June 22, 2018

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The Skinny on Library Yoga; Plus, Books, Music, & Tips


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“Yoga in the Library”

Among the 37 percent of U.S. public libraries offering yoga activities, according to a 2014 Library Journal programming survey, over three-quarters offer yoga for adults; almost 40 percent have classes for children; and 25 percent offer teen yoga. How popular is the practice among library patrons? “Very popular,” say 22 percent of librarians, while 44 percent say it is “popular.” Only six percent report that it’s “not too popular.” Who leads the classes? Eighty-one percent of libraries work with outside instructors, while 10 percent of library yoga offerings are led by library staffers, and nine percent are taught by a mix of staff and outside instructors.

Yoga Resources


Baptiste, Baron. My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids (Barefoot Bks, 2004) (Accompanying “Yoga Pretzels” cards feature yoga poses.)

Bersma, Danielle. Yoga Games for Children (Hunter House, 2003)

Carr, Rachel. Be a Frog, a Bird, or a Tree: Creative Yoga Exercises for Children (Doubleday, 1973)

Cronin, Doreen. Stretch (Athenaeum, 2009)

de Brunhoff, Laurent. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants (Abrams, 2002)

Garabedian, Helen. Itsy Bitsy Yoga (S. & S., 2004)

Jenkins, Steve. Move! (Houghton Harcourt, 2006)

Jonas, Ann. Color Dance  (Greenwillow, 1989)

MacLean, Kerry Lee. Peaceful PiggyYoga (Albert Whitman, 2008)

Pierce, Karen. Yoga Bear: Yoga for Youngsters (NorthWord, 2004)

Power, Teresa Anne. The ABCs Yoga for Kids (Stafford House, 2009)

Purperhart, Helen. The Yoga Zoo Adventure Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids (Hunter House, 2008)

Schwartz, Ellen. I Love Yoga: A Guide for Kids and Teens (Tundra, 2003)

Solis, Sydney. Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children through Story. (Mythic Yoga Studio, 2006)

Solis, Sydney. The Treasure in Your Heart: Yoga and Stories for Peaceful Children (Mythic Yoga Studio, 2007)

Tieck, Sarah. Yoga  (Abdo, 2013)

Wenig, Marsha. YogaKids: Educating the Whole Child Through Yoga (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2003)

Whitford, Rebecca. Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga (Holt, 2005)

Wong, Janet S. Twist: Yoga Poems (S. & S., 2007)

Yoo, Taeeun. You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses (Penguin, 2012)

Books to help children develop mindfulness skills

Nhat Hanh, Thich. Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children (Parallax, 2011)

Nhat Hanh, Thich. A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles (Parallax, 2013)

Complementary non-yoga books

Bang, Molly. When Sophie Gets Angry (Blue Sky, 1999)

Bornstein, Ruth. Little Gorilla (Seabury, 1976)

Carle, Eric. From Head to Toe (HarperCollins, 1997)

Ehlert, Lois. Planting a Rainbow (HBJ, 1988)

Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George (HarperCollins, 1999)

Henkes, Kevin. Old Bear (Greenwillow, 2008)

Idle, Molly. Flora and the Flamingo (Chronicle, 2013)

Lacome, Julie. Walking Through the Jungle (Candlewick, 1993)

Marzollo, Jean. Pretend You’re a Cat (Dial, 1990)

Marzollo, Jean. Sun Song (HarperCollins, 1995)

McClure, Nikki. How to Be a Cat (Abrams, 2013)

Merz, Jennifer J. Playground Day! (Clarion, 2007)

Reibstein, Mark. Wabi Sabi (Little, Brown, 2008)

Ryder, Joanne. Each Living Thing (Harcourt, 2000)

Sidman, Joyce. Swirl by Swirl (Houghton Harcourt, 2011)

Siomades, Lorianne. A Place to Bloom (Boyds Mills, 1997)

Waddell, Martin. Hi, Harry! (Candlewick, 2003)

Walsh, Ellen Stoll. Balancing Act (S. & S., 2010)

Wood, Douglas. Old Turtle (Scholastic, 2007)

Young, Ed. Seven Blind Mice (Philomel, 1992)

Music and websites

Dance for the Sun: Yoga Songs for Kids by Kira Willey (Fireflies Records, 2007)

Yoga II: Relaxation and Breathing (Pacific Moon Artists, 2007)

Yoga Zone: Music for Meditation (Yoga Zone, 1998)

Namaste Kid: a website featuring kid-friendly yoga poses.

Oklahoma County Metropolitan Library System children’s yoga suggestions


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  1. Thanks for such a great list! I lead a toddler/preschool yoga storytime and get a great turnout – little ones are great at stretching into yoga poses and parents learn th benefits of yoga practice on a regular basis!

  2. I would also add to the list “The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story” by Uma Krishmaswami about a young girl who fears her clumsiness will ruin the class play.