Monique is with is today to complement her Yoga series with her favorite Yoga inspired children’s books…
As you have seen from my past Yoga posts, most of my inspiration for creating Yoga sequences for children comes from books. I love bringing the stories to life in such a creative, active way. This month, I thought I would share with you some books that have Yoga poses built right in. They are perfect for introducing Yoga to children and for when you’d like to have your child practice some Yoga but aren’t sure where to begin.
You and your children will have fun as you read them together and stop to try each pose. The poses are so well-illustrated that children can also look at the books independently and be able to try each one on their own. You might like to keep a few of these books handy for those times that call for refocusing a little one’s energy…
My Daddy is a Pretzel by Baron Baptiste – Introduces Yoga poses by relating them to familiar professions and activities
You Are a Lion by Taeeun Yoo – Children learn Yoga poses by pretending to be different animals
The Happiest Tree by Uma Krishnaswami – A young girl gains confidence and a better understanding of her body through the practice of Yoga and is able to remain calm as she takes on a new challenge
Stretch by Doreen Cronin – This book is not really about Yoga but is a fun one to read to encourage little ones to stretch and move
Like a Fish in Water by Isabelle Koch – Although more instructional, it contains lovely photos and easy to understand directions
I know that there are many other wonderful books that are helpful when introducing Yoga to children. Do you have a favorite Yoga book for children that you’d like to share?