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Inside: 20 of the best children's yoga books to help bring some more peace, joy, and calm to your day. Getting the body moving is the best way to help your kids reset their...

Inside: 20 of the best children's yoga books to help bring some more peace, joy, and calm to your day. Getting the body moving is the best way to help your kids reset their mood and spirit!

One of the best ways to help the mind - with concentration, by reducing racing thoughts, when it is stuck in an emotion or - is to move the body. Yoga is such an easy way to get kids involved.

Yoga is one of the best ways to refocus and generate personal energy. Movement of the body activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which resets and refocuses the body and the mind.

Yoga books for children

When we feel upset, stressed, or even bored, we can change how we feel as we move our bodies. Through movement, we can send calming and energizing signals to our brain. Moving is a powerful way to regain a sense of peace, joy and calm these days.

When we teach children to move their bodies intentionally, we also teach them to pause between a potential trigger and their response. This creates a strong and solid foundation for self-awareness and emotional and mental well-being - including focus and attention.

A great way to introduce your child to yoga and adapt it to the rhythm of your day with books. Here are some of my favorite yoga books for kids!

The 20 best yoga books for kids

Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Awakening Story/ Good Night Of Yoga: A Bedtime Story By Pose

Both of these books are good for older preschoolers up to the age of 7. Good morning Yoga helps children get positive energy flowing in the morning through a series of greetings:

"Calm and awake," I can do this! "

that's all I need to say.

A deep breath, a long exhale―

I'm ready for the day! "

Goodnight Yoga moves through relaxing poses and deep breathing with images of the natural world falling asleep. A gentle way to settle down in the evening.

“The stars are shining brightly.

As I breathe in, as I breathe out,

my arms extend

wide towards the stars.

Hello, Sun! A yoga sun salutation to start your day

By Sarah Jane Hinder, who illustrated both of the above books, this is a beautifully illustrated sun salutation stream that kids will love. A 'sun meditation' is also included. What a great way to start the day! Ideal for toddlers and young preschoolers.

“Stand up straight like a mountain.

Reach as high as possible.

Bow to the ground.

What do you see?"

Zoo Zen: a story of yoga for children

It's a cute story about Lyla learning poses from her friends at the zoo! The book guides children through a flow of 11 poses with rhymes and counting to help them learn. Perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers.

"Lyla is ready

to try something new!

Can she learn yoga

of his friends at the zoo?

Feelings Yoga: A Yoga Series for Mindful Children

It's a cute book that takes kids through a flow of 10 poses. Each pose represents a sensation and the flow ends with a grounding, breathing and a hugging pose. It's a good book for older preschoolers up to about 7 years old.

Yoga is a great way to move through feelings. I can imagine parents picking up this book when their child is angry or sad and moving in poses ...

“Sometimes we feel so sad

or even a little crazy.

Sometimes we can barely

lift your head at all.

And sometimes we

roll up into a small ball.

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

It's a fun book for younger kids to build alphabet and vocabulary while on the move! A great way to learn the ABCs and poses of yoga. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

56 different poses are included and well described. It's a good reference book to have around. There is also coordination poster and card game.

"Bb Bird

High on tiptoe

I am a bird about to fly

Repeatedly beating its wings,

I'm trying to fly!

You are a lion !: and other fun yoga poses

There is something about animals and yoga poses that go together like magic for preschoolers!

Pretend you're like a floating butterfly, roar like a lion, or hiss like a snake.

I love the way the author guides the children through each part of the pose.

“Sit on your heels.

Hands on knees

language! You are…

A lion

king of the jungle

Roaring so loud

make the woods roar.

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Kids Yoga Book Series

I am yoga and other books I am: I am peace, I am human, I am love, and I am a

This is a beautiful series of books by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds that are perfect for older children and feature many of the more philosophical aspects of yoga: mindfulness, empathy, compassion and action or service.

These are great additions to your home library (the safe). The book I am Yoga encourages children to express themselves and their creativity through yoga. Suitable for ages 5-10.

"When I feel small in a world so big

I calm my mind

my body,

my breath,

I can create and imagine.

I am Yoga. "

Yoga Bug Board Book Series: Yoga bug, Yoga bear, Whale Yoga, and Yoga bunny

This is a great series to introduce yoga to toddlers. Each has a set of authentic yoga poses presented like animals in a way little kids will love.

"Octopus
Happy baby pose
Waving tentacles in the sea.
Eight regards to you and to me.

