Kids Yoga Stories – Keeping Kids (Toddler to Pre-School) Active and Reading

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Hello Bali is the perfect solution for active toddlers that struggle with sitting still through an entire book and for young children and families that are working on becoming less sedentary!

Hello-Bali-by-Giselle-Shardlow

Parents of toddlers and young children will adore sharing this book as a family.  Hello Bali offers an excellent and fun opportunity to  read, learn, and perhaps most importantly for little ones of this age – move!  Available as a paperback Hello Bali provides a story line filled with key-words that indicate that readers and listeners should strike a post, aka a yoga maneuver.  The yoga poses chosen are simple and attune to movements that children already make in their natural play.  An example would be when the book uses the key-word “surfers” to have the child perform a warrior 2 pose; a pose that looks almost exactly like a surfer balancing on a surf board.  Two additional examples are illustrated in the sneak peek below:

hello-bali2-400 dancing pose

If you are completely unfamiliar with yoga and warrior 2 pose means nothing to you, don’t worry!  The entire purpose of this book is to get children moving, which doesn’t require advance knowledge or perfect execution!  Each page shows an illustration of the requested pose with its correct name, but parents are encouraged to let their children pursue creativity in their movement with more focus on fun than an end result.  There is also a handy dandy cheat sheet of all the moves at the end of the book for review.  Fifteen different yoga poses are offered throughout the book!

cobblers pose

 As an added bonus, Hello Bali also introduces children to geography and travel.  Along with a map showing Bali and the location of its capital Denpasar, there is a list of basic Indonesian words including numbers and commonly used phrases such as “Hello!” and “How are you?”  There is also a Parent-Teacher Guide at the end of the book that covers safety, age appropriate levels of involvement, and props, such as yoga mats and music, etc.  Unfortunately, there is no suggested list of Balinese music, which would be an excellent addition for my little music lovers.

We work hard as family to limit screen time and keep our kids active.  This book offers an excellent way to encourage activity and relaxation through movement in the later part of the day and during rainy and cold snaps.  This is also a fantastic exercise in learning to follow directions and parroting the movements of others, which is an essential tool for many early childhood classes including dance and martial arts.

My daughter is just shy of two years of age and loves moving around and wiggling to this book.  Hello Bali really succeeds in capturing her attention.  She loves attempting the poses with Mommy and Daddy and Grandma, who did her own version from a sitting position on the couch!  My toddler doesn’t always get the poses just right and we spend just as much time admiring the illustrations and making monkey noises as we do attempting the poses, but we have a lot of fun!  Her younger brother at six months of age can’t get enough of watching his big sister and Mama learn yoga!  I look forward to continuing to use this book and others in the series.  Some of the books are even offered in Spanish!  Visit the author, Giselle Shardlow at her website – Kids Yoga Stories to learn more!

 

About the Book:

Title: Hello Bali  |  Author: Giselle Shardlow  |  Illustrator:  Emily Gedkyz  |   Publication Date: April 23, 2014  |   Publisher: Kids Yoga Stories  |  Number of pages: 52   |   Recommended age: 2.5 to 6 years

Summary: Energize your body and mind with this yoga island adventure book for young children!

Say good day to the magical island of Bali! Join Anamika, one of the Yoga Kids, as she travels with her family to Bali, Indonesia. Surf like a surfer, dance like a Balinese dancer, and sit like a monkey.

The book includes a list of Kids Yoga Poses, Map of Bali, Basic Indonesian Phrases, and a Parent-Teacher Guide with tips on creating a successful yoga experience. This yoga book for toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2 to 5) is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children.

About the Author:

Hello, my name is Giselle Shardlow.  I hold a Masters of International Education with   eight years of experience teaching grades K-5 in Guatemala, Australia, Canada and United States.  I am also a certified yoga instructor and have led yoga classes here and there to young children since 2005, the year I started writing these stories. When I was asked to teach my first kids yoga class, I dove into research and was surprised at how few resources there were for a kids yoga instructor. So, I wrote my own.  I have always been passionate about working with children and throughout my world travels, I recognized a great need to address child illiteracy, obesity and stress.My goal is to write stories that make reading fun – combined with movement, the stories thoroughly engage children as they laugh, express themselves, and stretch their imagination.  I hope that my books and other creative resources for kids are easy ways to introduce children everywhere to how fun reading and good health can be!  My Mission for Kids Yoga Stories is to bring education, health and happiness to young children everywhere.

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