Yoga Story Time programs are a really great way to incorporate movement and mindfulness into your classic early literacy story time offerings. I was inspired to start offering Yoga Story Time programming after reading a post right here on the ALSC blog! As a regularly practicing yogi myself, this seemed like the perfect way to combine my love for yoga and reading into something really special I could offer at my library.
Typically I structure a Yoga Story Time around two short yoga focused picture books (fiction and nonfiction titles), with pictures of poses so kids can easily replicate the pose as they wish from the book. I also demonstrate many of the poses myself. Incorporating animal sounds is a must! Below are some of my favorite recently published yoga titles perfect for little yogis and ideal for usage in planning and leading a Yoga Story Time program .
I’m not a certified yoga instructor, but armed with a good understanding of many common asanas (poses) and a willingness to learn along with my young participants I’ve been able to craft a successful, popular Yoga Story Time that is offered at various times throughout the year. This has become a program that I love leading and has inspired me to consider pursuing yoga teacher certification sometime in the future! If you are a yogi librarian yourself, I would encourage you to look into offering this program at your library- it is a great way to connect with your community and encourage fitness and wellness through book sharing.
Nicole Lee Martin is a Children’s Librarian at the Rocky River Public Library in Rocky River, OH. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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