Friday, September 12, 2014

Kid Yoga - Mommy & Son Yoga Time with Kids Yoga Stories

Hello, Bali: A Kids Yoga Island Adventure Book 


When Wild Thing (almost 5) brought home his school work at the end of preschool last year, many of the pieces surprised me. In his PreK journal, he wrote often about doing yoga with me. I had no idea how much he enjoyed our Mommy and Me yoga. It made me realize that the older he got (and further away we went from Mommy and Me Baby-Style Yoga), the less and less often we did yoga together. Yet, it was something he truly enjoyed. I realized that I needed to make yoga time together something we did more often. 

  
Hello, Bali: A Kids Yoga Island Adventure Book from Kids Yoga Stories was the perfect way for us to engage in yoga together again. Wild Thing loves learning about new cultures, and he loves yoga, so this book is perfect for him. Some of the poses were easier for him and some we will need to practice and practice to get right, but that's what makes it fun.

He's always enjoyed yoga as something he gets to do with mommy, but this book allowed him to enjoy it in another way as well. He loved going back and forth between the yoga mat and the book, and we got lucky because the book contained many letter S words, which we happen to be focusing on right now too. 

We've also been discussing meditation a lot, which is a byproduct of his interest in Star Wars, so he enjoyed learning some of the poses that lend themselves more toward meditation, in particular Hero's Pose. 

He struggled a bit to keep his shoulders down.
We focused on deep, slow breaths and worked on calming our mind and body. I'd like for Mother and Son Yoga to be something that we do regularly again, and I know that using this book will help us.

I also loved the way the sun was a point of emphasis in many pages of the book as the sun's rays shine through on the mountains, ocean, statues, etc. It reminded me of a wonderful sun inspired journal activity we did this summer as we participated in Mama Scout's Family Journal Jam. 


We painted the sun together and brainstormed sunny words -- I think this exercise is a great one to do in connection with the book and the sun of Bali. 

Do you do yoga with your kids? If not, would you like to try it? If so, please check out Kids Yoga Stories, which is an amazing resource for all things kids and yoga! 

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2 comments:

  1. What an uplifting and inspiring review of Hello, Bali, Jennifer. I'm thrilled that the island adventure yoga book inspired you and your son to bring back the yoga fun! Thank you for adding the sun journal activity, what a perfect idea to add to the experience. Thank you so much for participating in our Hello, Bali world book tour. Keep me posted on your Mom-Son yoga time. :)

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  2. Thanks for the details regarding this book “Hello, Bali: A Kids Yoga Island Adventure Book from Kids Yoga Stories”! But my kids don’t prefer reading books. They use yoga videos for professional kid’s yoga instructions.

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