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.
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!!