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Ladner mom sees thriving business in babies
If you think your social life and fitness has to end just because you've had a baby, meet Tanya Armstrong of Buggy Babies.
She's a Ladner mom who started Buggy Babies nearly a decade ago after her first baby, Madison, was born and she struggled to find time to workout and lose weight.
At first she considered daycare, but when the closest facility closed down suddenly, she took action.
She started Buggy Babies, a fitness class which lets moms interact with their babies by stroller running, doing yoga, and other exercises.
"It's just a way to bring people together," says Armstrong during a baby yoga session with four mothers and their babies in her home. "When you have a baby, you feel quite alone and isolated."
Not only do the classes offer friendship and exercise to other moms, Armstrong says she's learned things from her clients as well.
"I like being able to get out and exercise with my child and speak to other mothers who are going through the same things," says Trina Anderson-Gowan, whose 6-month-old baby does yoga with her.
Trina says Buggy Babies is a good, comfortable place for Ladner moms to start working out again after having a baby without the intimidation of going to a fitness facility.
It's also a nice way to bond with the baby, beyond regular breastfeeding and mothering responsibilities.
Prior to starting her business, Armstrong was going to SFU for kinesiology. She took a course to become a yoga instructor, and with her certificate in health and fitness from SFU, she launched Buggy Babies.
"It's amazing, I don't think anything else could work like this for myself and my family," says Armstrong, who has three children.
Armstrong offers prenatal yoga as well, for women who want to exercise even during their pregnancy.
"That's when I like to scoop the mothers in," she says with a grin that causes the other mothers to laugh.
In order to keep her yoga certification she's always taking new courses and workshops to try new ideas in her baby yoga class.
"I'm always thinking about it. I look for things to inspire me."
As Armstrong says on her website, fitness isn’t just for an hour a week, it’s a way of living. Which is why she also runs an Adventure Club which does something exciting once a month.
In May it was Circus School, in June they did Indoor Sky Diving, and in September they did the Vancouver Triathlon.
Buggy Babies is now offering a promotion through its Facebook page. Just ask to enter the contest to win eight free sessions.