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The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  56 reviews
The Original Yoga Book for Kids!

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids uses the alphabet, rhyming vignettes, and colorful illustrations to introduce children to yoga in a kid-friendly way. Each of the fifty-six different poses featured in this multiple award-winning book delightfully promote flexibility, strength, and coordination while encouraging children to incorporate healthy activ
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 16th 2009 by Stafford House (first published May 1st 2009)
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Lady Heather
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing

an arc for this book has been provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


I have been going through this book with my children and we've had a lot of fun with it.
The poses are easy for the children to do. The illustrations are well done, and verses that accompany the poses are well written.

As an Early Childhood Educator this is a wonderful tool I will definitely incorporate into my curriculum!
Steven R. McEvoy
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This was a delightful little picture book. It is not your typical ABC book for young readers. For one thing letters have between 1 and 3 words associated with them; either because the pose looks like that letter or more often because the pose begins with that letter. And to be honest there were a few poses I had never encountered and have given a try. And each work has a description of how to do the pose. The writing is light and fun and yet informative and entertaining. The illustrations are wo ...more
Lisa B.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge yoga fan and have always thought yoga should be taught to young kids. This was a fun way to present the information to a younger audience.

Thanks to Stafford House, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.

Jay Kenobi
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have a confession: I actually wanted to read ABCs of Yoga for Kids for myself! I have always fancied trying yoga, but had fought shy of it on account of chronic knee problems in the past. I thought this book would be simply explained for those who’ve not experienced yoga before, quite fun, and fairly gentle on my poor joints. I was right on all counts!

This book is delightful. There are 56 different poses in total, at least one for each letter of the alphabet, and the description of each is in
Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I will start by saying before I had kids I was a yoga nut. I practiced the crazy kind of yoga in a 101 degree room for 90 minutes every single day. I loved it, but I wanted more from life then a great yoga practice, which is where the kids come into the story. I’ve had four children in five years and my personal yoga practice was nonexistent, until this book. I believe in the benefits of yoga and want by children to as well, so I was very excited to find The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Title: The ABC's of Yoga For Kids
Author: Teresa Power
Illustrator: Katherine Rietz
Publisher: Stafford House/Bookmasters, Inc
Published: 12-26-2013
ISBN-10: 0982258704
ISBN-13: 978-0982258705
Pages: 32
Genre: Children's
Tags: Health and Fitness

This is a great book if you are trying to teach your child yoga. It literally is an ABC book of the various positions with names and illustrations to help the young beginner understand the different positions and how to work them. Yoga is an ancient art that has b
Awenydd Orchantra Faeryn
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This children's book introduces yoga poses to children in the form of the ABC's using short, rhyming descriptions and instructions of each colorful, illustrated pose.

This is an incredible book for families! The children in the illustrations are realistic, and diverse, which I feel helps all children with connecting with the those in the book! The illustrations are magical and colorful, and I was impressed with the way the author could effectively teach a child how to do a pose, in a way that did
A brilliant alphabet of yoga, told in rhyme
With illustrations to help you every time
To understand and help children try these
Yoga positions on hands, feet, tim and knees!

Start off by being an airplane flying high in the sky
A bridge, a boat or even a butterfly!
A dolphin, an elephant or even a fish
This book helps you do every pose you could wish.

Instructions are given so clearly in rhyme
Not to follow them would be a crime.
This book is fantastic, inspirational too
Showing how Yoga can be easy to do.
Beyond the Pages
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely a solid 5! I loved it. It was an encyclopedia of poses. It was easy to follow and offered a variety of kid-friendly illustrations. I loved the simplicity of language. More than that, I adored the fact that there were children of different ethnic origins. That spoke volumes. Yoga is after all for everyone.

I want this book for my home library. My kids responded to it so well, as did my husband. We all even tried several of the poses. Too bad there isn't a video. I would t
AMAZING!!!!!! I absolutely adore this book and will be buying a copy for the L.E.T.'s Center for Healing and Creative Arts Collection at the Washington Public Library.

The lovely, simple illustrations encourage a child to imitate the poses while being read to.

What a beautiful way to introduce a child to yoga at an early age and to encourage a life of health, poise, confidence....

This is a must have for any family trying to foster the yogi life-style in clean eating, excercise and positive thinkin
Jenn Ballmann
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of the book for review though Net Galley, as always, all opinions are my own.

I’m a huge fan of anything that helps keep children active and this book certainly does that, my toddler had a blast working through all of the poses. The illustrations are fun although those who study yoga may notice some discrepancy among the names used for the poses and that many of the poses aren't really poses at all. Even though I study yoga myself I don't find that this bothers one bit, it’s a g
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
It's okay.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though this is a book that is geared towards children, I found myself getting a lot out of it. I like how beautiful the illustrations were, and they really helped me to visualize how the poses should look in their proper context. It's a cute, rhyming book that shows children how much fun (and beneficial) yoga can be for them.
Simple and straight forward directions take us through a pose for each letter (although the cobra and the otter were almost exactly the same) of the alphabet. This is definitely not a good group read aloud, but it would be great source material for movement and music story time or some kind of yoga story time.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My kids and I LOVE this book! They love trying to do each pose. Gets them focused and teaches then different stretches and poses. Love love love trying the poses with my kids. I'm not really even in to yoga. But I love that this book gets them moving.
Nad S.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I used it daily in my classroom last year and my kindergarteners/first graders enjoyed it as much as I did!
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching
LOVE this book! It's a great choice for parents/teachers that would like to introduce/practice yoga with their kids, but honestly, it's great for adults that are lovers of yoga. Just like any ABC book, there is a pose (or more) for each letter of the alphabet. While each pose isn't always named it's "real" name, the book does contain "real" poses.

