Thank you so much for helping to make 2017 so rewarding for everyone at Kids Yoga Stories!
Last year, sales and traffic to the website both grew by 150%, and we gave away more than 60 free yoga books. Our yoga products have been sold into 50 countries worldwide and 50 states in America. Thank you for believing in our kids yoga resources and for reading our weekly Kids Yoga Stories newsletter.
Emily’s Day in the Desert, The Grateful Giraffe, and Katie’s Karate Class were released last year. Four other yoga books were in production, and we’re hoping to release them in 2018. Watch for Sally’s Visit to the Farm, Michelle’s Mountain Hike, 123 African Safari, and Justine and Joey at the Zoo. I wrote a camping yoga book in the summer and am currently working a number of kids yoga resource eBooks. More digital yoga cards are in the works, as well.
I love writing our weekly free content and have heard success stories from readers 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. I’m constantly inspired by how people are planting the seeds of a yoga life to children everywhere.
Yoga Book Awards
We are thrilled that yoga books are being recognized with children’s book awards:
|Katie’s Karate Class||The Grateful Giraffe||Trish’s Fall Photography|
Top 4 Kids Yoga Books
The most popular yoga book this year was the award-winning Rachel’s Day in the Garden. In this garden yoga book, a girl and her beloved dog search for signs of spring in her yard. Kids and adults crawl, buzz, and flutter through the story, laughing, moving, and learning words while encouraging teamwork, easing tension, and encouraging positive thinking.
“Shardlow has mastered the art of integrating yoga, art, education, and story into engaging books that promote movement, relaxation, literacy, and connection. Rachel’s Day in the Garden is no exception and, in fact, might be the best one yet! The Kids Yoga Stories series belongs in the hands of every child, parent, and educator!” – Lisa Flynn, ChildLight Yoga
|First place: Rachel’s Day in the Garden, Ages 3+||Second Place: The Grateful Giraffe, Ages 2+|
|Third place: Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats, Ages 4+||Fourth place: Jenny’s Winter Walk, Ages 3+|
Top Yoga Cards for Kids
The most popular yoga cards for kids this year were the Yoga Poses for Kids Cards. Children mix and match twenty-five yoga poses with twenty-five illustrated keywords (categories are Travel, Earth, People, and Animals). The yogi kids are multicultural from seven different countries. Pose index and pose instructions are included. Active and creative play that’s fun for all ages.
“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!”
Read about How to Play with Yoga Cards for Kids here.
The second deck, More Yoga Poses for Kids Cards, includes another twenty-five yoga poses matched with twenty-five keywords (categories are Travel, Camping, and Animals).
These yoga card decks are also available in digital downloadable format:
- Yoga Poses for Kids Cards (Deck One) PDF Download
- More Yoga Poses for Kids Cards (Deck Two) PDF Download
|Yoga Poses for Kids Cards||More Yoga Poses for Kids Cards|
Top Digital Yoga Cards for Kids
Feedback from readers told us that customers wanted quick and easy thematic ideas to practice yoga poses. We put together these digital yoga cards that are easy to print out to your specific size and to play yoga games in your home, classroom, or studio. The top 4 digital yoga cards last year were:
|LOVE Yoga Cards for Kids
|Arctic Animals Yoga Cards for Kids
|Garden Yoga Cards for Kids
|Halloween Yoga Cards for Kids
Top Digital Yoga Products for Kids
Due to customers requesting digital products—to avoid international shipping costs and to have digital content for on-the-go yoginis—we’ve been producing more digital content that is easy to download immediately after purchase on our Kids Yoga Stories Shop. The top 4 digital products in 2017 were:
|#1: Monthly Kids Yoga Themes PDF Download
|#2: 58 Yoga Poses for Kids Images|
|#3: 40 Chair Yoga Poses for Kids PNG Images Download||#4: Kids Yoga Class Ideas PDF Download|
Top 10 Kids Yoga Stories Posts of 2017
According to Google Analytics, our top 10 most-viewed Kids Yoga Stories posts this past year were:
Top 4 Roundups of Kids Yoga Sequences
For your convenience, find loads of thematic kids yoga lesson plans and sequences in these popular four roundups:
|#1: Seasonal Kids Yoga Lesson Plans||#2: Monthly Kids Yoga Themes|
|#3: Kids Yoga Class Ideas||#4: Holiday Yoga Lesson Plans|
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:
Our 2017 top social media referrer for website traffic was Pinterest. Check out our boards here:
Looking Ahead to 2018
Don’t forget to subscribe to the weekly Kids Yoga Stories newsletter (join over 20K subscribers) 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 a new yoga books for kids, which are currently being illustrated:
- Sally’s Visit to the Farm
- Michelle’s Mountain Hike
- 123 African Safari
- Justine and Joey at the Zoo
- Claire’s Camping Trip
- Release of new digital products:
- St. Patrick’s Day Yoga Cards
- Earth Day Yoga Cards
- Breathing Yoga Cards for Kids
- Partner Yoga Cards for Kids
- Advanced Yoga Poses Cards for Kids
- Chair Yoga Ideas eBook
- Dice Yoga Games eBook
- Transportation Yoga Cards for Kids
- Start of a monthly 10-Pose theme project
- Membership open for Kids Yoga Monthly – end of January and end of July
- An ultimate kids yoga product giveaway and a few flash sales
- Attending the 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!
Past Years in Review
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