In our house, we are really focused on ways to lower stress, stretch our bodies, clear our minds, and keep ourselves flexible. That’s why we’ve taken up the practice of yoga. My husband and I attend a weekly yoga class at the local Y. We love it. I was looking for ways to incorporate it into more of our life though and of course to introduce the little guy to a new way of decompressing at the end of the day. That’s when this book found it’s way to me.
Please note: I was given a copy of this book in return for writing about it, but all opinions are 100% mine.
Rachel’s Day in the Garden is a delightful book that teaches children about Spring and yoga. Each page has an illustration about the coming of Spring and a simple yoga pose. These yoga poses are great for relaxation. Is your kid all hyped up from an exciting day? Pull out Rachel’s Day in the Garden and get out some of that energy in a positive way. You’ll be happy you did. The illustrations will make you happy, and you’ll be building a lifelong foundation for your little one.
I’ll admit that mine doesn’t take instruction that well yet, but it doesn’t stop me from trying. We work on this and taking big, deep breaths. I have to set him up for being able to calm himself down now and forever more in this crazy life. It’s not easy! I feel like it will make him better prepared for taking on the world, though.
Who is this book for?
This book is appropriate for preschoolers age 3 – 6. Rachel and her adorable puppy travel through the garden looking for all the signs of the new Spring season. They meet all kinds of amazing animals like caterpillars, butterflies, and bees. Your child will follow through with the yoga poses that fit with each new identification in the garden. What small child doesn’t love movement, sounds, and cool colors on the page?
Okay you’ve sold me. Where can I purchase?
Benefits of yoga for kids:
- increases strength and flexibility
- helps them relax, unwind, and calm down to reduce stress and anxiety
- helps them sleep better
- promotes interaction between adult and child, and between multiple children
- improves their fine and gross motor skills, as well as their coordination
- develops self-confidence, self-expression, and body awareness
- promotes a healthy, active lifestyle
These benefits are from Kids Yoga Stories.
What really sold me on this book?
I was sold the minute I looked at the pretty pictures with easy to follow instructions. Lord knows I hate anything that looks super complicated for kids. I also hate books that don’t appeal to their love of bright colors. This book didn’t have any of those problems. It was easy for me to read and translate into action. Yes even for Sweet Baby J. He’s 15 months so as you know he’s not exactly in the target age range for this book yet, but it was fun nonetheless to watch him try. I wish I had gotten a picture to share with you. I guess you’ll just have to check me out on Instagram and hope I catch it later.
Do you do yoga? Are you going to teach your kids the practice?
If you do, I suggest following Giselle Shardlow.
Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga books for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the yoga stories found at www.kidsyogastories.com/store or on Amazon (amazon.com/author/giselleshardlow) worldwide. The purpose of her yoga books is to foster happy, healthy, and globally educated children. She lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.
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What are your favorite children’s books? I’m always looking for awesome new books to share with my sweet babe. I also love when he goes off to “read” by himself.