I’ve always appreciated that Vidur’s school has yoga for kids in its curriculum. It is not optional. It appears as a subject in their report cards and they are graded for it. Their yoga teacher also insists that they all go through breathing exercises during the school assembly every morning before they sing the National Anthem. It is lovely to hear all the children going “Om” and the entire exercise takes about ten minutes.
The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Power
And so, when I came across the book “The ABCs of Yoga for Kids” by Teresa Power on Netgalley, I requested it. I was eager to read it. I was delighted when I downloaded it and enjoyed it thoroughly. I know I am writing this book review upside down, but the book appealed to me immensely and the reasons are:
- I enjoy sketching and I especially love the illustration style in the book
- Yoga is one of the pleasantest ways to encourage healthy activity in kids
- It is a wonderful way for parents to combine their fitness regime with their kids
- The book is conceptually sound – yoga for kids has proven, and lifelong health benefits
- From personal experience I know that yoga for kids develops healthy eating habits and most important, the habit of exercise and fitness
- With yoga, age and athletic ability are no bar. People of all ages can do it together
- Yoga brings serenity, and is a great way to relieve stress
- No special equipment is required except maybe a mat – we just use one large rug on the floor
- Yoga is refreshing and a gift from my ancestors.
Oh yes, I recommend “The ABCs of Yoga for Kids” by Teresa Power
About the book
Authored by Teresa Power, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids (ISBN9780982258705) is a 32 page hardcover book with 57 full-color illustrations by Kathleen Rietz and introduces young kids to yoga in a fun and friendly way.
In the internet age where most parents complain about their kids spending a lot of time in front of the television or computer screen, the book is a welcome method to distract them away from becoming couch potatoes. It not only helps incorporate healthy activity into their lives – it also inspires them to make it a daily habit.
The 56 yoga poses covered in the book are accompanied by descriptions in verse form to promote flexibility, strength, and coordination.There are poses for each letter of the alphabet.
Squatting with my feet apart wide
I am a frog
with a big underside.
Bringing my arms inside my knees
I jump up and say,
on the count of three.
I am a beautiful swan.
My neck is graceful and long.
Starting on my belly,
I straighten my arms
and bend my knees
Folding myself backwards,
but only as far as I please.
I aim the top of
my head toward my toes,
Arching just as far
as my back naturally goes.
To be healthy, children must be active. The statistics on childhood obesity are scary and yoga for kids helps avoid being overweight. It protects from lifestyle diseases like stress and diabetes which are usually a result of inactivity and a poor diet.
Yoga for kids will cultivate good habits and build a foundation for well-being. Through this book, children will enjoy learning new positions, new letters, and new ideas. For the young yogi, this book can be 100% motivation.
Here’s a lovely video that gives you a glimpse of what the book is like:
What is unique about this book?
In one word – the illustrations. Then, the description of each yoga pose in verse. What a fun way to teach yoga for kids. It also calms them down in a pleasant way.
Who can use this book?
- I just raised my hand because the wonderful thing about yoga is: Age is no bar. There’s a pose for all learning and professional levels.
- Children – they’ll love learning yoga with this book
- School libraries can benefit – what better way to teach good habits than through illustrated books in peer groups
- Teachers can use it as a teaching aid
- It makes a great gift, one that parents and children will treasure forever.
- Read it with your kids, and practice it with them
Healthy mind, healthy body!
I’ve been following the fun illustrations in the book to stick to my own yoga practice. So what if I am not a kid?
For coloring books, learning cards, posters and other fun merchandise, visit the book’s website The poster is especially awesome!
About the author, Teresa Power
Teresa Anne Power is a children’s health and fitness expert, focusing on the whole child. She has practiced yoga for over 28 years, and for the past ten years has taught yoga to children, both in schools and local organizations. Teresa also conducts children’s yoga teacher training workshops at numerous childcare resource centers to help children from all walks of life be exposed to the health benefits of yoga and proper nutrition. She is a member of the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators, The Independent Book Publishers Association, USA Yoga, and writes articles about children’s health and fitness for examiner.com.
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