While the birth of a new baby is a joyous occasion, the weeks that follow can be emotionally trying for a new mother, particularly when dealing with postpartum depression, colic or both. If there were a way for these women to exercise stress management and emotional regulation, the life balance between mother and child could be restored. Thankfully, yoga can teach these skills to new moms.
Furthermore, if a woman can practice these abilities, she may pass it on to her baby, wrote pediatrician Claudia Gold, who said that infants can only learn self-comfort in the arms of an adult they trust. When it comes to colic, it's in the baby's best interest for mom to remain cool and level-headed.
"The point is that moms, particularly under the stress of colic and/or postpartum depression, need help with their own emotional regulation," Gold wrote in her blog. "Using the body to help the brain, through yoga, martial arts, swimming or even simply walking can be an important intervention that is good for the whole family!"
New mothers who are interested in learning some mind-body skills can seek out Dahn yoga locations. They may meet women in the same boat – about one-fifth of babies go through a colicky period, according to the National Institutes of Health!