Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder

Publication Details

    Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder
  • Author: Mariam GatesSarah Jane Hinder
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • Format: Paperback


Good Night Yoga – a Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story is a collaboration between Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder.

Gates holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She is renown for her Kids Power Yoga program and has more than twenty years experience working with children.

Hinder is a respected illustrator having produced acrylic artwork for a number of children’s books.

The Story

Their book features a single short story that is designed to help parents facilitate the gradual movement of young children into that of a relaxed state of mind prior to bed. This is achieved through through basic yoga exercises.

The story features a young child’s embrace of the fading world around them; of awareness of the setting of the sun, the emergence of the stars and features a number of animals.

The publication is illustrated throughout with strong images of the story’s main character going through various stretching routines, squats and poses.

In its conclusion the book features a short visualisation that your child can use whilst relaxed and in bed ready for sleep.

Our Review of Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder

Sadly I did not have a young child at hand to test out the efficacy or otherwise of this book.

From a parents’s point of view though I am not keen on the methodology proposed by this book or the type of psychology behind it and so did not like it for that reason.

However, I do accept that there is no one method for getting a child to settle into bed and so this book may work for you – in which case count yourself extremely fortunate in discovering a way of getting your child to sleep!

Where the book really works for me though is in its bold, fun and enchanting illustrations which may well speak more effectively to a young child than the text which I found to be rather overly repetitive and sometimes confusing in its instructions.

Still, it’s worth buying for its illustrations if for no other reason!!