I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Giselle today. Giselle blogs at Kids Yoga Stories and recently moved to my neck of the woods from Northern California so we are actually able to meet in person! Such a rare and unusual treat for bloggers! You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that she is a yoga instructor, a teacher and a mom! She was inspired to bring yoga to kids through picture books and hence the Kids Yoga Stories was born!
My own kids have each tried yoga in their own way. Grasshopper and Sensei, age 14, has really tight hamstrings and quads like her mama, so she hated yoga. It was torture for her. But, as the result of injuries related to tight muscles and soccer, she had to do physical therapy and yoga to stay healthy. Now, she takes a Teen Girls Yoga class weekly and actually enjoys it. (The foot massages and lavender sachets for her eyes don’t hurt either!).
PickyKidPix is as flexible as a pretzel but she has trouble sitting still even at 12 years old. Yoga, she tells, makes her feel calm. I used to bring her to a Vinyasa Flow class taught by a friend of mine and she would do the entire 75 minute class with me. These days, she uses certain poses like Frog and Half Pigeon to stretch out her groin muscles that get sore from soccer.
My son thinks yoga is just plain fun. He likes to me to call out poses for him to hold at bedtime. He will hold them for 2 seconds and topple over in a burst of giggles.
So, do yoga and bedtime stories go together? I think so! Have your kids ever tried yoga before bedtime?
Kids Yoga Stories picture book series.
Yoga Picture Book for Kids
Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story by Giselle Shardlow
Giselle bids us to say good night to different animals around the world. Characters from her picture book series introduce young readers to both the animals and the poses they inspire. Perch like a bald eagle, crouch like a tiger, and curl up like a sloth before drifting off to sleep! [picture book, ages 2 and up]
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