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The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

I received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. Thanks so much!

As a yoga instructor, I’m always on the lookout for books to enhance my teaching. I’ve never taught children but figure there’s no time like the present to start dipping my toes into that side of the yoga pool.

I can see where this book would be good for teachers who already run classes for children. Even more so, this book probably should be read after the main book, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids,¬†as my hunch is that book has pictures and alignment points for each of the poses discussed in this book. Many of the poses mentioned in this book are not the same as what you hear in your typical adult class, so I was left wondering and assuming — and probably incorrectly so!

There were many cute ideas discussed as to how to make yoga accessible to children without them realize they’re doing yoga. Some instructors might like this approach while others might not. I’m reminded of something one of my teachers said to my class of yoga teacher trainees — “Yoga is really just one giant game of ‘Simon Says'”.

One thing I would have liked to see more of would be sources for the science behind some of their statements as to how and why yoga is beneficial for children. It made a lot of broad generalizations about certain health concerns for children (ADHD, etc) and, as instructors, we have to walk a very fine line with declaring yoga as a cure all without proper scientific backup.

One minor note is that the formatting was quite off on the copy I received for review. This made it a bit difficult to follow. There were also quite a few spelling and grammatical errors. Again, my hope is that these have been corrected in the final version.

The illustrations were adorable and I would have loved to seen more included.

Overall, I’d probably recommend this book only after reading The ABC of Yoga for Kids.

3 solid stars.

 

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