Andrea's Favorite Yoga Books for Children - Part 1
I get asked frequently what books I recommend for doing yoga with children, and to be honest, there are a lot! Some books are better for younger ages, and some for older. Below are my top three favorite yoga books for preschool and kindergarten aged children.
Yoga Bug: Simple Poses For Little Ones by Sarah Jane Hinder
This book has very simple words along with easy to see pictures of yoga poses that correspond to different insects. Children as young as age 2 can do most of the poses, though some of them are challenging like grasshopper (but can be adapted for all bodies!). When I teach with this book, I often add in extra songs like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" for spider pose, and "Fly Like A Butterfly" for butterfly pose.
Little Yoga: A Toddler's First Book of Yoga by Rebecca Whittford and Martina Selway
Again, simple words and pictures make this book very appealing to toddlers and preschoolers. Each page is a different animal/yoga pose. The end of the book includes photographs of a young child doing each of the poses so kids can visualize the poses by seeing a real child doing them.
ABC Yoga by Christiane Engel
Another great book for preschoolers and toddlers - this one follows the alphabet and includes an animal pose for each letter of the alphabet. Each pose has a short poem with it that you can read as you and your child practice the pose together. The book can be read in order from A to Z, or you can pick a few letters (maybe the letters of your child's name!) and do those poses together!
Stay tuned for my next post on favorite yoga books for Kindergarten - 3rd graders!