Itsy Bitsy Yoga®
What is Itsy Bitsy Yoga®?
Itsy Bitsy Yoga® is a fun and gentle developmentally-centered program for young children and their parents. Itsy Bitsy Yoga® was developed by Helen Garabedian, Certified Yoga Teacher and Infant Developmental Movement Educator and Author of two best-selling books.
Itsy Bitsy Yoga offers parents and caregivers three class options depending on their child’s age and developmental stage. There are Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes for babies, tots, and tykes. Collectively you can enjoy over 125 Itsy Bitsy Yoga poses, rhymes and activities that provide developmentally nutritious interaction between parent and child. This nurturing program gives parents and caregivers the tools and support they need to bond with, and comfort their little ones as they grow into their bodies and explore their surroundings.
Even celebrities like Courtney Cox, Tori Spelling and Adam Sandler are practicing Itsy Bitsy Yoga with their little ones. The TV Guide Network recently featured Itsy Bitsy Yoga in their 2009 Building the Hollywood Body special — check it out!
Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga®
Ages: Newborn to Nearly Crawling
Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes contain dozens of unique yoga postures designed to support baby’s development. Each class is filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep.
During a Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga class, babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For parents, this class is a special opportunity to meet other moms and dads, get support, and learn about baby’s emerging personality. Most of the yoga we do in Itsy Bitsy Yoga is for baby, but you will also learn breathing and relaxation techniques as you practice a bit of yoga yourself. No yoga experience required.
Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga was created by Helen Garabedian, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, yoga teacher, and mother. Each class is taught by Anna Starikov, a trained and certified facilitator.
Tot Itsy Bitsy Yoga®
Ages: Crawling to 24 months
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tots is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class. As tot’s mobility increases, classes offer tot-centric poses that encourage and support their physical explorations. Tots become more confident in their moving bodies as they practice yoga both in and out of class.
During a Tots Itsy Bitsy Yoga class crawlers and walkers playfully practice yoga postures while they are standing, sitting up, walking, and jumping. Parents also get to do a little yoga, but no yoga experience is required.
Tots Itsy Bitsy Yoga was created by Helen Garabedian, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, yoga teacher, and mother. Each class is taught by Anna Starikov, a trained and certified facilitator.
Tyke Itsy Bitsy Yoga®
Ages: 2 and 3 year olds
|Tykes Itsy Bitsy Yoga combines unique toddler-friendly yoga poses with songs, stories, and games to create an enriching parent/child activity. Each class is personalized around tyke’s curiosities as they learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. Tykes also learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills, and increase attention span by actively following directions. Help your tyke build the foundation for a healthy and fit lifestyle while having fun! No yoga experience required. Blossoming Yogis typically offers Tykes yoga for one session during the summer (usually in July.) Contact Anna to be added to the waiting list.|
|Developed by Helen Garabedian, an Infant/Early Childhood Developmental Movement Educator, yoga teacher, and mom of a tyke. Each class is taught by Anna Starikov, a trained and certified facilitator.|
Little Family Itsy Bitsy Yoga®
Ages: 2 and 3 year olds PLUS any Younger Siblings
|The Little Family Itsy Bitsy Yoga class follows the Tykes description above PLUS younger siblings can also join the class! Finally, a program suitable for BOTH kids! Blossoming Yogis is currently not offering Little Family yoga classes. Please contact Anna for more information.|
Benefits of Sharing Yoga with your Little Ones
There are many benefits of practicing yoga. As adults, yoga provides an opportunity for us to turn off the hustle and bustle of our busy lives and focus our energy on ourselves. It helps us find our center, works on our balance and strength, focuses us on our breathing, improves our overall health and much, much more.
As parents, our goal is to help our kids develop into well-balanced and centered individuals. Many of the same benefits that we enjoy from yoga also apply to children who practice yoga (even babies!). The Itsy Bitsy Yoga® (IBY) program, established by Helen Garabedian, a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, Certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator, USUI Reiki Master, IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Certified Pregnancy Yoga Teacher and Level One Brain Gym graduate, is tailored specifically for babies, tots and tykes and as she outlines on her site, parent participants, early childhood professionals, and yoga texts repeatedly report the following benefits:
Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga® Benefits:
- Deepen the parent/child bond
- Help baby sleep longer and better
- Improve baby’s digestion and ease tummy troubles
- Relieve fussiness and colic
- Discover ways to enhance your baby’s motor development
- Strengthen the immune system
- Encourage neuromuscular development
Tot & Tyke Itsy Bitsy Yoga® Benefits:
- Deepen the parent/child bond
- Improve body-awareness
- Playfully relieve stress and frustration
- Increase your child’s attention span
- Provide an outlet for social interaction
- Nurture self-esteem and creativity
- Build a fit, healthy lifestyle
Parent/Caregiver Itsy Bitsy Yoga® Benefits:
- Discover your child’s personality and learning style
- Learn ways to calm your child
- Build your confidence as a parent
- Reduce your stress and anxiety
- Create memorable moments with your child
- Engage in a structured physical activity
- Get more sleep!