Yoga has the potential for reducing stress, improving fitness and managing chronic conditions. According to the Mayo Clinic, yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice.

Several area yoga studios offer a variety of classes for every fitness level. And one in particular is targeting the youngest generation.

“We just wanted to see how we could incorporate baby in daily life,” says Sierra Roberts, who had her first child, Owen, in July. “So I thought it would be fun to add a class for other moms and babies to build friendships and grow.”

Ms. Roberts is one of the instructors at The Yoga Room, 410 Felix St. The studio recently started a baby yoga class 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. Their first class on Dec. 5 brought in 10 mothers and their little ones.

“We just tried to create a really nurturing environment for breast-feeding, it’s fine, open and everybody can be comfortable, and if babies need to be changed, cry,” she says. “All chill.”

As long as they can hold their heads up unsupported, baby yoga would work for them, Ms. Roberts says.

With three children of her own and more than a decade of yoga under her belt, Emily Fite feels it’s important to include family, especially children.

I just wanted to incorporate yoga into my kids’ lives so they can learn tools of stress reduction and balance and connection with the earth and animals,” says Ms. Fite, the owner of The Yoga Room.

A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety as well as enhance moods and sense of well-being, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Hopefully it gives (children) a different perspective and a deeper connection with the earth and their bodies,” Ms. Fite says. “Children are still learning to relax. We’re all still on that journey I think.”

Jennifer Hall can be reached at jenn.hall@newspressnow.com.

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