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Kids Yoga Stories 2015 Year in Review

Thank you so much for helping to make 2015 so rewarding for everyone at Kids Yoga Stories.

Last year, the sales of our yoga books for kids and traffic to the website both grew by 150%, and we gave away more than 60 yoga books. Thank you for believing in our kids yoga resources and for reading our weekly Kids Yoga Stories newsletter.

We started the year by releasing our popular Sophia’s Jungle Adventure book in six languages. We were proud to introduce a new seasonal yoga series with the first three yoga books for kids: Rachel’s Day in the Garden, Ella’s Summer Fun, and Jenny’s Winter Walk. Trish’s Fall Photography will be ready in early 2016 to complete the set. Our new ocean yoga book, Maria Explores the Ocean, was released in fall 2015. Our new yoga book packs have been well received, as well. We have more yoga books planned for 2016 (Sally’s Visit to the Farm and Emily’s Day in the Desert), and I’m continuing to write new yoga books for kids. I’m currently working on a story about a mountain hike.

I love writing our weekly free content and have heard from readers that the thematic ideas have been used successfully in homes, studios, and classrooms around the world.  My mission is to bring education, health, and happiness to children everywhere. And I love learning how teachers and parents are integrating yoga into their children’s lives. From a Physical Therapy session in New England to a homeschool in outback Australia and to an English-learning school in Spanish, yoga for children is spreading worldwide. So inspiring!

Below, you will find our 2015 year in review with links to our most popular yoga stories and kids yoga sequences:

Yoga Book Award

Rachel’s Day in the Garden tied for Book of the Year and won the Children’s Category in this year’s Independent Publishers of New England book awards. This was an unbelievably exciting moment not only for my family and me, but also for the kids yoga community. The fact that a yoga book for kids was recognized in the public community means to me that people are curious about integrating story and movement. Very inspiring indeed!

Brooke says:
Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow is a gorgeously illustrated and beautifully written children’s book. We follow Rachel and her puppy, Sammy, for a day of fun and yoga in the garden. This was such a cute story! I loved reading this with my three-year-old, and she had fun trying out the yoga poses with Rachel. This is definitely a great book for preschool through early elementary ages. Boys and girls alike would have a great time reading and doing the yoga poses.”

Rachels Day in the Garden ImageAward-Winning Yoga Book
Rachel’s Day in the Garden


Top 4 Kids Yoga Books

The most popular yoga book this year (once again) was Sophia’s Jungle Adventure. The book was inspired by my hike to a waterfall in Costa Rica. This was our first yoga book, and it remains our most-loved yoga book. This book was also released in seven different languages this year (Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, and Italian).

Sandra says:
Sophia’s Jungle Adventure was brilliant. With an emphasis on imagination and having fun, this story ignited my son’s enthusiasm for yoga poses, and I love this because I can see his physical abilities being challenged and his mental well-being being nurtured. An added benefit of the simple story layout was that it drew our family together (husband included) to experience some yoga and quality bonding time together.”

In a tie for second place were Good Night, Animal World, Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats, and Luke’s Beach Day.  The Spanish and Portuguese translations of these titles were popular, as well.

Sophia's Jungle Adventure yoga story | Kids Yoga Stories

#1 Yoga Book for 2015
Sophia’s Jungle Adventure

Ages 4 to 7

Anna and her Rainbow-colored Yoga Mats Image

Tied #2 Yoga Book for 2015
Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats
Ages 4 to 7

Good Night, Animal World yoga bedtime book for toddlers and preschoolers | by Kids Yoga Storiestied #2 Yoga Book for 2015
Good Night, Animal World
Ages 2 to 5

Luke's Beach Day Imagetied #2 Yoga Book for 2015
Luke’s Beach Day
Ages 4 to 7

Top Yoga Cards for Kids

The most popular yoga cards for kids this year were the Yoga Poses for Kids Cards. Read about How to Play with Yoga Cards for Kids here.

Denise says:
“I used the cards yesterday as I was teaching a summer camp, and they already had the theme of kings/queens/gnomes. After acting out a yoga story about the kingdom, we played a game of memory, and I pulled some of the cards that we acted out in the story. The kids had a blast. Such good fun!”

The Sophia’s Jungle Adventure Yoga Cards and Good Night, Animal World Yoga Cards both tied for the second-most popular yoga cards. Read 4 Ways to Play with Bedtime Yoga Cards here.

