Near the end of last year I started thinking about adding yoga to my life, so for Christmas mi marido surprised me with a yoga mat. It came with a block and a strap and an intro DVD too. I have struggled to figure out a way to work it into my routine. And the one or two times I did get out the DVD to try, this happened:
A little someone--or someones get so close I can hardly do the movements. Which I adore, but which also makes me think I should try to get out my mat when I have a little me time so I can actually focus on learning how to do yoga. Which never happens. Which means I have done yoga twice since December. Which is sad.
How I'm Adding Yoga to My Life
THEN! I heard that KIDS YOGA STORIES was offering Multicultural Kid Blogs bloggers the chance to review one of their yoga stories. I thought, "Yes! Yoga with kids. That's what I need to try." AND GUESS WHAT ELSE!? They offer their stories in so many languages! Naturally I went with the Spanish option, because what is better than yoga with your kids? YOGA WITH YOUR KIDS IN SPANISH. (Why am I using so many CAPS today? Hahaha!) So I signed up to review a copy and received a digital Spanish version of Sophia's Jungle Adventure (Sofía en una aventura por la selva).
KIDS YOGA STORIES in a Nutshell
Before I walk you through what happened when I read this story, allow me to first give you a quick explanation of the book. In a nutshell, KIDS YOGA STORIES are stories of kids having some type of adventure or experience in nature. As you read through the adventure, the story incorporates different yoga poses along the way, inspired by what the character of the story is doing.
For example, in Sophia's Jungle Adventure, the first thing she does is take a plane ride to visit the jungle in Costa Rica. The book has an illustration of Sophia doing the Warrior 3 yoga pose, but the kids call it the avión or airplane pose.
What Happened When I Read the Story
When I first read the story I skimmed it by myself, then started thinking about how I would introduce it to my kids. My first mistake was I didn't read the parent/teacher guide in the back. When you buy this book, make sure to read that section first. The guide explains wonderfully how to introduce yoga to your kids, and how to make the best use of the book with them.
I was getting all stressed out trying to figure out how to do all the poses before I read the book with my kids. I even gathered a bunch of beginner videos on YouTube. Then I read the guide and it calmed me down. The guide emphasizes how yoga for kids should be fun and safe and relaxing. It even explains how you should read the story first before doing the yoga poses, and even how you can adapt the story for different ages or group sizes.
Should I Buy the Spanish or English Version?
I have the Spanish version, and I love it. It is great practice for me and expands my own vocabulary! However, if you are not fluent in Spanish you will want to buy the English version, and maybe just learn the names of the poses and/or jungle animals in Spanish. This is because the parents guide and everything is in Spanish, and you want to be able to read through that easily as it is a great resource.
How We Plan to Use It
I love how the book spans many subjects, especially if you use it to incorporate Spanish. Our family plans to homeschool next year, so we will be using this book all year long to learn yoga, to explore the Costa Rican jungle, and to learn Spanish. So I'm sure you'll be hearing more from me about our adventures with Sophia! Get a copy for your family and you can follow along with us.