Breathe In, Breathe Out
I didn’t know anything about yoga until I was in my 20’s. I pictured lots of chanting and body hair. My first time in Savasana, I thought it was the most relaxing thing I had ever done. Besides feeling so amazing physically, yoga helps you get away from stress and “Just Breathe.” Thankfully, children are learning about yoga at a young age now. There are all sorts of phenomenal books, not only teaching positions, but teaching kid’s ways to keep calm and relax. Here are some great options:
I Am Light by: Sarah Granato - A board book that has positions and affirmations, built into a really cute story about a boy named Kyle. On the page showing Child’s Pose it says, “Exausted from his journey, Kyle curls up and takes rest. In his body, he feels at home and says, I Am Safe.”
Just Breathe by: Mallika Chopra - This is a book for older kids. It covers a multitude of topics. There are meditations and ideas for tackling anything from a headache, to loneliness. If you have a child that is going through a stressful situation, this book is an excellent idea.
Yoga Frog by: Nora Carpenter - A frog doing yoga poses is pretty much as cute as it gets, especially when you can buy a bendable figurine to accompany the book. This book is perfect for beginners. It lists and shows the pose, with a description of how to complete the movement.
I Am Peace by: Susan Verde - Peacefulness is not necessarily a child’s greatest skill, but this book creates that mindset. “I give myself a moment. I take a breath. And then I tell myself: It’s alright.” Relaxation is a definite result, after reading this beautiful book.
Yoga Storytime by: Miriam Raventos - If your child loves yoga, then Yoga Storytime is a great addition for your library. You can learn about the origin of yoga. There are many poses shown and stories about how they came about. It talks about the people in India and all they observed, in order to create each pose.