How to play with Yoga Cards for Kids | Kids Yoga StoriesHow to Play with Yoga Cards for Kids 26-Pack of Bedtime Yoga Cards for Toddlers and Preschoolers to match Good Night, Animal World yoga book | Kids Yoga StoriesRead 4 Ways to Play with Bedtime Yoga Cards

According to Google Analytics, our top 10 most-viewed Kids Yoga Stories posts this past year were:

Arctic Animals Books and Yoga by Kids Yoga Stories#1: Arctic Animals Yoga Learn about zoo animals with these easy yoga poses for kids by Kids Yoga Stories#2: Zoo Animals Yoga
Halloween yoga sequence to get your children moving and having fun this season | Kids Yoga Stories#3: Halloween Yoga  Spring Time Yoga Poses for Kids by Kids Yoga Stories#4: Yoga for Spring
Autumn Yoga sequence by Kids Yoga Stories#5: Autumn Kids Yoga How to do Yoga in your Classroom | Kids Yoga Stories#6: How to Do Yoga in Your Classroom
Healthy Kids Series: Invite calm by creating a morning ritual of morning meditation | Kids Yoga Stories#7: Invite Calm by Creating a Morning Ritual Acts of Kindness: A Love Rocks project (painting inspiring messages on rocks) by Happy Sunshine Yoga on Kids Yoga Stories#8: Acts of Kindness: Love Project
Garden Yoga poses for kids inspired by Eric Carle books >> Kids Yoga Stories#9: Garden Yoga Winter Activities Yoga by Kids Yoga Stories#10: Winter Activities Yoga

Top 4 Roundups of Kids Yoga Sequences

For your convenience, find loads of thematic kids yoga lesson plans and sequences in these four roundups:

Collection of year-round Holiday Yoga Lesson Plans and Coloring Pages for Kids | Kids Yoga StoriesHoliday Yoga
Links to 19 holiday-themed kids yoga
sequences and coloring pages.
Collection of year-round Season Yoga Lesson Plans and Coloring Pages for Kids | Kids Yoga StoriesSeason Yoga
Links to 8 seasonal kids yoga sequences.
Loads of Kids Yoga Ideas inspired by Popular Children's Books | Kids Yoga StoriesKids Yoga Ideas using Children’s Books
Links to 15 kids yoga sequences
inspired by popular children’s books.
Monthly Kids Yoga Themes | Kids Yoga StoriesMonthly Kids Yoga Themes
Links to 12 monthly themes including a focus
breathing technique, a focus pose, and a 3-pose flow.

Kids Yoga Stories Social Media Channels

As you probably know, we are active daily on a variety of social media channels to spread the word on the benefits of yoga for children. I spend most of my time engaged on Facebook, but I also love researching on Pinterest. Come join our growing community:

Facebook Fans: 7500
Pinterest Followers: 5600
Twitter Followers: 2000
Google+ Followers: 500
Instagram Followers (joined November, 2015): 150

Our 2015 top social media referrer for website traffic was Pinterest. Check out our boards here:

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Other 2015 Kids Yoga Stories Highlights

This year, I applied to guest post on larger parenting, education, and wellness publications online. I was thrilled that my voice was published on the following websites:

Calm Down Yoga Poses for Kids | Kids Yoga StoriesManaging Big Emotions through Movement,
For Childhood101
Healthy Kids Series: Invite calm by creating a morning ritual of morning meditation | Kids Yoga StoriesInvite Calm with a Morning Ritual,
For Elephant Journal
5 Animal Yoga Poses to Help Your Child Sleep Better | Kids Yoga Stories5 Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses To Help Your Child Sleep,
For MindBodyGreen
Yoga for Creativity: encouraging children's creativity through yoga and meditation | Kids Yoga StoriesEncouraging Children’s Creativity Through Yoga,
For Yogi Times
Integrating Mindfulness in your Classroom Curriculum | written by Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories for EdutopiaIntegrating Mindfulness in your Classroom Curriculum,
for Edutopia

Looking Ahead to 2016

Don’t forget to subscribe to the weekly Kids Yoga Stories newsletter to get up-to-date information with this year’s content and newly released yoga books. We are planning a few things in the coming months:

  • Release of the final fall yoga book in our four seasonal yoga stories (summer, spring, and winter are available now)
  • Creation of the second 50-card yoga cards pack
  • Illustration of Sally’s Visit to the Farm, The Grateful Giraffe, and Emily’s Day in the Desert
  • Continuation of the Monthly Kids Yoga Theme Idea project
  • Attending the Yoga in Schools Symposium, Yoga Reaches Out Yogathon, and National Kids Yoga Conference

As always, please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for Kids Yoga Stories. We are constantly looking ways to grow our community and help serve you with yoga tips and kids yoga resources.

Thank you for your love and support. Here’s to another amazing year bringing the benefits of yoga to children!

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