Yoga for Kids Resources

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

Yoga for Kids Resources

At Shaw Library, we recently had a special yoga class for children and caregivers with instructor Sarah Alim. We will have another class in May. If you'd like to continue your child's practice in the meantime or try out yoga at home, the library has many great resources such as:

Sleepy Little YogaSleepy Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford and Martina Selway
Short text and sweet illustrations of kids and the animals that correspond to each pose help guide your child into a series of calming poses. Notes at the end of the book provide detailed instructions to caregivers on the positions and movements as well as tips on helping your child practice and enjoy yoga. Great for kids 18 months - 5 years.

You Are a LionYou Are a Lion by Taeeun Yoo
Beautiful and charming illustrations of children in poses and the animals that inspired them are paired with short rhyming text explaining the poses and inviting kids to imagine themselves as various animals. There are no detailed instructions for the poses, but the ones chosen are simple enough that the pictures and text should be enough to get kids going. Best for ages 2-5.

Yoga BearYoga Bear: Yoga for Youngsters by Karen Behan Pierce
Photos of real children in the different poses make it easy for both parent and child to see how to do them. The photos are accompanied by cute and simple illustrations that will appeal to children, and there are written instructions for parents as well as an explanation of the benefits of each pose. Perfect for complete beginners ages 3-7.

My Daddy is a PretzelMy Daddy is a Pretzel  by Baron Baptiste
Multicultural children and parents show off their flexibility through a range of more advanced poses. Clear, step-by-step illustrations and instructions make this a good book for parents who want to share the fun of yoga with their children. Recommended for ages 5+.

Babar: Yoga for ElephantsBabar: Yoga for Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff 
Small yogis who've already practiced basic poses can challenge themselves by following along with the help of caregivers as Babar demonstrates and gives instructions for more advanced poses and sequences. Recommended for ages 5+.

Please consult your doctor before starting a new exercise routine for you or your child.