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07.19.10 The latest trend in babyland: yoga classes for toddlers and babies


We all know the benefits of yoga in adults, pregnant or not. But now, this popular exercise may help your wriggling toddler achieve inner peace, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Experts say yoga is calming for children, teaches more awareness about their bodies and can help with their development, the Journal says. However, a behavorial pediatrician noted in the article that the positive, calming effect on young children "is a theory, not a fact." She did acknowledge that as long as a child is having fun in the yoga class, it's not going to do any harm either.

In the article, the writer-mom attended yoga classes and tried a yoga DVD at home. Afterward, the children involved in the testing (a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old) "didn't seem noticeably more chilled out ... but yoga did amuse them." The article's writer enjoyed introducing a de-stressing practice that her children will hopefully use when they're older, she wrote.

Yoga can be especially valuable to moms-to-be. No matter your pregnancy stage, our prenatal yoga programs can keep your body toned and flexible (and ready for labor!), plus provide emotional comfort.

Check out our Yoga for Two plan, in which a yoga master to the stars helps you harness your strength and connect with your baby.

And after baby arrives, yoga is also a great way to lose the pregnancy weight and bond with your little one. Try our yoga mama moves, designed to improve your endurance for those everyday tasks of new motherhood.

Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.