Yoga isn't just the physical poses; intentional breathing (and therefore mindfulness) are an integral part of it. Yoga and Mindfulness for Young Children explains the physical and social-emotional benefits of incorporating yoga into early childhood classrooms. Readers do not need to have any experience with yoga to be able to use this book, and the ideas and suggestions are easily modified to suit an individual teacher's needs. Early childhood educators and registered children's yoga instructors Maureen Heil and Ilene S. Rosen share how to do nine specific breathing techniques and sixty-three different poses with children. The poses are grouped by ten different categories: back-bending poses, forward-bending poses, harmony poses (about balance), just for fun (offer emotional release), lying down poses, partner poses (in pairs), sitting down poses, standing upright poses, twisting poses, and upside-down poses. Information on how do yoga with children with diverse abilities is included.
About the Author
Maureen Heil is an experienced registered yoga and children's yoga teacher, as well as a trainer of children's yoga teachers with Yoga Child in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She leads teacher-training workshops and is the author of a training manual for GoGive Yoga. She has also worked as the lead preschool teacher and director of The Greenwood Cooperative School in New Jersey for seventeen years. She is the coauthor of Yoga and Mindfulness for Young Children. Ilene Rosen, MEd, is a freelance writer, editor, educator, and registered children's yoga teacher. She has written for Redleaf Press, Parents magazine, and Scholastic's Parent & Child. She worked as an associate editor for Scholastic, a preschool teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a yoga therapist. Ilene has her BA in psychology from Amherst College and her MEd in early childhood education from Tufts University. She is the coauthor of Yoga and Mindfulness for Young ChildrenM.