“It wasn’t my fault” is a cry often argued by children. It is also the name of a hilarious and entertaining picture book by Helen Lester, It Wasn’t My Fault, that ultimately teaches children about responsibility. An exciting and cleverly illustrated story offers an opportunity for mindfulness in my pre-K and K yoga classes, when… Read More
Reading has been an indispensable part of my life for as long as I can remember. Books have provided me solace, knowledge, humor and companionship.
By incorporating books, stories, poetry and rhymes into my yoga classes, I hope to capture the imaginations of children while exposing them to literacy, the wonders of nature, cultures, languages, and our world.
Anna and Her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats, written by Giselle Shardlow, is a yoga story with multiple layers of learning; about friendship, happiness and acceptance. This winner of the Family Choice Award 2016, presents the theme for many of my children’s yoga classes, ages 5-9. The powerful and colorful illustrations by Paul Wrangles, and the charming characters,… Read More
“When I feel small in a world so big, I close my eyes and make room in my mind, in my heart, to create and imagine. I am Yoga.” I discovered I Am Yoga recently, and couldn’t wait to share this beautiful, simple yet profound book that encourages self-expression, imagination and creativity, as… Read More
Light Bulb Brain Monkey Pose Stick Together Lizard on a Rock Spaghetti Test Cricket Pose Go Do Yoga Rap Curious? Look inside: Yoga for Children: 200+Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn is the most comprehensive, easy-to-understand, charmingly illustrated… Read More
This trickster tale about a clever monkey shares a valuable life lesson with young children about sharing. The Clever Monkey, told by Rob Cleveland, is a classic West African folktale. The simple, chronological text and vivid illustrations draw children into the story. They can easily identify the moral of this folk tale and love to… Read More
“Imaginations will soar from the rainforest floor, up through the canopy and back down again, following the circle of life in this clever adaptation of the song TheGreen Grass Grew All Around.” The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell is an excellent resource to introduce children to the wonders… Read More
How can children use breathing to deal with anxiety, anger and tension? In Frog’s Breathtaking Speech, Michael Chissick introduces us to a frog that learns four breathing techniques and how he can apply them in a stressful situation. Frog is worried because he has to make a speech about breathing and he doesn’t know anything… Read More
Phillip Hoose and his daughter Hannah have co-authored an amusing book for children ages 3-7, that teaches children life lessons and sparks much discussion in my yoga classes. The large, bright, cartoon illustrations by Debbie Tilley reveal the comical expressions on the human and ant faces. The text in Hey, Little Ant consists of the… Read More
Elmer, by David Mckee, is the story of a happy, colorful, patchwork pachyderm who decides that he would rather be the same color as the other elephants, than his colorful stand-out self. After he rolls in berry juice, masking his beautiful colors, none of the animals in the forest recognize him, and neither do any… Read More
My life-changing discovery, yoga for children; a fun, creative, imaginative practice that strengthens and stretches young bodies, and teaches flexibility of young minds and bodies, was when I was given a copy of Thia Luby’s book Children’s Book of Yoga: Games & Exercises Mimic Plants, Animals & Objects. This book is filled with color and… Read More