The benefits of yoga are far reaching for the young as well as the old. As adults, it is easy to suit up in our most flattering yoga outfit and head out to the studio so we can be guided through a series of poses until we are allowed to blissfully rest in corpse pose.
But, if you’ve ever tried to get your children to sit still long enough to practice, even for just a few minutes, you know what a daunting task that can be. The attention span of kids seems to be shortening, which is just one reason why they need to be doing a little bit of yoga every day.
Author Lynn Eddy has presented a clever way to teach your kids about yoga with her beautifully illustrated children’s book, Every Body Does Yoga.
The story begins with a young girl named Lucy who wants to go to a yoga class with her mom. Instead of taking her to yoga, because that is not always an option, Lucy’s mother decides to teach Lucy some yoga on her own. Her success in teaching Lucy how to do yoga is the result of the ingenious way she shows Lucy how many times she is actually doing yoga throughout the day on her own.
From downward dog in the garden to yogic breathing in the bubble bath, Lucy is excited to discover how much yoga she already knows and cannot wait to learn more.
My personal favorite part about the book is when Lucy’s mom points out how many of Lucy’s stuffed animals and dolls are doing yoga. It reminded me of a time when I was a child and used to teach my stuffed animals how to stretch and do gymnastics. I can easily see how that would resonate with young kids.
Every Body Does Yoga is a wonderful book to read and share with your own or other willing kids. Beautifully illustrated by Ali Lenehan, it is not just a work of art but also a joyful read that will give you some great insight on how to introduce and teach yoga to children when bringing them to your yoga class is not an option.
September 4th, 2012