Recommended by Young Yoga Masters
Tools for Teachers:
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- What I See I Can Be, A Guided Yoga Flowbook and CD by Janet Williams. For those looking for an easy resource to lead kids through yoga,
this book gives it. It completely guides you through a children’s yoga class with easy to follow instructions and engaging pictures. It goes a step further by including a CD of the story. The audio makes it easy to repeat the book and get the proper instructions while you are doing the yoga. It’s a great tool for children to use on their own or with an adult. The website, www.ChildrensYogaBooks.com, also offers a DVD, poster, coloring book, and Teacher’s Manual. The best deal is to get one of the bundles. I’ve seen the poster in yoga studios that want to encourage yoga for children.
- Fly Like a Butterfly by Shakta Kaur is a great idea book for kids yoga. I’ve taught the yoga mountain story from this book for over a decade. She also has a number of kid friendly relaxation and meditation ideas that teachers can use over and over. Kids ask for the spaghetti test all the time. A must have for a kids yoga tool kit.
Developing the Mindset for Success
Build your Leadership skills for your life and for the kids you love.
My Mentor’s book:
- Ancient Secrets of Success by Tulshi Sen (the book and CD’s): This book is for teachers, parents, all adults who want to deepen their practice. It helped me find the courage to start my blog and expand my business. It also has a number of fables and stories that are great to tell to kids. I use two of the stories in my Kids Yoga Teacher Training.
My Favorite Yoga Music store is Spirit Voyage. Click on the banner or the songs listed below to download MP3 versions. One essential piece of equipment for every kids yoga teacher is an MP3 player or iPod. That way you have all your music with you all the time and you don’t have to fiddle with changing the CD to play different songs.
Of course these recommendations are still available in CD format – but probably not for long. See the particular songs I use a lot below:
Child’s Play by Wah! has many great songs for teaching kids yoga. I’ve been using a couple of the songs from the Child’s Play CD every week for over ten years. Its been one of my best investments. Right now you can buy the CD or send Spirit Voyage an e-mail to encourage them to get it in MP3 format.
Feeling Good Today by Snatam Kaur’s soothing melodies relax hyped up kids and calm kids alike. There are a couple songs I use regularly, though not the whole album because many of the songs have the word “God” in them so you may not want to use them in the schools where you teach. Two songs I use most: I am the Light of My Soul and Make the Love Grow, they’re neutral enough to use for all kids and locations. Its so sweet to hear the kids singing them after we finish while they’re playing with their toes. Many parents love this CD for home use.
Cozy by Shakta Kaur Khalsa is a go to CD to find songs to use while you are doing poses. Shakta Kaur is a great resource in kids yoga. Favorite Song: Brave and Bold
Yoga In Motion – DVD by Shakta Kaur is a must have for kids yoga teachers who want songs and games for their kids yoga classes. It’s not fancy but it is extremely valuable. It gives you all the moves to the Happy and Cozy CD’s (that’s 22 activities) as well as 2 bonus activities. It’s worth the investment!
Happy CD by Shakta Kaur rounds out her kids yoga offerings. Again, its got some great songs on them that you can use over and over again in your kids yoga classes or at home. Favorite Songs: Fly like a Butterfly, Getting Up For Yoga, and Long Time Sun.
What can I say? Kids love the Sa Re Sa Sa music and meditation. I’ve used it since I started teaching kids when I only had the music on a cassette tape. But I had to buy it again on CD, and now I use it on my iPod. I’ve seen kids do this meditation for over 10 minutes in one sitting. Also recommended to play during nap time. Favorite Song: Sa Re Sa Sa with the hand movements given by Yogi Bhajan.
Yoga Reference Books for Adults
Divine Alignment by Guru Prem Singh helped me understand the logic behind why poses are done the way they are. Once I understood how it worked, I could apply it to all the poses I was doing. A great resource for safe yoga.
For me, Yoga Mind & Body by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Society is the perfect blend of pictures and information. It has beautiful colorful pictures and instructions on what to do and also common mistakes. This was my first yoga book and I’ve had to buy it over again when I lend it out and don’t get it back. I don’t lend it anymore!