Each pose has a wonderful illustration of the pose. The illustrations are really fantastic for a yoga book geared toward kids because not only do they
Melissa Martin
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children, parents both interested in yoga and not
I received this book in exchange for a fair review.

I adored this title. I'm not a yogi by any means, though I do believe in eating clean and exercising. My daughter often tries to imitate the exercises that I do and she was ecstatic to have her own book of exercises.

I read this book to my three year old daughter and she imitated the clear, color photographs as I read. The book is written in rhyme, it associates each position with a familiar character or item. For example a pose that puts the b
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book a while ago courtesy of negalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I have pre ordered the paperback, which is due for release mid-April. Though it's a book for kids, I initially intend to use it for myself.

I really liked the look of this simply written, but thorough and safety conscious book of yoga poses for children which includes suggested poses for children with disabilities.

This book speaks about the benefits of yoga generally, the benefits of each pose and suggests yoga pl
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
This cute little book has a pose, and then some, for every letter of the alphabet, and each pose has a cute little poem to go with it explaining what to do in rhyme!
It is a great book to get kids physically active! I will definitely be sharing this with my kids! I am looking forward to watching them giggle as they try to do the poses in the book! It also emphasizes the imprtance of breathing as well as other things and the letter N encourages children to make up their own new pose. It is also a
Dornel Cerro
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
A kid-friendly, and creative way of introducing the alphabet and the benefits of yoga to young children. A diverse cast of children introduce basic yoga positions comparing them to things from daily life (i.e. arching back like a dog waking up from nap) Rhyming text is sometimes a bit forced, but illustrations are charming and clear. End material giving actual names of positions would have been a plus. Recommended for public and school libraries, especially where there's an interest in using yog ...more
Cas H.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. What a cute and fun idea. I have done some yoga, and some times I wonder where the pose came from, or how to visualize it. I love the illustrations. The waterfall illustration has the child leaning back with her hands in the air, as water flows off her hands to the ground. This book takes you step by step through the poses. I would have love to have had this ABC book for my kids, they would have thought it a lot of fun.
I received a free copy of this book in return f
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked how the author made the yoga positions into little rhymes so that children could easily remember them and understand what to do. The formatting in the e-book was off so that the rhythms did not go along with their pictures, which made it kind of confusing. In addition, there were words that were randomly capitalized in the middle of sentences. I do not know if this issue was because the formatting was off (and these words should have been the beginning of new sentences) or because it was ...more
Disclaimer: I received this book from the kind people over at Netgalley.

The ABC's of Yoga for kids is a charming book full of beautiful and helpful illustrations. There are a large number of poses here so your child will never get bored!
The poems are very instructive, however not all of them are suitable for younger children. It would have been nice to see some with simpler instructions and descriptions. (For example; breathe in, as opposed to inhale. Bend your back as apposed to arch.) That bei
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is a really great concept. I love the idea of young children getting involved in physical activities, especially something that is not only physical but slightly spiritual. The only thing that was dissappointung is that I would have liked to have seen pose illustrations next to each yoga pose especially the section with a list of poses for a complete session. I found myself flipping back and forth looking for illustrations for poses.

Love the cover and The idea of including a free CD.
Mónica Bustamante Wagner
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This one was such a cute book.
The pictures explain the positions very well, and the prose is easily read and my five-year-old understood it well. Also, the book talks about things that the kids like, like dinosaurs, dogs, dolphins--animals that kids can easily picture and try to imitate and do the positions well. (Like the flamingo position.)
I'm excited about starting to practice yoga with him now. I highly recommend this book for any parent who wants to teach yoga to their little ones!
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book to not only introduce children to yoga, but the alphabet and poetry. The illustrations are cute and colorful and this is a perfect book for the young reader. Several yoga poses for each letter, cute little poem to talk about the pose and a beautiful illustration for the child to follow. Great for girls and boys. A good opportunity for parent child/ Grandparent child activity.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from net galley in exchange for an honest review.

A great concept, but the pages are a bit visually overwhelming for kids. I love the idea of incorporating literacy into yoga, but they should have used only one pose per page. I do yoga with my students everyday. I think this would be more useful if it had one pose per flash card and the.n the poem on the back to read to the kid when they do each pose.
Alisha Webster
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-loki
I have been using yoga as a means of recovery from my recent pulmonary embolisms from birth control. My son has been very interested. I'm going to start up a little routine with him shortly. I love how they explain each move and I really enjoyed the illustrations. The ebook was a little jumbled though. It needs some fixing up.

This book has been provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This sweet little book is a wonderful addition to our home. With kids age 0 to 8, yoga is one of the physical activities we can all do together. We use this book to let each child a few poses, and an adult or the older children read the poems while we all try the pose. It's a great way to use our heads and bodies to start the day, or for breaks when kids get wiggly. The illustrations are great!
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