My thoughts on yoga have always been the same – that it’s a slow, boring yet fundamental practice, similar to ballet for me. Growing up dancing, I always knew the importance of the practice. If you have a strong foundation, everything else can build from that. But unlike ballet, I stayed far away from any form of yoga class. That was until I became pregnant with my little man. Your body goes through so many changes that I knew integrating yoga into my workout routine would be truly beneficial as my body grew and changed, both for me and the baby. Unfortunately, my first experience was less than ideal. Like any other workout class, the instructor is key and mine was just not my cup of tea. It was less about stretching and moving your body and more about connecting with it spiritually. Yeah, I’m good, but thanks. Let’s just say I did not go back. For the remainder of my pregnancy, I took to my mat at home.
Fast forward a few months, I have an adorable infant boy and this momma was wanting to get out of the house, connect with my new bundle of joy and stretch out the aches and pains that this new mother was feeling from trying to carry him as much as I could. To the world wide web I go and into my life walks Haillie Dumont and Vega Vitality. Since finding this class we have been every week, no questions. Haillie is truly a pleasure to learn from, extremely knowledgeable and Brodeman loves her! The class is Mom & Baby Yoga. The space is beautiful and pint-sized, perfect for small group classes. The view of Copley Square from the studio doesn’t hurt either!
Mom and Baby Yoga is the perfect meld of time spent practicing with your baby and time spent on you and your needs as a mother. Haillie always starts out the class asking if there are any special requests for areas of our body that we would like to focus attention on that day. So you know she cares about you and doesn’t have a generic set of poses and stretches already set out. Class then begins by stretching out your munchkin – lengthening his/her arms and legs, doing cross-body stretches, rolling out their hips. After about 20 minutes of focus on your baby, class then moves on to the mothers. She is really great about making sure you have proper alignment and that the moves are truly targeting those areas that needed further work. The little ones get to hang out with you on their own yoga mat, on your yoga mat, visiting their neighbor baby or in their car seat in the room. My little man pretty much spends the time rolling about giggling with his favorite giraffe or flirting with the other ladies. Class always ends with savasana. If at anytime during class you need to feed your infant, change them or do anything at all, you can feel free. It’s a very warm and welcoming environment.
I will definitely miss this class once the little man becomes more mobile!
Vega Vitality is located at 551 Boylston Street on the 4th floor.
Mom and Baby Yoga runs on Wednesday’s at 11am.