Published: Thursday 19 March 2020

Understanding many of the principles of yoga that adults practice is important in baby and toddler yoga, including breathing. We look at this as part of our baby yoga instructor course and toddler yoga instructor course. Here's an overview to start you off.

The breath in yoga is seen as the vital source or 'Prana'. The body requires oxygen in various levels dependent on the things we are doing, for example if we are increasing our level of exercise then more energy is required. With increased exercise the respiratory rate increases and brings in more oxygen for energy and brain function. The opposite happens with relaxation as the need for oxygen is less and therefore breathing is slower and deeper.

With yoga type exercise, breath and brain concentration are combined. During asanas and poses concentration is focused on the breath. The control of breathing shifts from brain stem / medulla oblongata to cerebral cortex (evolved part of brain). The thoughts and emotions are by-passed and mind can experience focus, and calm awareness.

The emotional stress and random/ ad hoc thoughts are removed (although may pop up initially!). Emotions can create tension in muscles, stiffness and blockages to the flow of prana. Awareness of the breath helps manage emotional disturbances and makes the prana or energy free flowing.

Also if the breath is focused on making movements it can help in controlling the movements. This in turn can help reduce the risk of injury. The muscles work in a systematic way with greater coordination with the nervous system. Neuro-muscular coordination is better.

Yoga recommends smooth, relaxed awareness of inhalation and exhalation during the practice. The mind is focused and the awareness can be concentrated on the positive thoughts.

Breathing forms an integral part of baby and toddler yoga sessions, and is part of our Certificate in Teaching Baby Yoga course and Certificate in Teaching Toddler and Pre-school Yoga Instructor course.

If you'd like to learn to teach baby yoga or toddler/preschool yoga we have face-to-face courses coming up in locations across the UK later in the year (depending on Government advice) including Brighton, Manchester, London, Glasgow and Doncaster.

Both courses are also available as an online distance learning option. As we are all currently under Government instructions to stay at home, we are pleased to be offering reductions on all of our distance learning courses including £100 off our baby and toddler teacher courses. Take a look on the booking system now.


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