1. It gets you out of the house and interacting with other moms who totally understand what you are going through, and who won’t bat an eyelash when you talk about things like pee or poop or that you haven’t slept since you were 6 months preggo.
For centuries and still in many cultures today, mothers have banded together in a community of support. It’s not just because it’s a nice thing to do—it’s a NECESSITY. Motherhood is the MOST important role in the world, and was never meant to be experienced in isolation. We’ve all heard of the expression “It takes a village to raise a child”. Well, it also takes a tribe to raise a mother.
2. The social aspect of a Salsa Babies class leads to incresed happiness, less stress and a healthier immune system. Who doesn’t want-and need-that?!
3. Learning to dance while holding your baby close to your body is an incredible BONDING experience. Dance and movement is the song of the soul, and sharing this with your little one enhances those nurturing feelings that can never be described by anyone else except a mom. Feelings that might be waning at 2am when your precious baby is screaming their head off.
4. You’re able to go out and do something for YOU with your baby along for the ride, getting huge benefits from the music, movement and bonding. Less stress with organizing child care and mommy milk is still within reach. Nap time? Many babies doze off peacefully in mommy’s carrier while she’s dancing. Sleeping baby=bliss!!
5. You’ll get a great workout that’s FUN. ‘Nuff said.
6. It’ll improve your memory. Seriously! Check out this article and study at http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-pictures/health-benefits-of-dance.aspx#/slide-2: “aerobic exercise actually reverses volume loss of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory.” Got “mommy brain”? Learning new dance steps and choreography is like a crossword: you’ll recreate connections and start to remember things for longer than 7 seconds.
8. Dancing significantly reduces depression, especially if it’s upbeat (see #5). For any mom experiencing postpartum or depression in general, a Salsa Babies class a wonderful way to alleviate symptoms and become more connected with beautiful self again.
9. You’ll get an energy boost. Yes, even if you feel tired, just a few minutes in a Salsa Babies warm up will help you feel more awake, and in a healthier way than downing your 6th cup of coffee. (Yes, it’s those endorphins again!)
10. Your amazing loving HEART will be nurtured too. According to http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-pictures/health-benefits-of-dance.aspx#/slide-6, people who had cardiovascular problems reported significantly improved heart health as compared to those who biked or walked.
Can you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!
Give yourself a BIG hug, and see you in class!
For an awesome commentary on the importance of mothers supporting each other, check out http://www.huffingtonpost.com/motherwoman/it-takes-a-village-to-rai_b_4393052.html