Many of us, both children and adults, live in a busy world full of screens around every corner, schedules for every minute of our day, and plenty of stress. We might often not stop to think about how this hustle and bustle may influence the smallest of our families, but often young children need a break from all of this just as much as we do as adults. One great way to help counter this is through developing a yoga practice.
Yoga at an early age can help encourage a myriad of positive benefits such as building self-esteem, gaining body awareness, increased flexibility, and better coordination. Additionally, yoga can help children with concentration and relaxation. Breathing exercises, certain poses, and positive affirmations can even help to teach children to be more mindful and less reactive throughout their daily life. Read more about the benefits of yoga for kids over at pbs.org and parents.com.
Kids as young as three can begin to explore yoga and mindfulness thanks to some wonderful picture books available right here at the library! Using a variety of approaches, these picture books provide an awesome introduction for preschoolers and early elementary readers. Not only will you be encouraging mindfulness and healthy movement in your child, you will be promoting the importance of early literacy and books when you share a yoga themed picture book together. Check out some of my favorites below!
The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne Power
Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo
You are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo
I am Yoga by Susan Verde
The Yoga Game by the Sea by Kathy Beliveau
If you’d like to explore some of these yoga focused books with your preschooler in a guided setting, we encourage you to register for Rocky River Public Library’s Yoga Story Time program! Our next program will be offered in August. This is a great way to share books with your child and also expose them to easy, fun yoga poses and breathing exercises with guidance from Ms. Nicole, our resident yogi and librarian. For more information check out our events calendar or upcoming programming page. We hope to see you at the library!