Adults and children alike use yoga poses and breath, along with meditation, to alleviate anxiety and stress. An important part of understanding one's own anxiety and stress as a child, is to learn how to identify their own feelings. Labeling their emotions and physical reactions can not only help them express to those around them how they are feeling, but also help them determine which tools they can use, such as yoga, to manage their feelings in a healthy way.
A couple books have really helped my own children learn to identify their feelings, learn what their physical responses to stressful situations might mean, and even how to manage anxious moments. The Way I Feel by Janan Cain is a fun beautifully illustrated book with short versus to teach a label for each emotion. This is a great book to start with young children to give words to their feelings. I often tell my children to try to "use your words," and this book helps them find the words to use.
Listening to My Body, by Gabi Garcia and Ying Hui Tan, not only helps label the emotions, but it includes simple activities along with each one, to help understand the physical sensations that accompany each feeling. This helps the child put the physical and mental components of his/her feelings together, and proceeds with advice on how to self regulate and improve their own well being.
For the anxious child, What to Do When You Worry Too Much, by Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews, is an interactive book to help the child learn and create techniques to help them through their anxiety and even dispel their own worries. Although recommended for older children who are able to write, this book can be done with a young child along with his/her parent assisting with drawings and writing. Although this book doesn't include much for yoga and breathing exercises, I feel it is a great additional tool to use for the worrisome child.
I have linked to books on Amazon at the bottom of the post for those who use Amazon, but please check out your favorite local book store and library too! Do you have a favorite book to teach children about their feelings? Comment below!
Kids Yoga Books Part I - Poses can be found here: http://www.kidsyogawithallison.com/wordsfromallison/kids-yoga-books-part-i-poses
yoga, food, family, and travel. these are what drive my life! as a stay at home mom of 2 little girls with an active yoga practice. i longed to find the perfect yoga class for my own children. i felt a calling to a kids yoga teacher training in early November, 2017 and answered the call. in 2018, i felt called towards a greater mission. teaching teens & adults. today, i am living my dream.