. Also my baby wanders the room and has touched other moms in the butt and the instructor stops teaching and takes my baby to her mat and plays with my baby during the class instead of doing poses. It has turned into a yoga class with an instructor that wants to hold babies.

That sounds totally WEIRD! Kind of defeats the purpose, no??

Yes the class advertisement said bond with baby with baby yoga. It’s misleading.

Very! Haha.

Thanks for responding I know this is an old post ha. I spoke to the owner ofnthe studio and asked her why we were bringing the babies to class if they are just on the floor alone for an hour and I’d rather get a sitter if the baby wasn’t included in the class and getting nothing from it. The owner was very nice and told me the instructor is new to baby yoga so she is going to get the more experienced ones to work with her. I’m going to give the class one more try but if it doesn’t get better I will use credits and switch to a regular yoga class. I feel like I’ve wasted money on this class and I’m getting a bait and switch. Oye. Thanks for listening to my rant ha-ha.

Oh, anytime! Rants are always welcome haha ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck!!

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