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Kids Yoga Stories 2017 Year in Review

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.

Below, you will find our 2017 year in review with links to our most popular yoga stories and kids yoga sequences:

Yoga Book Awards

We are thrilled that yoga books are being recognized with children’s book awards:

Katie’s Karate Class
Winner of Family Choice Award 2017

The Grateful Giraffe
Winner of the 2017 IPNE Children’s Book Category

Trish’s Fall Photography
Foreword INDIES Finalist 2016

Katie's Karate Class ImageKatie’s Karate Class The Grateful Giraffe ImageThe Grateful Giraffe Trish's Fall Photography: A Kids Yoga Autumn Book by Kids Yoga Stories - 2016 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards FinalistTrish’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

Award-Winning Rachel's Day in the Garden yoga book | Kids Yoga Stories Rachel's Day in the Garden spring yoga book by Kids Yoga Stories Rachel's Day in the Garden spring yoga story by Kids Yoga Stories

Images from Rachel’s Day in the Garden


Rachel’s Day in the Garden (English) ImageFirst place: Rachel’s Day in the Garden, Ages 3+ The Grateful Giraffe ImageSecond Place: The Grateful Giraffe, Ages 2+
Anna and her Rainbow-colored Yoga Mats ImageThird place: Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats, Ages 4+ Jenny's Winter Walk ImageFourth 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.

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!”

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 | Kids Yoga StoriesYoga Poses for Kids Cards More Yoga Poses for Kids (Deck Two) - Kids Yoga StoriesMore 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 PDF Download (English) ImageLOVE Yoga Cards for Kids
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Arctic Animals Yoga Cards PDF Download ImageArctic Animals Yoga Cards for Kids
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Garden Yoga Cards for Kids PDF Download (English) ImageGarden Yoga Cards for Kids
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Halloween Yoga Cards for Kids PDF Download ImageHalloween Yoga Cards for Kids
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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:

Monthly Kids Yoga Themes PDF Download (English) Image#1: Monthly Kids Yoga Themes PDF Download


58 Yoga Poses for Kids Images#2: 58 Yoga Poses for Kids Images
40 Chair Yoga Poses for Kids Images#3: 40 Chair Yoga Poses for Kids PNG Images Download Kids Yoga Class Ideas PDF Download (English) Image#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:

List of yoga poses for kids | Kids Yoga Stories58 Fun and Easy Yoga Poses for Kids Fun yoga games for kids in large groups | Kids Yoga StoriesHow to Play Yoga Games with Large Groups of Children

Arctic Animals Books and Yoga | Kids Yoga StoriesArctic Animals Yoga (Printable Poster)

Learn about zoo animals with these easy yoga poses for kids by Kids Yoga Stories Zoo Yoga Poses (Printable Poster)


40 Classroom Yoga Ideas free printable poster | Kids Yoga StoriesHow to Integrate Yoga into your Classroom

Weather Yoga Poses for Kids | Kids Yoga StoriesWeather Yoga Poses (Printable Poster)
Halloween Yoga by Kids Yoga StoriesHalloween Yoga (Printable Poster)



Yoga for Spring: yoga poses for kids to celebrate spring | Kids Yoga StoriesYoga for Spring (Printable Poster)
Learn about transportation through yoga poses for kids | Kids Yoga StoriesTransportation Yoga (Printable Poster) How to play with Yoga Cards for Kids | Kids Yoga StoriesHow to Play with Yoga Cards for Kids


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:

Collection of year-round Seasonal Kids Yoga Lesson Plans and Coloring Pages | Kids Yoga Stories#1: Seasonal Kids Yoga Lesson Plans Monthly Kids Yoga Themes | Kids Yoga Stories#2: Monthly Kids Yoga Themes
Fun kids yoga class ideas for teachers, kids yoga teachers, therapists, and parents | Kids Yoga Stories#3: Kids Yoga Class Ideas Collection of year round holiday yoga ideas for kids | Kids Yoga Stories#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:

Facebook Fans: 15000+
Pinterest Followers: 8000+
Twitter Followers: 2000+
Google+ Followers: 700+
Instagram Followers: 1000

Our 2017 top social media referrer for website traffic was Pinterest. Check out our boards here:

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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

2016 Year in Review
Kids Yoga Stories 2015 Year in Review2015 Year in Review 2014 Year in Review (top yoga stories, top 10 posts, and more) | Kids Yoga Stories2014 Year in Review

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