Babies Project | 15 W. 26th St., 10th floor New York, NY 10010
In their first years of life, babies learn to negotiate gravity and locomote by finding midline, rolling over, sitting up, crawling and eventually walking. These learning experiences are the building blocks for self-awareness, effective movement strategies and integrated relationships.
Come learn to see and appreciate what babies are already doing. Babies are learning new skills all the time and the progression of little steps is as important as getting to the big landmarks of sitting, crawling and walking. Learn how to help your baby develop the skills to get into and out of different levels and positions so they can start negotiating the world on their own terms.
These group sessions are structured as open exploring time, where certified Infant Developmental Movement Educators (IDMEs) are available to support the infants in their process, and talk to parents and caregivers about any questions that might come up.
The IDMEs focus on principles such as “baby ball,” balancing extension with flexion, the value of “small falls”, and prioritizing the process of learning rather than achieving a particular position. These sessions are an opportunity to explore the reflexes, movement patterns and pathways for sensory and motor development that help babies learn to move successfully.
Babies! is intended for babies from newborn to walking and their caregivers. Planning and expectant parents, as well as adults of all ages, are welcome to come and observe.
Read testimonials from caregivers about our Babies! sessions.
Amy Matthews, CMA, IDME, BMC Teacher, RSMT/RSME has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a yoga therapist and yoga teacher.
Amy is the co-founder and co-director of Babies Project with Sarah Barnaby. Previously she was a director of The Breathing Project, and co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy (published by Human Kinetics).
Amy is a Program Director for the School for Body-Mind Centering, Educational Director of the SME Program for Moving Within in Oregon, and teaches on SME & IDME Programs in the US, Germany and Italy. She taught for four years with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen in Berkeley CA, and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years.
Amy has participated several times in Gil Hedley’s dissection workshops, and has studied kinesthetic anatomy with Irene Dowd and BMC with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She has studied yoga with Alison West, Mark Whitwell, Genny Kapular and Kevin Gardiner, and full-contact karate with Sensei Michelle Gay.
Amy is certified as a yoga teacher and as a Motherhand Shiatsu practitioner, is registered with ISMETA as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator and has been registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 RYT. She teaches embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in the US and internationally, and works privately integrating Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, yoga, Body-Mind Centering and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).
Sarah teaches developmental movement to babies of all ages in NYC. She also teaches yoga asana and anatomy in group classes and private sessions. She is the co-founder and co-director of Babies Project with Amy Matthews.
Sarah is also certified in Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga (EDMY) and Embodied Anatomy and Yoga (EAY), Body-Mind Centering® programs that teach developmental movement principles and an embodied approach to anatomy in relation to yoga practice.