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!
Want more yoga book recommendations? Check out my favorite yoga books for Kindergarten - 5th graders!
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Andrea is the founder of Shining Kids Yoga, which began as an after-school program at her son's elementary school in 2014. She has been teaching yoga to all ages since 2005. Andrea completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training & prenatal yoga training at Tranquil Space Yoga in Washington, D.C. In addition, she received specialized training in children’s yoga from the Radiant Child Yoga program, training in postnatal yoga from Baby OM, and training in therapeutic yoga from The Samarya Center.
Andrea is also a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) through the State of Maryland, having received her MSW degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore.
She has taught yoga for children at yoga studios throughout the DC area, including Tranquil Space, Budding Yogis, Rock Creek Yoga and Warrior One Yoga. She also teaches classes for adults at Yoga Bliss Studios and Extend Yoga, where she is on the yoga teacher training faculty.
When not teaching or practicing yoga, Andrea enjoys playing board games with her son, Quinn, singing karaoke, and trying out new vegetarian recipes!