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Mother and Baby Yoga

Mother and baby yoga is an exercise system focused on yoga practice for new mothers who are accompanied by their babies. This style of yoga combines yoga techniques and exercises with bonding activities between mothers and their babies, sometimes even including the baby as part of the pose or exercise. This style of yoga places a high emphases on sound, movement, touch, and social aspects. The movements are gentle, as they are designed to be inclusive of women at various levels of postnatal fitness or with limited yoga experience. Mother and baby yoga classes are often designed to facilitate social networks between new mothers. Although geared toward mothers, this style of yoga usually welcomes other caregivers, including fathers, grandparents, or nannies. Like other forms of yoga that have grown in global popularity, it has become increasingly available as a commercialized form of exercise.

Is this activity known by any other names?

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Yoga is estimated to originate during 5th Century BCE, as part of Hinduism and Buddhism, and was introduced to Europe and North American by Indian yoga gurus during the early 20th century. The exact origins of mother and baby yoga in Canada and the GTA are unclear.

Who takes part?

The vast majority of participants are mothers of diverse ethnocultural backgrounds who recently gave birth. Occasionally, fathers or other caregivers participate.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Mother and baby yoga occurs year-round in the GTA, during regular classes at yoga studios.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

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Cultural Significance

Historically, yoga has significant cultural significance in Buddhism and Hinduism. Today, yoga has become a popular mainstream form of exercise that may or may not carry spiritual significance. Mother and baby yoga can be a significant social activity for new mothers.

Is there anything else we should know?

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Categories

Exercise System
  • Fireflow Yoga
    71 Essex St
    Toronto, ON M6G 1T4
  • Spynga
    477 Eglinton Ave. W
    Toronto, ON M5N 1A7
  • 889 Yoga
    889 Yonge St.
    Toronto, ON M4W 2H2
  • Union Yoga and Wellness
    956 Bloor St W
    Toronto, ON M6H 1L6
  • Yogatree
    123 Dundas St. W.
    Toronto, ON M5G 1C4
  • Breathe Yoga and Wellness Centre
    2968 Dundas St. W., 3rd floor
    Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8
  • Gravitate Studio
    1947 Avenue Road, Suite 206
    Toronto, ON M5M 4A2
  • Padma Yogi
    1066 The Queensway
    Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1P7
  • Toronto Yoga Mamas Inc
    1402 Queen St E
    Toronto, ON M4L 1C7
  • Fitmom
    361 Danforth Ave
    Toronto, ON M4K 1P1

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