So I have finally got round to recording some of our favourite songs we use in YesYoga Mamas Post Natal Mum and Baby classes.
A complication of 12 songs, sung by me, Tess and including a healing breath practice and a guided relaxation.
These are great to use on their own or incorporated with simple movement and stretches to help nourish and restore.
HERE ARE 3 TRACKS TO SAMPLE FOR FREE FROM THE PLAYLIST.
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If you like and wish to sing along at home, or out and about with your baba/’s, then you can purchase the whole playlist here.
The power of Song
“Music is a language without words”
From as early as 24 weeks in uteri, babies can show response to sounds, voices and music, From the third trimester a baby will recognise their own mothers voice, music and songs which are played to them. As Sally Goddard states, music imposes order, structure, timing, and rhythm to sounds… In terms of evolution and development it can be understood at the most primitive level.
What is so powerful is that music is processed in the brain at all levels and can impact and affect our heart rate, breathing, limbic system, feelings and emotions. Music can can actually cause the cortex to create visual images and associations and as such music permeates on all levels of our human makeup. I have seen both in my own children, those I have worked with as a teacher and in mum and baby classes, how a child who has yet to develop speech, can imitate simple rhythms. Traditionally most vocal music and chants were learned by heart through repetition. The benefits of singing for adults is the practising of songs usually done through repetition, actually enhances short term memory.
There is a deep ancient lineage that echos through the music and songs, passed down from our ancestors and which often go on to form a very familiar and comforting tool used by parents, families and those working with children today. The use of song has been embedded in traditional practice and culture, around the globe, and stands as a beautiful symbol of unity and connectivity, and a vibrant, living connection of past with present day.
The impact of music, song and lullabies is profound in its ability to soothe, the effects of which can be felt from the womb and continue to resonate, powerfully into adulthood. Musical meaning as Sally Goddard explains, is achieved without words, and is created through visual images in the mind of the listener, a right-brain function.
Benefits of firing up the Right Hemisphere
When learning is strongly linked with sensory-motor activity - movement, rhyme, rhythm or song, the right hemisphere of the brain is highly active. The evolutionary exploration of childhood serves to build connections within the brain both higher and lower cognitive processing and activation of the left and right hemispheres. Primitive and postural reflexes, must of which are present from varying stages of gestation unto around the age of 3 years, act like the building blocks and functional stages of maturation to our central nervous system. As a baby or a child, active use of music, songs and rhythms help to enrich their experiences and learning, even if they are unable to attach meaning, this information is stored and available when needed.
Songs for the Soul
I am a huge advocate for the power of singing for parents too. For its ability to soothe their own nervous system, to speak to their intuitive self and to impact on a visceral level.
As Betty Ewards suggests in ‘Drawing on the right side of the brain’, we could all be great artists if we could quieten the noise from the left side of our brain. The right side of our brain connects us to our intuitive, creative self and has been compared to viewing the world freely as through a Childs eyes, away from the constrictions of logic, time and realism.
So get involved, SING, MOVE, STRETCH, SHAKE, SKANK, BREATH, RELEASE AND RELAX.
ENJOY and all the love and light to you and your babas
Links / Reference
The well balanced child- Sally Goddard 2005
Magical Parent, Magical Child: The Art of Playful Parenting-Michael Mendizza 2004
Drawing on the right side of the brain- Betty Edwards 2013