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Be Mindful

June 21, 2018

It’s International Yoga Day!

Yoga is the union of body and mind. It’s a combination of physical moves, breathing techniques, and meditation. It has been around for over 5,000 years, and it all began in India. There are many health benefits connected to the practice of yoga. Improved flexibility and balance, muscle tone, better sleep, and peace of mind are just a few of the many perks of yoga. If you haven’t tried it, today is a good day to begin. Start slow. Start easy. Get the whole family involved. Relax. Tune up your mind. Tone up your body.

Kids and adults will love these books.

I am yoga

I am peace

I Am Yoga, I Am Peace written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015, 2017

good night yoga

Good Night Yoga written by Mariam Gates and illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder, Sounds True, 2015


Yoga Bunny written and illustrated by Brian Russo, HarperCollins, 2016


100 Yoga Activities for Children written by Shobana R. Vinay, Skyhorse Publishing, 2017

for kids

Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups written by Katherine Priore Ghannam and Tanya Emelyanova, Rockridge Press, 2018



I Am Yoga

April 21, 2016

Parents! Teachers! Have you ever had one of those days when you think your kids have gone to WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE? I have the perfect answer to tame those fidgety bodies.


I Am Yoga written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds is a picture-perfect book to bring a sense of serenity to a restless child. The gorgeous watercolor illustrations done in pastels have an immediate calming effect. Verde’s text begins by referring to a “world spinning so fast,” a “wiggling body” and a “thinking mind” that won’t be quiet. Using a variety of yoga poses, the young girl in the story is able to imagine herself soaring, sailing, dancing, and becoming more focused. Each of the poses relaxes her mind and body and brings her world back to the “right speed.” An excellent author’s note is included in the back matter. It talks about the importance of yoga for kids and explains the different yoga poses found in the book. This is a just-right book to share with restless kids. Follow it up by trying the yoga poses to help relax and strengthen both body and mind.


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