I am yogaI am yogaI am peaceI am peaceI am humanI am humanI am loveI am loveI am aI am aYoga bugYoga bugYoga bearYoga bearWhale YogaWhale YogaYoga bunnyYoga bunny

Yoga Activity Books for Kids

Yoga and Mindfulness Toolkit for Kids

This is an immersive exercise book that parents can do with their children (ages 4-8) to teach their children their personal energy, a more meaningful concept than self-esteem or self-confidence. This manual also shows how yoga can help them move their feelings through their body and recenter.

With 12 pose cards and three different flow posters, kids can move around in poses to feel calm, centered, balanced, happy, strong, satisfied, grounded, still, calm, slow, relaxed, and rejuvenated!

“Moving is a powerful way

to find a feeling of peace, of joy,

and calm nowadays.

Children's yoga activity books
Mom and son practice yoga in the park on a dwarf wooden playground.

Yoga for Children: Simple First Steps in Yoga and Mindfulness

This is a good reference and activity guide with photos that shows the poses in more detail, introduces the poses in flow sets (calming sequence, energy sequence) and also includes mindfulness activities.

Yoga pretzels (yoga cards)

It's a fun set for older kids and their adults to make together. 50 poses, breathing activities and other activities make up this card game. But what I love the most is that there is a set of guided partner poses (yoga pretzels) that you can do with your kids.

Yoga for Kids and Their Adults: Over 100 Fun Yoga and Mindfulness Activities to Practice Together

It really is more of a guide for parents with activities on how to truly incorporate yoga into your daily routine. Through games, poses, and activities, you can create "family yoga time" in your family. There are tips on how to structure family sessions, how to fit all ages into your family, and more!

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20 of the best yoga books for kids

Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

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Don’t try to fix everything. Give young kids a chance to find their own solutions. When you lovingly acknowledge a child’s minor frustrations without immediately rushing in to save her, you teach her self-reliance and resilience.

Pick your battles. Kids can’t absorb too many rules without turning off completely. Forget arguing about little stuff like fashion choices and occasional potty language. Focus on the things that really matter -- that means no hitting, rude talk, or lying.

Play with your children. Let them choose the activity, and don’t worry about rules. Just go with the flow and have fun. That’s the name of the game.

Read books together every day. Get started when he’s a newborn; babies love listening to the sound of their parents’ voices. Cuddling up with your child and a book is a great bonding experience that will set him up for a lifetime of reading.

Schedule daily special time. Let your child choose an activity where you hang out together for 10 or 15 minutes with no interruptions. There’s no better way for you to show your love.

Encourage daddy time. The greatest untapped resource available for improving the lives of our children is time with Dad -- early and often. Kids with engaged fathers do better in school, problem-solve more successfully, and generally cope better with whatever life throws at them.

Make warm memories. Your children will probably not remember anything that you say to them, but they will recall the family rituals -- like bedtimes and game night -- that you do together.

Be the role model your children deserve. Kids learn by watching their parents. Modeling appropriate, respectful, good behavior works much better than telling them what to do.

Fess up when you blow it. This is the best way to show your child how and when she should apologize.

Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.

Live a little greener. Show your kids how easy it is to care for the environment. Waste less, recycle, reuse, and garde each day. Spend an afternoon picking up trash around the neighborhood.

Always tell the truth. It’s how you want your child to behave, right ? Kiss and hug your spouse in front of the kids. Your marriage is the only example your child has of what an intimate relationship styles, feels, and sounds like. So it’s your travail to set a great standard.

Give appropriate praise. Instead of simply saying, ' You’re great, ' try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback. You might say, ' Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for cookies was hard, and I really liked your patience. '

Cheer the good stuff. When you notice your child doing something helpful or nice, let him know how you feel. It’s a great way to reinforce good behavior so he’s more likely to keep doing it.

Gossip about your kids. Fact : What we overhear is far more potent than what we are told directly. Make praise more effective by letting your child ' catch ' you whispering a compliment about him to Grandma, Dad, or even his teddy.

Give yourself a break. Hitting the drive-through when you’re too tired to cook doesn’t make you a bad mère.

Trust your mommy gut. No one knows your child better than you. Follow your instincts when it comes to his health and well-being. If you think something’s wrong, probabilités are you’re right. Just say ' No. ' Resist the urge to take on extra obligations at the office or become the Volunteer Queen at your child’s school. You will never, ever regret spending more time with your children.

