Under the guidance of Amelia Er, instructor at Yogabugs Singapore, Yann Yann, who used to practise yoga, returns to the mat.
LOOSENING UP To help Vera relax, Amelia plays a soothing children’s track and brings out some toys. Then the track switches to the cheery Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Amelia shows Yann Yann poses for the song. She, in turn, helps Vera to reach the different parts of her body.
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
As part of the jungle adventure theme, Yann Yann and Vera imitate animal actions. They lie on their bellies – like snakes – for a spinal stretch. Amelia encourages them to make hissing noises, as it allows babies to exercise their facial muscles and vocal cords.
Yann Yann gets into the downward dog pose – palms and feet on the floor and hips lifted up so she resembles an inverted V. But Vera, who’s supposed to lie on her back, decides to stand up and flash a cheeky smile.
SEE ME FLY!
Calling this the “Flying Bird” pose, Amelia gets Yann Yann to lie on her back and lift her legs 90 degrees, before propping Vera on her shins. “Vera loves being up in the air – I’ve been doing this with her since she was a few months old. I always say, ‘ Vera, you’re a butterfly!’ And she’ll gurgle at me happily,” laughs Yann Yann.
WAY UP HIGH
Towards the end of the session, Vera becomes cranky and starts whimpering, so Yann Yann hoists her onto her shoulders. Amelia then asks Yann Yann to perform squats with Vera there. “Yann Yann can calm Vera down and get a workout while doing this,” says Amelia.