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The Joy of Giving

ImageThis Thanksgiving, Liam, a brand new yogi, received Asana Alphabet’s yoga book, “Yogi and Yogette Learn the Asana Alphabet”.  With a yoga pose for every letter of the alphabet, it helps kids reinforce the alphabet through yoga and movement.  As many of us already know, young children learn best through movement so this book canbe especially inspiring as it encourages you to try out the poses yourself. Since English is Liam’s second language, that’s just another bonus as he sounds out the letters of the alphabet.  His favorite pose in the book? TREE POSE!  Apparently was so excited about the book that he had to transfer his love along to his sister afterwards (see below).

“How can I give one of these?”  you ask…go to our shopping tag at www.AsanaAlphabet.com or sometimes you can find them at Amazon.com (title: Yogi and Yogette Learn the Asana Alphabet).  Order by Dec. 14th for holiday deliveries.  50% of all sales on our website go to providing more FREE classes for our kindergarten students on the lower east side.

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Yoga meets Kids’ Architecture

How can a book festival inspire a kids’ yoga teacher? Today I (Ann, the founder of Asana Alphabet) had an inspiring time at the Brooklyn Book Festival where I visited Isabel Hill’s talk on how she went from idea to page in the creation of her children’s book, “Urban Animals” (click on title for purchasing info).  This is a fun and creative book which meld rhyme, architecture, animals and photography into one smashing book!

Urban Animals By Isabel Hill

As a creator of programs for teaching children’s yoga, I am always looking for ways to bridge kids yoga with other aspects of our world and I feel that creative and educational lesson planning comes down to that.  It would be an easy and effective lesson plan for prek and kinder classes to do a vinyasa of downward dog pose, cow pose, alligator/crocodile and other animals featured in “Urban Animals” and then follow it up with a reading of this story during savasana/relaxation time.  I think I will try it out soon with my freshly autographed book! If you have come across other non-yoga children books that could help to lead a kids yoga class, please do make a suggestion by posting or emailing me at asanaalphabet@gmail.com!