Friday, March 07, 2008

Reading Itsy Bitsy Yoga

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better
Helen Garabedian
Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books (March 15, 2008)
224 Pages, Paperback
$16.95

Spring's almost here, but during the winter months, it can be quite a challenge just to get outside for those with young children.
Of course, weather doesn't have to be an excuse to do yoga, but it sure can work off some of that excess energy when you're stuck inside!

From the back cover:

Named the "Baby Yoga Expert" by Newsweek, Helen Garabedian, a certified yoga instructor, created her program with 8-minute sequences that fit easily into a young child's day. Fully illustrated with beautiful photos, Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers features more than 50 simple poses and games kids love, offering a creative way to get active.


I really loved this book. It makes yoga so simple and fun (for both the parent and child), incorporating fun interactive rhymes and games with the different routines as well as an opportunity for spending time together.

We've tried out a few things in the book and my girl loves it. I love it. Not only will your toddler be stretching, exercising and having fun, you will too. And that's great! Who said you need to go to the gym to work out?

The first three chapters are an overview of the benefits and basics of yoga, focused specifically on the Toddler and Parent, as well as a section on how to use the book.
The following chapters focus on specific poses for specific routines, some of which include: Wake and Stretch (to begin your day), Patience Please (this should be self-explanatory), Tantrum Taming and Blissful Bedtime.

Fewer tantrums? Relaxation, sleep and patience?
Not to mention sanity , less stress and less anxiety for mom. These are some of the benefits Garabedian cites in the book. What mom wouldn't want that?

It's fun and creative, the illustrations make the positions easy to do-there's no doubt this book will be put to good use here.


Itsy Bitsy Yoga at Da Capo Press
Helen Garabedian's Site
Photo courtesy of Da Capo Press

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