Good Night Yoga

Good Night Yoga

A Pose-by-pose Bedtime Story

Book - 2015
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Kids love yoga--and it's great for them, so much so that the President's Council has added the practice to the fitness activities in the annual President's Challenge. For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga , a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep.

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature. Moving from "Sun Breath" to "Cloud Gathering" to "Ladybug & Butterfly" and more, readers learn techniques for self-soothing, relaxing the body and mind, focusing attention, and other skills that will support restful sleep and improve overall confidence and well-being.
Publisher: Boulder, Colorado :, Sounds True,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781622034666
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Hinder, Sarah Jane


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Oct 24, 2015

SUMMARY: This book takes a child through soothing yoga poses that relate to things in nature such as arms up and down like rays of sunshine and bending to the side like a crescent moon. At the same time, a story is happening showing what things in nature are doing: "The stars sparkle brightly as the moon rises high."

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are full of deep and rich colors. The children are adorable and the scenes are relaxing. A+ for multicultural representation.

NOTE: The following review is based on this book only. I do not agree with the philosophies of the publisher Sounds True who supports personal transformation and spiritual awakening. I do however, believe yoga is a wonderful and relaxing exercise even for very young children.

THE GOOD: This book takes a child through very very simple poses that wind the child down from standing poses until the final child's pose on the floor. It is a beautiful and relaxing flow to help children relax. Reading the story alongside will add a relaxing and calm atmosphere. The very end has the child lying in bed imagining floating on a cloud. I felt very sleepy after just reading the book, so I know this will be a wonderful bedtime routine!
THE NOT AS GOOD: It is a bit confusing because there are two parts to the book--the yoga instructions and the short story about nature. It would be best to read this through by yourself first and decide how to best use this with your child. You could just read the yoga pose instructions or read both parts.

AGE RECOMMENDATIONS: Ages 3-7 (Ages 8 and up can most likely do this independently without the story or flowery instructions. You could use this as a guide to teach them the poses though since all ages would benefit from the calming exercises before bed)

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