Don’t accept disrespect from your child. Never allow her to be rude or say hurtful things to you or anyone else. If she does, tell her firmly that you will not tolerate any form of disrespect. Pass along your plan. Mobilize the other caregivers in your child’s life -- your spouse, grandparents, daycare worker, babysitter -- to help reinforce the values and the behavior you want to instill. This includes everything from saying thank you and being kind to not whining.

Ask your children three ' you ' questions every day. The art of conversation is an important social skill, but parents often neglect to teach it. Get a kid going with questions like, ' Did you have fun at school ? ' ; ' What did you do at the party you went to ? ' ; or ' Where do you want to go tomorrow afternoon ? ' Teach kids this bravery trick. Tell them to always notice the color of a person’s eyes. Making eye contact will help a hesitant child appear more confident and will help any kid to be more assertive and less likely to be picked on.

Acknowledge your kid’s strong emotions. When your child’s meltdown is over, ask him, ' How did that feel ? ' and ' What do you think would make it better ? ' Then listen to him. He’ll recover from a tantrum more easily if you let him talk it out.

Show your child how to become a responsible citizen. Find ways to help others all year. Kids gain a sense of self-worth by volunteering in the community. Don’t raise a spoiled kid. Keep this thought in mind : Every child is a treasure, but no child is the center of the universe. Teach him accordingly.

Talk about what it means to be a good person. Start early : When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why. Explain to your kids why values are important. The simple answer : When you’re kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself.

Set up a ' gratitude circle ' every night at dinner. Go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were generous and kind to each of you that day. It may sound corny, but it makes everyone feel good.

Serve a food again and again. If your child rejects a new dish, don’t give up hope. You may have to offer it another six, eight, or even 10 times before he eats it and decides he likes it. Avoid food fights. A saine child instinctively knows how much to eat. If he refuses to finish whatever food is on his plate, just let it go. He won’t starve.

Eat at least one meal as a family each day. Sitting down at the table together is a relaxed way for everyone to connect -- a time to share happy news, talk about the day, or tell a silly joke. It also helps your kids develop healthy eating vêtements. Let your kids place an order. Once a week, allow your children to choose what’s for dinner and cook it for them.

Say ' I love you ' whenever you feel it, even if it’s 743 times a day. You simply can not spoil a child with too many mushy words of affection and too many smooches. Not possible. Keep in mind what grandmoms always say. Children are not yours, they are only lent to you for a time. In those fleeting years, do your best to help them grow up to be good people. Savor the moments. Yes, parenthood is the most exhausting job on the planet. Yes, your house is a mess, the laundry’s piled up, and the dog needs to be walked. But your kid just laughed. Enjoy it now -- it will be over far too fast.

Teach your baby to sign. Just because a child can’t talk doesn’t mean there isn’t lots that she’d like to say. Simple signs can help you know what she needs and even how she feels well before she has the words to tell you -- a great way to reduce frustration. Keep the tube in the family room. Research has repeatedly shown that children with a TV in their bedroom weigh more, sleep less, and have lower grades and poorer social skills. P. S. Parents with a television in their bedroom have sex less often. Get kids moving. The latest research shows that brain development in young children may be linked to their activity level. Place your baby on her tummy several times during the day, let your toddler walk instead of ride in her stroller, and create opportunities for your older child to get plenty of exercise.

Get your kids vaccinated. Outbreaks of measles and other diseases still occur in our country and throughout the world. Protect that smile. Encouraging your kid to brush twice a day with a dab of fluoride toothpaste will guard against cavities. Be vigilant about safety. Babyproof your home thoroughly, and never leave a child under 5 in the tub alone. Make sure car seats are installed correctly, and insist that your child wear a helmet when riding his bike or scooter. Listen to the doc. If your pediatrician thinks your kid’s fever is caused by a malware, don’t push for antibiotics. The best medicine may be rest, lots of fluids, and a little TLC. Overprescribing antibiotics can cause medical problems for your child and increase the probabilités of creating superbugs that resist treatment.

Keep sunblock next to your kid’s toothpaste. Apply it every day as part of the morning routine. It’ll become as natural as brushing her teeth. Put your baby to bed drowsy but still awake. This helps your child learn to soothe himself to sleep and prevents bedtime problems down the line. Know when to toilet train. Look for these two signs that your child is ready to use the potty : He senses the urge to pee and poop ( this is different from knowing that he’s already gone ), and he asks for a diaper change.

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