Be With Your Baby: Newborns

Amy Matthews & Sarah Barnaby

Babies Project | 15 W. 26th St., 10th floor New York, NY 10010

Date and Time

Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 pm

Canceled through Mid-June, 2020. Online classes are available through Babies Project. Please visit our website for more information.


Newborn sessions: $20 for BP Members, $40 for non-members

We don’t charge extra for twins, and multiple caregivers are welcome in our sessions. 


Our Newborn sessions are intended for babies (and their caregivers) from birth to 3 or 4 months old. (If you have any questions, please ask! We’ve had parents come with their babies as young as two weeks old.)

Come learn to observe, appreciate and facilitate your baby’s movement and perceptual development. Our developmental movement sessions are infant-oriented and baby-led. We value process over milestones and respect each child’s timing as their whole self develops.

Through a combination of discussion, observation and practice with the babies, we cover developmentally relevant topics that apply to all age groups as well as topics particular to newborns. These include:

  • using “baby ball” as a place to start from (and come back to)
  • supporting a baby’s sense of safety, comfort and bonding
  • handling, touch and bonding principles and techniques
  • noticing your own rhythms and timing in relationship to the baby
  • orienting to gravity, including side-lying and tummy time
  • experiencing lying on all 4 sides
  • finding “midline” and how to support it
  • observing preferences and facilitating more choice
  • supporting a baby’s crying and processing
  • weight-shifting and rolling
  • helping a baby roll
  • supporting a baby’s ability to self-regulate as it develops in relationship to caregivers’ presence and support
  • making mistakes as a caregiver – and “repairing” them

There are a maximum of six babies (and their caregivers)  in these sessions. We invite you to come with your newborn as soon as you’re ready.

For more about what you can expect in these sessions, please read about developmental movement here.

Intructor's Bio


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 is certified as a BMC Teacher and Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME) through the School for Body-Mind Centering. She is also registered as a Somatic Movement Educator through ISMETA.

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.

spiralamy [at] embodiedasana [dot] com
sarah [at] babiesproject [dot] org