Monday, March 31, 2008

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Helen Garabedian

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Helen Garabedian
Da Capo Press
A Member of the Perseus Book Group
ISBN: 973-1-60094-008-8

I think Itsy Bitsy Yoga written in clear prose would be a delightful read for parents and caregivers. In addition to the benefits yoga brings, Ms. Garabedian states that Itsy Bitsy Yoga can tame tantrums, improve digestion, cultivate self-expression, promote fine motor development, improve realization and bring about a healthy lifesstyle. How welcoming is this! The book gives explicit how to directions and is organized around ten playful yoga routines. Each chapter has an
illustration of the posture, a section called Watch Me, Say N' Play, On the Go with Helen and Yogi Wogi Says. For example in Chapter #4, Wake n' Stretch Yoga the poses are called: Table, Cat, Cow, Twisting Cow, Child , Down Dog and Lunge ; the benefits include improved breathing,coordination,and balance
and seems like lots of fun.

The book is abundant with suggestions, songs and age-appropriate information. Ms Garabedian understands how to motivate children. I enjoyed most
the strengthening of the bond between parent and child that happens when engaging in these postures and play. The author tells how to relate to children
through singing, reading together, going on ourdoor walks and other sweet interactions. The practice is child-centered, she emphasizes; it begins where
the child is and helps to build self-confidence and self-esteem . Throughout there are praises and encourgement for the child: a nod, a smile, a high five, a pat on the back, thumbs up. What child wouldn't benefit from the routines in this book. I wish I had learned Itsy Bitsy Yoga when I was five.

Barbara Thomas

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