Every morning Lucien picks a book for us to read together — some days he’ll go for A.A. Milne poetry; other days he’ll reach for the Cars movie book he unearthed on a recent thrift store trip.
Today he picked one of my very favorite yoga books for children, Babar’s Yoga for Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff.
Whether or not your child is already into Babar, I think she or he will love this book which is part yoga manual for children, part yoga story book, and part travelogue.
Babar demonstrates and provides instruction for a kid-friendly-but-thorough sequence of yoga poses including Sun Salutations, Janu Sirsasana, Rotated Triangle, Warrior, Dancer, Boat, Plough poses, and Headstand and Shoulderstand, finally ending with a seated meditation.
Then he takes young readers on some world travels, demonstrating how he likes to do yoga in various settings and cities from New York to Paris to Venice to San Francisco.
As Babar advises, “The life of a modern-day elephant is stressful and complicated. Yoga turned out to be exactly what we in Celestville needed, offering calm and control in days that were busy and demanding. … Do a little yoga every day. At first you may not notice any difference. But keep it up, and after a few weeks I believe you will feel better in body and spirit.”
What’s your favorite yoga book for children?
Jessica Berger Gross is the author of enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer (Skyhorse). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and four-year-old son. “Like” her author page on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter @jbergergross. Visit her at www.jessicabergergross.com.