Yawning Yoga: by Laurie Jordan ~ Children’s Bedtime Book Review

Yawning Yoga by Laurie Jordan Book Review

Yawning Yoga Exercise Children's Book

Yawning Yoga by Laurie Jordan, {Illustrations by Aaron Randy} is a sweet children’s bedtime story that is fun for both the child and the reader. Laurie Jordan is a New York-based yoga instructor and the creator of Little Sprouts Yoga for Kids and the Director of Kids Programming at Kaia Yoga. She based this book off of her successful bedtime yoga series "Yawning Yoga"!

Each page describes a yoga pose in fun sleepy-themed rhyme accompanied by a colorful and imaginative illustration. Children are encouraged to stretch their bodies and relax their minds as they get ready for resting. The premise is that by incorporating this easy practice into your child’s evening routine, you can help prepare your child for a calm and restful night’s sleep. If the poems and artwork aren’t enough to define the pose, the author has included explanations and photos in the back of the book along with tips on establishing a bedtime routine.

Yawning Yoga Exercise Children's Book

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Yawning Yoga with my 20-month old son! As someone who really appreciates yoga, I was genuinely impressed by the authors interpretation of these simple yoga poses for children. The book progresses from active poses that encourage wiggling and stretching to more relaxing poses and breathing exercises. I found it impossible to read this without doing the moves along with my child. Bonus points for sneaking in a bit of exercise!

I think what really makes this book special is its ability to meet children at their age and ability. My son is a little young still to grasp much of the relaxation portion of this, but he still benefits from the movement and the rhymes. As he gets older, this book and the yoga practice it teaches will grow with him and become a natural part of his evening routine. I highly recommend this book as an addition to any child’s bedtime book collection!

Learn More

Head on over to YawningYoga.com to learn more about Yawning Yoga and Laurie Jordan! You can purchase Yawning Yoga for only $15.00 and help your little one get a good nights rest tonight!



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  • Barbara R.

    I think it is great to start kids on the right track and healthy ways. Stretching is a perfect thing that we all should do everyday. This is a great book that makes it fun for kids while getting health lessons and benefits that they can use the rest of their lives. Positive.

  • lisa brown

    Stretching and breathing exercises are so good for the body. It’s a great to get children to do this type of exercise, they will be healthier for it in the long run. Great book!

  • Jaime

    This looks like a great book! I think that it is never too early to get kids thinking about their health, and I think yoga would be a great addition to the night time routine, especially for my 5 year old!

  • Camille Hutcherson

    I love how this book incorporates such concepts in such a kid-friendly way. Stretching and breathing properly is important to learn early, and what with all the bad posture plaguing the young population nowadays, and the rampant obesity in America – any sort of exercise imparted young, especially yoga, is great and encourages positive thinking. Thanks for the wonderful review!

  • Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith)

    This sounds like a really good book to read to the kids at bed time and they also learn yoga. Thanks for the review.

  • http://untrainedhairmom.com/ Brooke

    This is cute, I’d like to have this book for my kids.. hopefully it would help calm and relax them at night

  • Shar

    Sounds like a cute, relaxing and enjoyable book. I love the title…just makes me chuckle. It promotes fun exercise too.

  • Morgan Lepley Edger

    I’m always looking for good bedtime stories! And what a great way to introduce your kids to yoga! Love it!

  • Lyndi Malarchuk

    This looks like an adorable book. The calming and relaxation strategies will serve kids well throughout their lives!

  • Jennifer Mae Hiles

    This sounds like a really neat book. I used to do yoga everyday but it was on a VHS tape, my player broke and I haven’t done it since. I really miss it too. This would be a neat way for me and my daughter to get back into it. She’s still pretty young (she will be 2 next month) but this book sounds age appropriate and also sounds like a lot of fun!